A low cost 2-4 GHz Downconverter from off the shelf dev boards

Ian Wraith designed and built a low cost 2-4 GHz downconverter for an SDR, that is available on Github: I recently became interested in exploring some of the signals found in the 2.4 GHz ISM band. The problem is that my favourite SDR (Software Defined Radio) an Airspy R2 only covers up to 1.7 GHz. Initially […]

An open source VOR receiver for Airspy and RTL-SDR

A simple VOR receiver for Airspy and RTL-SDR called Vortrack by Thierry Leconte, that is available on GitHub: In the past we’ve seen several other posts about RTL-SDRs being used to decode VOR signals, but Thierry’s implementation appears to be the easiest way to get a bearing straight away. You’ll get the most use out of […]

A digital communication project using OFDM and 32-QAM

Tahmid blogged about a digital communication project using OFDM and 32-QAM as their ECE4670 final project: This builds on a previous lab, where orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) is used with on/off keying to send data over the channel. This scheme achieved a data rate of about 14,000 bits per second with zero errors, resulting […]

SDR radio breathes life into a 75 year old Marconi CR100

  Jon Hudson over at DesignSpark‎ writes: This is a belated post of a fun project we did for RS Components. With the upcoming 80th anniversary of the founding of ‘RadioSpares’ – the original name for UK-based RS-Components, and the creation of an “Engineers’ Playground” as a feature of the 2016 Electronica event in Munich, […]

Lantern: A New 925 MHz to 2175 MHz RTL2832U Based SDR for Satellite Reception

Our friends at RTL-SDR.com are reporting on a new SDR based on the RTL2832u. “It is called the “Lantern” and is being developed for the Outernet project. The Outernet project aims to be a “library in the sky” satellite based service that will provide free access to daily downloads of data such as books, news, […]

Android flight tracker uses ADSB data from RTL-SDR

Nikos has developed an Android app which works with the RTL-SDR dongle to demodulate the ADSB signal from aircraft and overlays the position of the aircraft on a high resolution offline map. So the user can use the App without Internet connectivity, on board an aircraft in real time! Nikos’ “Track your flight Europe” app […]

YOUSDR remote RTL-SDR software

Sixuniform has released YOUSDR v0.1 Alpha, an RTL-SDR webinterface for Raspian / Raspberry Pi. This is a web-wrapper for the rtl-sdr softwares. Currently it commands rtl_fm, rtl_tcp and dump1090. The software can be downloaded from its GitHub. The instructions on the GitHub page show how to set it up on a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian, […]

Announcing the STREAM board

The Myriad crew  has announced the new Stream board released through the MyriadRF initiative for doing SDR with the LMS6002D/LMS7002M from Lime Microsystems. It’s a fully Open Source board with Kicad design files and a fully Open Source OpenRISC SoC for the FPGA: We are thrilled to announce that the STREAM board is the latest project […]

RTL SDR upconverter for shortwaves (0-30MHz)

Tomasz Watorowski has published a new build, a NE612 RTL SDR Upconverter: This is a simple yet completely functional upconverter for the popular SDR donlge. The construction was build around cheap and easily obtainable mixer IC marked as NE 612, manufactured by Phillips Semi. Despite its limitations, it performs outstandingly well, at least when price-to-quality factor […]

Chrome RTL-SDR receiver app updated

When it comes to the RTL-SDR dongle, there’s an app for that! (At least a Chrome app.) The Chrome app store has the updated RTL-SDR Radio Receiver app available for download. It’s free and open source and is written 100% in Javascript. “Receive and listen to FM and AM radio broadcasts on your browser or […]

Using the RTL-SDR dongle to detect meteors

According to AMSAT-UK, “a new paper has been released by Dr David Morgan 2W0CXV on using the RTL2841 DVB TV Dongle as a SDR processor with SpectrumLab. The paper ‘Techniques for using the RTL Dongle for Detecting Meteors’ covers the setting up and use of the dongle to receive meteor pings from the Graves Radar […]

Reverse engineering a Verisure wireless alarm

Here’s an informative two-part series of posts over at FunOverIP detailing how to reverse engineer a Verisure wireless alarm. Part 1 details the beginning steps such as finding the modules radio frequency and modulation type, analyzing the chipset datasheet and using GNU Radio.

Viewing a VHS tape using RTL-SDR and TV Sharp software

Here’s a different and unconventional way to view a VHS tape (as if VHS tapes aren’t considered unusual enough today). DogsRNiceMineCraft posted this video on YouTube showing video received using an RTL-SDR dongle. I got a VCR today and wanted to see if I could receive the signal from the RF out using TV sharp. […]

Video: AMBE exposed

AMBE is a voice compression algorithm employed in vocoder chips used by DVSI Inc., and is commonly used in Icom’s D-Star, Yaesu’s Fusion, APCO-25, DMR, Opensky and other digital formats on the amateur, commercial and public safety frequencies. In this talk from last September’s TAPR/DCC conference in Austin, TX, Bruce Perens K6BP presented his views […]

Video: FlexRadio open API

During the TAPR/ARRL Digital Communications Conference in Austin last September, Stephen Hicks N5AC gave this presentation on interfacing with FlexRadio using their open API. Part II of this presentation was given by Graham Haddock KE9H, and discussed the FlexRadio wavefrom API. It is available from HamRadioNow. FlexRadio produces a series of high-end SDR’s, with the […]