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Technologies Review | March 29, 2017

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Getting To Know Software Defined Radio

Getting To Know Software Defined Radio
Ann S

Are you interested in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to interacting with the latest in electronic technologies? Are you the early adopter amongst your friends looking to gain experience with the new and unique as soon as possible? If so, then it might be time to get involved with Software Defined Radio and its related enhancements. While new developments and advancements are discovered each day, SDR promises to offer several benefits to countless industries. Below is a list of frequently asked questions for those who have yet to experiment with Software Defined Radio:

What is the Purpose of Software Defined Radio?

The main intention of SDR development is to do away with all of the complex analog parts located within a traditional radio system. Instead, they are replaced with software that can accomplish the same task.

What is SDR Capable of in terms of Modulation?

It can perform the modulation – and demodulation – of all potential modes: NFM, WFM, AM, SSB, USB, LSB, CW, etc. You can also work satellites without much difficulty, allowing for easy access to images from weather satellites.

Getting To Know Software Defined Radio

How does SDR interact with the RF Spectrum?

Instantly increase your ability to perceive a larger portion of the RF spectrum, allowing you to notice otherwise unnoticeable differences in older technology. You can also calculate various RF measurements, such as signal strength, interference patterns, etc.

What do I need to begin using SDR?

Getting started with your own Software Defined Radio is simple, requiring only the minimum in hardware to begin. Once you have an antenna, a device to convert signals from the antenna to the computer, a computer, soundcard, and the proper SDR model, you’re more than ready.

Is there only one kind of Software?

Of course not! Just as there are several types of traditional radio devices, the improvement of electronic design has allowed many different varieties of SDR software to be developed. Find the software that best matches your needs and utilize it to fulfill your industrial requirements.

Is it difficult to learn how to use SDR?

No harder than learning any other radio based system you’ve used previously. Regardless of the software, most systems utilize a very similar GUI to streamline user experience and allow for quick comprehension. An optimized control panel exists in most systems, allowing for frequency adjusting, mode changing, filter changing, audio level manipulation, and other features necessary to complete your specific task.