Winrad and HDSDR


Alberto I2PHD has kindly agreed that his original document may be updated for use as a manual for the Winrad derivative HDSDR.

  January 2013 I have updated the pictures to show current HDSDR screens.

I have made a start at updating the text with bold italics. The information in the Appendix is likely to be out of date as will be some of Alberto's text.

  

    My page showing up to date features of HDSDR http://sites.google.com/site/g4zfqradio/installing-and-using-hdsdr 

    

        W I N R A D by Alberto I2PHD and HDSDR

        

 What is Winrad ? Winrad is a software program that implements a so-called Software Defined Radio (SDR), meant to  run under Windows XP and Windows 2000 (with some limitations). In a nutshell, it accepts a chunk  of up to 192 kHz coming from a complex mixer in form of two signals I and Q fed to the PC sound  card, does a fine tuning inside that segment with a point-and-click technique, demodulates  (LSB/USB/CW) what has been tuned and optionally applies a series of filters to the results of the  demodulation. Additionally, the input data can be provided by an ad-hoc DLL that interfaces with  external hardware through the USB port or some other communication channels.  

It implements only a subset of the functionalities offered by the excellent program Linrad by Leif  Åsbrink SM5BSZ, which, as its name implies, is meant to run under some versions of Linux. Winrad  is not a porting of Linrad to Windows. It’s a program written from scratch, using the visual and  programming tools offered by the C++Builder compiler from Borland, and the Win32 threading  model, which has been preferred over pthreads. Only some of the Linrad functionalities have been  implemented, with a special consideration to user friendliness, ease of installation and ease of use.  Winrad must hence be considered “work in progress”, and starting from V1.32 build 13, its source  code is released as open source, so that everybody can modify and improve it at his will. 


  Installation 

  

 To install Winrad, just execute the Winrad setup program, and answer to a couple of questions  (destination directory and if you want an icon created for you). After the installation, just double- click on the new Winrad icon to start the program. Winrad will then present you a list of the sound  cards it has found on the PC, and will ask you to specify which one you want to use for input and  which one for output. You can specify the same cardfor both, or use two different cards. You don’t  have to worry about different sampling rates in input and output, as the program will do, if needed,  an upsampling of the output audio signal, just before sending it to the sound card for reproduction.  Important: this program requires a display resolution equal or greater than 1024x768,  with 1280x1024 as ideal. If your display is set for a lower resolution, Winrad will not run.


 Use

    

 Winrad has been designed with the goal to make its use the more straightforward possible. I have  often said that a good program should not require any user-guide manual to be correctly used by  anybody. Winrad does not quite stand up to this requirement, hence the need for the document you  are reading just now, but I strived to make it as simple as possible.


NOTE:- HDSDR has added many "mouseovers". Hover the mouse pointer over a button, slider or other control to see what it does

  

Winrad when started takes over the entire screen, there is no the customary window with the title  bar, system icons, etc. You can minimize the program to carry out other Windows tasks, leaving it  running in the background, by using the Minimize button. 


HDSDR has a normal window that may be resized, within certain limits, by dragging the borders.


 The first step to use it is of course to connect the two I and Q signals from your hardware to the left  and the right channels of the sound card. You have also the possibility to feed Winrad with just one  signal, albeit with reduced performance (half of the useful bandwidth, no unwanted band rejection).  This mode of use can be useful when you just want to use the filtering capabilities of the program,  e.g. after a standard Rx that provides itself the sideband selection function. Winrad needs to be  informed of this, and you can do that by using the Show Options menu as shown in Figure 1 :    



Figure 1 - The Show Options menu 


Once done that, you choose whether the input is coming from a radio hardware, or from a  previously recorded Wav file :  



Figure 2 - Input selection menu 


 If a Wav file is not open, the default behavior is to read from the sound card. The ”Input Mixer”  choice is used to open the Windows mixer Recording Panel

 

     Figure 3 - The Windows mixer panel 

     

