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Welcome to the CCCamp 2015 rad1o Badge Wiki

If you experience problems with rad1o, PLEASE check the hints for troubleshooting before coming to the muCCC village! THANK YOU!
You're proud owner but completely new to rad1o? Check out the HOWTO pages where you'll learn how to let rad1o display your nickname, update the firmware etc. Remember: It's a wiki - feel free to improve the HOWTO pages or add new ones to help others. THANK YOU!
We continuously improve the rad1o firmware. Be sure to keep your rad1o up-to-date.

The rad1o badge contains a full-featured SDR (software defined radio) half-duplex transceiver, operating in a frequency range of about 50 MHz - 4000 MHz, and is software compatible to the HackRF.

It is based on a Wimax transceiver which sends I/Q samples in the range of 2.3 to 2.7 GHz to an ARM Cortex M4 CPU. The CPU can process the data standalone for various applications (like FM receiving, spectrogram display, RF controlled power outlets, etc.), or pass the samples to a computer using USB 2.0 where further signal processing can be done e.g. using GNU Radio. Radio signal transmission is also possible in standalone mode by software running on the ARM CPU, or from samples that are sent to rad1o through USB.

The extended frequency range is enabled by a mixer that can be inserted into the RF path. For immediate usage, the board contains a 2.5 GHz PCB antenna. Alternatively, an external antenna can be attached to an SMA connector which can be easily soldered onto the badge by yourself.

The rad1o also provides a Nokia 6100 130×130 pixel LCD and a joystick already known from the r0ket from the last CCCamp 2011.

We also included a 4-pin 3.5 mm audio connector which allows both (mono) headphone and microphone operation with a standard headset.

There are two micro USB ports, both can charge the battery. USB0 can be used for software updates and data I/O to SDR software like GnuRadio.




Things to bring

  • Micro USB cable
  • OTG cable, if you would like to use the badge with your mobile phone (Wikipedia)
  • Portable Display Screen Equipment, ideally with selected software pre-installed
  • external power bank
  • external antenna (Antennas)
  • LEDs (WS2812B LEDs) (8 LEDs per badge, see RGB LEDs for details)
  • something to cover the light sensitive chip (the silver shiny bar below the display) on the display (e.g. a dark permanent marker, nail polish, or a dark sticker)


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