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Questions tagged [software-defined-radio]

Radio devices that use digital signal processing in place of analog electronic components to manipulate RF signals.

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FM spectral amplitudes during silence

General setting I'm playing around with an RTL-SDR and recently captured some FM spectrum in Hannover, Germany. I want to undersand what's going on, so I've read a lot about FM and its spectra, but I ...
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LimeSDR Mini + Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Transmission problem

I am new at this. I would like to transmit an audio signal cleanly using WBFM but I see two signal peaks occur around my fundamental frequency when I start transmitting. In this case I am using a ...
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SNR measurement for a BPSK/QPSK signal

I have created a software (gnuradio) that performs modulation/demodulation and supports a number of modulation schemes and error correcting codes. I'm in the process of evaluating the BER vs SNR for ...
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where to look for (live or recorded) air traffic conversations for a specific area? [closed]

I am wondering if there's any chance to get a short fragment of ATC/pilot radio exchange of any flight to/from small airport of Talkeetna (Alaska). This airport seems to be not present on liveatc.net, ...
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HackRF + Amplifier = HF/VHF QRP Radio?

Do you think it would work to combine a HackRF One and an amp like the following to create a QRP SDR? Link to eBay Output of HackRF is approximately 10dBm, which fit's this amp nicely... What is ...
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Advantages of IQ generation at Mixer Stage or within FPGA for SDRs

I draw two possible architectures for Software Defined Radios below. In the first architecture, I,Q signals are generated at the mixer stage and two ADCs are required. The FPGA down-samples the ...
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GNU Radio sinusoid multiplication does not produce perfect results

I created a simple sketch in GNU Radio that multiples two signals. One is a sine and the other is cosine. I paste a screenshot of it and its results below. I have heard that in DSP, we can do almost ...
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Fast TCP/IP radio modem on UHF band

I'm interested if it is possible to have a data radio modem that works on the UHF band 400MHz for TCP/IP communication. What I have in mind is something similar to a router, but using UHF band for ...
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How high an SWR can the USRP 2901 (B210) handle?

I connected a USRP 2901 (B210) to an amplifier I designed. The USRP seems to shutdown every time I try to transmit. I guess I messed up with the input impedance matching on the amplifier. Is it the ...
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Weak signal digital modes and clock synchronization

Why to some weak signal digital modes (jt9, jt65, etc.) require knowing a clock time? Does knowing this clock time provide any gain in signal detection ability? (lower required S/N?) What clock ...
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Can a Digital Down Converter, at the same time, generate I,Q streams & Downconvert?

A Digital Down Converter (DDC) is usually used to convert Real Digital Signals at a high frequency to baseband (centered around 0Hz). DDC does this so by producing negative and positive frequencies. ...
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Sampling a 50MHz Max Frequency 50Mhz BW Signal with a 50MSPS ADC

I paste below a superhetorodyne based Software Defined Radio Architecture for an Rx channel below. Suppose the IF signal has a max frequency of 50MHz and 50MHz IF BW. In that case, is it possible to ...
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IQ imbalance after quadrature mixing

What is IQ imbalance in the output of complex or quadrature downconverter/demodulator/mixer? What are the causes and effects of IQ imbalance? (A spike in the spectrum display of RF noise?) Are there ...
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SSB filtering in the frequency domain?

I'm not sure whether it's more appropriate to ask this question here, or in the dsp.stackexchange. But I'll try here first. There seems to be a lot of information available on the filtering and ...
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What is “Billion Code” for garage door openers from around 1996?

I've been trying to "hack" my garage door using an SDR (LimeSDR) for a high school physics project, and I have run into a snag. When I look at the signal and demodulate it using ASK in Ultimate Radio ...
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Doppler shift compensation without using predictive modelling

Doppler shift mitigation has been studied extensively in the literature. In my implementations of satellite receivers (using GNU Radio), I use predicted Doppler shift from a software (GPredict) to ...
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What wireless communication technologies can travel long distances with a high bandwidth?

