Software Defined Radio..."great, but it costs thousand of dollars, and it's really complicated, right? Not any longer!
RAN Technology is helping bring wideband, all-mode SDR power to everyone, for a price that is amazingly low. RANVerter SDR converters and receivers are simple, USB peripherals that open up the world of HF ham radio, worldband shortwave radio, and digital communications modes to anyone with a Windows PC. The RANVerter Pi is designed especially to turn the popular Raspberry Pi $35 Linux computer into an SDR Radio Server that works on any local area network. I just found a great list of mcse training here.
We introduced thousands of amateur radio operators to the world of inexpensive SDR with our article "Cheap and Easy SDR", in the January 2013 issue of QST. We're pleased to continue to build on the theme of simple yet powerful SDR and other products for hams, radio hobbyists, students and educators, and Makers of all types.
Simple design - impressive performance
Through-hole construction (No SMT!)
Wideband HF/V/UHF coverage
Built-in bypass relay
USB connection, no external power supply required
Integral DVB-T dongle
Provision for remote control
Designed for use with high performance SDR# software
Inexpensive and serviceable
Easy to build yourself
Instant .5 to 30 MHz HF coverage - NO band-switching
V/UHF coverage from 24 to 1700 Mhz
One switch changes from HF to V/UHF reception
Easy plug-and-play operation
One piece, needs no interconnects or adapters
Easily mounted and controlled remotely via ethernet
FREE SDR# software with new features and functions continuously integrated