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SdrDx Documentation -- Contents

    1.0 - Introduction — Page 1
        1.1 - About your Author — Page 1
        1.2 - About the Documentation — Page 2
        1.3 - About the Software — Page 2
            1.3.1 - Operating System Compatibility — Page 2
            1.3.2 - Application History and Miscellany — Page 2
            1.3.3 - End-User Ownership Policy — Page 2
        1.4 - Additional Credits — Page 2
        1.5 - Reading Guide — Page 3
            1.5.1 - Keyboard Navigation of This Document — Page 3
            1.5.2 - Conventions — Page 3
                1.5.2.1 - General — Page 3
                1.5.2.2 - Locating Controls — Page 3
                1.5.2.3 - Keystrokes — Page 3
            1.5.3 - Cryptic Labels — Page 3
        1.6 - Feature List — Page 4
    2.0 - SdrDx Operational Requirements — Page 5
    3.0 - Getting Going — Page 6
        3.1 - Upgrades — Page 6
            3.1.1 - Where are my preferences? — Page 6
                3.1.1.1 - Under OSX Leopard (10.5) — Page 6
                3.1.1.2 - Under OSX Snow Leopard (10.6) — Page 6
                3.1.1.3 - Under OSX Lion (10.7) — Page 6
                3.1.1.4 - Under OSX Mountain Lion (10.8) — Page 6
                3.1.1.5 - Under OSX Mavericks (10.9) — Page 6
                3.1.1.6 - Under OSX Yosemite (10.10) — Page 6
                3.1.1.7 - Under OSX El Capitan (10.11) — Page 6
                3.1.1.8 - Under Windows XP — Page 6
                3.1.1.9 - Under Windows Vista — Page 6
                3.1.1.10 - Under Windows 7 — Page 6
                3.1.1.11 - Under Windows 8 — Page 6
                3.1.1.12 - Under Windows 10 — Page 6
        3.2 - New Installs — Page 7
            3.2.1 - The RTL-SDR — Page 7
            3.2.2 - The Funcube — Page 7
            3.2.3 - Network-based SDR Startup — Page 7
                3.2.3.1 - If you have dual Ethernet ports on your computer — Page 7
                3.2.3.2 - SDR Setup Dialog — Page 7
            3.2.4 - USB-based SDR Startup — Page 7
        3.3 - SDR Frequency Error Correction — Page 8
            3.3.1 - Step-by-Step Procedure — Page 8
    4.0 - Operations — Page 9
        4.1 - Exiting the Software — Page 9
        4.2 - Advice for New Users — Page 9
        4.3 - Basic Tuning Steps — Page 9
        4.4 - Tuning -- the details — Page 10
        4.5 - Tuning Accuracy — Page 11
            4.5.1 - SDR-IQ, SDR-14 — Page 11
            4.5.2 - FUNcube Dongle — Page 11
            4.5.3 - Anything else — Page 11
        4.6 - Status Displays — Page 12
            4.6.1 - Top Display — Page 12
            4.6.2 - Middle Display — Page 12
            4.6.3 - Bottom Display — Page 12
        4.7 - Adjusting AGC — Page 13
            4.7.1 - Adjusting AGC needle trim — Page 13
        4.8 - Adjusting I/R — Page 13
        4.9 - Adjusting Squelch — Page 14
        4.10 - S-Meter — Page 15
            4.10.1 - VU Metering — Page 15
        4.11 - Signal Processing — Page 16
            4.11.1 - Auto Noise Floor — Page 16
            4.11.2 - Smooth Noise Floor — Page 16
            4.11.3 - Low Pass Filter — Page 16
            4.11.4 - High Pass Filter — Page 17
            4.11.5 - Noise Blanker — Page 18
            4.11.6 - Anti-Resonance — Page 19
            4.11.7 - Dynamic Noise Reduction — Page 20
            4.11.8 - Notch Filters — Page 21
                4.11.8.1 - Keyboard Controls — Page 21
                4.11.8.2 - Using the AF Scope to Set Notches — Page 21
            4.11.9 - TDM/FDM Filter — Page 22
            4.11.10 - SSB DSP — Page 23
                4.11.10.1 - At noise floor or above? — Page 23
                4.11.10.2 - Automatic Adjustment — Page 23
                4.11.10.3 - Manual Adjustment — Page 23
