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  • RLN37
    I m thinking of buying a USB2SDR unit to get started with SDR. Any comments and advice would be VERY welcome. What software is recommended? Is that s/w
    Message 1 of 12 , May 19, 2013
      I'm thinking of buying a USB2SDR unit to get started with SDR. Any comments and advice would be VERY welcome. What software is recommended? Is that s/w available for use in Linux? I run Linux Mint, and like it a lot (used to run Ubuntu, but find I like Mint better now, though always subject to change in the future). I try to stay away from Windows, and all its continual bugs, bots, viruses, etc, etc. Anyway, thanks for any help and advice......

      Bob. K6KL
    • Alan
      ... Subject: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software ... Bob, The only software is a special version of PSDR. I have not heard of anyone running it on
      Message 2 of 12 , May 19, 2013
        ----- Original Message -----
        Subject: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software


        > I'm thinking of buying a USB2SDR unit to get started with SDR. Any comments and advice would be VERY welcome. What software is
        > recommended? Is that s/w available for use in Linux? I run Linux Mint, and like it a lot (used to run Ubuntu, but find I like
        > Mint better now, though always subject to change in the future). I try to stay away from Windows, and all its continual bugs,
        > bots, viruses, etc, etc. Anyway, thanks for any help and advice......
        >

        Bob,

        The only software is a special version of PSDR. I have not heard of anyone running it on anything but Windows.

        73 Alan G4ZFQ
      • Bill Cromwell
        Hi, I run Linux *exclusively*. This is not a Linux v Microsoft debate..just how it is. I have made a deal to acquire my first SDR. So far I have run the SDR
        Message 3 of 12 , May 19, 2013
          Hi,

          I run Linux *exclusively*. This is not a Linux v Microsoft debate..just
          how it is. I have made a deal to acquire my first SDR. So far I have run
          the SDR software under Linux in WINE - the MS Windows environment for
          Linux. It loads okay but then - obviously - finds no radio to play with.
          I also successfully run the sound card software for the digital modes
          written for MS Windows under WINE.

          If I find that the SDR software won't work with my new radio because of
          WINE I will install WinXP on a computer just for that and *NEVER*
          connect it to the internet. I have a licensed copy of XP here..unused.
          When I get my SDR receiver up and running I'll report back here about
          running it under WINE or not.

          73,

          Bill KU8H

          On 05/19/2013 09:16 AM, Alan wrote:
          >
          >
          > ----- Original Message -----
          > Subject: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software
          >
          > > I'm thinking of buying a USB2SDR unit to get started with SDR. Any
          > comments and advice would be VERY welcome. What software is
          > > recommended? Is that s/w available for use in Linux? I run Linux
          > Mint, and like it a lot (used to run Ubuntu, but find I like
          > > Mint better now, though always subject to change in the future). I
          > try to stay away from Windows, and all its continual bugs,
          > > bots, viruses, etc, etc. Anyway, thanks for any help and advice......
          > >
          >
        • MIKE DURKIN
          Try Quisk .... Ask Sid for recommendations for setup .. To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com From: wrcromwell@gmail.com Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 11:06:46 -0400
          Message 4 of 12 , May 19, 2013
            Try Quisk .... Ask Sid for recommendations for setup ..


            To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
            From: wrcromwell@...
            Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 11:06:46 -0400
            Subject: Re: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software

             
            Hi,

            I run Linux *exclusively*. This is not a Linux v Microsoft debate..just
            how it is. I have made a deal to acquire my first SDR. So far I have run
            the SDR software under Linux in WINE - the MS Windows environment for
            Linux. It loads okay but then - obviously - finds no radio to play with.
            I also successfully run the sound card software for the digital modes
            written for MS Windows under WINE.

            If I find that the SDR software won't work with my new radio because of
            WINE I will install WinXP on a computer just for that and *NEVER*
            connect it to the internet. I have a licensed copy of XP here..unused.
            When I get my SDR receiver up and running I'll report back here about
            running it under WINE or not.

