Spectrum Analyzer using Beaglebone Black and RTL-SDR

Over on YouTube, Stephen Ong has posted a video of his standalone Terratec RTL-SDR and BeagleBone Black based spectrum analyzer. What makes this unique is the lack of computer needed and dedicated 7 inch touch LCD screen (CircuitCo LCD7 cape). Powered by 6 AA batteries, the unit is nice and portable. BeagleBoards are low-cost, fan-less single-board computers based on low-power Texas Instruments processors featuring the ARM Cortex-A8 core. The BeagleBone Black DevKit used in the video costs around USD$50. He demonstrates the unit showing the RF spectrum of  commercial FM stations, car remote transmitters, analog TV (PAL B) broadcast, DVB-T broadcast, cellular GSM900 and a DECT cordless phone.


SDRSharp Scanner Plugin Tutorial and Demo

Over on YouTube, user radiosification has posted a video showing how to go about setting up the SDR# Scanner plugin. This is a great way to get your RTL-SDR to function as a radio scanner so you don’t have to manually tune the bands. It assumes you already have your RTL-SDR installed and configured to work with SDR# but walks you through the rest of the process of installing and using the plugin. The download page for the plugin is in Russian but the video shows how to translate the page and find the download link. If you’ve used this plugin before, leave a comment and let us know any tips or troubles you may of had.

Radiosification has also posted another video showing the SDRSharp scanner plugin being used to scan the airband which is located between 108mhz to 137mhz.

9H1EJ – 50.093MHz – JM75GU

9H1EJ - 50.093MHz - JM75GU9H1EJ 50.093MHz RAYMOND JM75GU 6/4/2013 08.50UTC by YO8TNB. Source


OH1SIX/B – 50.012MHz – KP11QU

OH1SIX/B - 50.012MHz - KP11QUOH1SIX/B 50.012MHz BEACON KP11QU 6/4/2013 11.30UTC by YO8TNB. Source


OH5SHF/B – 50.033MHz – KP30HV

OH5SHF/B - 50.033MHz - KP30HVOH5SHF/B 50.033MHz BEACON KP30HV KOUVOLA FINLAND 6/4/2013 09.55UTC by YO8TNB. Source


SM5ISM – 50.137MHz – JO89HK

SM5ISM - 50.137MHz - JO89HKSM5ISM 50.137MHz LARS JO89HK 6/4/2013 10.45UTC by YO8TNB. Source


TK5JJ – 50.166MHz – JN41IW

TK5JJ - 50.166MHz - JN41IWTK5JJ 50.166MHz JEAN JN41IW 6/4/2013 08.35UTC by YO8TNB. Source


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