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  • Daniel Ankers
    ... Hi Rick, The Pi has a PLL and fractional divider combo built into it which is intended to be used as a general purpose clock. The PLL runs at 2GHz and is
    Message 1 of 25 , Mar 27, 2013
      On 26 March 2013 15:49, Rick Simpson <goatguy101@...> wrote:
       

      You guys discussing using the Pi as an RF transmitter intrigue me. Can you point me to a site that discusses how the Pi can generate and control frequencies way above its clock rate?
       
      Rick
      K3IND


      Hi Rick,

      The Pi has a PLL and fractional divider combo built into it which is intended to be used as a general purpose clock.  The PLL runs at 2GHz and is then divided by 4 before being fed into the programmable divider - one of the designers states this here: http://raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=25301&p=234081#p234081

      Regards,
      Dan MD1CLV
    • Ron Wright
      I would be reluctant to use a computer clock for an RF source, that is for any distance. Often lots of work goes into a computer design to reduce the
      Message 2 of 25 , Mar 27, 2013
        I would be reluctant to use a computer clock for an RF source, that is for any distance.  Often lots of work goes into a computer design to reduce the radiation to meet FCC part 15 to prevent interference to other devices. Good shielded connectors and good PC board layout with good ground is used.   Us Hams have seen what some computers do to our shack rigs, hi.  Plasma TVs have been known to radiate lots of bad energy, a display problem.

        The main reason I would be cautious in using a computer clock or software generated source is computers deal with square waves, or near square.  These are rich in harmonics and something one does not want being radiated.  However, there are applications for such like a signal source for test bench servicing, but for communications not sure how one could make a clean source without good filters.

        73, ron, n9ee/r

        Ron Wright, N9EE/R
        BSEE
        Micro Computer Concepts
        352-683-4476
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        To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@yahoogroups.com
        From: md1clv@...
        Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:08:16 +0000
        Subject: Re: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Raspberry Pi as WSPR transmitter up to 250Mhz

         
        On 26 March 2013 15:49, Rick Simpson <goatguy101@...> wrote:

         

        You guys discussing using the Pi as an RF transmitter intrigue me. Can you point me to a site that discusses how the Pi can generate and control frequencies way above its clock rate?
         
        Rick
        K3IND


        Hi Rick,

        The Pi has a PLL and fractional divider combo built into it which is intended to be used as a general purpose clock.  The PLL runs at 2GHz and is then divided by 4 before being fed into the programmable divider - one of the designers states this here: http://raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=25301&p=234081#p234081

        Regards,
        Dan MD1CLV

      • psk31
        ... Hi Dan, plus All When thanking Guido yesterday for his work on the WsprryPi project, I neglected to include your work, I did mean to but unfortunately
        Message 3 of 25 , Mar 27, 2013
          On 27/03/2013 11:08, Daniel Ankers wrote:
          The Pi has a PLL and fractional divider combo built into it which is intended to be used as a general purpose clock.  The PLL runs at 2GHz and is then divided by 4 before being fed into the programmable divider - one of the designers states this here: http://raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=25301&p=234081#p234081

          Regards,
          Dan MD1CLV
          Hi Dan, plus All

          When thanking Guido yesterday for his work on the WsprryPi project, I neglected to include your work, I did mean to but unfortunately often my thoughts get lost somewhere. I haven't yet tried your version, I do intend to.

          WsprryPi Power Supply Tests

          Today I have concentrated my efforts on the Power Supply for the RaspPi to see how much improvement there is in the 'hum' sidebands if a clean supply is used.

          I used a 5 Volt Regulator with  the usual input and output capacitors connected to my 13.8Volt float charged battery shack supply, powering the RaspPi via the mini USB socket. The reduction in  sidebands was clear, however the keyboard went wild inputting strings of random characters. Now where have I heard of this before, reports of "when I used the RasPi with a powered hub made by X, I got random keyboard operation".
          Connecting to my shack supply connects to my Antenna Earth, something which will be necessary if and when the Wsprry goes on air. Normally everything on the Pi floats and they get away with it, maybe bonding the supply negative to earth changes the characteristics for pickup of mains supply noise.
          Next I tried a 12Volt gel battery as the power source, same wiring but now floating above earth, the keyboard worked fine, 100Hz sidebands were down measuring -21dB on 7MHz.

          So with a clean supply to the RasPi it was still producing what looked like mains related, modulated sidebands. Once WsprrPi was running
          I switched off the USB powered hub, the sidebands vanished below detectable levels on 7MHz. Most likely the rubbish from the Switching Regulator was also causing the keyboard problem when the set up was earthed.

