February 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm #91
How would you use your 10MHz of spectrum?February 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm #98
I whis i can stream many Audiofiles white one SDR# Application to stream all Radio Streams in my Area in my MediaCenter and Cell Phone.February 11, 2014 at 7:43 pm #99
Searching for new signals and for DX during tropo band openings. Being very close to the shore of the east coast of the US opens a lot of opportunities for doing so. Being able to view the signals and click to tune during such band openings really maximizes the experience.
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Maybe the GPIO signals can be used to electronically switch antennas for direction finding experiments?
I think the qualitative step ahead is not the ability to monitor many narrow band signals, but wide band signals like digital terrestrial TV, DAB/DAB+ radio, L band satellite signals or ADS-B transponders. Would it be possible to decode HRPT weather sat images?
I take for granted that it will have better selectivity than Funcube Dongle, which is useless in vhf without a dedicated filter.February 12, 2014 at 12:20 am #112
That’s a very good idea. The MCU can control the antenna switching and put flags on the packets sent to the host.February 12, 2014 at 3:29 am #113
Maybe would be great to switch via CAT frequency of transceiver; if selecting a frequency on the SDR# spectrum.February 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm #117
I take for granted that it will have better selectivity than Funcube Dongle, which is useless in vhf without a dedicated filter.
I do not take it for granted that the Airspy won’t require some kind of filtering in urban areas with high r.f. density. I have no idea how much interference can be mitigated in software, but the analog “front end” (such as it is) remains analog and can generate spurious signals given a strong enough signal or combination of strong local signals.
I love the potential of a “DC to daylight” receiver. My ideal application would be as a replacement for a general purpose police scanner, but being broadband is a trade-off. Maybe a device containing a series of bandpass filters tuned for common bands selectable by the GPIO would make a nice companion for the Airspy?February 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm #121
The band switched filters can be a nice addition. Yep.February 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm #135
if recording plugin is still available for airspy, can you add VOX option ?
( to record only when audio signal is present, or squelch open )February 20, 2014 at 4:37 am #154
Your project has arrived just in time and looks very promising, congratulations.
I guess this will have a far better oscillator than RTL series of receivers.
Some form of clock sharing between units (i.e., clock in/out) may lead to a number of interesting possibilities I guess.
Will it be possible to include put some DDC/resampling/subchannel capability to MCU side or all the major processing will be handled by the PC hardware?February 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm #162
Thank you. There is already some kind of DDC/decimation to be done in the firmware in order to get, for example, the 2.5MHz at the center of the sampled spectrum. But frankly, I’d recommend doing it in the host for heavier processing. In any case, the firmware is open and I expect many exotic applications to appear.February 28, 2014 at 8:53 pm #175
Youssef, why did you not consider going USB3 with backwards compatibility to USB2 for this device? You might gain better power options with USB3 over USB2 especially when you are monitoring 10 MHz bandwidth. I love your idea of the device and I can already envisage 2nd and 3rd generations. I think Howard and his FUNcube Pro and Pro+ found that, especially with the need for switchable SAW filters. I would have liked to see a Nano GPS chip on the circuit so we can add a date stamp to anything recorded too. Best of luck with the project and look forward to receiving one too,
Chris,February 28, 2014 at 11:32 pm #181
For what it’s worth, I’m glad Youssef has kept the initial release of Airspy at USB 2.0. I own a Nuand BladeRF and went through weeks of nightmares to get it to work properly with USB 3.0. The “problem” was that I’m running Windows 8.1 on the two PC’s I use in the radio room. Both have Intel USB 3.0 chipsets. Intel has refused to write a driver for Windows 8.1 because Windows “supports” it natively. Um….no. I ultimately wound up having to buy a Startech USB 3.0 PCI-E 4 port card to get the BladeRF to talk to my Windows 8 PC at USB 3.0 speeds. The saga of SDR’s vs. USB 3.0 is a long one; the USRP USB 3.0 devices that Ettus Research manufactures have similar nightmarish issues.
I’m glad he’s kept it simple for now. I think there will be a lot more owners of the Airspy as a result, and eventually USB 3.0 will stabilize. It doesn’t sound to me like using 2.0 instead of 3.0 is a big issue for the performance of Airspy as it exists now.
ScottFebruary 28, 2014 at 11:41 pm #182
Thank you for the kind words. The chip we’re using doesn’t support USB3, only USB2 but it operates flawlessly in high speed mode. Howard did an amazing job with the first funcube dongle and the update was such an excitement an a good surprise to all of us. Speaking of GPS, you can always use an external GPS disciplined 10MHz source and use the timestamping. In think the same can be achieved using the exposed SGPIOs and a cheap GPS receiver, but with less precision.March 1, 2014 at 6:32 pm #183
Thanks Scott for your comments, I totally agree about USB3 not fully stabilised yet and I am staying totally away from Windows 8 because I do not like the tablet type software, DOS, Command and Windows are great, Windows 8.1 is another beast, and a nightmare has you rightly say, lol. I use ASUS p8z68-v pro/gen3 motherboards and have also had USB3 issues but I also have two computers exactly the same with 512 GB SSD, 14 TB of HDD space and dual graphics to do things with too.
Youssef, thank you for your comments too, you are very welcome to my kind words, your clear and nice style of programming is a delight to see and read, SDR# etc. programs are great working tools we all can use. OK on the GPS, I need precision time and location when mobile and just accurate time when at home on the base station so I will have to go down the route of an external GPS disciplined 10 MHz source, may be the G3RUH GPS stabilised oscillator?
One additional thought, I would like to see built into all SDR receivers is Ethernet and possibly POE points; the closer I can put the SDR receiver to the antenna the better and then plug it into the local area network so I can use it anywhere in the house on a single or multiple computers and reduce signal loss to a minimum too. I like the idea of your prototype enclosure, room enough to put a second board or additional sockets. The more facilities or functions you build into it the better for me Youssef, these SDR hardware and software have opened up so many projects, the world and space contain all new possibilities to play with.March 2, 2014 at 12:25 am #184
My plan is to use it in conjuction with an upconverter to scan HF for Solar and Jupiter Radio bursts.
IT sounds perfect for realime monitoring of solar storms and jovian radio bursts from 17-27 MHZ (upconverted of course with a hamitup upconverter with a LO of 125 mhz.
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