                4.11.10.4 - Using -Ri with SSP — Page 23
        4.12 - Visual Signal Processing — Page 24
            4.12.1 - General — Page 24
            4.12.2 - Noise Blanker Display Options — Page 24
            4.12.3 - SBW - Spectrum Bandwidth — Page 24
            4.12.4 - TRI - Amplitude Triage — Page 24
            4.12.5 - SNF - Smooth Noise Floor — Page 24
            4.12.6 - FFT Resolution — Page 24
            4.12.7 - FFT Averaging Behaviors — Page 24
            4.12.8 - Waterfall Palettes — Page 24
                4.12.8.1 - Using Auto-Adjust Waterfall — Page 24
            4.12.9 - Combining Visual Noise Reduction Techniques — Page 24
        4.13 - Phasing and Noise Reduction — Page 25
            4.13.1 - General — Page 25
                4.13.1.1 - Controls — Page 25
                4.13.1.2 - Nulling out a signal manually — Page 25
                4.13.1.3 - Multipath effects on phasing — Page 25
                4.13.1.4 - Reducing signal jamming — Page 25
                4.13.1.5 - Other Uses — Page 25
                4.13.1.6 - I/Q Imbalance Between Channels — Page 25
        4.14 - Demodulator Setup — Page 26
            4.14.1 - Adjusting Bandwidth — Page 26
            4.14.2 - IF Shift — Page 26
            4.14.3 - Demodulator Mode Selection — Page 27
            4.14.4 - Demodulator Bandwidth Control — Page 27
            4.14.5 - Demodulator Carrier Offsets — Page 27
        4.15 - Listening Tips — Page 28
            4.15.1 - AM Carrier Interpretation — Page 28
            4.15.2 - Wideband FM — Page 28
                4.15.2.1 - Auto-Stereo and Forced Monophonic — Page 28
                4.15.2.2 - FM Stereo Reverse — Page 28
                4.15.2.3 - FM High-Blend — Page 28
                4.15.2.4 - SCA (Subsidiary Communications Authorization) Reception — Page 28
                4.15.2.5 - RDS (Radio Data System) Reception — Page 28
                4.15.2.6 - FM Broadcast Station Spacing — Page 28
                4.15.2.7 - Aux Scope Features in WFM mode — Page 28
            4.15.3 - SW Dx'ing — Page 28
            4.15.4 - Enhancing SW Reception with DX Toolbox — Page 28
            4.15.5 - AM broadcast band DX'ing — Page 28
                4.15.5.1 - C-QUAM AM Stereo — Page 28
            4.15.6 - Longwave BCB (153-270 KHz) and Euro MW BCB Reception — Page 28
            4.15.7 - CW reception — Page 28
            4.15.8 - SSB Reception — Page 28
                4.15.8.1 - Splatter — Page 28
            4.15.9 - FM Reception — Page 28
            4.15.10 - SW DRM - Digital Radio Mondial — Page 29
            4.15.11 - Monitoring radio IF outputs — Page 30
            4.15.12 - Digital Modes — Page 31
                4.15.12.1 - Carrier Point Readout — Page 31
                4.15.12.2 - Direct setting of carrier offset — Page 31
                4.15.12.3 - Direct setting of center offset — Page 31
                4.15.12.4 - RTTY, NAVTEX-B, and SITOR-B Reception — Page 31
                4.15.12.5 - Tuning PSK31 — Page 31
                4.15.12.6 - CW Reception — Page 31
                4.15.12.7 - SSTV and FAX reception — Page 31
                4.15.12.8 - DGPS - Differential GPS reception — Page 31
        4.16 - Memories — Page 32
            4.16.1 - Store and Recall — Page 32
            4.16.2 - Preset Amateur Bands — Page 32
            4.16.3 - More Memories — Page 32
            4.16.4 - Preset Time and SW Bands — Page 32
            4.16.5 - Saving and Loading Memory Sets — Page 32
            4.16.6 - Scanning — Page 33
        4.17 - Band-stacking VFO/Bands — Page 34
            4.17.1 - Basic use of the VFO bands — Page 34
                4.17.1.1 - Bandstacking — Page 34