          Solution, my original thought. Powering everything from the shack supply. I used a large heatsink with 2 mounting places for the original 5Volt regulator. I added another regulator with the usual capacitors and  for good luck decoupled the separate outputs which feed two USB sockets with a 1000pF and 1000uF each. The powered hub now receives its power via a USB lead.

          Conclusion, to use the RasPi as a DDS / QRP transmitter it is essential that a clean power supply system is used, for the computer and peripherals too,  not surprising really.

          73
          Eddie G3ZJO



           
        • psk31
          ... Hi Guido / Group Following today s PSU building work there are some nice improvements, results so far for LF, MF and HF Bands. Test set up, a very short
          Message 4 of 25 , Mar 27, 2013
            On 26/03/2013 10:20, Guido wrote:
            I am 
            interested to know you measurement results when using another regulated 
            power supply.
            Hi Guido / Group

            Following today's PSU building work there are some nice improvements, results so far for LF, MF and HF Bands.

            Test set up, a very short wire on GPIO4 providing 0dB or greater WSPR signal.

            136KHz, 474KHz,1.9MHz Spurii below detectable levels on Spectrum Lab using Kenwood TS870 as RX.

            3.6MHz, visible sidebands but below WSPR decode level.
             
            7MHz, 100Hz sidebands -27dB.

            10MHz, Sidebands below decode levels.

            14MHz, 100Hz sidebands -25dB

            17MHz, 21MHz, Sidebands below decode levels.

            24MHz, 28MHz, Both frequencies have a close in companion WSPR modulated product, HF of the wanted signal, 100Hz WSPR modulated sidebands and a comb of spurs. I really wouldn't want to transmit this even as a QRP test transmission.

            Tomorrow I might get round to connecting some LPF's and maybe getting some reports.

            73 Eddie G3ZJO

          • Robert Nickels
            ... I ll chime in on the benefits of using a real power supply. Check hamfest under the table boxes for 5 volt open frame power supplies - they used to be
            Message 5 of 25 , Mar 28, 2013
              On 3/27/2013 4:16 PM, psk31 wrote:
              > measurement results when using another regulated
              > power supply.

              I'll chime in on the benefits of using a real power supply. Check
              hamfest "under the table boxes" for 5 volt open frame power supplies -
              they used to be free or nearly so but aren't as common nowadays. I'm
              using a 3A 5V Power One that feeds into the GPIO connector and have a
              noticeably reduced noise level when using the Pi as an SDR dongle server
              with my HF converter. I haven't tried to measure it but it was like
              flipping off a switch. For ham apps running on the Pi at home, I can't
              see any downslide to using a good regulated DC supply and preferably a
              linear rather than switcher.

              73, Bob W9RAN
            • psk31
              ... Sure thing Bob I had very good results today, although I didn t check all bands, with an old, typical CB type 3A linear PSU to feed my 5Volt USB set up. I
              Message 6 of 25 , Mar 28, 2013
                On 28/03/2013 16:09, Robert Nickels wrote:
                > For ham apps running on the Pi at home, I can't
                > see any downslide to using a good regulated DC supply and preferably a
                > linear rather than switcher.
                Sure thing Bob I had very good results today, although I didn't check
                all bands, with an old, typical CB type 3A linear PSU to feed my 5Volt
                USB set up.

                I found a couple of my QRP Low Pass Filters one for 14MHz and one for
                7MHz. So that set the bands to test on air at this time.

                Had an hour or so on 14MHz, with no reports so changed to 7MHz.

                However just after I changed to 7MHz I found this report on the Data
                Base, my first report with the Pi sneaked in at the last moment.

                2013-03-28 16:22 G3ZJO 14.097119 -23 1 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 LY2BOS KO24or 1736 1079

                Now on 7Mhz the Spots are coming in from all around Europe.