I couldn’t find a better place to ask this question, so I have asked it here. I am looking to transmit and receive internet connectivity wirelessly over a distance of 6 miles (9.7 km) with a minimum ...
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What are the maximum possible speeds of download over Amateur Radio frequencies?

In this scenario, I would have a base station connected to a modem that essentially allows me to access the internet/local network via radio, irately I am not fully aware of what information I need to ...
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Is MFJ-1708SDR safe with RF switching

I just got an SDRPlay and an MFJ-1708SDR transmit switch. I use the the PTT on my Flex to key the amp, so I am wondering if the RF sense is fast enough to protect my SDR radio?
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Is there an FT8 or other weak-signal digital mode specification available?

Is there a complete and programming language independent specification available for the FT8 digital mode? Detailed enough to implement both transmit and receive SDR software from scratch in two ...
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Playback entire FM Band

Is SDR technology a way for me to listen to a large group of stations or even the entire FM band at once?
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SDR (RTL-SDR v3) USB audio much less than LSB

Why does USB have so much less audio output than LSB? I've checked all settings and they are correctly set or not used, like AGC etc. Using same band pass on both modes.
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FFT showing evenly spaced signals when tuned to ~56 MHz down to 25.680

I'm running GQRX on Mac OS X 10.11.6 hooked up to an RTL-SDR dongle. I noticed when I'm tuned anywhere between ~56 MHz on down to 25.680 MHz I see evenly spaced signals on the FFT. But when I tune ...
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Measuring dBs with software defined radio

If the "floor" of the graph in my SDR is at -110dB, and when I key up, it goes to -70dB, and the wattage is 5W....is there a direct correlation between dBs and wattage?
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Understanding WFM modulation

I am using "HDSDR" software to demodulate a WFM broadcast ("Classic FM" in the UK, on 100.1 MHz, 192 KHz bandwidth). I'm using an "SDRPlay RSP1" software defined radio and a cheap indoor discone ...
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SDR - discone antenna setup

Here's a picture of my SDR receiver setup... This entire setup lives indoors as I'm not able to put anything up on the roof right now. My understanding of a discone antenna is that the downward ...
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Tx-Rx synchronisation to frequency changes

So I am part of an SDR project using GNU Radio and USRPs, where we are trying to set up a link between USRPs. The ideal is similar to the DARPA spectrum challenge (https://...
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SDR set up that will TX & RX on CB, UHF and VHF

I would like to use SDR to receive and transmit on CB, UHF and VHF. Is this possible and if so what type of equipment will I need (antennae, dongle etc)? I currently have both UHF/VHF and CB but atm ...
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How to find transmitting (voice and CW) Amateur stations in UK?

Background info: I own an SDR (model "SDRPlay RSP1") and I have a fully working HDSDR software system installed on my PC. I can successfully use this to tune-in to my local airport's radio traffic ...
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Buffering Delay/ Jitter between voice calls

I have designed a TDMA protocol to reduce the voice spurts between voice calls in SDRs. The protocol runs in this manner: control cycles proceeded with data cycles and again control cycles. Control ...
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How can I determine if out of band interference is affecting my AIS reception?

AIS I am receiving ship AIS messages. These are low power, digital messages periodically sent on two marine channels close to 162mhz. This frequency is surrounded by FM broadcast, weather radio, and ...
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Is there any open-source solution to scanning / decoding GSM/UMTS traffic? [closed]

I want to build a passive (rx-only) scanner to listen to GSM and UMTS traffic. I am not interested in breaking encryption or anything like that - but more interested in collecting statistics and such. ...
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Multiple simultaneous tunings with SDR

I just found out about WebSDR, and I was wondering how is it possible that many listeners listen and tune to different stations simultaneously. Which components/technologies allow this, and how does ...
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Hopping from one frequency band to another in SDR (ex: USRP)

This question is not about Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum! In SDRs, say USRP, if we are transmitting in a particular frequency band, can we dynamically hop from that band and transmit from ...
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Viewing the broadcast FM spectrum using a USRP N210

My issue is regards to viewing the FM spectrum using USRP N210 & GNU Radio. I did try to use several blocks of GNU Radio to view an FFT plot of the FM band using the USRP N210 device. My blocks ...
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GNU Radio - Signal Keeps Getting Smaller?

