Best application for the SDR-IQ on a MacBook Air?


I’m plotting travels soon and plan to take my RF Space SDR-IQ along for the ride.

I’ve noted a number of excellent open source applications that work with the SDR-IQ, but many of them don’t work on the Mac OS X operating system. Those that do work on Mac OS X seem to lack the ability to make spectrum and audio (AF) recordings.

I had considered installing Windows 7 on my MacBook Air (as a dual boot) and running an app like SDR#, but I simply don’t have the storage space to effectively house two operating systems on the Air’s solid state drive.

I’m curious if anyone has an SDR application recommendation. Please comment if you do!

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10 Responses to Best application for the SDR-IQ on a MacBook Air?

  1. Matthew Williams says:

    Gqrx possibly? I don’t know if it’ll tune the device. It’s the most popular SDR app for the RTLSDR on OSX and works relatively well.

    But it’s worth a shot!

  2. Matthew Williams says:

    You’re in luck! It’s supported!

  3. John Teggatz says:

    SdrRx is superb:

  4. Greg Shoom says:

    Another option, if you want to use Windows software, is to install a virtual machine tool on the Mac and run Windows 7 inside that. It should require less space than dual-booting would. I don’t know any of the Mac software for this, but I did something like that on my Windows 7 computer where I run VirtualBox to host a Linux virtual machine.

  5. Chad Greene says:

    Recent GPRX can be installed with MacPorts. I use this install and it allows recording spectrum segments.
    The big hurdle is getting macports installed once its installed the rest is very easy.

    then its just a matter of having an active internet connection and a simple command.

    sudo port install gqrx or sudo port install gqrx-devel

    Let it run and when its done you will have a very handy SRD front end with gnuradio backend.

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