On 9/7/07, Justin S. [email protected] wrote:

I think I have a misunderstanding regarding tuning the USRP.

I have connected the TX-A directly to RX-A. I am plotting the FFT of

both the transmitted and received signal. I have tuned RX to 0 Hertz

so I expect the positive frequencies to look the same up to noise

affects.

I am assuming this means you used a cable to connect two different

cards together? If these have any transmitting power to them, there

should be some attenuators in line to make sure you don’t blow

anything up. This is just an FYI.

What I get instead is mostly noise, with occasional blips at an offset

frequency. I.E. 5 KHz input gives me occasional energy at about 3

KHz. But most often I don’t see any signal at all.

I have posted the GRC graph and FFT plots at

http://wyoinnovation.blogspot.com/.

So I’ve been looking at your GRC graph and I have some fundamental

USRP questions as well as some questions with regards to your setup.

First, your signal source has a frequency of 0 and an amplitude of 16,

so you just want to transmit carrier? I am not sure if there is a

constant block but using that to make a DC offset can accomplish the

same thing.

Second, your sampling rate appears to be 50ksps and your USRP

interpolation rate is 200. This gives a final sampling rate of

10Msps. Does the USRP final sampling rate have to be 64Msps, or can

the USRP drive the DAC at 10Msps?

Next, your USRP source has a decimation rate of 1. I don’t think this

is a legal decimation rate. You should probably decimate your signal

down a bit. A decimation rate of 128 would give a sampling rate of

500ksps for a signal sampled at much less than that which is really

just a DC offset.

Lastly, there seem to be some sliders in the GRC window which are

controlling the aforementioned values. In those screen shots, I see a

tuning frequency of 0 and a signal frequency of 5kHz.

I am probably just getting confused. On the other hand, getting

answers about the interpolation and decimation rates of the USRP would

be good.

Sorry if I haven’t been much help.

Brian