After my post the other day about SDR, Dave KØRWM contacted me about his experiences with SDR. He was gracious enough to send me a DVD of recordings he made using his SDR setup. He also included instructions for downloading WinRadio from http://winradio.org.
I have to say I am really impressed. The audio quality is very good. He uses an Elektor SDR and a USB Sound card for a total investment of less than $250.00. He has since ordered a RF Space SDR-IQ that costs around $500.00. Not a bad price for such a high quality receiver.
As soon as I get some more of my other projects out of the way, I plan on playing with more SDR stuff. There is a lot more I can do with Winradio not to mention the PowerSDR software. The thing I like about it is the low cost of entry. When you look at the price, a new ham can get into this stuff for less than the inflation adjusted price of my old Heathkit HR-1680.
Thanks again to Dave, that is what I love about Amateur Radio. Just ask, and somebody will step up to help out.