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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] RDS reception

From: Andrew Davis
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] RDS reception
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 11:12:28 -0500

I think the problems with SNR is with the FM Demod, my car stereo can
get RDS as the station fades 40 miles away, but with my USRP has
trouble picking up the stereo pilot from a 50kw station one mile away
( -10dBm ). FM demod is hard for software ( I think GNUradio just uses
a zero-crossing detector ).

Do you have the code, I would love to test it.

On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM, Marcus D. Leech <address@hidden> wrote:
> I managed to get gr-rds built tonight, and was able to test it planted
> inside my FM receiver.
> Even for a local station, there are *lots* of errors, and more distant
> stations get even more.
>  I'm going to play around a bit with filter bandwidths, etc, to see if
> I can improve it.
> Looking at the modulation technique, it's no big surprise--they use a
> bi-phase baseband coding
>  (basically like differential Manchester), that drives a DSB-SC
> modulator with a carrier at
>  57kHz.  But that signal is generally about 20dB below the other audio
> sub-channels on the
>  FM demodulator output. So the SNR is generally *terrible*.
> I'm rather surprised, after looking at it, that anyone bother deploying
> RDS. It seems utterly
>  crappy.  It's generally broadcast with fairly-low SNR, and there's no
> FEC built in, only CRC.
> I re-jigged the XML for the demodulator part so you can reset the
> demodulator state machine
>  from within a GRC flow-graph (there was a reset() method on the demod,
> but it wasn't exposed
>  within the XML framework for GRC).
> Also, I may re-jig the decoder portion--it currently injects decoded
> frames into a message queue and
>  to stdout.   Might be useful to do other things with those messages.
> Like is there a simple way to
>  have a message dequeuer within a GRC flow-graph so that one could stuff
> messages into a variable?
> --
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> Shirleys Bay Radio Astronomy Consortium
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