Demonstrating the Dynamic Range on the SDRplay RSP

October 13, 2015

The SDRplay radio spectrum processor (RSP) is a $150 USD software defined radio that can be considered as a next stage level up from the RTL-SDR dongle. We also consider it a competitor to the $199 USD Airspy SDR.

Over on YouTube the SDRplay designers have posted a video that demonstrates the dynamic range that is possible with their SDR. Dynamic range is a measure that defines the range between the strongest and weakest signal that can be received. So for example, if you have two nearby signals dynamic range defines how much stronger can one signal be compared to the other before the weaker signal disappears into the noise.

In the experiment they use two frequency generators to generate a simulated wanted signal at 98.4 MHz and an unwanted blocking interferer at 98.7 MHz. They show that by reducing the IF bandwidth in their configuration screen and thus tightening the internal filters that the dynamic range can be increased to about 70 dB.

Demonstrating the Dynamic Range on the SDRplay RSP

Source: RTL SDR