                4.17.1.2 - Bandstack Registers - Multiple Bandstacking Registers per VFO — Page 34
            4.17.2 - How Independence Works — Page 34
            4.17.3 - Customizing a VFO — Page 34
            4.17.4 - Edit operation — Page 34
            4.17.5 - Copy To operation — Page 34
            4.17.6 - Paste From operation — Page 34
            4.17.7 - Swap With operation — Page 34
            4.17.8 - Reset — Page 34
            4.17.9 - Presets — Page 34
                4.17.9.1 - For one VFO — Page 34
                4.17.9.2 - For all VFOs — Page 34
            4.17.10 - Bandsets — Page 34
                4.17.10.1 - Saving a bandset — Page 34
                4.17.10.2 - Loading a bandset — Page 34
            4.17.11 - Cancel Dialog — Page 34
            4.17.12 - Error Correction — Page 34
            4.17.13 - Tracked and Trackable Settings — Page 34
        4.18 - Scope Controls — Page 35
            4.18.1 - Scope Modes — Page 35
            4.18.2 - Scope Options — Page 35
            4.18.3 - Scope Knob Controls — Page 35
            4.18.4 - Using Notches with the Scope — Page 36
            4.18.5 - Lightning distance with the Scope — Page 37
        4.19 - RF Waterfall — Page 38
            4.19.1 - About these displays — Page 38
            4.19.2 - Adjusting the Waterfall — Page 38
            4.19.3 - Time, Freq and BW Stamps — Page 38
            4.19.4 - Displaying the Demodulator on the Waterfall — Page 38
            4.19.5 - Saving the RF Waterfall — Page 39
            4.19.6 - RF Waterfall Palette — Page 40
                4.19.6.1 - Auto-load of Waterfall Palette — Page 40
            4.19.7 - RF Waterfall File Format — Page 41
        4.20 - RF Signal Display — Page 42
            4.20.1 - Grid Spacing — Page 42
            4.20.2 - Graticule and Demodulator Appearance — Page 42
            4.20.3 - Signal Amplitude and Baseline — Page 42
            4.20.4 - Spectrum amplitude relationship to S-Meter readings — Page 42
            4.20.5 - RF Waveform Appearance — Page 42
            4.20.6 - Band Indicators — Page 42
            4.20.7 - Peak Tracking — Page 42
            4.20.8 - Convenience markers — Page 42
        4.21 - I/Q Spikes, Reversal and I/Q Balancing (IQ) — Page 43
                4.21.0.1 - Reverse IQ, Reversed Sidebands, Reversed Tuning — Page 43
        4.22 - Overload — Page 44
        4.23 - Native Recording — Page 45
            4.23.1 - System Requirements and Limitations — Page 45
            4.23.2 - Setting up to Record — Page 45
            4.23.3 - While Recording — Page 45
            4.23.4 - Record File Format — Page 45
        4.24 - Timer System — Page 46
            4.24.1 - Recording Event Setup — Page 46
            4.24.2 - The Event List — Page 46
            4.24.3 - Cancelled Events — Page 46
            4.24.4 - Adding Events — Page 46
            4.24.5 - Renewing Events — Page 46
            4.24.6 - Changing Event Cancelled State — Page 46
            4.24.7 - Deleting Events — Page 46
            4.24.8 - Editing Events — Page 46
            4.24.9 - Other Controls — Page 46
        4.25 - Native Playback — Page 47
            4.25.1 - System Requirements — Page 47
            4.25.2 - Usage — Page 47
        4.26 - Audio IQ Playback — Page 48
            4.26.1 - System Requirements — Page 48
            4.26.2 - Usage — Page 48
        4.27 - Use with a Transmitter — Page 49
            4.27.1 - Transmit Squelch — Page 49
            4.27.2 - Latency — Page 49
        4.28 - Use with Up-Converters — Page 50
        4.29 - Just Listening — Page 51
            4.29.1 - Disabling Display Processing — Page 51
            4.29.2 - Disabling the Clock — Page 51
            4.29.3 - Disabling the Meters — Page 51
            4.29.4 - Disabling the Aux Scope — Page 51
