Q0-100 Transceiver with 2 SDR

QO-100 Transceiver

Hack RF One and/or RTL-SDR

Note that the source code and image for an Orange Pi One Plus are available on Github: https://github.com/F1ATB/Remote-SDR

RX Configuration

  • Dish / Parabole 120 cm
  • LNB Octagon
  • Bias-T
  • HackRF One SDR (or RTL-SDR)
  • Orange PI PC 2 H5 or Orange Pi One Plus running GNU-Radio and a web server

More details here on the Remote Receiver

TX Configuration

  • Dish / Parabole 120 cm and helix antenna
  • WIFI Amplifier EP-AB003
  • Two amplifiers SPF5189Z
  • HackRF One SDR
  • Orange PI PC2 H5 or Orange Pi One Plus running GNU-Radio and a web server

More details on the Remote Transmitter

Remote SDR

Remote SDR” is the software to manage the transceiver as a websdr. It runs on the two Orange PI as servers and Chrome browser on client side. To compensate the non stability in frequency of the LNB in reception, “Remote SDR” tracks the QO-100 beacons. Thus this transceiver can be located close to the dish antenna and managed from anywhere via the web or your home network.

Remote SDR” can be used for any frequency covered by the HackRF One (1MHz to 6GHz). In reception it can run also the classical RTL-SDR.

HackRF for QO-100 / Es’hail 2 / Oscar 100

There are different raisons why I selected HackRF SDR for my transceiver.

First the frequency coverage, 1 MHz to 6 GHz allows to cover the bands in transmission (2.4 GHz) and reception (750 MHz) behind a LNB.

Some criticisms on the HackRF highlight the A-D conversion limited to 8 bits. This is not a problem for QO-100 as all the signals are very similar in amplitude and thus the total dynamic is limited.

Using a TCXO implemented directly on the HackRF board, it offers a good stability in transmission at 2.4GHz.

Filtering at the output of the transmitter is mandatory to avoid any spurious signal. The usage of the HackRF in reception allows to do a check around 2.4GHz to verify that the transmission is cleaned.

HackRF an open source hardware is manufactured also in China. You can find it for 100€ at Aliexpress with an aluminium box and a TCXO. I personnaly bought 3 of them with satisfaction.

Hardware

It’s an old Desktop-PC with its 5v and 12v power supply that houses the QO-100 transceiver.

QO-100 / Es’hail-2 transceiver

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