            73,

            Bill KU8H

            On 05/19/2013 09:16 AM, Alan wrote:
            >
            >
            > ----- Original Message -----
            > Subject: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software
            >
            > > I'm thinking of buying a USB2SDR unit to get started with SDR. Any
            > comments and advice would be VERY welcome. What software is
            > > recommended? Is that s/w available for use in Linux? I run Linux
            > Mint, and like it a lot (used to run Ubuntu, but find I like
            > > Mint better now, though always subject to change in the future). I
            > try to stay away from Windows, and all its continual bugs,
            > > bots, viruses, etc, etc. Anyway, thanks for any help and advice......
            > >
            >


          • Bill Cromwell
            ... Thanks Mike, Will do. 73, Bill KU8H
            Message 5 of 12 , May 19, 2013
              On 05/19/2013 11:23 AM, MIKE DURKIN wrote:
              >
              > Try Quisk .... Ask Sid for recommendations for setup ..

              Thanks Mike,

              Will do.

              73,

              Bill KU8H
            • Sid Boyce
              I haven t seen any discussion regarding how it works in ghpsdr3-alex but you can find the wiki at http://napan.ca/ghpsdr3/index.php/Main_Page for full
              Message 6 of 12 , May 19, 2013
                I haven't seen any discussion regarding how it works in ghpsdr3-alex but you can find the wiki at
                http://napan.ca/ghpsdr3/index.php/Main_Page for full instructions.

                To get the source
                git clone git://github.com/alexlee188/ghpsdr3-alex.git
                cd ghpsdr3-alex
                git checkout usb2sdr

                slipstream:/usr/src/ghpsdr3-alex # git branch
                  master
                * usb2sdr

                The discussion list  is at sdr-widgets@....
                73 ... Sid.

                On 19/05/13 14:12, RLN37 wrote:
                 

                I'm thinking of buying a USB2SDR unit to get started with SDR. Any comments and advice would be VERY welcome. What software is recommended? Is that s/w available for use in Linux? I run Linux Mint, and like it a lot (used to run Ubuntu, but find I like Mint better now, though always subject to change in the future). I try to stay away from Windows, and all its continual bugs, bots, viruses, etc, etc. Anyway, thanks for any help and advice......

                Bob. K6KL



                -- 
                Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
                Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
                Senior Staff Specialist, Cricket Coach
                Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks
                
              • Sid Boyce
                OK, later ... Heading off to complete an openSUSE update on the daughter s PC and see why Wifi is associating and disassociating constantly. 73 ... Sid. ... --
                Message 7 of 12 , May 19, 2013
                  OK, later ...
                  Heading off to complete an openSUSE update on the daughter's PC and see why Wifi is associating and disassociating constantly.
                  73 ... Sid.

                  On 19/05/13 16:23, MIKE DURKIN wrote:
                   

                  Try Quisk .... Ask Sid for recommendations for setup ..


                  To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                  From: wrcromwell@...
                  Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 11:06:46 -0400
                  Subject: Re: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software

                   
                  Hi,

                  I run Linux *exclusively*. This is not a Linux v Microsoft debate..just
                  how it is. I have made a deal to acquire my first SDR. So far I have run
                  the SDR software under Linux in WINE - the MS Windows environment for
                  Linux. It loads okay but then - obviously - finds no radio to play with.
                  I also successfully run the sound card software for the digital modes
                  written for MS Windows under WINE.

                  If I find that the SDR software won't work with my new radio because of
                  WINE I will install WinXP on a computer just for that and *NEVER*
                  connect it to the internet. I have a licensed copy of XP here..unused.
                  When I get my SDR receiver up and running I'll report back here about
                  running it under WINE or not.