        4.30 - Standard Keystroke Commands — Page 52
            4.30.1 - Overview — Page 52
            4.30.2 - Key Modifiers — Page 52
            4.30.3 - Commands — Page 52
        4.31 - Keystroke Locking — Page 53
            4.31.1 - Overview — Page 53
            4.31.2 - Keystroke Locking Settings — Page 53
                4.31.2.1 - Button Only — Page 53
                4.31.2.2 - Key Sequence Unlocks — Page 53
                4.31.2.3 - Any Button Unlocks — Page 53
                4.31.2.4 - Lock Timer — Page 53
                4.31.2.5 - Locked Key Beep — Page 53
                4.31.2.6 - Exceptions — Page 53
                4.31.2.7 - Reset Key Locking Settings — Page 53
                4.31.2.8 - Cancel Key Lock Settings Dialog — Page 53
        4.32 - Keystroke Remapping — Page 54
            4.32.1 - General — Page 54
            4.32.2 - Remapping Dialog — Page 54
                4.32.2.1 - Window Close button — Page 54
                4.32.2.2 - Reset — Page 54
                4.32.2.3 - Make Default button — Page 54
                4.32.2.4 - Load button — Page 54
                4.32.2.5 - Save button — Page 54
                4.32.2.6 - Clear button — Page 54
                4.32.2.7 - Restore button — Page 54
                4.32.2.8 - Un-Assign button — Page 54
                4.32.2.9 - Keyclass checkboxes — Page 54
                4.32.2.10 - Key help text area — Page 54
                4.32.2.11 - Functions list — Page 54
                4.32.2.12 - Key Mappings list — Page 54
                4.32.2.13 - Mapping Instructions, steps 1 and 2 — Page 54
                4.32.2.14 - Keystroke Lock Exclusion — Page 54
                4.32.2.15 - Selected Function box — Page 54
                4.32.2.16 - Filter Box — Page 54
        4.33 - GUI Controls — Page 55
            4.33.1 - Sliders — Page 55
            4.33.2 - Knobs — Page 55
            4.33.3 - Buttons — Page 55
            4.33.4 - LEDs — Page 55
            4.33.5 - Other Controls — Page 55
        4.34 - Application Stylesheet — Page 56
        4.35 - VFO Suite — Page 57
            4.35.1 - Overview — Page 57
            4.35.2 - Setup — Page 57
            4.35.3 - Use — Page 57
                4.35.3.1 - TCP IP — Page 57
                4.35.3.2 - TCP Port — Page 57
                4.35.3.3 - Connect / Disconnect — Page 57
                4.35.3.4 - Leg(end) — Page 57
                4.35.3.5 - Copy — Page 57
                4.35.3.6 - Swap — Page 57
                4.35.3.7 - Low Edge — Page 57
                4.35.3.8 - High Edge — Page 57
                4.35.3.9 - Mode (AM, USB, etc.) — Page 57
                4.35.3.10 - Save Defs — Page 57
                4.35.3.11 - Load Defs — Page 57
                4.35.3.12 - Status Displays — Page 57
                4.35.3.13 - VFO A...Z — Page 57
        4.36 - SwDb — Page 58
            4.36.1 - Overview — Page 58
                4.36.1.1 - OS X Installation Details — Page 58
                4.36.1.2 - Windows Installation Details — Page 58
                4.36.1.3 - General — Page 58
            4.36.2 - SwDb Database Entry Addition Procedure — Page 58
            4.36.3 - GUI Reference — Page 58
                4.36.3.1 - Table — Page 58
                4.36.3.2 - Sort — Page 58
                4.36.3.3 - Load — Page 58
                4.36.3.4 - Save — Page 58
                4.36.3.5 - Del(ete) — Page 58
                4.36.3.6 - Add — Page 58
                4.36.3.7 - Go — Page 58
                4.36.3.8 - Pre — Page 58
                4.36.3.9 - Frequency — Page 58
                4.36.3.10 - Time — Page 58
                4.36.3.11 - SdrDx / DXTB Label — Page 58
                4.36.3.12 - Lang(guage) — Page 58