                2013-03-28 17:40 G3ZJO 7.040083 -15 1 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 PI4THT JO32kf 527 327
                2013-03-28 17:36 G3ZJO 7.040084 -20 1 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 DK6UG JN49cm 706 439
                2013-03-28 17:36 G3ZJO 7.040099 -16 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 ON7KO JO21ce 370 230
                2013-03-28 17:36 G3ZJO 7.040081 -19 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 OZ7IT JO65df 924 574
                2013-03-28 17:32 G3ZJO 7.040066 -18 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 PA7EY JO22jj 385 239
                2013-03-28 17:32 G3ZJO 7.040093 -18 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 F4CWN/2 JN03kn 977 607
                2013-03-28 17:32 G3ZJO 7.040088 -20 1 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 EI9GNB IO51sv 520 323
                2013-03-28 17:32 G3ZJO 7.040081 -17 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 OZ7IT JO65df 924 574
                2013-03-28 17:32 G3ZJO 7.040084 -21 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 DK6UG JN49cm 706 439
                2013-03-28 17:32 G3ZJO 7.040082 -16 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 PI4THT JO32kf 527 327
                2013-03-28 17:32 G3ZJO 7.040098 -24 1 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 ON7KO JO21ce 370 230
                2013-03-28 17:28 G3ZJO 7.040088 -21 1 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 EI9GNB IO51sv 520 323
                2013-03-28 17:28 G3ZJO 7.040082 -21 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 F1JRD/3 JN03on 981 610
                2013-03-28 17:28 G3ZJO 7.040067 -17 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 PA7EY JO22jj 385 239
                2013-03-28 17:28 G3ZJO 7.040084 -20 1 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 DK6UG JN49cm 706 439
                2013-03-28 17:28 G3ZJO 7.040083 -16 1 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 PI4THT JO32kf 527 327
                2013-03-28 17:20 G3ZJO 7.040080 -27 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 IK1WVQ JN44cb 1133 704
                2013-03-28 17:20 G3ZJO 7.040081 -15 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 OZ7IT JO65df 924 574
                2013-03-28 17:20 G3ZJO 7.040088 -21 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 EI9GNB IO51sv 520 323
                2013-03-28 17:20 G3ZJO 7.040067 -16 1 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 PA7EY JO22jj 385 239
                2013-03-28 17:20 G3ZJO 7.040099 -19 1 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 ON7KO JO21ce 370 230
                2013-03-28 17:20 G3ZJO 7.040083 -17 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 PI4THT JO32kf 527 327
                2013-03-28 17:16 G3ZJO 7.040067 -17 1 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 PA7EY JO22jj 385 239
                2013-03-28 17:16 G3ZJO 7.040083 -18 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 PI4THT JO32kf 527 327
                2013-03-28 17:12 G3ZJO 7.040083 -18 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 PI4THT JO32kf 527 327
                2013-03-28 17:12 G3ZJO 7.040067 -19 0 IO92ng
                +7 0.005 PA7EY JO22jj 385 239

                No surprises there, I am a keen QRP'er but pretty impressive that the Pi
                is doing everything. I must set the power correct I measure about 15mW,
                5mW is just an old habit of mine.

                73 Eddie G3ZJO
              • Robert Nickels
                ... Not for an experienced guy like you Eddie, but I m in awe! I m off to make LPF - would appreciate any suggestion as to which band(s) are best -
                Message 7 of 25 , Mar 28, 2013
                  On 3/28/2013 12:51 PM, psk31 wrote:
                  > No surprises there,

                  Not for an experienced guy like you Eddie, but I'm in awe! I'm off
                  to make LPF - would appreciate any suggestion as to which band(s) are
                  best - otherwise I'll probably try 20 meters. Will be my first
                  go-round with WSPR.

                  Nice work, all!

                  73, Bob W9RAN
                • Guido
                  There is an update of WsprryPi, now supporting some new features that was requested by few: 1. the slower brother of WSPR-2 is supported called WSPR-15. To use
                  Message 8 of 25 , Apr 1 12:04 PM
                    There is an update of WsprryPi, now supporting some new features that was requested by few:

                    1. the slower brother of WSPR-2 is supported called WSPR-15. To use it, specify a frequency in the 25Hz sub-band that is just above the regular wspr band:
                         LF   137400 - 137600
                              137600 - 137625 (WSPR-15)
                         MF   475600 - 475800
                              475800 - 475825 (WSPR-15)
                        160m  1838000 - 1838200
                              1838200 - 1838225 (WSPR-15)

                    2. it is now possible to specify either a prefix or suffix in the callsign.
                    Prefix may contain up to three characters before the callsign, e.g: EA8/PE1NNZ or F/PE1NNZ.
                    Suffixes may contain a single alphanumeric character or double digit, e.g: PE1NNZ/p, PE1NNZ/1, PE1NNZ/99

                    New features can be downloaded in github: https://github.com/threeme3/WsprryPi.git

                    73, Guido
                    PE1NNZ


                    On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 2:55 AM, Robert Nickels <w9ran@...> wrote:
                    On 3/28/2013 12:51 PM, psk31 wrote:
                    > No surprises there,

                    Not for an experienced guy like you Eddie, but I'm in awe!     I'm off
                    to make LPF - would appreciate any suggestion as to which band(s) are
                    best - otherwise I'll probably try 20 meters.   Will be my first
                    go-round with WSPR.

