[USRP-users] B210 GNU HF Spectrum Analyzer

Marcus D. Leech patchvonbraun at gmail.com
Sun Jul 12 23:16:25 EDT 2020

On 07/12/2020 10:59 PM, Larry Dodd wrote:
> Marcus
> Ok Thanks for the information Marcus.  I have both a Spyverter and Ham-it-up already. I may get an N210 eventually. The X series unfortunately are out of my funding range. I appreciate your expertise and advice. Thanks!
> Larry, K4LED
Incidentally, what kind of radio astronomy are you planning to do at 
that frequency range?  It's mostly, as you might expect, "a mess", but
   some discrete frequencies are available for things like riometry, and 
looking at solar and jupiter radio bursts...

>> On Jul 12, 2020, at 10:08 PM, Marcus D. Leech <patchvonbraun at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 07/12/2020 09:42 PM, Larry Dodd wrote:
>>> Marcus
>>> Actually I don’t have the B210 or the LFRX yet as I just ordered them but that’s all I ordered. Do I need to cancel the order?
>>> Larry, K4LED
>> The LFRX will be of no use to you unless you have a platform that it can plug in to.
>> I'd keep the B210 part of the order, and order a HamItUp or SpyVerter upconverter module, which up-converts HF frequencies to
>>   a higher range that the B210 can tune to.
>> HamiTup is sold by NooElec, and the SpyVerter is sold by https://airspy.com/spyverter-r2/
>> Again, the LFRX is a "daughtercard", which is used in various USRPS that use the daughter-card architecture, like the USRP1, USRP2,
>>   N2xx, X3xx, B100, and E100.
>> But the B210 is an excellent machine, it's just that it doesn't tune down to HF frequencies.  But with the addition of a (fairly cheap, IMHO)
>>   up-converter, you can explore the territory you're interested in quite nicely.
>> In terms of software, it really depends on what you want to *do*. If you just want an integrated FFT display that can cover your 15MHz
>>   of bandwidth, you can use the uhd_fft application, and have it sample at 15Msps--this assumes your computer is able to "keep up"
>>   at that rate--a good USB3 controller will be required, and a good multi-core machine to go with it.
>>>>> On Jul 12, 2020, at 8:06 PM, Marcus D Leech <patchvonbraun at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> The B210 is self contained and tunes down to 50Mhz at the lowest. The LFRX is for other types of USRPs. So first things first, what type of USRP do you have?
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>> On Jul 12, 2020, at 7:43 PM, Larry Dodd via USRP-users <usrp-users at lists.ettus.com> wrote:
>>>>> I need to set up a GNU HF spectrum analyzer with a waterfall using my B210, LNA, and LFRX daughter board. The target would be a 15 to 30 MHz (or wider) instantaneous spectrum for Radio Astronomy work. Rather than re-creating something that already exists where could I get a similar GNU flowgraph? Since I am brand new to USRP any advice is very welcome.
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>> Larry, K4LED
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