                4.36.3.13 - To — Page 58
                4.36.3.14 - From — Page 58
                4.36.3.15 - Mode — Page 58
                4.36.3.16 - TX Site — Page 58
                4.36.3.17 - Foreign — Page 58
                4.36.3.18 - Clear Checkbox — Page 58
                4.36.3.19 - Sort (After Saves) Checkbox — Page 58
                4.36.3.20 - Confirm (After Saves) Checkbox — Page 58
                4.36.3.21 - Preset Checkbox — Page 58
                4.36.3.22 - About the sdrdx-swbc-sked.txt File — Page 58
        4.37 - Griffen Powermate — Page 59
        4.38 - MIDI Control Surfaces — Page 60
            4.38.1 - Overview — Page 60
            4.38.2 - Official Requirements — Page 60
            4.38.3 - Limitations — Page 60
            4.38.4 - Compatability — Page 60
            4.38.5 - BCR2000 Setup — Page 60
            4.38.6 - Other Control Surface Setup — Page 60
            4.38.7 - SdrDx Device Setup — Page 60
            4.38.8 - SdrDx Learn Mode, Sliders and Dials — Page 60
            4.38.9 - SdrDx Learn Mode, Buttons — Page 60
            4.38.10 - SdrDx Learn Mode, Other Operations — Page 60
            4.38.11 - Recommended Control Surface — Page 60
            4.38.12 - Default Configuration — Page 60
                4.38.12.1 - Upper Row of Knobs — Page 60
                4.38.12.2 - 2nd Row of Knobs — Page 60
                4.38.12.3 - 3rd Row of Knobs — Page 60
                4.38.12.4 - Bottom Row of Knobs — Page 60
                4.38.12.5 - 1st Row of Buttons — Page 60
                4.38.12.6 - 2nd Row of Buttons — Page 60
                4.38.12.7 - Bottom Right group of Buttons — Page 60
    5.0 - Application and Device Support — Page 61
        5.1 - List of Applications — Page 61
        5.2 - To the Attention of Software Developers — Page 61
    6.0 - Interprocess Communication — Page 62
        6.1 - Invoking External Commands or Scripts — Page 62
        6.2 - TCP: Purpose — Page 62
        6.3 - UDP: Purpose — Page 62
        6.4 - SdrDx Broadcasts (reports to you)... — Page 62
            6.4.1 - Ping report — Page 62
            6.4.2 - Frequency report — Page 62
            6.4.3 - Receive state report — Page 62
            6.4.4 - Reload Frequency Schedule advice — Page 62
            6.4.5 - Center Frequency report — Page 62
            6.4.6 - Demodulator Mode report — Page 62
            6.4.7 - Meter Data report — Page 62
            6.4.8 - Span Data report — Page 62
            6.4.9 - Demodulator high edge report — Page 62
            6.4.10 - Demodulator low edge report — Page 62
            6.4.11 - aud -- audio packet from SdrDx to you — Page 62
            6.4.12 - dbstep report — Page 62
            6.4.13 - maxdb report — Page 62
            6.4.14 - c report — Page 62
            6.4.15 - i report — Page 62
            6.4.16 - GMT Time report — Page 62
            6.4.17 - Log report (log button pressed) — Page 62
            6.4.18 - Program Termination report — Page 62
            6.4.19 - Spectrum Data report — Page 62
        6.5 - SdrDx Listens for... — Page 62
            6.5.1 - textline command — Page 62
            6.5.2 - close command — Page 62
            6.5.3 - getsrate command — Page 62
            6.5.4 - pingdxtb command — Page 62
            6.5.5 - screencap command — Page 62
            6.5.6 - getband command — Page 62
            6.5.7 - demodcap command — Page 62
            6.5.8 - scopecap command — Page 62
            6.5.9 - metercap command — Page 62
            6.5.10 - demodcopy command — Page 62
            6.5.11 - scopecopy command — Page 62
            6.5.12 - screencopy command — Page 62
            6.5.13 - metercopy command — Page 62
            6.5.14 - frontself command — Page 62