     In Figure 3 the controls refer to a specific audio card. You may find some minor differences  depending on the card you have on your PC. Just a note here : some semi-professional sound cards,  notably the Delta 44 from M-Audio,do not implement in their drivers the functionalities needed for  this panel. If you select “Input Mixer” when such a card is selected as input, you will receive an  error message from Windows. If you use a Delta 44 sound card, please set its Control Panel as  follows, where the important settings are the DMA Buffer Size, the Multi Track Driver Devices and  the Rate Locked:  


Figure 4 - How to set the Delta 44 Control Panel. NOTE:- The "Con" setting for the inputs is the best to match Softrock-type SDRs. The "Monitor Mixer" is not selected in Patchbay/Router.

On the right, the later version of the Control Panel all settings are available but in a different place. 


Other choices present in that menu are the selection whether to use the WMME drivers for your  sound card or the ASIO drivers (if installed). 

Also in the Options

Colour Palette select type and the FFT_Windowing, window type. This latter  choice does not refer to the Windows version, but rather controls which kind of windowing is done to  the signal in the FFT process. If you don’t know what all of this means, leave the default set by the  installation program (sin^5), which is the optimum for almost all the cases. There are no  performance penalties in the choice of a window over another, as they are all precomputed. 

The  “Swap I and Q channels” choice is useful for hardware that outputs the I signal on the right channel  and the Q signal on the left.

 The “Channel Skew Calibration” choice activates a routine that allows to  compensate for unbalances in the two channels of the sound card. More information is shown on the  panel that opens when selecting that choice. 


 Pressing the “Select Sound Card” button you can choose which card to use, if you have more than  one. Figure 5 is what I see on my PC.  

 

 Figure 5 - The sound card selection panel  

 

 Then you have the possibility to specify whether you want the volume “locked”. Right click "Volume" or in Options - Misc Options. What does this  mean? When the volume is set to a too high level such as to cause saturation in the output sound  card DAC, then the setting of the volume slider is lowered automatically. This is not always  desirable, e.g. when there are strong atmospheric crashes caused by a nearby thunderstorm. You  would end up with a too low volume level. In such cases it is useful to “lock” the volume slider,  which means that the automatic adjustment is not performed. Of course you are still free to adjust  it manually.  

A further choice in MIsc Options is that of the Process Priority of Winrad. There is no a firm rule for this. Try both  settings if you are experiencing audio dropouts, to see which one works better for your setup.  

Another thing you have to select before starting is the sampling rate to use, and this can be done with the “Select Sample Rate” button, as shown in the following picture. 


  Figure 6 - Selection of the sample rate 

  

    When using the ASIO drivers, for some rates you may receive an error message stating that the  current ASIO driver does not support that rate. It happened to me with the old driver for the Delta  44 card. The latest driver seems to have expanded the range of the supported rates. The output  sampling rate is automatically chosen by the program to be 11.025 kHz, unless the Rx Mode is set  to DRM or FM, in which cases the output sampling rate is 24 kHz, to be able to provide 12 kHz of  audio band to the chained DRM decoder.  

When you press the Start button, the program starts to acquire audio data, processes them and  sends them to the DAC of the audio card. The upper window is divided into two panes, the waterfall  and the spectrum. It is possible to choose how to assign the available space between the two panes  by using the right mouse button. Just place the mouse pointer on the frequency scale. The pointer  will change shape, indicating that you can drag left and right the portion of the spectrum that is  displayed (keeping the left button down) or you can drag up and down (keeping the right button  down) the frequency scale which divides the spectrum from the waterfall. Much more complicated to  explain than to do… 


  Figure 7 - Two different ways to divide the space available in the upper window  

  

  Note that the effect of the drag (horizontally or vertically) will be apparent only when Winrad is  started, i.e. when the waterfall is flowing. Similarly two sliders appear at both sides of the upper  window only when the program is started. The left one controls the gain level and the right one the  base level of the spectrum display, much as you would find on a hardware spectrum analyzer.  

