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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] ATSC decoder example in GR 3.7.1

From: Tom Rondeau
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] ATSC decoder example in GR 3.7.1
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:43:24 -0400

On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 10:01 PM, Ethan Trewhitt
<address@hidden> wrote:
> As a part of my quest to understand some of the examples in GR (and
> eventually contribute some well-commented GRC examples of my own),
> I've been messing around with the atsc_rx.py script. Unfortunately,
> since I have a USRP2, I can't sample at 6.4Msps like the script wants.
> Instead, I tried sampling a strong local TV station at 10Msps and
> resampling at 6.4Msps, but the result is a ton of errors in the
> script's output and a large TS file that I can't make sense of.

Hi Ethan,

I just wanted to point out that we've been working with Andrew Davis
on fixing up ATSC to a) work better and b) work with 3.7. He's made a
good start on things here:


There's still work to be done, and Johnathan and I have been talking
about how to best get this into GNU Radio. If you're pursuing this
project, definitely look here and maybe talk directly with Andrew.
He's apparently gotten pretty busy with school work this semester, so
having another person working on this might be really good to finish
it up.


> I tried the following steps. First, capture a few seconds of raw TV
> signal (channel 39 in my area is the physical frequency of WSB):
>    uhd_rx_cfile -f 623M --samp-rate=10M -s wsb.iq
> In a local copy of atsc_rx.py, I added the following filter:
>    resamp = filter.fractional_resampler_cc(0, 10/6.4)
> Then I added the resampler to the graph at the bottom of the script:
>    tb.connect( srcf, is2c, resamp, rrc, ilp, duc, c2f, fpll, lp_filter)
> Finally I ran the script:
>    ./atsc_rx.py wsb.iq wsb.ts
> The console fills with errors related to the ATSC stream:
> 8404
> Using Volk machine: avx_64_mmx_orc
> Setting initial_freq: 3065000.000000
> atsc_field_sync_demux: synced (FIELD-1) at 426209 [delta = 426209]
> atsc_viterbi_decoder: new starting offset = 0
> atsc_field_sync_demux: lost sync at  464481
> !!! atsci_equalizer: expected field sync, didn't find one
> atsc_field_sync_demux: segment number overflow
> atsc_viterbi_decoder: new starting offset = 7
> !!! atsci_equalizer: expected field sync, didn't find one
> atsc_field_sync_demux: segment number overflow
> atsc_field_sync_demux: lost sync at 1225761
> atsc_viterbi_decoder: new starting offset = 1...
> (and so on, many times over)
> I tried playing the output TS in vlc and reading it with avconv, but
> both programs found tons of errors with the file and couldn't do
> anything useful with it. For the record, with some tweaking of the Tx
> settings, I was able to transmit the captured IQ file over the air and
> play the clip on a nearby TV (on a different, unused channel), so I
> know the data is in there somewhere.
> My eventual goal is to turn this script into a GRC version, complete
> with GRC xml files for the ATSC blocks currently included in GR.
> However, I can't begin this process without having it working in the
> first place. Is there anyone out there who understands the current
> script and can modify it to work with an adjustable input sample rate?
> That would go a long way toward helping me understand it all. Thanks
> in advance.
> Ethan T (courtarro)
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