SDRplay has an educators programme for schools, high schools, colleges, universities and trade schools. We offer discounted SDR radios for education-related projects, and are also happy to showcase SDRplay-based projects of interest to other educational and research establishments.
Calling University Teachers
Click here or on the banner below to find out all about our new ready-made one-semester “Understanding Radio Communications” 11 hour course – perfect for undergraduate STEM subject teachers – we provide lecture notes, practical lab sessions and much much more – all for free.
There are many areas where use of a rugged and full featured SDR receiver can be applied to your educational activity – here are just a few examples:
For (High) Schools (including after school clubs):
- The RSP1A is a perfect introduction to the radio spectrum. Unlike a cheap dongle, it will reliably allow all frequencies from 1kHz to 2GHz to be explored.
- Set up a basic wire antenna and explore:
- Broadcast stations
- Weather Satellite images
- Listen to the International Space Station
- Aircraft transponder data
- Air Traffic Control
- Tracking Ships
- Radio Astronomy projects
- Learn how GPS works
- Local services communications
- Amateur Radio
- Antenna properties
- Using the downloadable SD Card Image, transform a Raspberry Pi into a radio communications receiver hub
- Develop programming skills to control the radio (tuning)
- Learn about Digital signal processing (GNU Radio)
For University Teaching and Research Projects:
- Wired and Wireless Digital Signal Processing
- Radio Astronomy
- Receiver architecture design
- Use for making and datalogging accurate RF measurements in the lab and in the field
- Capture and process remote wireless sensor data
- Environmental measurement projects
- RF propagation experiments
- Spectrum analysis
- Field work
- Remote signal monitoring
- Diversity and signal enhancing experiments using the coherent dual channel RSPduo
- Radio Direction finding projects
- SDR radio architecture exploration using GNU Radio Companion and GNU radio RSP source blocks
- Innovative AI- based signal selection and capture using SDRplay’s well documented API
It’s easy to find out if you’re eligible for SDRplay’s educators discount programme. Just fill in the form on this page to tell us more about your teaching, learning or research activities – we will then let you know if you qualify for applicable discounts and benefits on our SDRplay products. Also, if you have SDRplay-based course materials or research articles you’d like us to add to the catalogue, please let us know using the same form.
Resources for teachers and researchers:
GNU radio is a popular environment for teachers and developers involved in Digital Signal Processing and exploring new radio architectures. For receiver applications, the low cost dongle is a popular hardware choice, but if you need reliable, clean, continuous radio signal reception from 1kHz to 2 GHz (without the need for block converters or external filters) then an SDRplay RSP is a useful alternative.
With help from the GNU radio foundation, SDRplay has now made available a workflow for windows for all its RSP radios: www.sdrplay.com/docs/gr-sdrplay-workflow.pdf
The following video guide shows how you can get up and running with an RSP and GNU radio Companion:
Raspberry Pi and SDRplay for Teaching:
When it comes to inspiring a new generation of wireless engineers to innovate, then a great starting point is the Raspberry Pi. Many students are already applying their computing skills to the manipulation of sound and vision -sound and vision have long been well catered for with microphone and camera technology. Until recently, the radio spectrum has been more elusive. The RSP family of SDRs brings quality radio receiver technology (1kHz to 2GHz) to the computer science student in a robust and reliable form. |For example, SDRplay has recently created a downloadable SD card image as a starting point for exploring the radio spectrum with a Raspberry Pi3 B or B+ and an SDRplay RSP.