Q: Want high speed computer controlled scanning, recommendations?

Q: Want high speed computer controlled scanning, recommendations?

Post by Kerry L. Bon » Sat, 28 Dec 1996 04:00:00

I am interested in adding scanning to my home PC setup, and would like
any recommendations on scanners, computer interfaces, and software.

I've seen mentioned recently the  AOR8000,  ICOM R7000, and unnamed
(future?) Uniden products.  Im also curious about the tradeoffs of
using frequency counters to detect, then characterizing with scanners
- are counters worth expense in this regards? (I've seen an Opto
completely miss a bug it was sitting almost on top of.)

I want this to be a mobile setup, I am interested in freqs above 1Ghz,
and require full programming info on whatever the computer interface
is.

I also would like the ability to feed output of detected signals into
other lab equipment I have on hand, such as DSP card for further
analysis.  One of my end goals is a mobile PC based general spectrum
analyzer that I can zoom and monitor on spikes.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Q: Want high speed computer controlled scanning, recommendations?

Post by Scott A. McIntyr » Sun, 29 Dec 1996 04:00:00



> I am interested in adding scanning to my home PC setup, and would like
> any recommendations on scanners, computer interfaces, and software.

> I've seen mentioned recently the  AOR8000,  ICOM R7000, and unnamed
> (future?) Uniden products.  Im also curious about the tradeoffs of
> using frequency counters to detect, then characterizing with scanners
> - are counters worth expense in this regards? (I've seen an Opto
> completely miss a bug it was sitting almost on top of.)

> I want this to be a mobile setup, I am interested in freqs above 1Ghz,
> and require full programming info on whatever the computer interface
> is.

> I also would like the ability to feed output of detected signals into
> other lab equipment I have on hand, such as DSP card for further
> analysis.  One of my end goals is a mobile PC based general spectrum
> analyzer that I can zoom and monitor on spikes.

> Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I would strongly suggest you take a look at Probe and a OS535 equipped
Radio Shack PRO-2042.  It doesn't do spectrum analysation (Probe
doesn't, yet at least), but for high speed computer control you can't
beat this combination.  I have heard of people using this with a
laptop...they'll keep the PRO2042 under their seat or in the back of the
car, then run the serial cable to the laptop, the speaker output to the
cassette deck and they're well away.

I also have a AOR8000, but so far haven't really worked on using that as
a computer controlled scanner.

Scott