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Spyserver Setup

William (Bill) MARSH
 

Hello
 
This is my first post to the group, so trust this is OK.
 
I need some help getting “Spyserver” to execute.
 
I recently purchased an Airspy HF+ SDR and this is working great.
 
I wish to set this up at a remote site and using Spyserver access the airspy from my home location via the internet. This would of course be available to selected other people to access.
 
I have edited the Spyserver config file to access the Airspy HF+ and saved. Confident this file is OK.
 
When I double click the Spyserver.exe file nothing happens except that a text file comes up on the screen. The last line of the text file says; Listening for connections on 0.0.0.0:5555.
The next line starts with a blinking cursor but cannot type anything.
 
I suspect at this point Spyserver should open but nothing happens regardless of whether the Airspy is active or in-active. It did execute once as I was shutting things down to go visiting and indicated the SDR had been sleeping. I cannot repeat this for some reason.
 
I understand that a “Start Menu” should come up at some stage and that I need to type in ‘cmd’ to view my IP addresses.
 
Can anyone help with the above.
 
Bill Marsh
New Zealand.


Re: GNSS-SDR and AIRSPY R2

jdow
 

You need a 100dB preamp, probably. Then maybe you will believe you have too much gain?

Seriously, tune to some empty spectrum area with one constant signal NOT in the GPS/GNSS frequencies. Run the gain way down, zero, -100 whatever the lowest it allows may be. Then slowly run gain upwards. At first the signal will climb but the noise floor will stay more or less constant. Eventually the noise floor will start increasing. STOP THERE. If you have good enough eyes to maximize the difference between the signal level and the noise floor run up until that difference stops increasing. STOP THERE. You may want to back off one step to maximize dynamic range at the expense of a dB or two noise figure.

Note that GPS and GNSS are spread spectrum systems. As such they are also anti-jamming, by maybe 50 dB give or take in the case of GPS. Noise is basically a form of jamming. With the right spectrum analyzer settings you can see the spectra you wish to work with. With nice quick 32k bins over 10 MHz - not so much.

Basically an R820T(2) does NOT like to run at maximum gain settings. It's vast overkill and grossly distorts signals. With ONE direct sequence spread spectrum signal or one FM signal as in a shield room test configuration this should not matter. But, 1575.42 MHz is a VERY busy signal. The other pertinent frequencies are also busy with multiple DSSS signals from the multitude of navigational satellites up there. Excessive gain will vastly increase the interference between the various signals due to intermodulation/crossmodulation effects. Too much gain is as poisonous as too little gain.

{^_^}

On 2018-07-29 03:52, carsten.rieck@ri.se wrote:
Hi,
I wonder if anyone has attempted to use the Airspy R2 with GNSS-SDR from https://gnss-sdr.org ? Any experiences to share ?
My experimental setup includes a Leica AT503 and some meters of RG58 cable. The airspy is interfaced with OSMOSDR_SIGNAL_SOURCE and I run the latest GNSS-SDR and friends compiled from source on an Ubuntu16 system. Everything runs well, the device is addressed, the bias-t powers the antenna LNA and there are no complains; however there is no lock. The overall gain seems to be limited to 21dB. With such a setting the CA spectrum is not visible in SDR#. In a free setup, maximizing all gains, the power in the spectrum can be seen. Unfortunately, the GR-OSMO does not allow to play with all the gain settings.
Any suggestions ?
Best regards
Carsten


GNSS-SDR and AIRSPY R2

carsten.rieck@...
 

Hi,

I wonder if anyone has attempted to use the Airspy R2 with GNSS-SDR from https://gnss-sdr.org ? Any experiences to share ?

My experimental setup includes a Leica AT503 and some meters of RG58 cable. The airspy is interfaced with OSMOSDR_SIGNAL_SOURCE and I run the latest GNSS-SDR and friends compiled from source on an Ubuntu16 system. Everything runs well, the device is addressed, the bias-t powers the antenna LNA and there are no complains; however there is no lock. The overall gain seems to be limited to 21dB. With such a setting the CA spectrum is not visible in SDR#. In a free setup, maximizing all gains, the power in the spectrum can be seen. Unfortunately, the GR-OSMO does not allow to play with all the gain settings.

Any suggestions ?

