[USRP-users] USRP transmission power

alok ranjan alokranjan007 at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 30 06:25:26 EDT 2015

Hello Marcus,

Thank you for your prompt reply on the mentioned question.  Since, I am new to the USRP community so I need some more expert suggestion from your end. I am just using the benchmark python script i.e. benchmark_tx.py and benchmark_rx.py  for sending and receiving. Please Find below my complete set up,

Say, benchmark_tx.py -f 500e6 -M 0.5 --tx -gain=30  --tx-amplitude=0.8 -m qam

using the same for benchmark_rx.py also.

Would you please comment that how can i get the transmission power at the above mentioned setup.  

However, i am able to get the avg received power per sample at receiver. say for eg. 8.8836e-06.
 SO can I simply square the avg received power to get the transmitted power at that particular frequency and gain??

Thank you , Best Regards


Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:53:45 +0200
To: usrp-users at lists.ettus.com
Subject: Re: [USRP-users] USRP transmission power
From: usrp-users at lists.ettus.com

    Hi Alok,


    How can I calculate the transmission power?

    the power you transmit of course depends primarily on the signal you
    transmit, on the TX gain you set, on your individual antenna, on the
    frequency you're on, and to a certain degree on individual component
    tolerances on the transmitting WBX. The only way of knowing
    your power is measuring in exactly the set up you have.

    However, the USRPs/daughterboards are quite linear over quite a
    large range, so if you take a signal, measure the power, and then
    use the same signal but multiplied with 0.5, you'll get one fourth
    of the energy -- thus, you can generally assume signal energy to be
    proportional to the square of your digital samples' magnitude.

    Another question i have,  can i change the
      transmission power for every transmission purpose?
    Of course. Just change the signal you're transmitting, or change the
    TX gain, or do both.


    Best regards,



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