So, an RX-only variant of the 'mini would be useful for building budget-friendly radio astronomy systems for highschools. I’m thinking just a simple manufacturing variant that has the TX-side components depopulated (matching network components, and the TX connector), to shave the BOM costs a bit.
Just an idea. Don’t know how feasible.
Combine this with Soapy/Gr-osmosr support for being able to set up external clock synchronization, and this would be very attractive for certain types of widely-deployable small-scale radio astronomy projects.