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Open-Hardware Licensed Handheld Software-Defined Radio In the Works

January 3rd, 2013 01:21 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes Chris Testa recently presented at TAPR Digital Communications Conference and annouced his development work on a hand-held software defined radio. Running uClinux on an ARM Corex-M3 coupled to a Flash-based FPGA, it will be capable of receiving and transmitting from 100MHz to 1GHz. Designed to be low power, Chris has designed the radio primarily with the Amateur 2m and 70cm bands in mind. Currently in early prototyping stage, Chris intends to release the design under the TAPR Open Hardware License.”

Source: Open-Hardware Licensed Handheld Software-Defined Radio In the Works

Pirate Radio Station In Florida Jams Automotive Electronics

December 28th, 2012 12:05 admin View Comments

Piracy

New submitter titanium93 writes “For months, dozens of people could not use their keyless entry systems to unlock or start their cars when parked in the vicinity of the eight-story Regents bank building in Hollywood, FL. Once the cars were towed to the dealership for repair, the problem went away. The problem resolved itself when police found equipment on the bank’s roof that was broadcasting a bootleg radio station. A detective and an FCC agent found the equipment hidden underneath an air conditioning chiller. The man who set up the station has not been found, but he faces felony charges and fines of at least $10,000 if he is caught. The radio station was broadcasting Caribbean music around the clock on 104.7 FM.”

Source: Pirate Radio Station In Florida Jams Automotive Electronics

iPhone Interface For Ham Radio Mates Old With New

November 3rd, 2012 11:55 admin View Comments

Communications

jjp9999 writes “By using the same technology found in older modems, Thomas Tumino, vice president of the Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club, has invented an iPhone interface for ham radios. He told The Epoch Times, ‘Today there are iPhone apps where you can use the systems in the phone — and its sound card, which is being used as a modem … And then you connect that into your radio with an interface like this, that just isolates the telephone from the radio, and then you can do all sorts of things.’”

Source: iPhone Interface For Ham Radio Mates Old With New

DARPA Funds a $300 Software-Defined Radio For Hackers

October 22nd, 2012 10:20 admin View Comments

Security

Sparrowvsrevolution writes with this story from Forbes: “Over the weekend at the ToorCon hacker conference in San Diego, Michael Ossmann of Great Scott Gadgets revealed a beta version of the HackRF Jawbreaker, the latest model of the wireless Swiss-army knife tools known as ‘software-defined radios.’ Like any software-defined radio, the HackRF can shift between different frequencies as easily as a computer switches between applications–It can both read and transmit signals from 100 megahertz to 6 gigahertz, intercepting or reproducing frequencies used by everything from FM radios to police communications to garage door openers to WiFi and GSM to next-generation air traffic control system messages. At Ossmann’s target price of $300, the versatile, open-source devices would cost less than half as much as currently existing software-defined radios with the same capabilities. And to fund the beta testing phase of HackRF, the Department of Defense research arm known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) pitched in $200,000 last February as part of its Cyber Fast Track program.”

Source: DARPA Funds a $300 Software-Defined Radio For Hackers

Pandora Shares Artist Payment Figures

October 9th, 2012 10:27 admin View Comments

Businesses

An anonymous reader writes “Today in a blog post, Pandora has shared some details of the fees they pay to musical artists for playing songs over their music streaming service. Over 2,000 different artists will pull in $10,000 or more in the next year, and 800 will get paid over $50,000. They provided a few specific examples as well. Grupo Bryndis, who has a sales rank on Amazon of 183,187 (in other words, who is not at all a household name), is on track to receive $114,192. A few earners are getting over $1 million annually, such as Coldplay and Adele. ‘Drake and Lil Wayne are fast approaching a $3 million annual rate each.’ The post segues into a broader point about the age of internet radio: ‘It’s hard to look at these numbers and not see that internet radio presents an incredible opportunity to build a better future for artists. Not only is it bringing tens of millions of listeners back to music, across hundreds of genres, but it is also enabling musicians to earn a living. It’s also hard to look at these numbers, knowing Pandora accounts for just 6.5% of radio listening in the U.S., and not come away thinking something is wrong. … Congress must stop the discrimination against internet radio and allow it to operate on a level playing field, under the same rules as other forms of digital radio.’”

