RTL-SDR spectrum analyzer for BeagleBone Black using ViewRF software

Posted on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 in dev boards, open source, RF, SDR, software by the machinegeek

Stephen Ong previously released this video demonstrating the use of RTL-SDR dongle with the BeagleBone dev board to function as a spectrum analyzer. The software making this possible is known as ViewRF and Stephen has now released the instructions and code links for this project.

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8 Responses to “RTL-SDR spectrum analyzer for BeagleBone Black using ViewRF software”

  1. Alan says:

    To run the 7 inch LCD you don’t need the new Beaglebone Black – the older original Beaglebone will do fine. There may even be a few original ‘bones on sale now the new Black has been released.

    Is there anything specific to this that requires the Black version?

    • Rasz says:

      wasnt original beagle 2-3x more expensive than black?

      • Alan says:

        It was about $20 – $30 more depending where you live [postage & freight]. The new BBB is cheaper. I’d just like to find a valid, permanent setup that doesn’t need all the extras of the BBB, and give a old board a home.

  2. Adnc Dnc says:


  3. Drone says:

    Man, $150 bucks for this 7″ LCD Beagle cape? Wow!

  4. Alan says:

    Yeah, $150 for an LCD. Pop Quiz:

    Someone has a Kindle / Nook / Whatever clone. You can take off the backing plate, and beside replacing the battery you ALSO have access to Beaglebone-style expansion headers. All you need is a different backing plate, to house any custom board you choose to add.

    Do you buy it – or insist everything be 2mm thick, Apple-knockoff style?

  5. Allen says:

    What software are you using to write the HMI?

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