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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Where can I download NESDR Smart (NooElec) drivers for Mac OS Sierra?

Just bought this NESDR Smart USB dongle from Amazon in Canada. Wrote the company asking for drivers, but they sent links which didn't help. Anybody have a better place to download drivers for Mac OS ...
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RF fading channel model?

What statistical or other descriptions exist regarding modeling of an HF-band RF fading channel? This is allow making (as in code my own software) lots of simulated test input signals for an SDR ...
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How do I go about identifying an unknown digital signal?

I'm playing around with an SDRPlay. I'm using the CubicSDR app, and I'm tuning around the HF bands. I get to 5.650 MHz and I see this: This looks like a bunch of discrete RTTY signals. How would I ...
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Build a HamRadio Friendly UMTS Module

I would like to play around with openBTS/yateBTS (experimental, no 24/7 run). What I would like to do is to modify a UMTS/GSM module or mobile phone so it operates in a frequency that can be used with ...
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How to reverse engineer a proprietary FSK protocol

Assuming I wanted to reverse engineer 13FSK, what steps would I take to begin reverse engineering it? I have seen tools such as inspectrum and baudline that can help me view the raw signals, but I am ...
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How to generate FSK with Matlab and radio

I want to generate an FSK signal with a radio. My first idea is to generate an audio in which the high level is a 1 and the low level is a 0: This audio is then modulated by the radio with FM. In ...
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Jamming with USB SDR

Could an attacker use a simple USB SDR dongle, as long as it is capable of transmitting within a certain range, to jam frequencies? I saw Lady Ada build the WaveBubble which is basically a dual-band, ...
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HackRF One and IoT overloaded?

I'm transmitting Z-Wave frames using HackRF One in loop, one frame every second. Has anyone clue why are some frames not transmitted? You can see several too long gaps between frames on Waterfall (...
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OFDM spectrum, HACKRF, and GNUradio companion

I am trying to analyze the spectrum of wifi spectrum. I getting a good OFDM spectrum with my HackRF at 2.412 GHz (from my first QTGUI Sink). But I get nothing out of OFDM Receiver. I was wondering ...
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SDR CB Transmission

I have a CB radio and I occasionally mess with a cheap SDR Dongle I have. I can pick up CB transmissions no problem but would like to be able to broadcast from my SDR. Is there any way to do this? I ...
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What are the 3 or 5 peaks in an FM broadcast during silence?

Looking at the waterfall spectrum of any ordinary FM public broadcast station (88-108 MHz), during the silence, there are 3 or 5 visible peaks. What are they? It's possible this has a trivial ...
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How is the Hackrf able to achieve 20MHz of bandwidth with an ADC that only allows 22Msps?

The way I understand it, is that to avoid aliasing on an ADC, you have to be in the first Nyquist zone (so half the sampling speed). What doesn't make sense to me is how the Hackrf is able to bypass ...
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What is the current state of the art in CW filters?

In the 1970s I made a CW “filter” based on a phase locked loop that detected a specific audio frequency, and this drove an NE555 oscillator: the result seemed at first like a “zero bandwidth” CW ...
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Under what circumstances does intermodulation become an issue in a filter after LNA setup?

I'm reading about using software-defined radio for picking up ADS-B signals at 1090MHz. There is this blog which considers (among others) a setup as follows: ...
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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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What function do high-pass filters in a direct conversion receiver perform?

Use case: I'm considering hacking into my SoftRock RXTX to bypass the filters, then add external filters. I'm wondering if I can use just the low-pass filters I've already built, or if there's a ...
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Can these in-band spurs from rpitx be eliminated somehow?

I'm putting together a 2m NBFM transmitter/receiver combo using rpitx and rtl-sdr. During testing my low-pass filter I discovered that rpitx is generating spurious signals within and around the band (...
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Where does this common spurious transmission come from? Is there a quality difference?

I decided to see what my ham transmissions look like on an SDR and was kind of shocked to see how much leaks out. The waterfall display is split between two handhelds during transmit. There are a ...
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Constructing a ground level antenna array to monitor radio frequencies using SDR

New to this community and also a newish Ham. Hello everyone. This question could easily have been posted under 'Astronomy', but I thought I would start here since Hams tend to be quite knowledgeable ...
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Heterodyning complex values in gnuradio

I have been working at educating myself on how SDR and GNU Radio works. In order to demonstrate heterodyning, I set up a flow-graph consisting of 2 signal generators, a Multiply block, and QT GUI ...
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How does one know how a signal has been modulated

I am trying to intercept signals from a drone remote controller and decode them. Before I can do this I need to demodulate the signals. All I have is radio data from the transmitter's operating ...
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SDR for Spectroscope

I'm looking into getting a cheap SDR (perhaps the RTL-SDR RTL2832U) to use as a spectroscope, especially to test the frequency output of Baofeng radios. I currently have reason to believe that one of ...
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Receiving an Coded Odd Signal at 137.25MHz but don't know what it might be. It can affect my detection on NOAA 19. Need help

I am a newbie trying to detect NOAA 15, 18, and 19 satellites, which have downlink frequencies between 137 MHz and 138 MHz. I am using an SDR dongle and attached a photo of it to this post. Of course,...
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No module named 'gnuradio'

I encountered with the "No module named 'gnuradio'" error while I was trying to run GnuRadio python code in my python web server. And this is my gnuRadio generated code: ...
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Why does SDR# sound better than SDR console?

