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[Discuss-gnuradio] Suggestions for newbies?

From: James Longstreet
Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] Suggestions for newbies?
Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 15:40:39 -0500


I recently started reading about Gnu Radio, and I think it would make a great project for my university's ACM chapter. My EE/radio experience is pretty much limited to RadioShack kits and building a shortwave receiver, but I have lots of programming experience. I'm confident that I can wrap my head around the concepts at least enough to make things work.

From everything I've read, it seems that the USRP is the way to go for hardware - relatively inexpensive, designed to work with Gnu Radio, and general enough to allow for just about anything. What can I hope to accomplish with a USRP - AM/FM radio? TV? HDTV?

Also, what kind of timeframe would be reasonable for playing around with this? Should I expect to be able to receive FM radio the day I take my USRP out of the box, or will I have to fiddle with things for a few weeks/months? I don't mind spending time with it, but I'd like to know what I'm getting myself into before I spend $700 on it.

What reading should I do to get up to speed on concepts I'm going to be running into? I understand radio at a conceptual level, but DSP and things like that are foreign to me.

Thank you,

James Longstreet
System Administrator
Association for Computing Machinery
University of Illinois at Chicago

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