Ok, now the program is running, and you have to choose the decoding mode. Some purists will  object to the use of the word “decoding”, as SSB signals are not encoded in any way, they are just  translated in the spectrum. But please let me use this word to signify the process to bring them  back to baseband. You choose the mode simply pressing one of the three buttons : 


  Figure 8 - Choosing the decoding mode  

  

  The DRM mode just widens the output bandwidth to 12 kHz, but does not do any decoding. You will  need an additional software decoder, chained through a second audio card or the VAC (Virtual Audio  Cable). No matter what your choice is, you will see in the upper window a light blue area, which  corresponds to the limits of the passband currently set, and shown graphically on the lower window.  

Note that the ECSS mode has three submodes chosen by repeated clicks on the ECSS button. By  clicking on it, you will cycle through “Both sidebands”, “Left sidebands only” and “Right sideband  only”. This is much useful when only one side of the AM station is interfered. By excluding that side  the interference is eliminated. The blue window on the upper waterfall will reflect the submode  currently chosen. 


 Figure 9 - How the passband (filter width and slope) is shown in both windows 

  

   

    Note that the shape in the lower window is not an approximation of the passband. It is the *real*  passband, dynamically computed and graphed while the program is running. Even the ripples due to  the Gibbs phenomenon are visible. As you can see in Figure 9, it has an out-of-band rejection of  more than 160 dB, thanks to the 1537 taps equivalent FIR filter used for the computation of the fast  convolution.  

Changing the limits of the passband is quite easy. Just place the mouse cursor on the upper or  lower limit, the cursor shape will change indicating that you can now drag that border, as shown in  Figure 10.  

Figure 10 - Dragging the upper passband limit with the mouse 


  To drag that border, simply press the left mouse button and move the mouse keeping the button  pressed. Similarly for the lower border. You can do this operation only when the program is  processing input, i.e. when the Start button has been pressed. 

To tune the desired signal while in SSB mode, click in the upper window on the frequency of the  (suppressed) carrier of the SSB signal. This frequency is shown with a gray line and reported  numerically above the window. Alternatively, you can drag the light blue window itself, by placing  the mouse cursor inside it. The cursor shape will change and dragging is now possible. Fine tuning is  possible with the mouse wheel, in steps of 10Hz.  

The upper and the lower frequency scales 

Right Click "LO" or "Tune" to lock frequencies.


The upper scale indicates the frequency of the LO, Local Oscillator, centre frequency, which for soundcard SDRs is usually the actual LO.The lower "Tune" frequency represents the internal NCO (Numerically Controlled Oscillator) used  to bring to zero IF the signal, summed to the frequency of the external LO. Hence, for SSB modes, it  corresponds to the (suppressed) carrier frequency. For CW it corresponds to the CW signal  frequency. The NCO frequency is the frequency of the internal software oscillator used to bring to  baseband the received signals, and its value, as said above, is summed to the value of the external  LO so that to indicate the tuned frequency in the display marked Tune :  


Both those values can be changed using the mouse. If you hover the mouse on one digit of either  displays, that digit is marked as being changeable. You can change it either by rotating the mouse  wheel, or by keeping pressed the left mouse button (continuous auto increase) or the right mouse  button (continuous auto decrease)  




When Winrad is used with a companion DLL meant to control an external hardware, like the Softrock, SDR-14, SDR-IQ, Perseus or the SDR-X, changing the LO value with the mouse has the effect to change  the frequency where the hardware is tuned to. When playing back WAV files recorded with the ‘rcvr’  tag (as those recorded with Perseus), the LO will be automatically set to the value it had at the time  of the recording. You cannot change it during the playback.  

