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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Fw: Need Advice for SDR choice

From: Tom Rondeau
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Fw: Need Advice for SDR choice
Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2011 19:51:21 -0500

On Sun, Jan 2, 2011 at 4:31 PM, Andrew Rich <address@hidden> wrote:
> Sorry I understand that there is a software part and a hardware part
> I was more interesting in making a decision on the
> 1) Hardware
> 2) Operating System
> RX only
> I have a MacBook PRO I7 it can run OS X or windows
> - Andrew VK4TEC -

The standard hardware we have for what you are after is the USRP,
probably with a WBX daughterboard (50 MHz - 2.2 GHz). Look at
www.ettus.com for the range of hardware they sell.

As for the OS, you should be fine with OpenSUSE or OSX. If you're
comfortable in Linux, this is the most likely to work well for you. We
try to work in OSX as well (thanks to Michael Dickens, especially),
but most of the developers work natively in Linux.


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Marcus D. Leech
> To: address@hidden
> Sent: Monday, January 03, 2011 9:00 AM
> Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Fw: Need Advice for SDR choice
> Hello
> I need some advice. I would like to purchase a Software Defined Radio
> I would like to be able to do
> 1. Around 50 MHz to 2.400 GHz
> 3. I would like to be able to decode AX25 packet (ISS)
> I also have another project of decoding Mode S aircraft signals.
> I have Windows XP / MAC OS X / Linux OpenSUSE.
> What are my decoding options for the SDR ?
> I can build packages etc in LINUX
> - Andrew VK4TEC -
> First, GnuRadio is a *framework* for constructing Software-Defined Radio
> applications, and as such,
>   it's not a "plug and play" SDR.
> Plenty of folks on here are working on SDR-based *applications*, and there
> may be people working on
>   some of the modes you mention.  There's also CGRAN:  http://www.cgran.org
> which is a site largely
>   for open-source applications that have been built for GnuRadio.  There's
> definitely an on-going
>   Mode S project using Gnu Radio, and some of those developers are on this
> mailing list.
> You haven't mentioned whether you need Rx capability only, or Rx/Tx.

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