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The bladeRF x40 is an affordable USB 3.0 Software-Defined Radio (SDR) designed to allow students and RF enthusiasts to explore wireless communication, and to provide professionals with a versatile COTS waveform development platform. The bladeRF x40 is a great next step after using an SDR like the HackRF One, especially with the built-in FPGA providing you with more user-defined options.
Out of the box, the bladeRF can tune from 300MHz to 3.8GHz without the need for extra boards. Through open source software such as GNURadio (live image), the bladeRF can be placed into immediate use. With its flexible hardware and software, the bladeRF can be configured to operate as a custom RF modem, a GSM and LTE picocell, a GPS receiver, an ATSC transmitter or a combination Bluetooth/WiFi client, without the need for any expansion cards.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Experienced - You will require a firm understanding of programming, the programming toolchain, and may have to make decisions on programming software or language. You may need to decipher a proprietary or specialized communication protocol. A logic analyzer might be necessary.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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I bought two of these...
The online information is a bit sparse and many people seem to be using this with gnuradio which seems to be more of a CB or walkie-talkie kind of thing. I'm interested more in digitial communication.
That's when I stumbled on the bladeRF-fsk example that is only on the github version of the software. It's a simple example that alllows for bidirectional transfer of files. The example builds from the FSK modulation code all the way up to the application layer demonstrating how easy and flexible the device is.
If your interested in digital communication, be sure to check out that example. Also, sparkfun has 2 version of the telescoping antenna. One for 75MHz to 1 GHz and one for 300 MHz to 1.1 GHz. I accidentally bought the lower frequency version which works, but the other version would have been better.
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i can not get work like i read in the articles "https://blog.strcpy.info/2016/04/21/building-a-portable-gsm-bts-using-bladerf-raspberry-and-yatebts-the-definitive-guide/",and the sdrsharp with windows "BladeRF + SDR# on Windows 10"please help me to understand i am newbie on that device,thanks,sorry for my english,if youvae some info on spanish woulbe cool.
Every software/hardware engineer must have this device. You can listen and simulate bluetooth, gsm, wifi and other radio devices.
It's like Oscilloscope, but for Radio.
So far so good testing this out for a few different projects I'm playing with. As a licensed ham radio operator, this area has always interested me. And this device is a perfect companion for voice/data transmission scenarios. Not to mention there are a fair amount of open source projects out there that interface with the bladeRF device.
Product arrived quickly and as expected. I'd recommend this product to others as well!