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New OSX and Windows version of SdrDx – 2.08

SdrDx 2.08 supercedes the UDP interface in 2.07 (UDP still present in case you’ve coded for it) with a TCP server interface that is capable of supporting multiple clients. It turns out there’s a rather serious bug in OSX that prevents UDP connections from being opened with more than one client, so TCP is better for now.

As with the UDP interface, I’ve included a basic TCP client example written in Python.

In addition, beginning with SdrDx 2.08, the program will let you know if and when upgrades are available to you in the program’s title bar, as long as you have an Internet connection when you start it.

The TCP interface now has many additional commands as compared to the previous version’s UDP command set, and so far we’ve got an alpha version of an iPad client that displays waterfall, spectrum, demod envelope, allows tuning and other control, and plays back audio — all using the new TCP interface. In addition, during the beta period, tuning control for a screwdriver antenna was implemented using the TCP interface and Python.

I have a multi-VFO (26 of them, A-Z) application I’ve made available (OSX only so far) that works with the new TCP interface as well, giving you copious radio-like VFO control over SdrDx. Each VFO remembers frequency and all related display settings, so you can frequency hop like a little radio bunny. (cough) Sorry. :)

SdrDx 2.08 provides for frequency offset, which in turn allows it to be used more easily with up-converters such as those that might be part of a FUNcube installation.

There are various other changes, mostly small tweaks and bugfixes. Enjoy!

Screen shot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fyngyrz/7488025818/
Downloads: http://fyngyrz.com/?p=915
Documentation: http://fyngyrz.com/sdrdxdoc/sitemap.html
Changes: http://fyngyrz.com/sdrdxdoc/changes208.html

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Online Docs for SdrDx

I am pleased to introduce online documentation for SdrDx. This marks a sea change, where we move from a text file, buried in the distribution, to a system where everyone is looking at the same document, one that is easier to read, to look at and in general to deal with. It includes a table of contents, an index, visual cues for user interface elements and so on.

The link is on the SdrDx page, and the next release of SdrDx will take you there directly.

Comments and corrections are welcome, of course.

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New version of SdrDx – 2.00

Please see this post for details on SdrDx 2.00.

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New Version of SdrDx (Mac / OS X version of CuteSDR)

Please see this post for the latest details on v1.07.

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SdrDx –OS X and Windows SDR Software

SdrDx 2.12m
I’ve been working on developing OSX/Mac and Windows versions of SdrDx. At this time, SdrDx for OSX and Windows supports RFSPACE, FunCube Pro, Andrus MK1.5, AFEDRI, FunCube Pro Plus, Peaberry, and Softrock SDR receivers.

In addition, SdrDx can be made to support any SDR with a sound card interface, including I/Q input via your native or auxiliary sound card, with a little scripting work; the Peaberry and Softrock support demonstrate this mechanism using Python.

SdrDx (running on the Mac) is shown to the right. SdrDx is a closed-source, free application.

SdrDx, in combination with your SDR, is an extremely powerful receiver. Reception, recording, playback, analysis, processing — it’s all there, and it’s all been made as easy to use as possible. Extensive documentation covers every aspect of operating the software, as well as providing numerous examples and images to help you along. If you’re an expert radio user, you’re sure to settle right in. If you’re still learning, you can look forward to software that lets your capabilities grow with your knowledge.

SDR-IQ users only: You can download the executable application(s) appropriate to your OS (OSX or Windows) and the SDR-IQ TCP server for your OS (if you have an SDR-IQ and don’t already have a server) below. Remember, you MUST have a network server application installed to support the SDR-IQ. These are available in the list of downloads below. Other SDR types do not require a server application.

The main application zip file will un-compress to a folder, inside which you will find the SdrDx application, and some other files. Please read the documentation carefully. Use the extensive index. If you can’t find something in there, please let me know. I try very hard to keep the documentation up to date. It’s no trouble at all to add index entries, and generally speaking, I’m willing to expand the docs if you find something I have not covered yet.

