Our thanks to the many YouTubers who regularly review and post tutorials on using the features of SDRuno. The latest to post a very clear step-by-step walk-through of the new scanning feature, is SevenFortyOne, who also shows how useful it can be for checking HF frequencies for activity:
In this new video guide, Mike shows how to use the SDRuno wideband noise blanker to good effect.
Wideband noise is an increasing problem, particularly for HF reception. Mike shows how careful use of the wideband noise blanker can help pull hidden signals from this annoying form of interference:
Check out our catalogue of video guides, reviews and documentation here: https://www.sdrplay.com/apps-catalogue/
Our thanks to David Casler and Mike from merseyradar.co.uk for these two video demonstrations of the new SDRuno scanning software introduced in March 2019 with V1.3:
In the video above, Dave shows the potential for using the scanner on HF frequencies to spot FT8 activity.
In the video below, Mike shows how well the scanner works on the VHF airband:
Steve Andrew has released a major update to his Spectrum Analyser software which works with all RSP models (RSP1, RSP1A, RSP2, RSP2pro and RSPduo)
Steve writes ” It’s been a bit long in arriving but I hope you think the wait will have been worthwhile. The response to the original version was quiet gratifying and certainly spurred me on to get a much-enhanced version completed. This new release includes many new features as well as removing the limitations imposed on the previous version.”
The new features include multiple traces, a versatile marker system with maths, peak find and display functions, Zero or non-Zero IF options and an upgraded tracking generator system. For more information and links to documentation and the software itself, go to: https://www.sdrplay.com/spectrum-analyser/
On March 25th, YouTuber TomTekTest posted this enthusiastic introductory demo video: https://youtu.be/cj6VCNmWtN0
For people who rely on YouTube searches for recent tutorials and reviews, you may have noticed that at the moment you can’t search for up to date material (last day, week, month) as Google tries to prevent people from accessing certain content. Similarly, searches in other social network platforms are becoming more clunky. Therefore we recommend bookmarking our own Applications and Support Catalogue which has links to all our own material and a lot of useful 3rd party material, and it’s easy to see how up to date various content is: https://www.sdrplay.com/apps-catalogue/
Finally we have the SDRplay forum which has posts arranged in “latest first” order, and also has a searchable index: https://www.sdrplay.com/community/
Over on YouTube, “Signals Everywhere” demonstrates the new SDRuno scanning software (released March 14th 2019):
We are pleased to announce the release of SDRuno v1.3. This is a major upgrade to SDRuno, which adds a number of important new features and is intended for all RSP models including the now discontinued RSP1.
Major new features include:
- Frequency Scanning (for both frequency ranges and stored memory panel lists)
- I/Q → Audio Output (for CW Skimmer for example)
- A new configurable IF AGC scheme
For a full list of additions/changes and bug fixes, please see the release notes at: https://www.sdrplay.com/docs/SDRplay_SDRuno_Release_Notes.pdf
This release of SDRuno uses a new version of the Windows Service based API (3.02) and so users that also used other applications such as dump1090 and HDSDR with the previous version of the Windows Service based API (3.01) will need to download and install the latest versions of API, dump1090 and the ExtIO plugin from our website at https://www.sdrplay.com/downloads
We have produced two new video guides which describe the use of the Frequency Scanner and I/Q Output functions. Links to these videos along with many others can be found by going to the SDRplay Applications and support catalogue on https://www.sdrplay.com/apps-catalogue/ , and on our Youtube Channel on https://www.youtube.com/c/SDRplayRSP
However, the two new videos can be viewed directly by clicking below:
This makes SDRuno the first fully featured SDR package with integrated frequency scanning. The scanner has 2 modes; it can scan an arbitrary frequency range with a defined raster or it can scan through a list of frequencies from the memory panel. It can store found signals, has a number of built in pre-sets (including the marine and air-bands) and has the ability to both wait on signal and hold for a period of time on a signal. Creating, sharing and storing your own preferred set of frequencies for scanning is straightforward too.
The ExtIO version of SDRuno can still be downloaded from our downloads page and is included in the SDRuno 1.22 release. Make sure to install it in a different directory to 1.3 otherwise it will stop 1.3 from working.
For any questions or help regarding this new release, please contact SDRplay support via our dedicated support system at: https://www.sdrplay.com/support
For any other suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, we recommend that all users join our community forum where there is a wealth of knowledge and help available for using our products and software in a wide range of applications and circumstances. This forum can be found at: https://www.sdrplay.com/community
There is growing interest in remote operation and we have released a new version of the RSP TCP Server. For anyone new to trying this out, this video guide talks through the process of setting up a Raspberry Pi 3B to do the job at the remote end. It makes use of the downloadable SD card image which we also provide.
In the video we demonstrate “extended mode” which makes sure you get the full ADC resolution over the internet connection. Any EXTIO-compatible software can make use of this.
