Example Commands

rtl_power -f 144M:146M:100 -g 50 -i 1s -e 30m data.csv

Captures from 144MHz to 146Mhz in 100Hz intervals with a gain of 50, taking samples every 1 sec, for 30 minutes, and saving into the file "data.csv"


-f lower:upper:bin (Hz)

Frequency range and the size of the bin


Amount of time to integrate for each sample


Gain for the sdr


Amount of time to collect for

In [16]:
!rtl_power -f 95M:97M:100 -g 50 -i 1s -e 10m data.csv
Number of frequency hops: 1
Dongle bandwidth: 2000000Hz
Downsampling by: 1x
Cropping by: 0.00%
Total FFT bins: 32768
Logged FFT bins: 32768
FFT bin size: 61.04Hz
Buffer size: 65536 bytes (16.38ms)
Reporting every 1 seconds
Found 1 device(s):
  0:  Realtek, RTL2841UHIDIR, SN: 00000001

Using device 0: Generic RTL2832U OEM
Found Rafael Micro R820T tuner
Tuner gain set to 49.60 dB.
Exact sample rate is: 2000000.052982 Hz
[R82XX] PLL not locked!

User cancel, exiting...

python script called "heatmap" by Kyle Keen. This converts the csv file into an image.

python <data_file.csv> <output_image.png>

In [17]:
!python data.csv image.png
x: 32766, y: 600, z: (-30.650000, 8.370000)
In [18]:
from IPython import display