[USRP-users] B210 GNU HF Spectrum Analyzer

Marcus D. Leech patchvonbraun at gmail.com
Mon Jul 13 10:57:40 EDT 2020

On 07/13/2020 10:52 AM, Larry Dodd wrote:
> Marcus
> Fantastic. Which SDR do you use with GNU Radio?
> Larry
Many of them :)

Depends on the application. For pulsar work and interferometry, I use 
the B210.   I run a small not-for-profit that does radio astonomy


And I also am on contract with Ettus for technical support work.

>> On Jul 13, 2020, at 10:48 AM, Marcus D. Leech <patchvonbraun at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 07/12/2020 11:38 PM, Larry Dodd wrote:
>>> Marcus
>>> Strictly receiving Jupiter storms and solar flares. As a Radio Jove member for a couple years now we have recorded many Jupiter storms in the 15 to 30 MHz range. They are generally of three types. S bursts, L bursts and N events. We send the SDR data stream to Radio Sky Spectrograph software. The files are archived for study by NASA scientists and other researchers. Jupiters moon Io plays an important roll in directing these storm impulses to earth. We have special software that predicts the probability of receiving the storms based on Earth, Jupiter, and Io orbital positions. I can send you sample spectrograms if desired. We also study ionospheric events, galactic background noise, and some celestial scintillations. Yes RFI is a problem but there are software mitigation techniques.
>>> Larry, K4LED
>> Thanks, Larry.
>> Yes, I'm familiar with all of that.  I've been doing radio astronomy on and off since 1986, and started using SDR/Gnu Radio for it in 2004.
>> I did some work for Natural Resources Canada on riometers a couple of years ago, and have been involved in riometer development with
>>   Gnu Radio since 2010 or so.
>>>>> On Jul 12, 2020, at 11:16 PM, Marcus D. Leech <patchvonbraun at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> 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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