We have provided versions of this server for Windows, Mac and Raspberry Pi. Just go to our downloads page – and the appropriate tab on: https://www.sdrplay.com/downloads/ and look for “TCP SERVER V1.0”
The link to the latest SD card image information page is: https://www.sdrplay.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4135
The link to the RSP TCP server information page is: https://www.sdrplay.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4134
Meanwhile, for Andorid device users, we have now released an open beta version of the SDRplay driver which works with SDR Touch for RSP1, RSP1A, RSP2 and RSP2pro. A version for the RSPduo will be released soon – more information here: http://www.sdrplay.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4164
1. download and install the SDRplay driver
2. download and install SDR Touch
3. confirm your android device is compatible with OTG cables (unfortunately some are not)
4. connect the RSP via an OTG cable to your android device
5. start the SDRplay driver
6. start SDR Touch
7. Press the power button in SDR Touch
The software still works in basic mode without all the features of the RSP family. However as well as adding the RSPduo, we are working with the SDR Touch software author to get these features added in the future.
It has taken us a long time and we’re very grateful for everyone’s patience, but we really are within a couple of weeks of releasing the long awaited SDRuno Version 1.3 update which includes the much requested scanning feature and an IQ output feature up to 192kHz which will work with programmes like CW scanner.
The introduction of a fast frequency scanner for SDRplay products has been greatly anticipated and this will make SDRuno the first fully featured SDR package with integrated frequency scanning. The scanner has 2 modes; it can scan an arbitrary frequency range with a defined raster or it can scan through a list of frequencies from the memory panel. It can store found signals, has a number of built in pre-sets (including the marine and air-bands) and has the ability to both wait on signal and hold for a period of time on a signal. Creating, sharing and storing your own preferred set of frequencies for scanning is straightforward too.
We will get it out to you as quickly as we can, and for those waiting for the features promised in V 1.4, work has been going on behind the scenes.
Here’s a reminder of the SDRuno software roadmap:
Version 1.3 (imminent):
a) I/Q output via audio output for applications such as CWSkimmer
b) Frequency Scanner
c) Move all stored configuration settings from the Windows registry to a .INI file
Version 1.4 (later this year):
a) A re-architectured version of SDRuno which will support 3rd party demodulator ‘plugins’ via a new plugin API
b) Dual stream signal processing for diversity/noise cancellation for the RSPduo
The downloadable SD card image for the Raspberry Pi3 is proving very popular and we have now updated it to make sure it always enables hardware acceleration, out of the box. It also includes the latest version of the RSP TCP Server for remote RSP operation and it enables SSH by default for headless operation. The new server feature opens up more ways of using an RSP remotely – you just need a Raspberry Pi, an RSP and an internet connection to allow most RTL-SDR compatible software to access the radio.
Here then, is what comes pre-installed in the downloaded SD card image:
- The RPi3 operating system (you don’t need to mess with your current software set-up)
- Cubic SDR (complete SDR receiver software)
- GNU Radio Companion
- ADSB (Dump1090)
- QT-DAB receiver
- RSP TCP Server
Click on the picture below to see the video guide showing how easy it is to get up and running:
If you know of anyone who is looking to try new things with their Raspberry Pi, then the RSP is a fantastic way to get them interested in radio. A cheaper dongle might also be a starting point but without the built-in filters included in an RSP, it can be a frustrating and off-putting experience.
More information about the RSP TCP server software included in the download: The standard “RTL-compatible” mode has been revisited to improve things like the gain control and options have been added to start the server with RSP-specific options such as “Antenna select”, “Bias-T enable” and enabling of specific hardware broadcast notch filters. This new version also has an “Extended” mode whereby these RSP-specific controls can be changed on the fly, when client developers add them to their software. This updated version can be found on SDRplay’s GitHub repository: https://github.com/SDRplay
You can read more about the latest RSP TCP server (also runs on Windows and MAC) here: https://www.sdrplay.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4134
Over on the SDRplay forum, “RSP2user” provides regular news and shares results of using the latest satellite imaging software from USA-Satcom. Yesterday he reported that the XRIT file manager now provides IR image enhancements for GOES Bands 8 and 13 and posted a nice example image:
Above: GOES 16 Band8 Enhancements
Recently RSP2user wrote “USA-Satcom has just released v220.127.116.11 of the XRIT Decoder. Along with enhancements for the XRIT Decoder, a new RSP Streamer X has been released and is operable with the RSP1A, RSP2, and RSPduo – new features include operation with two streams simultaneously (provided that the PC being used has sufficient processing power and an RSPduo or more than one compatible RSP are being used). Also new is the XRIT File manager which allows for improved operation with both LRIT and HRIT files, improved LUT for excellent false color images, user-selectable automated black filling of the white background on full disk visual and false color HRIT images, and country as well as state map overlays.”
The XRIT file manager software now offers IR image enhancements showing storm intensity on Band 13 as well as color enhancements for IR Band 8. @USA-Satcom provides regular Twitter updates. Indeed USA-Satcom tweeted this just now:
Keep up to date by checking the forum for more amazing pictures and the latest news: https://www.sdrplay.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=3262&start=40
More about GOES Satellites: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geostationary_Operational_Environmental_Satellite
Click here to read the review in English
Author Dennis, who offers tips on how to set up for best results, comments “I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the SDRPlay RSPduo. …….the receiver can easily cope with the MegaLoop FX as well as the MegaDipol MD300DX. “