Since re-setting up the RSP1A as a ‘receiver’, I’ve been playing around with several software packages to work with the RSP1A. Personally I much prefer SDR Console over SDRuno that was packaged with the RSP1A. SDR Console is aesthetically pleasing to my eyes, has just the right amount of on-screen data I need to operate the SDR efficently. The displayed data from SDRuno is very unpleasant to view, and the screens are just way to busy. Your mileage may vary..
Have used it as a band scope, and as a stand alone SDR. Found that I very seldom used it as a band scope, so I re-set it back up as a stand alone receiver. I never saw much benefit in SEEING a signal on a screen. I’d rather HEAR it in my speaker. However as a receiver, it’s a wonderful device. Just wish there was more support for Linux. I had a bunch of old pc components in my junk box, so I pieced together an old Intel Core 2 Quad box, with Windoze 7, and the RSP1A runs fine.
Worked VK4SX Dennis on the Pacific east cost of Australia on 20 meters. Was tuning around and heard him say he was beaming North America via long path, so I figured I’d give him a call. Easy 5/9 conversation.
If you’re not familiar with the term ‘long path’, that simply means both of us were aiming our antennas the opposite of the shortest distance between the 2 points. Short path to Australia from North America is approx 270 degrees, or west. I was aiming my antenna approx 90 degrees, or east. The station in Australia was aiming his antenna west. Both of our signals probably made a hop or two on the continent of Africa before reaching each others location.
Thought I’d give the rig control feature of CQRLog a try. Connected a generic USB to Serial adapter to my main Linux PC. Configured it as dev/ttyUSB0. Connected the adapter to the FTDX5000MP. Selected the FTDX5000MP configuration file included in CQRLog, and it immediately connected. Now can simply click on a SPOT within the CQRLog DX Cluster, and the FTDX5000MP switches to the proper freq. Work the station.