[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] usrp2_fft.py hehaves abnormally at a certain deci

From: Matt Ettus
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] usrp2_fft.py hehaves abnormally at a certain decimation rate
Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2009 23:26:14 -0700
User-agent: Thunderbird (X11/20090825)

Decimation involves filtering. Filtering reduces the noise power, which can cause you to have many zero samples in a row, which will result in what you saw. Different combinations of the CIC and halfband filters will result in different noise behavior. What you are seeing is perfectly normal, and won't happen when there is a real signal there.


I was in a test with 'usrp2_fft.py' code in the gr-utils directory and found that the program is not running as I expected in certain conditions. I was watching signals running the usrp2 as a spectrum analyzer with the code. Test environment information
    - usrp2 + gnuradio 3.2.1 (or gnuradio 3.2.2)
    - usrp2 H/W version : rev. 3
    - usrp2 SD card image/code version : Cannot identify
    - RF RX Interface : basic RX board
    - Host PC O/S : ubuntu 9.04 Desktop (64bit version)
Symptom - When I set the decimation rate to '20', and open the RF input port(hooked up no signals), the noise level goes down to -380dBm and and flat. With the decimation rate of 18 or 22, it looks O.K. Noise level is around -90dBm and I can see the frequency domain envelope of white noise. - At that moment, the samples coming from usrp2 are all zero. I confirmed it with wireshark. - I figured out that it happens not only with the decimation rate of 20, but with 40, 60, etc. I was suspicous if it went like that with multiples of 20, but it happened with 50, 82, etc. - When I feed signal to the RF RX port, it goes back to normal. So, I can say that it happens when the input signal level(power) is lower that a certain level. However, it does not happen with other decimation rates like 4, 6, or 18. I would like to know 1. If this is a known issue. In that case, I also would like to know if there is any workaround. 2. If this is a new issue, I would like to ask experts in this mailing list to reproduce the experiment and let me know why this happens and what I should do. Best regards, ILKYOUNG.


Discuss-gnuradio mailing list

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]