Using a cheap (USD 20) DVB-T USB stick as SDR receiver for (not only) gnuradio
Fellow Osmocom hacker Steve Markgraf has been working on what now seems to be the cheapest way to receive real-world radio signals for PC-based SDR like gnuradio: rtl-sdr. RTL refers to the RTL2832U chipset frequently used in such devices. It can be used to obtain 2.8 Ms/s of 8-bit I+Q samples.
Below is a picture (courtesy of Steve) how the hardware looks like: