Monday, May 21, 2018

How to Create a Linear Transponder using a RTL Dongle and HackRF with Gnu Radio.

How to Create a Linear Transponder using a RTL Dongle and HackRF with Gnu Radio.

I wanted to test the concept of a linear Transponder and how difficult would it be to build it with conventional components.
Hardware Configuration
Hardware required to build the Transponder.
  1. SDR IQ demodulator with rtl dongle (RF In)
  2. SDR IQ DSP processing system. Gnu Radio (DSP processing)
  3. SDR IQ Modulator. HackRF (RF Out)
  4. Background management system. (OBC) for additional telemetry.
Software required for Transponder.
  1. SDR IQ demodulator. rtl dongle (RF In)
  2. SDR IQ DSP processing system. Gnu Radio (DSP processing)
  3. SDR IQ Modulator. HackRF (RF Out)
  4. Background management system. (OBC)

Video of working Transponder.



Gnu Radio.


Transponder Block Diagram

RTL SDR Block.

RTL-SDR Source

Low Pass Filter Block.

 
Low Pass Filter Block

AGC Block.

AGC Block

Power Squelch.

Power Squelch

Osmocom Sink. (HackRF)

Osmocom Sink (HackRF)

FFT. (Spectrum View of input)

FFT Spectrum View

REF: Power point Slides at AMSAT SA

Ref:Source code is available on Github Version 4