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That's an expected phenomenon: Real-world physical systems tend to be frequency-selective (i.e. not constant over frequency), and "at large scale" low-pass systems. This applies to amplifiers, mixers, oscillators, and even transmission lines and connectors. So that's normal. Ettus even publishes exactly such measurements at


The frequency allocation chart is really more artistic than informative. You can not and should not use that as a guide for selecting a frequency. There is too much information to fit on the chart, and as much as is there anyway, it's not surprising you feel lost looking at it. (That may be part of the intention of the chart.) There are multiple bands ...


You've got a few very concerning conceptual and technical problems there, many of which will be adressed by the console output, which you should probably read! You can only sweep within your nyquist bandwidth. That is at most 25 MS/s (at 16 bit sample depth) or 50 MS/s (at 8 bit sample depth) for the N210 You want a single-tone sweep from negative baseband ...


500 kHz = 0.5 MHz = 0.0005 GHz. You're providing a signal at +500 kHz, and then upconverting it to produce a signal at 2.5005 GHz. Are you sure that your measurement of the output frequency (and the USRP's oscillator) is precise enough to distinguish between 2.5000 GHz and 2.5005 GHz, absolute? A way to tell if your signal generation is having any effect is ...


The safest way to run a transmit / receive application is using a loopback cable. Just remember to include an attenuator in your path so that the receiver doesn't get damaged.

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