The VFO Suite application is an accessory for SdrDx that provides many independent VFOs that each track frequency, mode, waterfall and spectrum state, and more. Each VFO may optionally be limited so that it will not track outside a band, so you can, for instance, set up a VFO that lets you tune the 20m amateur band, but not outside it. VFO Suite connects to SdrDx via TCP, so it can run on any machine with a TCP connection to the machine running SdrDx, including, of course, on the same machine.

Note to PC users: Run SdrDx and VFO Suite out of the folders I supply them in. Don’t stick the executables somewhere else. That way lies madness. MaDnEsS!

Current Version and related downloads


Changes

Please refer to this page for the release version documentation.

System Requirements

SdrDx for the Mac requires an Intel CPU, running Leopard 10.5.8 or later.

So far, I have numerous third-party reports of SdrDx working under 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, and 10.9.

There are two tricks required for 10.9, first, you need to turn the “App Nap” feature off or when SdrDx is not the front window, OSX will put it to sleep, which will break it. Right click on the SdrDx app, select “info”, turn off App Nap, and close the info window. That’s all there is to that.

Also under 10.9, for users of the SDR-IQ, Apple, being clever no doubt, thoroughly broke the USB driver. In order to use the USB driver in the server application instead (so the USB to Net server will work), you need to enter the following in a shell right after you boot your machine…

sudo kextunload -b com.apple.driver.AppleUSBFTDI

…it’s not sticky, so you’ll have to do this any time you reboot your Mac.

I suspect that both of the above tips apply under 10.10, though I have no feedback on that as yet (November 22nd, 2014)

And of course SdrDx requires an SDR as well if you want to receive live, although it can play back pre-recorded files without an SDR; in the specific case of the SDR-IQ, you’ll need a server application that puts the SDR-IQ on the network. SdrDx’s support of RFSPACE SDRs is only via network connections, it does not directly interface with the USB connection of the SDR-IQ.

For the Mac, I am presently designing and testing and compiling under OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard.)

SdrDx Beta for the PC requires an Intel CPU, running Windows XP or (possibly) a later version of the OS. It requires an RFSPACE SDR, AFEDRI, Andrus MK1.5, FUNcube Dongle, Soundcard-based SDR, or pre-recorded RF files as well; in the specific case of the SDR-IQ, you’ll need a server application that puts the SDR-IQ on the network. SdrDx handles the RFSPACE SDRs via the network, it does not directly interface with them via USB.

For Windows, I am presently designing, testing, and compiling under Windows XP (in a VM.)

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Python, TkInter, OSX (OS X) and making it all behave

I use Python a lot. Python 2.5.1 to be specific. And inside Python is TkInter, which, with a little work, will give you a handy way to put a GUI together. But there are problems. To say that TkInter is poorly supported and poorly documented under OSX is to understate the case rather dramatically. So you’re left to Google for answers, and mostly, they aren’t to be found — or if they are, they aren’t obvious or easily found. So I’m going to provide some answers here that have taken me quite some time to collect, and hopefully keyword and title them so that a Google search will actually get you to the solution you need sooner rather than as much later as it did me!
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Roku XDS – A Review

If you’ve been following my blog at all, you’ll know that we bought an Apple TV v2. That experience was really, really bad. The details are here if you want them, but suffice it to say that I was impelled back into shopping for a similar device, because the Apple TV simply wasn’t going to cut it.

Enter the Roku XDS. Same price, same general type of device, a fair amount of buzz. Enough to catch my attention, consume a few reviews and comments… at $99, these things don’t exactly break the bank, so, in for a penny, in for a pound, we bought one. This is the story of how that went, often contrasted to the Apple TV v2, as that was what it was replacing. You might want to grab some popcorn.
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Interp project

graphYeah, about that coding problem. More of the same. This one is about generating temperature and humidity estimates with a single latitude / longitude input using the point measurements of the National Weather Service nearest the point of interest, and interpolating in a useful and hopefully likely manner. As a project, it gets its own static page, right here.

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