I posted a link to this yesterday and my post has subsubsequently
generated a lot of questions about the SDR unit which is used on the
page for the various locations and receivers listed.
The Kiwi-SDR is the name of the SDR used.
The Kiwi-SDR is powered by another computer such as a Raspberry Pi,
Beagle etc so for this eMail document I'll assume that the user of such
a device is using a Beagle computer to both power and to programme the
Back to the SDR unit, its a simple box with an Internet Jack, antenna
block connections and a 5V dc input so all one really needs to do - once
Computer and software are in place - is to get into the Kiwi-SDR via
your web browser and programme it from the web interface - define
frequency coverage, administrative password and so on, find a suitable
place for the antenna and then enjoy the radio from anywhere.
The most asked question is where can the radio be purchased? Well i
don't know about people in the US but I can tell you that the Kiwi-SDR
must be available given the few US SDR sites listed on the page.
If you're in Australia then head to
for further information
In Australia the Kiwi-SDR is sold with a Beagle computer, SD card with
software, antenna and connecting leads so all the user has to do is to
connect up and programme.
I'm going to get one of these Kiwi-SDR kits myself next year as I'd very
much like to have a SDR radio as part of my web page, I've not done
anything serious to my web page for 12 years but now I have the
insentive to at last do something, the Blind Cool Tech - renamed Blind
Fools Wreck - will also be going up onto the site along with the
Fosseltech museum but one thing at a time <smile>.
The complete Kiwi-SDR along with the various bits and pieces costs
around $500 Australian but I think that if you're into radio it will be
money very well spent.
I spent hours yesterday and today tuning into all sorts of signals
received by these SDR'S, evaluating signal strengths, comparing notes,
looking up regions on maps etc.
I should also tell you that the majority of Kiwi-SDR owners have done a
superb job with their equipment. Audio quality is good in the main and
most have orientated their antenna systems well to avoid noise and
"For the gardener nothing is more handier than bulbs, I mean the one's you put in
the ground and not the electric light one's."