Bob Nagy just released this review of the RSP1A – it includes a very informative tutorial on SDRs and a whistle stop tour of SDRuno. What’s nice is the way he managed to include demos of the RSP1A in operation picking up real signals across the spectrum from VLF beacons up to 1.9GHz cellphones. In summary, after pointing out all the advantages an RSP has for the lab environment, Bob says “As a tool for learning the dynamics of SDR – Wow!” and gives it two thumbs up 🙂
It’s been fun watching all the new applications appearing which make use of RSPs in all sorts of interesting ways.
For example, it looks like the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is making use of the RSP2 as a radio receiver for atmospheric data from weather balloons that they launch. The NOAA developer involved has posted on the SDRplay forum and has shown examples of the software used and the setup with the RSP2. According to the article, the RSP2 is a dramatic improvement over the former receiver they were using and has extended their reception range from 156km to over 318 km. According to the article, their transmitter battery ran out at 318kn, so they still are not sure exactly how far they can receive signals with the RSP2, but it appears to be at least 318km so far. Take a look at the article here: https://www.sdrplay.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2733 . According to the articles at the links, the developer is Allen Jordon of NOAA. From the articles at the links, Allen’s e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always interested in hearing of new uses for an RSP – if you have one, let us know by contacting us at email@example.com
Andy and Jon met lots of customers, old and new at the annual Hog roast hosted by Martin Lynch and Sons at their Staines (London, UK) premises on Saturday 2nd December. We put on demos of SDRuno and Cubic SDR running the RSP2 and the new RSP1A with PC, MAC and Raspberry Pi on show. We picked up some great signals using a Wellbrook magnetic loop antenna. We had fun helping one chap who came along with his brand new RSP2 and a Windows 10 tablet. Within a few minutes he was up and running! (it really is easy now – see the RS video on https://youtu.be/GW8UyWsHXps )
What is particularly good about these events is that we get lots of comments about our products and very useful feedback regarding our roadmap for new hardware and software. Thanks to all who came to see us.
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