Really bizarre issue here. Here is an image of a signal taken from SDR Sharp: Freq: 926.365M Bandwidth: 30k Now, using the above measurements, here is this same signal observed in GNU Radio with ...
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I want to know the bandwidth of this signal; problems using “QT GUI Frequency sink” to show it

As shown in two pictures,setting a different bandwidth-value in the module, the value of the coordinate axis change accordingly. How did it happen? And I want to know if gnuradio can tell us the ...
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Does anyone repair Flex radios other than Flex Radio?

A local ham that I have an evening sked with on 75m (Paul, W0EBV) sent his Flex 5000 SDR transceiver to Flex Radio Systems to get it repaired a few months ago. However, it seems that Flex is either ...
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RX antenna and RTL SDR with upconverter ..How to hear something?

I mounted a small RX antenna (mini whip, bought from eBay) (on 10-th floor) and I want to try to listen to something. I bought a RTL-SDR with Upconverter which supports HF. RX antenna's operating ...
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How to transmit images and video through a hurricane?

Background You're in the path of a hurricane, and the eye just passed over your head. There is no electricity (apart from your own generator or battery), there is no mobile network and there is ...
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USRP: Are RX and TX on the same or different channel for single daughterboard?

I've got a USRP X310, currently with just one daughterboard, a WBX-120. I'm writing some C which needs to operate the radio full duplex - I receive on RF A RX2 and transmit on RF A TX/RX. But I'm ...
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Choosing a wideband antenna design

On a previous question I asked about proper antenna design for wideband SDR receiver and ways to improve signal/noise ratio. Ideally the reciever has a range of 100kHz-2GHz. Keeping in mind is ...
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Broadband antenna for SDR radio

I recently bought a very wideband SDR receiver (DX-Patrol MK4, declared covered frequencies are 100kHz-2GHz). I'm experimenting with antenna designs because unfortunately I live in an apartment ...
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Why is GNU Radio dropping packets when I introduce a Frequency Xlating FIR filter?

I've got a GNU Radio flowgraph intended to take a signal from a USRP X310 at a 25MS/s sample rate and downsample it to 2.4576MS/s for demodulation as 9600 baud GMSK. If I run the USRP straight into a ...
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Serialising a data signal with a Raspberry Pi

I'm working on a project to transmit and receive data by radio. For the transmission, I'm using a Raspberry Pi 3 and the NTX2B transmitter for the transmission. For the receiving end, I am using ...
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Any ideas as to what I might be picking up on SDR?

Any ideas as to what I might be picking up on SDR? They make for some strange patterns. Picked them up at the following coordinates: (31.514596, 74.345092) using GQRX, tuned to 217.25 MHz. As for the ...
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How to change center frequency automatically in GRC?

I'm on reasearch using USRP and GNU radio for solar flare observation. The research is making digital radio receiver in GNU radio companion and using USRP B200. Basically the purpose of system is to ...
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How to make GRC flowgraph run and stop automatically during some period

I have beacon receiver program the flowgraph is shown here I have to make the flowgraph run and stop automatically during a preset period, because I have to make the flowgraph only work when the ...
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How to make a software defined radio using USRP and GRC

I want to make a software defined radio, based on the hardware device shown in the schematic diagram below. I don't have a strong background in telecommunication engineering (I'm an electrical ...
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Filtering for PSK31 demodulation

What's the ideal filter for PSK31 demodulation? That is, something that minimizes ISI, while having a narrow bandwidth to reject adjacent channels, while being reasonably matched? Most PSK modes use ...