            6.5.15 - dbstepq command — Page 62
            6.5.16 - maxdbq command — Page 62
            6.5.17 - cq command — Page 62
            6.5.18 - audiorq command — Page 62
            6.5.19 - iq command — Page 62
            6.5.20 - setc command — Page 62
            6.5.21 - seti command — Page 62
            6.5.22 - keyfunc command — Page 62
            6.5.23 - freq Command — Page 62
            6.5.24 - ofreq Command — Page 62
            6.5.25 - dfreq command — Page 62
            6.5.26 - rxq command — Page 62
            6.5.27 - center command — Page 62
            6.5.28 - sspan command — Page 62
            6.5.29 - demodh command — Page 62
            6.5.30 - demodl command — Page 62
            6.5.31 - setdh command — Page 62
            6.5.32 - setdl command — Page 62
            6.5.33 - mode command — Page 62
            6.5.34 - scamode command — Page 62
            6.5.35 - setdbstep command — Page 62
            6.5.36 - setmaxdb command — Page 62
            6.5.37 - setsdrrfgain command — Page 62
            6.5.38 - setsdrifgain command — Page 62
            6.5.39 - run command — Page 62
            6.5.40 - addmarker command — Page 62
            6.5.41 - clearmarkers command — Page 62
            6.5.42 - fcd command — Page 62
            6.5.43 - record command — Page 62
            6.5.44 - label IPC command — Page 62
            6.5.45 - mute command — Page 62
            6.5.46 - rmute command — Page 62
            6.5.47 - gimme command — Page 62
            6.5.48 - savewaterfall command — Page 62
            6.5.49 - ams command — Page 62
            6.5.50 - sethpf command — Page 62
            6.5.51 - setlpf command — Page 62
            6.5.52 - hpf command — Page 62
            6.5.53 - fil command — Page 62
            6.5.54 - pek command — Page 62
            6.5.55 - lsq command — Page 62
            6.5.56 - f50 command — Page 62
            6.5.57 - f60 command — Page 62
            6.5.58 - tdm command — Page 62
            6.5.59 - ring command — Page 62
            6.5.60 - blanker command — Page 62
            6.5.61 - txs command — Page 62
            6.5.62 - dnr command — Page 62
            6.5.63 - volume command — Page 62
            6.5.64 - gmt command — Page 62
            6.5.65 - meter command — Page 62
            6.5.66 - decay command — Page 62
            6.5.67 - rfgain command — Page 62
            6.5.68 - txsquelch command — Page 62
            6.5.69 - squelch command — Page 62
            6.5.70 - poll command — Page 62
        6.6 - Sample Python UDP Client — Page 62
        6.7 - Sample Python UDP Commander — Page 62
        6.8 - Sample Python TCP client (integrated) — Page 62
        6.9 - RealBasic UDP — Page 62
        6.10 - General Purpose TCP Commands — Page 62
    7.0 - Design Notes — Page 63
    8.0 - Easter Eggs — Page 64
    9.0 - Changes — Page 65
        9.1 - SdrDx Series 2 — Page 65
        9.2 - SdrDx Series 1 — Page 65
        9.3 - CuteSDR — Page 65
        9.4 - VFO Suite Series 1 — Page 65
    10.0 - Files — Page 98
        10.1 - Under OS X — Page 98
        10.2 - Under Windows — Page 98
        10.3 - Under Both Windows and OS X — Page 98
    11.0 - Troubleshooting — Page 99
    12.0 - Glossary — Page 100
    13.0 - Specifications — Page 101
    14.0 - Notices — Page 102
        14.1 - Moe's CuteSDR Notice — Page 102
        14.2 - Ben's SdrDx Notice — Page 102
        14.3 - Privacy -- Please Read — Page 102
            14.3.1 - Notification of Available Upgrade — Page 102
            14.3.2 - Statistics Gathering — Page 102
                14.3.2.1 - But on the other hand... — Page 102
            14.3.3 - Longevity and Resilience — Page 102


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