The lower scale indicates the offset from the frequency indicated on the upper window, so for SSB it  shows the audio frequencies of the signal received. The scale reversal when in LSB mode is  automatically taken care of by the program. When in CW mode, the lower scale indicates the pitch  of the CW note, which is user-settable. In CW mode a faint gray line appears in the center of the  passband, in correspondence with the pitch set. When in this mode, the tuning can be refined by  clicking on the lower window (spectrum or waterfall, doesn’t matter). The frequency clicked on will  be made the new carrier frequency, and hence positioned under the gray line, in the center of the  passband. 


   To change the desired CW pitch frequency (default 550 Hz), position the mouse cursor in the lower  window on the desired pitch, then press the right mouse button, while keeping pressed the Ctrl key on the keyboard. 


   

p11  Figure 11 The control buttons panel

 

   Figure 12 - The adjustment  of the denoiser level 

Right Click NR Button. 

   

   Figure 13 The adjustment of the Noise Blanker Level

   


   Filters 

   

   When needed, a few filters can be applied to the signal, to make the reception better. One of the  audio filters that it is possible to insert when receiving is the Denoiser, or Noise Reduction Filter,  that is activated with the NR button as shown in Fig. 11. 

Its aggressiveness can be controlled by a slider that appears when right-clicking on that button. See  Fig 12. This denoiser is especially effective in presence of the so-called AWGN (Additive White  Gaussian Noise), in other words the common hiss. 


Its effectiveness with impulsive noise is limited.  For this type of noise the Noise Blanker filter is more indicated. A word of caution here. The Noise  Blanker, if inserted in absence of impulsive noise, can make the reception worse… so use it only  when needed, starting with its Strength set to the minimum, and slowly raising it up to the point  where the reception becomes possible. 

On one of my Web sites there is a wav file that you can  download to test the working of the Noise Blanker.  

Get it from http://sundry.i2phd.com/CQ_EME.wav 

It is a large file, slightly more than 10MB. When processing it, set first the Mode to I/Q, the LO  frequency on the upper window to zero, and the Tune frequency to -12343Hz, CW mode. Try both  with and without the Noise Blanker. Insert also the Denoiser and the CW Peak filters. Without the  filters, it will be impossible to copy the call sign of the caller. With the filters active it will become an  armchair copy. The file has been produced using a similar file downloaded from the Flexradio Web  site. 

 The CW Peak filter, just mentioned, is a combination of a dynamic expander and a peaking filter,  and can be activated only when in CW mode. The peaking filter has the shape shown in Fig 14  below, simulated with Matlab. 


 

  Figure 14 - The shape of the CW Peak filter

   

    It is implemented as a simple IIR resonator. You can control its “pointedness” with the slider that is  shown when you right-click on the CW Peak button. It’s the digital equivalent of a Q-multiplier in the  analog domain. Differently from the analog Q-multiplier it cannot be pushed into oscillation, as this  is prevented by the software, but if you push it to the extreme, the peak will become so narrow to  not leave the CW manipulation pass… dots and dashes will sound as a semi-continuous tone, the  filter is ringing, as any IIR filter has the rights to do…  To make the best use of this filter, pay attention tothe fact that the CW signal is centered in the  passband in the lower window, in other word it is positioned on the gray line indicating the CW  pitch. You can use the ZAP button (described below) to do this automatically.  


The other controls 

Figure 15 - The control buttons 


In Fig. 15 at the left the Level meter indicates, in S-units, the strength of the signal, to which it is logarithmically related. The  full scale corresponds to the saturation level of the sound card ADC. Right  to it, the slider AGC Thresh. sets the knee of the AGC slope.Above this knee,  the slope is kept almost horizontal, so to have a constant audio level.  Below the knee, the slope is almost linear, in the sense that the  differences in signal strength are no more compensated. Pay attention to  the fact that the slider has a reverse behavior : when at its minimum, the  knee is high, and viceversa. This has been done to make its use more  intuitive. Try to use it when listening just at the weak background noise,  and it will become clear.  


The Vol slider is just a volume control. Its background will turn red when the level has been set too  high, and there are audio peaks greater than the full scale value of the sound card DAC (which will  be clipped).Right click to lock the volume.