                    Nice work, all!

                    73, Bob W9RAN


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                  • Jon Ove Johnsen
                    Hi Guido, Thanks for the last versions of WsprryPi. There are of course always more to wish for. The communication between us has not been perfect. I will
                    Message 9 of 25 , Apr 5 6:36 AM
                      Hi Guido,
                      Thanks for the last versions of WsprryPi.
                      There are of course always more to wish for.
                      The communication between us has not been perfect.
                      I will try to summarize my comments.

                      1. Calibration.
                      I would like to suggest that the calibration should always be done for a particular RasPi board before any txing is performed.
                      The calibrating could be done in a few steps by the command wspr LA3JJ JO59 10 10140200 C  offset, where offset  may be + or - 1, 10 ,100 . This because to use the editor vi and a new compilation is a bit complicated. When a board has been calibrated it has been so for life, so the value should be saved in a file in the home dir and be automatically used the next time when a new version is loaded.

                      2. Hash coding.
                      To be able to run txing of longer messages hash coding concept has been used. In my Arduino applications I have still not implemented this, but instead used the program from W3PM to generate the two messages on my W7 PC. When I in advance know the location I have made sets of the relevant dual symbol codes hard coded and select-able from my Arduino LCD screen. The hash coding seemed a bit over my head. At W3PM's pages there are examples of this, but so far I will not go into this for my part. (It would have been nice to have it implemented though as my Arduino is interfaced to a GPS module and calculates the Maidenhead location continuously.)

                      3. Time sync.
                      The WsprrPi uses time sync via the internet. It would have been nice to have sync from a GPS module also to be able to run it really portable.
                      point a) here is to read and decode GPS time from a GPS module like I have done in my Arduino. Or pint b) to have an input pin (or two) on the RasPi where GPS generated minute time pulses could be received.

                      4. Multiple band operation.
                      I made a comment of this:   http://wsprnet.org/drupal/node/3994#comment-9882

                       At the moment I am visiting family at loc JP54 and as my present WsprryPi needs wired internet connection I decided not to bring it along.
                      I do hope I will be able to make it a fully portable rig in the future.
                      At the age of 70 now I am learning a little more about C and Python coding every day, but it moves on very slowly.

                      73
                      Jon Ove, la3jj

                      .

                      Fra: Guido <threeme3@...>
                      Til: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@yahoogroups.com
                      Sendt: Mandag, 1. april 2013 20.04
                      Emne: Re: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Raspberry Pi as WSPR transmitter up to 250Mhz

                       
                      There is an update of WsprryPi, now supporting some new features that was requested by few:

                      1. the slower brother of WSPR-2 is supported called WSPR-15. To use it, specify a frequency in the 25Hz sub-band that is just above the regular wspr band:
                           LF   137400 - 137600
                                137600 - 137625 (WSPR-15)
                           MF   475600 - 475800
                                475800 - 475825 (WSPR-15)
                          160m  1838000 - 1838200
                                1838200 - 1838225 (WSPR-15)

                      2. it is now possible to specify either a prefix or suffix in the callsign.
                      Prefix may contain up to three characters before the callsign, e.g: EA8/PE1NNZ or F/PE1NNZ.
                      Suffixes may contain a single alphanumeric character or double digit, e.g: PE1NNZ/p, PE1NNZ/1, PE1NNZ/99

                      New features can be downloaded in github: https://github.com/threeme3/WsprryPi.git

                      73, Guido
                      PE1NNZ


                      On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 2:55 AM, Robert Nickels <w9ran@...> wrote:
                      On 3/28/2013 12:51 PM, psk31 wrote:
                      > No surprises there,

                      Not for an experienced guy like you Eddie, but I'm in awe!     I'm off
                      to make LPF - would appreciate any suggestion as to which band(s) are
                      best - otherwise I'll probably try 20 meters.   Will be my first
                      go-round with WSPR.

                      Nice work, all!

                      73, Bob W9RAN


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                    • ferrymanr
                      I wonder if anyone has looked into using the RPi as a DDS synthyesiser. I would guess it might be possible to create up to 25MHz but not sure whether it is
                      Message 10 of 25 , Apr 5 3:25 PM
                        I wonder if anyone has looked into using the RPi as a DDS synthyesiser. I would guess it might be possible to create up to 25MHz but not sure whether it is practically possible.
                        Dick G4BBH
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