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$6K Worth of USRP's


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So... yah...

The Maker/Hacker space that I'm apart of received a donation a wile back of around $6K worth of Ettus Research SDR Peripheral's and accompanying daughterboards... Like literally, these radios where sitting in a box for years now and no one wanted to play with them! Because I'm the resident subject matter expert on SDR for the club (which isn't saying much lol) I'm now responsible fore these bad mama jamas.

I'm sitting on 3 USRP's, 1x USRP1, 2x USRP2's, 21x daughterboards with Tx/Rx frequency ranges of 1-2500MHz, and box full of accessories. The USRP2's and most of these daughterboards are legacy and there's no more support for them I bet they can still do a thing.

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So my question to you guys is what fun "Activities" should I do with them? I'm trying to create a small demo to show off the capabilities to the club to create internist in SDR. My first thought was a build an OpenBTS base station on the ISM band but the UHF daughterboards I'm working with (FLEX900) doesn't want to work. Another Idea I had was to create a RX time share and host it on the clubs web sight but that might be a wile before that's potable. I'm open to Ideas.

Here's the list of what we have.

1X USRP1
2X USRP2

2X BasicTX 1-250MHz Tx
3X TX Daughterboard 1-250MHz Tx
2X FLEX2400 2400-2500MHz Tx/Rx
2X FLEX400 400-500MHz Tx/Rx
2X FLEX900 750-1050Mhz Tx/Rx

2X DBSRX 800-2400MHz Rx
2X DBSRX-LF 800-2400MHz Rx
3X RX Daughterboard 1-250MHz Rx
2X BasicRX 1-250MHz Rx
1X TV Tuner

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the UHF daughterboards I'm working with (FLEX900) doesn't want to work.

I know nothing about the subject, but I'd say your best bet is to elaborate a bit on this and maybe bring this up with the OsmoComm folks.

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If you're looking for some ideas for SDR, check out the Defcon presentation of Balint Seeber "All your RFz are belong to me" [1]. It's VERY inspirational. The coolest part IMHO is when they reboot a 36 year old satellite [2] by leveraging the USRP and the Arecibo [3] telescope in Puerto Rico (from the James Bond movie Goldeneye).

[1] https://youtu.be/1bgC3AjCnA4?t=6m06s

[2] https://www.ettus.com/blog/2014/07/contacting-a-36-year-old-space-craft-why-not

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arecibo_Observatory

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If you're looking for some ideas for SDR, check out the Defcon presentation of Balint Seeber "All your RFz are belong to me" [1]. It's VERY inspirational. The coolest part IMHO is when they reboot a 36 year old satellite [2] by leveraging the USRP and the Arecibo [3] telescope in Puerto Rico (from the James Bond movie Goldeneye).

[1] https://youtu.be/1bgC3AjCnA4?t=6m06s

[2] https://www.ettus.com/blog/2014/07/contacting-a-36-year-old-space-craft-why-not

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arecibo_Observatory

Yah that was a good talk, I remember seeing that a wile back. I just bought The Hobbyist's Guide to the RTL-SDR so I'm sifting threw that book ATM.

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