Best regards
Carsten


Static vs Dynamic Noise Floor in Frequency Scanner plugin

Henk
 

Hi all,

The Frequency Scanner configuration screen offers the possibility to select Static Noise Floor or Dynamic Noise Floor. 



I wonder what the exact difference is between the two. When I select Dynamic Noise Floor the noise floor drops almost completely. It seems the sensitivity of the SDR drops too but I may be wrong about that.

Can someone please shed some light here? Many thanks in advance.


Regards, Henk in NL


Re: #spyserver #airspyhfplus #radioastronomy #spyserver #airspyhfplus #radioastronomy

michaeld
 

Your server is working well today, thanks for sharing.

Michael D
Tuolumne California

On Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 7:15 AM, Tilman D Thulesius <sm0jzt@...> wrote:
Hi there

I have a Airspy HF+ online since a couple of months .

The Servers is to be found in the adress:
sdr://spyserver.thulesius.se:5555/

Antenna : 30 loop
QTH : JO89UL    30 km north of Stockholm


Please put it on the list:
https://airspy.com/spy-servers/

Have fun / Tilman SM0JZT



Airspy Servers info for the group

David Freeman <dave2011usa@...>
 

I was thinking since the spy servers don't get updated it might be a good ideal to share their SDR server info here.
I would list mine but it doesn't seem to be allowing connection. If anyone can help mw with this please let me know.
In the meantime please share your Airspy Servers info here to this Topic.


#spyserver #airspyhfplus #radioastronomy #spyserver #airspyhfplus #radioastronomy

Tilman D Thulesius <sm0jzt@...>
 

Hi there

I have a Airspy HF+ online since a couple of months .

The Servers is to be found in the adress:
sdr://spyserver.thulesius.se:5555/

Antenna : 30 loop
QTH : JO89UL    30 km north of Stockholm


Please put it on the list:
https://airspy.com/spy-servers/

Have fun / Tilman SM0JZT


Re: Problem trying to run Spyserver

f1hdi
 

Youssef,

I hate to say that, but you're right .

odroid xu4g + airspy R2 @10MSPS working

Now to the next step

Kind regards

Jean-Marc


Le 25/07/2018 à 11:57, prog a écrit :
On Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 11:57 AM, f1hdi wrote:

Hi Youssef,

odroid@odroid:~$ uname -a
Linux odroid 4.14.18-106 #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Feb 12 04:00:47 UTC 2018 armv7l armv                           7l armv7l GNU/Linux , which is the latest I found for this board.

Humm, you mean I have to take one older of this repository  http://de.eu.odroid.in/ubuntu_16.04lts/old/  or even an older kernel and make a full reinstall ?.

If you could point me to the exact 'best distribution' I'll thank you.

Kind regards

Jean-Marc

https://wiki.odroid.com/odroid-xu4/os_images/linux/ubuntu/20170731

And stick to 3.10.


Re: Problem trying to run Spyserver

f1hdi
 

Youssef,

Fresh reflash of the EMM card of the xu4g, reboot, ssh to the unit

odroid@odroid:~$ uname -r
3.10.103-124

Now to rebuild spyserver and other stuff.

By the way do you know if gqrx has now the capability to connect to spyserver ? I red so but wasn't able to find 'how to'

Kind regards

Jean-Marc


Le 25/07/2018 à 11:57, prog a écrit :
On Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 11:57 AM, f1hdi wrote:

Hi Youssef,

odroid@odroid:~$ uname -a
Linux odroid 4.14.18-106 #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Feb 12 04:00:47 UTC 2018 armv7l armv                           7l armv7l GNU/Linux , which is the latest I found for this board.

Humm, you mean I have to take one older of this repository  http://de.eu.odroid.in/ubuntu_16.04lts/old/  or even an older kernel and make a full reinstall ?.

If you could point me to the exact 'best distribution' I'll thank you.

Kind regards

Jean-Marc

https://wiki.odroid.com/odroid-xu4/os_images/linux/ubuntu/20170731

And stick to 3.10.


Re: Problem trying to run Spyserver

prog
 

On Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 11:57 AM, f1hdi wrote:

Hi Youssef,

odroid@odroid:~$ uname -a
Linux odroid 4.14.18-106 #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Feb 12 04:00:47 UTC 2018 armv7l armv                           7l armv7l GNU/Linux , which is the latest I found for this board.