 AGC Fast/Slow/Off is selected by clicking the button. The attack time is fixed and quite  fast. A short hang has been implemented, which goes almost unnoticed. The Mute button does just  what its name implies, i.e. it mutes the audio output.  


Referring to Fig 15, the CW ZAP button can be used only when in CW mode, and it searches for the  strongest peak in the passband in the lower window, and adjust the NCO frequency so to center that  peak, which will now be set at the CW pitch frequency. It doesn’t stick, it has a momentary action.  When you want to use it again, you simply press it again. It can also be activated by pressing the  key Z on the keyboard.  

The AFC button, also active only in CW mode, tries to keep the signal peak centered in the  passband, continuously adjusting the LO frequency. In this release of Winrad, the speed of this  “frequency hunting” is fixed, but probably in one of the next releases it will be made adjustable.  


 


  Figure 16 - The waterfall Gain and Contrast controls 

  

    Both windows have two controls, Gain and Contrast, with which you can optimally set the mapping  between the waterfall brightness and the intensity of the signal. If properly adjusted, the waterfall  can show traces of signals so weak to be inaudible. If you know my other program Spectran, the  behavior is similar.  


Figure 17 - A few controls below the upper window 


With the speed control you adjust the refreshing speed of the spectrum and the waterfall displays.  The /10 button divides the current speed by ten, so to allow for very low refreshing rates. The  button marked F (which means Full) unlocks the spectrum display speed from that of the waterfall.  If activated, the spectrum display will run always at full speed, while the waterfall speed is set by  the controls. The button marked Rev (Reverse) makes the waterfall flowing from bottom to top  (never heard of water falling up instead than down, but some, myself included, prefer this  behavior). And finally the button WF Avg applies the averaging not only to the spectrum, but also to  the waterfall.

  The two arrow buttons increase or decrease the resolution of the display. The Hz value indicated is  the width of the FFT bin, which always corresponds to a single pixel. Making the resolution finer  increases the CPU load, and makes worse the time resolution, so adjust it wisely. 


  Figure 18 - The controls under the lower window 

  

  Under the lower window there is the speed control, similar in function to that of the upper window,  the left and right arrows to control the resolution, and a button marked F (which means Full band),  that controls whether the spectrum displayed must be windowed by the passband limits or not. This  buttons has effect only in CW mode. Look at the two different cases :  


  Figure 19 - The F button is *not* pressed  

  

  Figure 20 - The F button *is* pressed  

  

  Of course, the F button affects only the display, not the audio, which will always be affected by the  passband limits set. The button WF Avg is similar in function to the similar button below the upper  window, but now it relates to the lower window waterfall.  


Figure 21 - Some other controls


  Using the upper three buttons in Fig. 21 it is possible to  tailor the spectrum and the waterfall displays in both  windows so to give more importance to the frequency  resolution or to the time resolution, or to compromise  between them. Make your choice depending on the  characteristics of the signal. For normal speed CW  signals, you may certainly want to leave it set to Time.  

The two bars at the bottom indicate the current CPU load, both that imputable to Winrad, and the  overall load caused by the sum of all the programs running, Winrad included. This display is  available only when Winrad runs under Windows 2003 or XP, but not Win98 nor Windows 2000.  


The round indicator on the left measures the phase delta between the carrier of  the AM signal being received and the internal NCO of the program, used to bring  to zero IF that carrier. When in ECSS mode the outer ring can be either blue  (meaning that a lock with the carrier has not been acquired) or green (meaning  that we are in locked status).  Counting the revolutions per second, an indication of the frequency difference  can be obtained. E.g. one revolution per second means 1 Hz of frequency delta. 


  WAV files playback 

  

    Playback of WAV files is straightforward. Winrad can accept 8, 16, 24 or 32 bit files, either integer  values (mode 1) or floats (mode 3). If the recording was made either with SpectraVue or with  Perseus, Winrad is able to extract the LO information coded in the file header, and to set the LO  display of the program to this value. 


