The program we will be using to run our Airspy is one called GQRX. You can find the download page here. The newest version is 2.11.5 but 2.11.3 is also available for download. I think I am using 11.3. Both are about the same. The version you want is "generic grqx binary package for 64 bit linux". So, go ahead and download it. Put it in a folder somewhere. I put in my home folder and called the folder gqrx. Once you've downloaded the file and have put it into your folder, right click on the file and extract it.

Now, when I put gqrx on my laptop I got it here.This procedure uses the terminal where you type in the commands one line at a time but there aren't that many commands. I just went slowly, one at a time until I was finished. Then I found gqrx in the main menu and was good to go. It worked. So now you have two methods.)

The picture below will show you what the folder will look like with the extracted files in it.

You've just finished your installation. Now we have to get the program running. Exit everything and reboot your computer. After it reboots to the desktop, plug in your Airspy mini with some kind of antenna attached (a 4 foot wire worked for me). Then go to your gqrx folder and double click on the purple diamond grrx icon. The program should start.

However, if you are unlucky like me, after a few seconds you'll see an error message telling you that gqrx has crashed and asking you if you want to quit or fix it. Click on Fix It. What happened is that gqrx can't find the Airspy and will display the box below...




Look at the Device field and make sure Device says Airspy as above and not Other. If Device says other, select Airspy from the dropdown menu and make sure the settings are the same as you see above. Then reboot and try again. Unplug the Airspy and reboot, or reboot and re-replug. It may take a couple of tries but you'll get it. The graphic below shows you what you will see...



ADDING GQRX TO YOUR MAIN MENU

We're not quite home yet because there are some settings in gqrx you need to know about. But first, you're probably tired of clicking on the purple diamond gqrx icon and want to put gqrx in your menu somewhere where it's easier to get to. Here's the procedure if you have your gqrx folder in your home directory.

1.Go to your desktop and right click on the green Linux Mint logo.
2.Click "configure".
3.Click on "menu" (not panel).
4.Open the menu editor.
5.Click on "new item"
In "laucher properties", type in gqrx. Then browse for a path to the purple diamond gqrx logo (home/gqrx/gqrx-sdr-2.11.5-linux-x64/gqrx) and click OK. You are done. Gqrx should be found in the Accessories category of the menu editor. To move it somewhere else, right click on the name, choose cut, then pick a category on the left side of the main menu and paste it in the "show items sections" of that category. Close the window. Remember, we are doing all of this in the menu editor.

GQRX SETTINGS
Input Controls - Set LNA ~10db, Mix ~6db and IF ~8db.
Receiver Options - Freq: current tuned freq., Filter width: 240khz wide, Mode: WFM, Squelch: -150db OFF. If you have no audio, check the squelch. Try switching between A and B .
RDS - check the box to turn RDS ON. Note: Pty is set for RDS not RBDS (US).
FFT - Size: 8192khz, Averaging: smooths out signal levels, Panadapter: changes ratio of Spectrum to Watefall, Pan db: sets noise floor, Wf db: changes waterfall sensitivity,
Configure I/O Devices - Input Rate is spectrum bandwidth (6mhz for Airspy)
Audio - 18db is sufficient.

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