                  73,

                  Bill KU8H

                  On 05/19/2013 09:16 AM, Alan wrote:
                  >
                  >
                  > ----- Original Message -----
                  > Subject: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software
                  >
                  > > I'm thinking of buying a USB2SDR unit to get started with SDR. Any
                  > comments and advice would be VERY welcome. What software is
                  > > recommended? Is that s/w available for use in Linux? I run Linux
                  > Mint, and like it a lot (used to run Ubuntu, but find I like
                  > > Mint better now, though always subject to change in the future). I
                  > try to stay away from Windows, and all its continual bugs,
                  > > bots, viruses, etc, etc. Anyway, thanks for any help and advice......
                  > >
                  >




                  -- 
                  Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
                  Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
                  Senior Staff Specialist, Cricket Coach
                  Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks
                  
                • Alan
                  ... Subject: Re: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software ... But will that work with the USB2SDR? I think the USB2SDR is a bad choice for a beginner. A
                  Message 8 of 12 , May 19, 2013
                    ----- Original Message -----
                    Subject: Re: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software


                    > On 05/19/2013 11:23 AM, MIKE DURKIN wrote:
                    >>
                    >> Try Quisk .... Ask Sid for recommendations for setup ..
                    >
                    > Thanks Mike,
                    >
                    > Will do.
                    >

                    But will that work with the USB2SDR?
                    I think the USB2SDR is a bad choice for a beginner.
                    A soundcard is far more versatile especially if you do not want to use Windows.
                    And you will not get much better performance unless you modify your SDR. Presumably we are talking Softrock?

                    73 Alan G4ZFQ
                  • Alan
                    ... From: Sid Subject: Re: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software ... I see it does support the USB2SDR. OK, I m interested to know how it works. How
                    Message 9 of 12 , May 19, 2013
                      ----- Original Message -----
                      From: "Sid
                      Subject: Re: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software


                      >I haven't seen any discussion regarding how it works in ghpsdr3-alex but
                      > you can find the wiki at
                      > http://napan.ca/ghpsdr3/index.php/Main_Page for full instructions.
                      >

                      I see it does support the USB2SDR.
                      OK, I'm interested to know how it works.
                      How do people get the best out of it with Softrock-type SDRs?

                      73 Alan G4ZFQ
                    • Alan
                      ... Subject: Re: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software Looking again are we talking USB2SDR or UHFSDR? 73 Alan G4ZFQ
                      Message 10 of 12 , May 19, 2013
                        ----- Original Message -----
                        Subject: Re: [softrock40] USB2SDR and controlling software



                        Looking again are we talking USB2SDR or UHFSDR?

                        73 Alan G4ZFQ
                      • RLN37
                        Thanks for all the comments. I gather that the USB2SDR is a bit restrictive, both in hardware and software. The USB2SDR is probably a fine instrument for the
                        Message 11 of 12 , May 19, 2013
                          Thanks for all the comments. I gather that the USB2SDR is a bit restrictive, both in hardware and software. The USB2SDR is probably a fine instrument for the experienced person who knows just what he wants. But for the inexperienced guy like me, more flexibility is probably the best thing. So I think I will just go with an external sound card for now, and see how it all develops. And for that I will be able to use Linux on the software side, as I am wont to do.

                          73 and thanks again - Bob, K6KL
                        • Alex
                          ... USB2SDR is supported by ghpsdr3-alex client/server SDR software running under Linux (for the server), with Linux, Windows, Android, and Web/java clients.
                          Message 12 of 12 , May 20, 2013
                            --- In softrock40@yahoogroups.com, RLN37 <rln37@...> wrote:
                            >
                            > Thanks for all the comments. I gather that the USB2SDR is a bit restrictive, both in hardware and software. The USB2SDR is probably a fine instrument for the experienced person who knows just what he wants. But for the inexperienced guy like me, more flexibility is probably the best thing. So I think I will just go with an external sound card for now, and see how it all develops. And for that I will be able to use Linux on the software side, as I am wont to do.
                            >
                            > 73 and thanks again - Bob, K6KL
                            >

                            USB2SDR is supported by ghpsdr3-alex client/server SDR software running under Linux (for the server), with Linux, Windows, Android, and Web/java clients.

                            There is a branch called usb2sdr in the source code repository (see the wiki (http://napan.ca/ghpsdr3/index.php/Main_Page) for general information and where to find the repository) which allows you to run a usb2sdr-softrock server.

                            Note that is for for Rx only for the usb2sdr/softrock combo.

                            However, it is not easy to set all these up properly.

                            So I agree with you that a stock external USB sound card might be easier for a beginner.

                            73 Alex
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