Source: Pandora Shares Artist Payment Figures

Neil Young Pushes Pono, Says Piracy Is the New Radio

September 20th, 2012 09:27 admin View Comments

Music

Hugh Pickens writes “Kia Makarechi reports that Neil Young isn’t particularly concerned with the effects of piracy on artists but is more concerned that the files that are being shared are of such low quality. ‘It doesn’t affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio,’ says Young. ‘I look at the radio as gone. Piracy is the new radio. That’s how music gets around. That’s the radio. If you really want to hear it, let’s make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it.’ Young is primarily concerned about whether the MP3 files we’re all listening to actually are pretty poor from an audio-quality standpoint. Young’s main concern is that your average MP3 file only contains about five percent of the audio from an original recording and is pushing a new format called Pono that would be ‘high-resolution’ digital tracks of the same quality as that produced during the studio recording. Young wants to see better music recording and high resolution recording, but we’re not anywhere near that and hopes that ‘some rich guy’ will solve the problem of creating and distributing ’100 percent’ of the sound in music. ‘Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music, his legacy was tremendous. But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.‘”

Source: Neil Young Pushes Pono, Says Piracy Is the New Radio

A $20 Software Defined Radio For GNU Radio

September 19th, 2012 09:45 admin View Comments

GNU is Not Unix

An anonymous reader writes “Dr. Dobb’s shows how to take a $20 USB TV dongle and use it as a wide-range software defined radio using GNU Radio.” See also the OscomSDR project, and SDR#, an MIT licensed program for debugging software defined radios.

Source: A $20 Software Defined Radio For GNU Radio

NASA “Mohawk Guy” To Host Radio Show

August 29th, 2012 08:02 admin View Comments

NASA

An anonymous reader writes “NASA’s ‘Mohawk Guy’ Bobak Ferdowsi, a flight director for the Mars Science Laboratory mission that lowered the Curiosity rover to the Martian surface in early August, will host a two-hour online broadcast on Internet radio station Third Rock Radio at 4 p.m. EDT, Thursday, August 30. The show, entitled ‘Getting Curious with the Mohawk Guy,’ will feature Ferdowsi discussing his experience with the landing of Curiosity, NASA’s evolving image, and renewed interest in science and exploration.”

Source: NASA “Mohawk Guy” To Host Radio Show

Radio Royalty Legislation Described As ‘RIAA Bailout’

August 24th, 2012 08:15 admin View Comments

Music

An anonymous reader tips an article at TechDirt about draft legislation from Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) that would dramatically increase the music royalty fees for cable and satellite radio to put them at the same level as internet radio streaming. TechDirt calls this the ‘RIAA Bailout Act of 2012′ and says the RIAA has been pursuing similar legislation to increase royalty rates for terrestrial radio as well. “As it stands now, the rates are so damaging that Pandora — the top player in the space — has made it clear it may never be profitable. Yes, never. Nadler’s bill would effectively make sure that no one else in that market would be profitable either. The end result? Many of these services don’t exist or never get started. That would actually mean fewer services, fewer listeners and lower royalties. It’s almost as if he has no concept of price elasticity. Lower prices can create higher total income. Also, the idea that any particular Congressional Rep. should be (effectively) determining what the “fair” price is for anything is, well, horrifying. “

Source: Radio Royalty Legislation Described As ‘RIAA Bailout’

Scrum/Agile Now Used To Manage Non-Tech Projects

August 9th, 2012 08:59 admin View Comments

Businesses

jfruh writes “Agile and, in particular, Scrum, have been popular project management methods for software development for more than a decade, and now its use is spreading well beyond software. For example, NPR is using Agile for faster, cheaper development of new radio programs. ‘I was looking for some inspiration and found it one floor up inside our building (where Digital Media sits),’ says NPR vice president of programming Eric Nuzum. NPR has used this ‘Agile-inspired’ approach to create several new programs, including TED Radio Hour, Ask Me Another, and Cabinet of Wonders.”

Source: Scrum/Agile Now Used To Manage Non-Tech Projects

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