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[Discuss-gnuradio] Can't reliably do T/R switching with valves with UHD

From: Sivan Toledo
Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] Can't reliably do T/R switching with valves with UHD and RFX400
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:14:41 +0300

I am trying to switch a GRC transceiver between transmit and receive using a boolean variable that shows up on the GUI as a pair of QT radio button or as a checkbox. The boolean variable controls two valves, one between the UHD source and the rest of the receiver, and the other between the transmit chain and the UHD sink. I am using an RFX400.

The idea is that when I'm in receive mode, the valve to the UHD sink is open (not passing samples), so the UHD driver turns off the transmitter, and I can receive.

This does not work reliably. When I start the graph, it's in receive mode and all is well. When I click on the transmit button, it stops receiving (no audio) and it transmits just fine. When I switch back to receive, sometimes it works, the transmit carrier disappears (I can see it in another physical radio) and the receive chain starts working again, producing audio. But at other times, the receive chain starts up (I guess because the valve from the UHD source closes), but the RFX400 keeps the transmitter's carrier on. I can see it in another radio. It does not appear to be modulated.

Am I doing something wrong? I thought that stopping the samples to the UHD sink with a valve will turn off the transmitter in the RFX400. Is there another, more explicit way to tell the daughter board to stop and start the transmitter under UHD?

Thanks, Sivan Toledo

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