using sdr for marine channel 16 feed

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starshippe

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good evening,
. . i am most interested in using an sdr instead of a scanner/sound card. i notice instructions for this on aircraft frequencies, but can i do it on marine 16?
. . my experience with sdr's is limited to the adsb feed to flightaware. the dongle i am using has very poor sensitivity, but a 24 db preamp resolved that problem. no, they are not cheap.
. . any info would be appreciated.

thanks,
bill
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good evening,
. . i am most interested in using an sdr instead of a scanner/sound card. i notice instructions for this on aircraft frequencies, but can i do it on marine 16?
. . my experience with sdr's is limited to the adsb feed to flightaware. the dongle i am using has very poor sensitivity, but a 24 db preamp resolved that problem. no, they are not cheap.
. . any info would be appreciated.

thanks,
bill
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Monitoring marine 16 (freq 156.800 mhz) should be no more challenging than monitoring another frequncy with the sdr stick. Some seem to have better luck with it than others.
 

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Why in the world would you want to use a SDR - even a USD20 dongle - when any el-cheapo scanner with a good outdoor antenna (assuming you're near a major waterway) would do the job with much less hassle?

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Mike
 

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Have to agree with Mike about using a scanner and not SDR. Just punch in the frequency, 156.800 Mhz, and you're done. A VHF outdoor antenna, (if you're allowed to have one at you QTH) will do the trick.
SDRs require quite a bit of information input if it hasn't already been done for that freq.
 
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