Best SDR Receiver

Last Updated on September 1, 2020

Are you looking for the best SDR receiver?

There are a lot of SDR receiver options on the market and I have reviewed the most popular models. After reading this articles you will know my recommendations.

Check the quick list below for links to customer reviews and prices for the best SDR receiver picks, or read on for the full review:

  1. HackRF One Software Defined Radio
  2. Stratux ADS-B Dual Band Receiver Aviation Weather and Traffic SDR
  3. Nooelec NESDR Smart HF Bundle
  4. Radioddity Full Band SDR
  5. NooElec NESDR SMArTee Bundle

Top Rated SDR Receivers

HackRF One Software Defined Radio

This SDR is ideal for users looking for a high performing all in one Software Defined Radio system. This unit can transmit and receive radio signals ranging from 1MHz to 6GHz. It is built on open source software and can be utilized as a USB peripheral and a programmed to be used in stand alone operation. The size is similar to a cell phone and the casing is solid and durable molded plastic. The antenna is telescopic and ready for 75MHz to 1GHz. The antenna can go from 20cm to 88cm long and is constructed of quality stainless steel. The antenna features a SMA male connector.

  • Ideal for users seeking a high quality all in one SDR system
  • Transmit and receive signals from 1MHz to 6GHz
  • Telescoping antenna
  • Durable construction
  • Excellent value

Stratux ADS-B Dual Band Receiver Aviation Weather and Traffic SDR

This SRD is ideal for users who require the best performance flight radio available. This dual band SDR features an ADS-B receiver with AHRS and a fan controller. It comes with a 6000mAH battery, a solid suction mounter, SD card adapter and a strap. This SDR supports ForeFlight Synthetic Vision along with numerous other EFB’s. The high gain dmurray antennas are ideal for 978MHz and 1090MHz frequencies. It handles air to air, data, FIS-B weather along with many more. This receiver is portable and can be easy mounted to any window and the built in GPS and phone integration makes it a versatile receiver.

  • Ideal for those seeking the best performing flight SDR receiver
  • 6000mAH battery
  • Mounts to any window
  • SD card adapter
  • Supports ForeFlight Synthetic Vision
  • Excellent value

Nooelec NESDR Smart HF Bundle

This is an ideal SDR starter pack for those looking to begin using SDR systems. It is geared toward HF bands making it ideal for ham operators. It performs very well and I experienced no loss in gain controls. It includes a Ham it Up v1.3 upconverter and an NESDR SMARt RTL-SDR, 3 antennas and impedance matching balun for long wire and dipole antennas. It also includes necessary interconnect adapters. This is an excellent SDR bundle for beginners and intermediate users.

  • Ideal for SDR beginner and intermediate users
  • Perfect for HF bands
  • No gain control loss
  • Ham it Up v1.3 upconverter
  • Excellent value

Radioddity Full Band SDR

This SDR is ideal for users looking for an easy to use system. It comes fully assembled making it a breeze even for beginners. The tuner sensitivity, R820T2, is excellent and is ideal for frequencies around 1.5GHz. The operating frequency ranges from 1000KHz to 1766MHz and features a 1 PPM temperature compensated oscillator allowing precise tuning with almost zero temperature drift. This SDR handles all ham radio amateur bands in addition to VHF and UHF bands. The only downside is that it is not compatible with iOS systems but does work with Andtroid and Windows systems.

  • Ideal for those seeking easy setup and go functionality
  • Excellent tuner sensitivity
  • All ham amateur bands
  • Covers VHF and UHF
  • Excellent value

NooElec NESDR SMArTee Bundle

This SDR is ideal for users seeking low to no noise in their system. It can receive all RF signals and features an excellent antenna base and 3 antenna mast. This will allow you to get up and running without a bunch of additional purchases. The PCB design reduces noise by 3 decibels making this one of the quietest and easiest to use SDR’s on the market. Features no USB occlusion issues and can be run side by side with other devices, even a Raspberry Pi. The 4.5V bias tee has an independent ultra low noise power unit allowing power to any active antenna without needing to adjust drivers and software. This is an excellent low noise SDR.

  • Ideal for users needing a low noise SDR
  • Receives all RF signals
  • Antenna base and 3 antenna mast
  • No USB occlusion issues
  • 4.5V bias tee with ultra low noise power supply

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Here is the quick list with the best SDR receiver picks one more time. To view prices and customer reviews see the links below.

  1. HackRF One Software Defined Radio
  2. Stratux ADS-B Dual Band Receiver Aviation Weather and Traffic SDR
  3. Nooelec NESDR Smart HF Bundle
  4. Radioddity Full Band SDR
  5. NooElec NESDR SMArTee Bundle
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