Humm, you mean I have to take one older of this repository  http://de.eu.odroid.in/ubuntu_16.04lts/old/  or even an older kernel and make a full reinstall ?.

If you could point me to the exact 'best distribution' I'll thank you.

Kind regards

Jean-Marc

https://wiki.odroid.com/odroid-xu4/os_images/linux/ubuntu/20170731

And stick to 3.10.


Re: Problem trying to run Spyserver

f1hdi
 

Hi Youssef,

odroid@odroid:~$ uname -a
Linux odroid 4.14.18-106 #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Feb 12 04:00:47 UTC 2018 armv7l armv                           7l armv7l GNU/Linux , which is the latest I found for this board.

Humm, you mean I have to take one older of this repository  http://de.eu.odroid.in/ubuntu_16.04lts/old/  or even an older kernel and make a full reinstall ?.

If you could point me to the exact 'best distribution' I'll thank you.

Kind regards

Jean-Marc


Le 25/07/2018 à 09:59, prog a écrit :
On Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 09:57 AM, f1hdi wrote:
HI Ruben,
Do you succeed in getting an airspy R2 @10MSPS working with an odroid xu4 ?.
Mine is supporting 2,5MSPS at maximum.

Any clue ?
Is this device not powefull enough ?

Kind regards
Jean-Marc
What kernel are you using? Copy the output of this command: uname -a
In any case, you should be using one of the older 3.10.* branches to get proper USB performance until they fix the new kernels.


Re: Problem trying to run Spyserver

prog
 

On Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 09:57 AM, f1hdi wrote:
HI Ruben,
Do you succeed in getting an airspy R2 @10MSPS working with an odroid xu4 ?.
Mine is supporting 2,5MSPS at maximum.

Any clue ?
Is this device not powefull enough ?

Kind regards
Jean-Marc
What kernel are you using? Copy the output of this command: uname -a
In any case, you should be using one of the older 3.10.* branches to get proper USB performance until they fix the new kernels.


Re: Problem trying to run Spyserver

f1hdi
 

HI Ruben,
Do you succeed in getting an airspy R2 @10MSPS working with an odroid xu4 ?.
Mine is supporting 2,5MSPS at maximum.

Any clue ?
Is this device not powefull enough ?

Kind regards
Jean-Marc


Re: #airspyhfplus #swl #spyserver #raspberrypi - RPi, AirspyHF+ WellBrook Loop install and testing #airspyhfplus #swl #spyserver #raspberrypi

Bazz <barry.whitehead@...>
 

Just an update.
Received my AAA1 yesterday for me to play with next week (got a whole week off at last).
This coupled with the fact I get to play with the Wellbrook loops as well.

My AAA1 will more than likely be a double loop side-by-side with a 2 inch air gap between them.
Wanted to make a copper loop but don't have the ability (tool wise) for such a task (this was due to my next project a 3D printed rotator and remote tuner for the cap)

Also I will have time to track down some nasty noise in the house somewhere, I think it is the power over Ethernet adaptors I have but they are being removed next week.


Re: laptop thinks Airspy HF+ is an HP printer (bidi)

Joe M.
 

In Device Manager, right-click the BIDI device, and select
UPDATE DRIVER SOFTWARE, then
BROWSE ON MY COMPUTER FOR DRIVER SOFTWARE, then
LET ME PICK FROM A LIST...., then select
WINUSB DEVICE (MICROSOFT). then let it install.

If WINUSB is not showing, you may need to download the driver from airspy.com and point to that file.

You may also need to reset the device before the device will re-load that driver. (unplug and replug)

That should let it work with SDR# and show as a WINUSB device in Device Manager.

Joe M.

On 7/24/2018 12:49 PM, John Brown wrote:
One step forward; two steps back. Had noise signals coming through the
HF+ to HDSDR for a few minutes; at that point I think I had stumbled
into some generic Windows driver for a USB device interfacing with HF+
rather than the HP printer (bidi). But lots of crashes. Win7 offered to
repair (or something) which I let it do. The diagnostic said a driver
installed caused ... And generally SDR# won't shutdown properly and crashes.

BTW this is an HP 7630b laptop - I would guess 9 years old - running
Win7. Wonder if at least part of the problem the little HP just not up
to the task?