This is kind of odd. I just got my first SDR receiver and I noticed that one application (SDR#) sounds a lot better than another (SDR Console) when listening to stereo FM broadcasts through the same ...
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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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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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How to safely connect a digital output to a receiver's antenna input?

Suppose I have a 3.3 or 5V GPIO digital signal (from an Arduino or Raspberry Pi, etc.), periodically toggling at some HF or VHF frequency. Since it has such a "dirty" spectrum, I don't want to hook ...
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33cm 5W(effective output power) tx amplifier for ATV (HamTV)

I am searching for a 5W effective output power TX amplifier that I can use with my BladeRF to send DVB-T Signals for ATV (33cm band). Can someone tell me on what things I have to look for when buying ...
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Can I send samples from the device made by myself to GNU radio?

I have two high-speed sampling devices that can use UDP (through 1G Ethernet) and PCIe to transmmit their samples, respectively. They are used to record signals I interested. These devices are made by ...
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Model of a specific DVB-T tuner chip (circa 2013) that can be used to collect raw IQ samples

There is a common DVB-T receiver chip capable of producing raw IQ samples, which makes it a good device for Amateur Radio SDR experimentation. The chips is used in some DVB-T USB dongles sold around ...
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Is it at all possible to make a ham alert radio?

Would it be possible to make an alert radio... for shortwave? Out of something like Arduino, or RPi. Sort of like the NOAA Weather Radios. I got to thinking one day. Say you wanted to send a message ...
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Merging gnuradio generated python code into the Python web server

I am trying to figure out how I control a Software Defined Radio over a network, and stream the received baseband samples from my remote hardware back to the gnuradio. What I'm trying to do here is, ...
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How I can build dvb-t/dvb-t 2 transceiver?

I need dvbt2 transreceiver. I tried gnuradio with https://github.com/BogdanDIA/gr-dvbt. The "apps/dvbt_tx.grc" is working. But, video cannot transfer flexibly. On gnuradio flow, I adjust multiple ...
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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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RF scanner w/ graphic output

I debated putting this question on the electrical engineering forum vs. here. I settled on here since I figured many of you amateur radio experts have probably wondered about this too. I am ...
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SDR GnuRadio gr-dsd decode D-STAR voice

Hy i found this projekt: gr-dsd i compiled it and it seems to work so far. My problem is i don't find any Example just a Youtube Video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtkiC_Li_GI) wher it is used. Can some ...
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Why does QPSK signal in GNU Radio shift away from my center frequency at higher frequencies?

I am transmitting a QPSK signal via GRC and when I look at it on the spectrum analyzer, the signal is shifted away from my center frequency. This shift increases the higher the center frequency (i.e. ...
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Can I use a “bunny ears” TV antenna for RTL-SDR?

I'm trying to get into SDR and was planning on buying an RTL-SDR. For an antenna, I was thinking of using an old set of bunny ears I have lying around. However, I first want to make sure that they'll ...
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Can I capture stereo IQ signals from WebSDR?

When I set my sound device to record from the monitor/loopback source, I can capture the signal from WebSDR in my browser in an application like Audacity. Looking at the captured signal more closely ...
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How narrow-band can a DVB-S2 signal be?

Using software defined radios I can generate and demodulate a DVB-S2 signal live. I'm wondering if I can use this to send single pictures over the air using as narrow BW as possible. Using QPSK and 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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Preamble of a garage door opener

After detecting the transmitted signal of a garage door opener with SDR, is it correct to assume the first repeating pattern of the signal is preamble? I only see two one and zeros with equal ...
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SDR hardware architecture schematic

Is this a good representation of the sound card SDR systems in which a receiver has a simple hardware detector producing two quadrature audio channels that can be fed to a computer's sound card? ...
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Connecting two SDRs together for one to act as a signal generator

If I have two SDRs like the BladeRF and I want to use one as a signal generator and connect them together do I have to attenuate the connections?
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Transmit filter for Amplitude-shift keying

I want to transmit an ASK signal with GNU Radio and HackRF, the parameters are: Frequency: 27.12 MHz (ISM) Sample rate: 2MSPS Symbol rate: 2000 bps Samples per symbol: 1000 The flowgraph currently ...
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Could not observe the Meteor M2 even though I scanned the sky at the time it passes with a high elevation degree (77). What might have happened?

I am currently trying to observe and obtain data from the meteorological satellites. I have constructed a V-dipole specifically for the 137 MHz and was able to observe the NOAA 15, NOAA 18, and NOAA ...
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Whats wrong with this radio signal?

I have a code that sends a beacon every 1 minute with a data-rate of 1200bps (BPSK-G3RUH). I do receive the signal using a custom software defined ground station that also decodes the beacon. After a ...
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crt TV emissions

I have my Hack RF plugged in my TV antenna to have a cheap setup and I have observed on the spectrum analyser a signal (Bandwidth: ~400Khz) that is emitted by my old analog TV from 80ies. These are my ...