Monthly Archives: November 2017
This latest video starts by showing the differences between the RSP1 and the RSP1A, and then gives an excellent demonstration of how the latest SDRuno works – this is a great place to start for any newcomers to SDRuno – https://youtu.be/qUZerxeHJvc
We continue to regularly add video guides to our Youtube Channel. The original series are listed in a playlist called ‘Part 1’ – newer guides are listed in a playlist called ‘Part 2’
The SDRplay YouTube Channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/c/SDRplayRSP
We have updated the Raspberry Pi 3 image to include support for the RSP1A.
The current list of software included on the image is:
SoapySDR/SoapySDRPlay, SoapyRemote, ADS-B (dump1090), CubicSDR and SDR-J DAB receiver*
*SDR-J has not had specific RSP1A added, but may still work.
Please note: This is a complete OS with software image. Writing the image to a micro SD card will wipe the micro SD card of any other data that is on there, so we recommend you make sure you have backed up any data on your existing micro SD card or you use a new micro SD card.
1. Download image from here:
2. Extract the contents of the compressed file. This will extract to a .img file which will be about 7.2 GB
3. Use an image writer such as Win32DiskImager (https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager) to put the image onto the micro SD card.
WARNING: Please make sure that you use the correct drive letter for the micro SD card. The image writing software will completely remove any data that is on the destination media.
That’s it – put the micro SD card into the Raspberry Pi 3 micro SD card slot and boot the system. Allow the system to fully boot and you will see a GUI that will allow you to run each of the applications or read further information.
We also recommend that you use an active cooling system on your Raspberry Pi 3 to avoid any issues with over heating. In our tests, we have used heatsinks and a fan in a case. The CPU speed will be throttled if the temperature gets too hot, so for optimum use this is really recommended. These cases are available at reasonable prices from many Raspberry Pi stores.
If you are a developer of software that supports the RSP and you would like to be included on the image that we will release periodically, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – currently we’re aiming to update the image every quarter, this will largely depend on software availability and what the demand is.
We are aware of other software that we are looking to get onto the next release such as Pothos and more SDR-J software. We will work with developers on any issues we’ve seen during this process so that we can get them onto future images.
We are pleased to announce that we now offer a minimum warranty period of 12 months from date of purchase on all our RSP products. Full details of our support process in the event of any problems with your new RSP can be found by selecting the ‘terms and conditions’ link on the Purchasing page of our website.
We have updated the ADS-B (dump1090) software for compatibility with the RSP1A. The software now supports RSP1, RSP1A and RSP2/RSP2pro. It can be either downloaded from our Downloads page (for Windows, Linux and Raspberry Pi) – http://www.sdrplay.com/downloads or the source code can be built from our GitHub repository ( https://github.com/SDRplay/dump1090 ). The user guide has also been updated on the Downloads page and can be seen here: http://www.sdrplay.com/docs/SDRplay_ADS-B_User_Guide.pdf
SoapySDRplay has now been updated to include support for the RSP1A. Vincent Sonnier also helped to make some improvements to CubicSDR for the RF gain display. Antenna selection for the RSP2 in CubicSDR has also been improved.
See https://github.com/pothosware/SoapySDRPlay/wiki for details.
“Geostationary weather satellite image reception is more challenging than APT weather satellite image reception, but can be achieved well using an SDRplay RSP2” as described in this new post on our forum. The author writes “Before getting started in putting together a receiving system for HRIT and LRIT images, it is a good idea to go through this article and get a good idea of all of the software, components, and related expenses. The HRIT and LRIT images available from the GOES 13, GOES 14, GOES 15, GOES 16, and similar satellites are really spectacular. The file size limitation for posting images on (the forum site) significantly reduces the available resolution. Complete images can be 40MB in size”
Click on the image below to be directed to the article on our forum which really shows the power of the RSP2 plus SDRuno combination for Satellite Image processing.
Our thanks to “RSP2 user” for this detailed and compelling article
Many thanks to the SWLing.com post for this great review of the RSP1A. The author, Thomas summarises with these words:
“Think of it this way: The RSP1A is the sporty-but-affordable compact car of the SDR world. It delivers performance well above its comparatively modest price and is fun to operate. In terms of DX, it gets you from point A to point B very comfortably––and quite affordably!
With just $99, there’s no reason you can’t join the world of SDR––the RSP1A is a very accessible, very intuitive SDR start your exploration of the radio spectrum.”
Here’s an update as to where we are with the software necessary for the new RSP1A.
In addition to the Windows-based SDRuno, SDR-Console V3 preview and HDSDR capabilities already available on day 1, here’s an update on additional software for the RSP1A:
We are happy to report that all the normally supported platforms now have RSP1A-compatible APIs released (i.e. Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, Raspberry Pi and ARM64 )
We’ve asked Josh Blum to pull our SoapySDRPlay changes into his main repository. For now, people can build it from here: https://github.com/SDRplay/SoapySDRPlay
We’ve also rebuilt the Mac version of CubicSDR and that is also loaded onto the website
Over the next couple of days, we will release the following updates for the RSP1A:
ADS-B (dump1090) builds (Windows, Linux, Raspberry Pi)
Raspberry Pi Image (v1.1)
Best regards, Jon SDRplay Marketing Director
PS: Our software can be downloaded from www.sdrplay.com/downloads