Using a low-cost SDR for logging accurate RF power and SNR measurements
The ability to make a log of absolute RF power levels centred at a given frequency, and of selectable bandwidth, over specified time intervals is a very powerful capability. Even more so, in portable or mobile situations such as field strength monitoring of both wanted and unwanted signals where an accurate, yet simple and low-cost solution is desirable.
Even in the lab, using expensive general purpose RF gear for long running projects is undesirable when the use of a low-cost alternative will work just as well.
SDRplay – makers of the RSP family of SDRs also provide SDRuno software for Windows which enables very accurate RF power measurements (within +/- 1dBm) and SNR readings to be made anywhere between 1kHz and 2GHz.
With SDRuno, the user can select the bandwidth over which the power readings are to be taken – See below:
The next thing to do is select the time interval for the logging which can be varied from every second to every 1800 seconds as shown below:
Once the logger has started, measurements of RF power level and SNR are taken at the specified intervals:
The readings are stored and can be outputted to a .csv file for further analysis or charting purposes:
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Or visit the SDRplay YouTube Channel
Simply google "RS Components RSP2pro" to get a link to your local RS Components SDRplay webpage - from there, you have links to the other members of the SDRplay RSP family. Accurate power measurement and logging is now also supported on the RSP1A