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From The RadioReference Wiki
- Software-defined radio is a concept according to which RF communication is achieved by using software (or firmware) to perform signal-processing tasks that are typically performed by hardware. A software-defined radio (as in, the device itself) is an RF communication system that incorporates a significant amount of this software-based signal.
- 🙶Software-defined radio (SDR) is a radio communication system where components that have been typically 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.
- A WebSDR is a Software-Defined Radio receiver connected to the internet, allowing many listeners to listen and tune it simultaneously.SDR technology makes it possible that all listeners tune independently, and thus listen to differentsignals; this is in contrast to the many classical receivers that are already available via the internet.
What is Software Defined Radio (or SDR)? Wikipedia gives a definition..
In short: an SDR is a radio with no IF, Modulator, or Demodulator stages as we generally understand those terms: a receiving RF preamp feeds directly into a (very fast) A-to-D converter, which is connected to a computer DSP/CPU to tune a signal and extract the modulated audio or data; on the transmit side, the CPU and DSP generate the modulation directly, and feed it to an RF power amp.
In the HF and ham world, it has appeared in 2 distinct phases; in use in high end amateur transceivers and receivers, and utilizing a PC as a controller, letting external software define how the SDR is addressed and utilized.
Software Defined Radio Wiki
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Here are some introductory articles on SDRs from SWLing.com. These originally appeared in the Spectrum Monitor magazine;
Please see the following pages for further information;
Software Defined Radio Uses
You can find additional reviews and resources here;
- Ham Radio Science many SDR and software reviews
SDRs that you can tune online can be found on our Live Tunable Receivers article
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