A Demonstration of RSPDuo Diversity Being used to Cancel Local Interference

SDRPlay have recently published a video demonstrating how the new RSPduo diversity feature in SDRUno can be used to cancel local interference.  The SDRplay RSPDuo is a 14-bit dual tuner software defined radio capable of tuning between 1 kHz - 2 GHz. It's defining feature is that it has two receivers in one radio, which should allow for interesting phase coherent applications such as diversity. The RSPDuo's diversity feature allows us to either combine two antenna signals together for an up to 3 dB increase, or for removal of an unwanted noise source via subtraction of signals.

In the video they show a broadcast AM signal that has it's SNR reduced by being on top of a local electrical noise source. The use a Bonito Mega-dipole on tuner 1, and a Bonito Mini-whip on tuner 2. The Mini-whip appears to receive the local interference stronger, so can be subtracted away from the Mega-dipole's signal with the diversity function. The result is improved SNR, and the noise is almost entirely cancelled.

There are 2 very practical applications for diversity software. The first is MRC (Maximum Ratio Combination) Diversity which, in order to be effective, needs two antennas presenting the same signal with some degree of diversity. Then there is this second impressive application which is becoming more and more useful due to the growing number of domestic sources of interference.

This is possible in an RSPduo, due to the coherent nature of the combined tuner streams being presented to the computer for processing.

Using Diversity in SDRplay's SDRuno to Cancel Local Interference

One comment

  1. Max

    Very good. Not just against interferring noise; i am thinking to two loop antennas at 90° and two stations on the same frequency. First adjust the loops direction for the best difference between the two signals and then adjust the phase to further reduce the unwanted signal.

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