  When playing back, the following controls appear  

They are similar to the normal controls found on a  VCR or a DVD player  

    You can reposition in real time the virtual tape by just clicking on the horizontal bar that indicates  the progress of the playback :

  

  

  WAV files recording 

  

Note the Right Click for the configuration window. 

  

  Winrad can record into an IQ WAV file the wideband signal present at its input. The sampling rate  will be set equal to that of the input signal, and the same will be for the number of bits. For  example, if a recording is being made using Perseus, it will have 24-bit samples. Also when using  the Delta 44 sound card with its ASIO drivers, the recorded samples will have 24 bits each. In more  normal cases the samples will be of 16 bits each. 

 The WAV file will have an automatically generated filename, with a time stamp on it. The file header  will also contain the LO frequency, which will then be set in the program display when playing back.  The files are placed in the same directory where the Winrad executable resides.  

Due to Windows and the WAV file header limitations, each WAV file is limited to a max length of  2GB. When this limit is reached, the file is closed, a new file is open and the recording continues  seamlessly for the user. The files so generated are linked, so during the playback at the end of a file  the next linked file is open and played back, without any disruption of continuity for the user. 


Keyboard shortcuts Winrad is mainly driven by the mouse, but some action can be performed also using the keyboard, 

Click Help/Update or press F1 for a list of keyboard shortcuts.

Note the links for Update. 

Also look at all the pages on the HDSDR site. There is useful and interesting information there.

Included is a list of all SDRs that are supported by HDSDR.





Some caveats 


Now a few words about the sound card sampling frequency, and the consequences of errors in its  value.  If this world were perfect, a sampling rate of 48 kHz would be exact, and so would be 8 kHz. If this  were the reality, then I could produce one output buffer at 8 kHz out of 6 input buffers, and  everything would work ok. Unfortunately this is not how things are... the sound card sampling rates  have errors, and the consequence is that, if I downsample exactly by a factor of 6 going from 48 to  8 kHz, I would have either buffer starvation or buffer overflow depending on the real ratio being  lower or greater than 6.  

To remedy to this problem, the only solution is to monitor the number of buffers ready for output  and to change dynamically the decimation ratio so to keep this number constant. This value is of  course a discrete, integer, number, not a continuous variable, and this complicates a bit the  computation of the optimal decimation ratio. That notwithstanding, when real sound cards are  involved, the algorithm converges in an acceptable lapse of time, and then the decimation ratio  becomes a rather stable number.  With using e.g. the SDR14 hardware the input soundcard is replaced by the USB port, which is  where the audio come from. Under Windows the USB port is not designed for a constant, steady  flow of data, but rather as a block device, where large amount of data are pumped a chunk at a  time, with some unavoidable jerkiness. This perturbs that computation, and the result is that the  computed optimal value cycles around a mean value, and it is possible to observer this effect in the  lower window. Here you see the frequency changing slightly, as a variation of the decimation ratio  involves a different final frequency for the signal. 

 The value of the decimation ratio is shown in the Status panel, that can be opened by a choice in  the Show Options menu.  

 

 Figure 22 - The Status panel 

 

   Winrad tries to keep the value of the output buffer queue length to 6, by adjusting the decimation  ratio. The button marked “Lock” can be used to lock temporarily the current value of the ratio. This  will stop the wandering of the output frequency, but of course it will eventually result either in the  queue length value going to zero (causing clicks in the audio) or increasing up to the maximum  allowed, causing some automatic discard of buffers to avoid overflow.  

If you see that Winrad has problems in reaching a stable value for the decimation ratio, there are a  couple possible remedies. One is to “Force” the output sampling rate to be equal to the input, using  the same card both for input and output (if you use two different cards, there is no guarantees that  the two rates are equal). The other is to use the ASIO drivers for the card, if they exist for that  specific model of sound card. Using the ASIO drivers, the input and output interrupts on the card  are coupled, so they are guaranteed to happen simultaneously, exactly at the same time. 


