Starting USRP basicRX pickup

I can’t seem to find a consistent answer to this - I’m trying to test
my USRP now that I have the software working correctly, but I can’t
seem to find much anything in the FM or AM bands (usrp_wfm_rcv and/or
usrp_fft) using the antenna that I bought with the USRP (the “144MHz,
430 MHz, 1200 MHz Tri-band 6-inch vertical antenna” one), or just
various lengths of wire I tried hooking in. It does seem to lock in a
bit around 100.1 MHz (although I don’t think that’s a radio station in
the vicinity), but there’s no audio coming out the demod. So should I
expect to be getting anything without any RF front end? Oh, and I’m
in Tacoma, WA, so there are a number of fairly strong radio stations

On Fri, Apr 14, 2006 at 12:39:45PM -0700, Erik T. wrote:

With no gain or selection in the front end, it’s pretty hard to see
anything. However, if you use a 75cm piece of wire as an antenna,
there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be able to pick up broadcast FM
stations. Note that because we sample at 64 MS/s, when using the
basic rx you can’t distinguish 96MHz + N from 96MHz - N.

Try running and seeing what you see.
You’ll probably have to turn the gain all the way up.

The “right answer” is to use one of the daughterboards that actually
contains a tuner. E.g., TV RX, Flex 400, Flex 2400.


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