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SDRSharp Community Plugin Package install

The (SDR#) SDRSharp Community Plugin Package is the most comprehensive version of the popular “Software Defined Radio” software package for Windows. SDR# works with the Airspy, but the package is especially popular because it also works with the cheap RTL-SDR dongles.

In earlier blogs, you could read how to install SDR# on a computer with Windows Vista or Windows 7. This was followed by a blog about how to install SDRSharp (SDR#) on Windows 10. The newer versions are now much easier to install. That is why we look at the “Community Plugin Package” in this blog: a package that not only installs SDR# and the required drivers but also a large number of useful plug-ins.

SDR# Windows Software

The basis of the SDR# (SDRSharp) Community Plugin Package is, of course, SDR# itself, together with the associated utilities. The drivers for the well-known RTL-SDR dongle are also installed automatically. The installation includes the following components:

  • SDR# (SDRSharp)
  • Airspy R2/Mini Calibration Tool 1.0
  • ADS-B Spy – High-Performance ADS-B Decoder
  • Spectrum Spy 1.0 – Fast Sweeping SDR Spectrum Analyzer
  • Astro Spy 1.0 – Radio Astronomy Utility for Hydrogen Line Spectroscopy
  • SPY Server  – Multi-client SDR Server with Fast DDC
  • RTL-SDR Dongle Installation Script
SDRSharp Community Plugin Package Screenshot
SDRSharp Community Plugin Package Screenshot

SDRSharp Community Plugin Package

In addition to SDR#, the drivers and utilities, the following plug-ins are also installed automatically:

Audio ProcessorAudio Recorder, AUX VFO, Aviation band 8.33 calculator, Baseband RecorderCalico CATCTCSS decoder squelchDCS decoder squelchDDE TrackerDigital Audio Processor, DSDtcp, File PlayerFrequency LockFrequency ManagerFrequency ScannerGpredict ConnectorIF ProcessorIF RecorderLevel Meter, LimeSDR, Meteor Demodulator, MPX OutputPAL/Secam TV, Pluto SDR, RTL-SDR 820T, SDRSharp Net RemoteTime Shift.

Install SDR# Community Plugin Package

Installing the SDR# Community Plugin Package is easy and largely automatic.

  1. Go to https://airspy.com/download/ and download the “Community Package with Plugins“.

    SDRSharp SDR# Community Plugin Package install: download
    SDRSharp SDR# Community Plugin Package install: download
  2. Start the installer “SDRSharp-installer.exe” that you just downloaded.
  3. If “Windows Defender Smartscreen” prevents the installer from being started, click on “More information” to be able to run the installer.

    SDRSharp SDR# Community Plugin Package install: Windows Defender SmartScreen
    SDRSharp SDR# Community Plugin Package install: Windows Defender SmartScreen
  4. Agree to the license agreement.
  5. In the “Choose Components” screen you can de-select any plug-ins that you do not want to install, click on the “Install” button to continue.

    SDRSharp SDR# Community Plugin Package install: Choosing components
    SDRSharp SDR# Community Plugin Package install: Choosing components
  6. The selected components will now be downloaded and installed.
  7. When the installation is complete, click on the “Finish” button to complete the installation and start SDRSharp.

    SDRSharp SDR# Community Plugin Package install: installation complete
    SDRSharp SDR# Community Plugin Package install: installation complete
  8. Click on the “gear” icon at the top left in SDRSharp and choose your SDR device (eg RTL2832U).

    SDRSharp SDR# Community Plugin Package install: configuration
    SDRSharp SDR# Community Plugin Package install: configuration
  9. Then click on the “play” icon to the left of the gear, you can now tune into frequencies.

    SDRSharp SDR# Community Plugin Package install: tuning
    SDRSharp SDR# Community Plugin Package install: tuning

You can now fine-tune the settings and try out all the plug-ins.

Unlike previous versions, this installer does create shortcuts in the Start menu and on the desktop, so you no longer have to do that yourself.

Enjoy listening!

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