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B8e644018d61c5dbd80cc8a00d2e5935?d=identicon&s=25 Luis Simoes (Guest)
on 2007-03-30 16:47
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Hi all,

We implemented a spectrum senser based on GnuRadio for our cognitive
research. In order to calibrate the senser we check the performance of
RFX2400 and DBS RX d'board with the script. We use the norma
and the waterfall plot of the script. Feeding the usrp with generated
by a high performance signal generator we could observe the appearance
some strong artefacts in the spectrum. To find out the origin of this
artefacts we put a calibrated 50 ohm termination on the sma antenna
in order to assure we only measuring the noise floor of the usrp. Now we
could observe several artefact in almost all frequencies between 800 and
MHz. Sometimes the artefacts are sharp peaks some times wider peaks and
total number of peaks varies also from center frequency to center
Normally we use a decimation rate of 8 to sense a chunk of 8 MHz and we
several gains of the d'board. If someone know how the origin of these
artefacts and/or how to avoid getting them in the sensed spectrum please
answer. Every advice will be appreciated. Thank you all in advance

Luis Simoes
55c51cd2e8721d9f5bce5647fe59299b?d=identicon&s=25 Mike Garcia (Guest)
on 2007-03-31 06:51
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Hi Luis,

Google "receiver spurs" or "rf spurs" or "a/d spurs". Those kinds of
may be the culprit. One test I often do if I suspect a spur is note the
frequency of the spur, tune the receiver by say 1khz, and then look at
frequency of the spur again. If it doesn't move or it moves in the
direction or it moves an amount other than 1khz, than it's an internal
artifact and not external. Can you connect a spectrum analyzer in front
the A/D and see if the spurs are there? You might also consider
your noise-only input. The histogram should be Gaussian shaped and
zero-mean. Any sort of A/D problem could show up in the histogram. For
example, spikes in the histogram may indicate bits that are "stuck".
A/D's tend to have quantization effects that are periodic and so show up
spurs. Adding dithering noise helps to break up the periodicity and
the spurs. I'd be interested in what you find.

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