So back to square 1.5 after the restore/repair.

With Device Manager up; when I plug the HF+ into the USB port Win
immediately pops up the HP printer (bidi) driver. Tracing out the menus
from there I don't know how to get Windows to let me install anything
but this driver. The final message is always to the effect Windows know
best.

If I select uninstall and delete the driver then quickly unplug the from
the USB port and then plug back in the Device Manager list now shows the
HF+. Windows shows a dialogue box searching for drivers. If I QUICKLY
select a couple of things I can stop that process and the HF+ remains.
Albeit it doesn't work properly. Again I am unable to get windows to let
me install anything for a driver. When I step though the browse to where
the Windows compatibility download was placed I don't see/am not offered
either the .inf or .cat files.

Maybe I'm looking for the wrong driver file. Which file exactly is the
driver? Is it the .dll download? or the .inf or .cat?

Those few moments of static that correlated with having the antenna
connection to the HF+ were tantalizing. Like to get that back!

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Re: laptop thinks Airspy HF+ is an HP printer (bidi)

John Brown
 

One step forward; two steps back. Had noise signals coming through the HF+ to HDSDR for a few minutes; at that point I think I had stumbled into some generic Windows driver for a USB device interfacing with HF+ rather than the HP printer (bidi). But lots of crashes. Win7 offered to repair (or something) which I let it do. The diagnostic said a driver installed caused ... And generally SDR# won't shutdown properly and crashes.

BTW this is an HP 7630b laptop - I would guess 9 years old - running Win7. Wonder if at least part of the problem the little HP just not up to the task?

So back to square 1.5 after the restore/repair. 

With Device Manager up; when I plug the HF+ into the USB port Win immediately pops up the HP printer (bidi) driver. Tracing out the menus from there I don't know how to get Windows to let me install anything but this driver. The final message is always to the effect Windows know best.

If I select uninstall and delete the driver then quickly unplug the from the USB port and then plug back in the Device Manager list now shows the HF+. Windows shows a dialogue box searching for drivers. If I QUICKLY select a couple of things I can stop that process and the HF+ remains. Albeit it doesn't work properly. Again I am unable to get windows to let me install anything for a driver. When I step though the browse to where the Windows compatibility download was placed I don't see/am not offered either the .inf or .cat files. 

Maybe I'm looking for the wrong driver file. Which file exactly is the driver? Is it the .dll download? or the .inf or .cat?

Those few moments of static that correlated with having the antenna connection to the HF+ were tantalizing. Like to get that back!


Re: laptop thinks Airspy HF+ is an HP printer (bidi)

Joe M.
 

Update the driver to the correct one. You will likely have to select the correct one manually (don't use any Windows AUTO functions).

Nothing will work until Windows loads the correct driver.

Joe M.

On 7/23/2018 7:14 PM, John Brown wrote:
Using HPDSR. Got the dll and placed it in the HPDSR folder. Still when I
plug the Airspy HF+ into the USB device manager shows it as an HP
Printer (bidi).

Also tried using SDR# and getting nowhere with that.

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Re: Looking at raw samples

Pete Zaitcev
 

Thanks a lot! Using your advice I was able to get negative values by tweaking the LNA gain. Indeed there seem to be a little DC offset.


Re: Looking at raw samples

Leif Asbrink
 

Hi Pete,

I wanted to look at the raw samples, so I copied airspy_rx, mostly.
To my great surprise, the samples in appear to be 8 bits (and never
negative). It looks like this:
 09 08 0a 08 0a 08 07 08 02 08 06 08 04 08 0d 08 ...
09 08 = 9+8*256(decimal)=2048+9(decimal)=0000100000001001(binary)=-9

The 12th bit is the sign bit.

73

Leif



No matter what, they don't look like 12-bit values in 2-byte words.

Here's the test program:
 https://github.com/zaitcev/airspy_adsb/blob/master/main.c

I tried everything, even looked at the firmware. It just makes no sense.
Anyone seen anything like it?

-- Pete



laptop thinks Airspy HF+ is an HP printer (bidi)

John Brown
 

Using HPDSR. Got the dll and placed it in the HPDSR folder. Still when I plug the Airspy HF+ into the USB device manager shows it as an HP Printer (bidi).

Also tried using SDR# and getting nowhere with that.

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