RF

Trying TV signal splitter for antenna measurements

I did some antenna measurement with RTL-DSR with help of directional coupler. Before I realised I had directional coupler, I did some experimenting with antenna signal splitter. RF splitters are widely used in RF applications. The enable RF power to be split or combined within an environment where the characteristic impedance is maintained. There are

Software Defined Radio (SDR) category

Software-defined radio (SDR) is a radio communication system where components that have been traditionally implemented in hardware (e.g. mixers, filters, amplifiers, modulators/demodulators, detectors, etc.) are instead implemented by means of software on a personal computer or embedded system. Experimenting with software defined radio used to be expensive, but now it is cheap. Nowadays it is

SDR passive radar

This is good stuff! Building your own SDR-based Passive Radar on a Shoestring http://hackaday.com/2015/06/05/building-your-own-sdr-based-passive-radar-on-a-shoestring/ two $8 RTL software defined radio dongles and two log-periodic antennas. And get this, the radar system you’re going to build works by listening for existing transmissions that bounce off the targets being measured! A passive radar is a special type

Antenna measurements with RF noise source

Using the wide band characteristics of SDR radios, it is possible replicate some of the functionality of much more expensive equipment such as a vector network analyzer.  Actually what SDR can do it scalar network analyzer functionality. A scalar network analyzer can measure amplitude, but a vector network analyzer can measure amplitude and phase and

Filter measurements with RF noise source

I got my BG7TBL RF noise source to make some RF measurements. To make those measurements, I needed some instructions how to make them. I first started with filter measurements because I could make them with the devices I have. Two good tutorials for doing measurement are Measuring Filters and VSWR With RTL-SDR and RTL-SDR

BG7TBL RF noise source

I have played with software defined radio using cheap DVB-T stick for some time. Receiving radio transmissions is interesting, but it works also for other applications. By reading RTL-SDR Tutorial: Measuring filter characteristics and antenna VSWR with an RTL-SDR and noise source article I understood that I could use my RTL-SDR stick for many RF

IoT: The Interference of Things | EDN

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/the-emc-blog/4458714/IoT–The-Interference-of-Things?utm_content=bufferae2f7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer The writer of this article declares that IoT stands for “Interference of Things.” Anything else you may have heard is just marketing hype. Relatively few connected gadgets will use wireline communications, the bulk of these devices will connect wirelessly over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, cellular or something else. Some IoT devices will be designed to limit

DC-4.0GHz RF Fixed Attenuator

RF attenuators are a universal building block within the RF design arena. I neeeded some RF attenuators for my electronics lab. I found this cheap product  DC-4.0GHz RF Fixed Attenuator from Banggood. They seemed to have pretty good specfications and features considering that the price is just slightly over 7 Euros for three attenuators: Frequency

What PCB material do I need to use for RF? | EDN

http://www.edn.com/design/analog/4398951/What-PCB-material-do-I-need-to-use-for-RF-?utm_content=buffer44212&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Is plain old FR-4 (also known as “Glass Epoxy”) PCB material suitable for use in RF designs? This question comes up time and again. Many say no, fewer say yes – who’s right? This article is from few years back, but still is valid. Besides RF applications you need to consider material with very