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  • 06.27.2014
  • FPGA boards under $100: Introduction
  • Perhaps someone else can recommend a book, but my suggestion is to download some free vendor software and just start playing – you don't need any hardware. You don't even have to learn HDL yet as you can input designs using schematic. There are lots of online HDL resources though. Getting into FPGAs is not a project to undertake lightly, but just jumping in might be the best way to start.
  • 06.28.2014
  • The $11 spectrum analyzer & SDR
  • If you mean to receive ATSC, I have no idea, as that wasn't my interest (c'mon...spectra are way more interesting than anything on TV)! Perhaps there aren't any really cheap ones.
  • 06.28.2014
  • The $11 spectrum analyzer & SDR
  • Even with these simple examples, the MDO3000's dynamic range really shines in comparison to the dongle. Then again, I was feeding directly into the Tek, but using the dongle's antenna (yup, I was pirate-broadcasting at 179.374MHz).
  • 06.27.2014
  • FPGA boards under $100: Introduction
  • Thanks – two more I'll look into adding, though the Basys is very similar to but 3x the price of the Numato Elbert. BTW, our system seems to lose the "=" signs in your URLs, but it's easy enough to find the products. I'll try to get that little issue resolved.