 

   Well, this more or less ends this synthetic User Guide, which I hope will make you able to use  Winrad in an acceptable way. I would like to thank Jeffrey Pawlan WA6KBL, whose invaluable advice  has been of great help during the development of the program, and thanks also to the beta testers  who gave suggestions on how to improve Winrad.  If you live in the US, and would like to have guidance on the use of Winrad from a person who  speaks your own language, you may contact Jeffrey at jpawlan@pawlan.com.  If you are in an European Time Zone and prefer to contact me, my email address is  i2phd@weaksignals.com.  Winrad is freely downloadable from http://www.weaksignals.com Enjoy the program and please give feedback, positive or negative, about its use by joining the  Winrad Yahoo group, which you can do by sending a message to me, requesting an invitation for the  membership. Thanks.  Alberto I2PHD  i2phd@weaksignals.com 


  ASIO is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH    









The Appendix is a copy of Alberto's original document, for up to date information look at http://www.hdsdr.de/hardware.html for a complete list of supported hardware.



Appendix A : SDR-14/IQ support

Starting  with  V1.0  Winrad  supports  external  hardware  trough  specific  DLLs.  The  first  such  DLL

written is for support of the SDR-14 and the SDR-IQ (see http://www.rfspace.com).

 

To  activate  this  support  you  must  download  from  my  Web  site  also  the  SDR14-IQ.zip  file,  which

contains :

 

SDR14X.dll

ExtIO_SDR14.dll

Register.bat

 

Please place these three files in the same directory of Winrad (important), and execute Register.bat

which will register with Windows the base OCX for supporting the SDR-14 or the SDR-IQ.

You can power on the SDR-14 either before or after launching Winrad, it doesn't matter. If all is

well, when you press ShowOptions | Select Input you will see that among the possible inputs, also

the SDR-14 (or the SDR-IQ) is listed :




Figure 23 - How to select the SDR-14/IQ as input device




Figure 24 - The SDR-14/IQ Control Panel

 

Here you can select the Sampling Rate, and the Input connector of the SDR-14, and set the HF and

the IF Gain of the device. Refer to the SDR-14/IQ manual for explanations. You can also specify the

measured  frequency  of  the  ADC  clock  of  your  specific  SDR14/IQ,  so  that  the  frequency  scale  of

Winrad is accurate

 

Note that when using the SDR-14 as input device, the ASIO drivers choice of Winrad is disabled,

and only the WMME drivers can be used.

 

To change the freq


Clicking on that choice will open the SDR-14/IQ control panel :

uency the SDR-14/IQ is tuned to, change the value of the LO frequency display

on the upper part of Winrad :


When you change it, also the Tune display will change accordingly, to indicate the correct reception

frequency




Appendix B : Perseus support

The  support  for  Perseus  is  straightforward.  You  just  copy  into  the  Winrad  directory  there  files,

downloadable either from my weaksignals site, or from Nico's site devoted to Perseus :

 

ExtIO_perseus.dll

perseususb.dll

perseus500k24v11.sbs

perseus250k24v11.sbs

perseus125k24v11.sbs

perseus1m24v11.sbs

 

That's all. The Perseus Control Panel is quite simple :


 

The various button are almost self-explicative.

You have the choice between four different sampling frequencies,

i.e. 125, 250, 500 kHz or 1 MHz

 

Sampling at 1 MHz allows to monitor a larger chunk of band at

the same time (about 800 kHz), but requires the most of the CPU

cycles. Experiment with your PC to see if it is capable of working

at that sampling frequency.

 

As an example, my old IBM laptop T41 with a 1.5 GHz Pentium is

perfectly  capable  of  that,  so  if  your  PC  is  at  least  as  much

powerful, you won't have problems. Slower PCs will benefit from

the three lower sampling rates.

 





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