Please explain differences in SDR software

Discussion in 'Software Defined Radio (SDR)' started by KX5ALC, Oct 7, 2021.

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  1. G8FXC

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    Marrying the wrong woman can get very expensive - SDRUno is not going to claim alimony if you abandon it and set up home with SDR Console!

    Martin G8FXC
     
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  2. KX5ALC

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    Granted! But just like the 15 years I "wasted" with my first redhead, I don't really care to waste a lot of time trying out different software programs for SDR. ;)
     
  3. WA7F

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    I’ll second the download and try them idea. What didn’t work well for others might work fine for you.
     
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  4. KX5ALC

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    Just got back from Elmers night with out club. Several of the guys say they are seriously looking into SDR++. I'll try and check it out tomorrow.
     
  5. KX5ALC

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    New question on the subject:

    I think I may be confused on just what this SDR is all about. I'm not the least bit interested in running my new radio "via" my computer keypad. I realize I'll have to use the keyboard to change preferences in how the monitor shows things. But all I'm after is a waterfall display on a auxiliary monitor to make signals easier to spot. (well, also for the "cool factor") So am I wrong in expecting to be able to operate my radio controls from the front of the radio, or do I have to control everything through the SDR software displayed on my monitor?
     
  6. G8FXC

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    Depends to some extent on which software you run on your PC. I use either SDRUno or SDR Console and both support synchronisation between the SDR and the connected transceiver. SDR Console refers to it as "Tracking" and it can be turned on or off as well as controlling the direction. If you turn on tracking and set it to bidirectional, then tuning and mode changes made either on the PC via the mouse or on the rig via its standard controls will be reproduced on the other device. I tend to keep tracking off most of the time because I'm using the SDR as a second receiver. I would like the option to manually synchronise in either direction, but none of the software I've found will do that, so I have to temporarily turn tracking on, then make a small frequency change on the SDR to propagate the tuning to the PC.

    Martin (G8FXC)
     
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  7. WA7F

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    You can tie your rig to the SDR through Omnirig. This provides frequency tracking and rig control at the pc but, you can still operate your rig as normal. Depending on how the SDR is connected you may need to switch it out of the RF path when transmitting. My SDR is connected to the IF out on my K3 so no switching is required.

    SDRs can also be used as a stand-alone receiver.

    Edit - looks like I crossed paths with Martin
     
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  8. KX5ALC

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    Thanks, guys. Now that I think about it, I remember something about the synchronization between the SDR and the radio. (DUH!) Okay, so I'm still on the right track.
     
  9. G8FXC

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    It works very well, but I would like SDR Console to formalise manual synchronisation - the interface it a bit clunky at the moment.

    I have not read back through the entire thread - I assume that you have addressed the issue of protecting the SDR front-end from your transmitter, haven't you?

    Martin (G8FXC)
     
  10. KX5ALC

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    Hi-Hi...............I'm so ignorant of all of this I don't even know what you are talking about, Martin. :D
     

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