SDR Rx/Tx software for Airspy, Airspy HF+, BladeRF, HackRF, LimeSDR, PlutoSDR, RTL-SDR, SDRplay RSP1 and FunCube
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readme.md

Main Window interface

When starting the user is presented with an empty window with a menu on the top bar.

Main Window

Main menu

The menu items from left to right are:

  • File:
    • Exit (shortcut Ctl-Q): Exit the program
  • View:
    • Fullscreen (Shortcut F11): Toggle full screen mode
  • Workspaces:
    • New: create a new workspace. See "workspaces" paragraph for details
    • View all: show all workspaces
    • Remove empty: remove empty workspaces, Only workspaces without any windows can be removed.
  • Preferences:
    • Configurations: opens a dialog to manage instance configurations. See configurations dialog documentation here
    • Audio: opens a dialog to choose the audio output device. See the audio management documentation here
    • Graphics: opens a dialog to choose graphics options.
    • Logging: opens a dialog to choose logging options. See "Logging" paragraph next for details
    • FFT: opens a dialog to run the fftwf-wisdom utility with a choice of direct and possibly reverse FFT sizes. It produces a so called wisdom file fftw-wisdom that speeds up FFT allocations. It is created at a default location and will be used at next invocations of SDRangel. See "FFT" paragraph next for details.
    • My Position: opens a dialog to enter your station ("My Position") coordinates in decimal degrees with north latitudes positive and east longitudes positive. This is used whenever positional data is to be displayed (APRS, DPRS, ...). For it now only works with D-Star $$CRC frames. See DSD demod plugin for details on how to decode Digital Voice modes.
    • Devices: section to deal with devices settings
      • User arguments: opens a dialog to let the user give arguments specific to a device and its instance (sequence) in the system
    • Commands: opens a dialog to manage commands. See "Commands" paragraph next.
    • Save all: save all preferences
  • Help:
    • Loaded Plugins: shows details about the loaded plugins. See "Loaded plugins" paragraph below for details.
    • About: current version and blah blah.

1: Workspaces

The different component windows are arranged freely in the MDI (Multiple Document Interface) area of the workspace. Any number of workspaces can be added that will stack upon each other by default and can be put forward using the side tabs (1). The workspace index appears on the left of the workspace top bar (2):

Workspaces

The different component windows are:

  • Device to interface and control a physical SDR hardware device connected to the system
  • Main Spectrum to show the spectrum of the baseband related to the device
  • Channel to control a channel plugin
  • Feature to control a feature plugin

The workspaces are attached to a docking area of the main window and can be undocked to be moved to another display in a multiple screen setup for example.

The workspace has a top bar with the following controls:

Workspaces

1.1: Workspace index

Shows the index of the workspaces in the list of workspaces as a "W" followed by the index.

1.2: Create new receiver

Creates a new receiver (source device set). A dialog opens to select which receiving device to use:

Workspaces Rx

1.3: Create new transmitter

Creates a new transmitter (sink device set). A dialog opens to select which transmitting device to use similarly to (2) but with a choice of transmitting devices.

1.4: Create new MIMO device

Creates a new MIMO device (MIMO device set). A dialog opens to select which MIMO device to use similarly to (2) but with a choice of MIMO devices.

1.5: Create a new feature

Creates a new feature. A dialog opens to select which feature to use:

Workspaces features

1.6: Feature presets

Opens a dialog to manage feature presets:

Workspaces feature presets

1.6.1: Feature selection

Move the cursor to select a feature. Features can be organized into groups at the top level (here "Test"). When selecting a group only Edit and Delete group are available

1.6.2: Add new preset

Save the current feature set in a new preset.

1.6.3: Update selected preset

Update the selected preset with the current feature set

1.6.4: Save presets

This button is inactive. All presets are saved at program exit or with the Preferences/ Save All main window menu.

1.6.5: Edit preset

Change preset name or the preset group to which this preset belongs. If selection is a group the group name can be changed.

1.6.6: Delete preset

Delete selected preset or selected group

1.6.7: Load preset

Load preset in the current feature set. The Features that were present before are dismissed.

1.6.8: Close dialog

This button dismisses the dialog.

1.7: Cascade windows

Arranges windows in the MDI area of the workspace as cascaded windows.

1.8: Tile windows

Arranges windows in the MDI area of the workspace as tiled windows.

1.9: Stack windows

Arranges windowsa in the MDO area of the workspace in a way similar to the arrangement in version 6:

  • Devices are stacked in numerical order top left.
  • Fixed height features are stacked in order underneath devices and resized to match width of devices
  • Channels are stacked in device then channel index order down the right and resized horizontally to match and then any available vertical space is shared being vertically expanding channels
  • Remaining space in the middle is shared between spectrums and expanding features

1.10: Auto stack windows

Applies the stacked arrangement above automatically when elements are added.

1.11: Dock/undock workspace

use this button to dock or undock the workspace from the main window docking area.

1.12: Hide workspace

Use this button to hide the workspace. Use the Workspaces / View all common on the main window the show all (hidden) workspaces.

2: Preferences

2.1: Logging

Main Window logging preferences

Log message will appear as follows:

12.11.2017 15:03:37.864 (D) DownChannelizer::applyConfiguration in= 300000 , req= 375000 , out= 300000 , fc= 0
----------------------- --- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(1)                     (2) (3)
  • 1: Timestamp in yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.zzz format
  • 2: Message level: (D): debug, (I): info, (W): warning, (C): critical, (F): fatal
  • 3: Message text

2.1.1: Console log minimum message level

This sets the minimum message level for a message do be displayed on the console:

  • Debug: all messages with QtDebug level and above
  • Info: all messages with QtInfo level and above
  • Warning: all messages with QtWarning level and above
  • Error: all messages with QtCritical level and above. Includes QtFatal.

2.1.2: File log minimum message level

This sets the minimum message level for a message do be logged to file:

  • Debug: all messages with QtDebug level and above
  • Info: all messages with QtInfo level and above
  • Warning: all messages with QtWarning level and above
  • Error: all messages with QtCritical level and above. Includes QtFatal.

2.1.3: File log enable

Use the checkbox to enable (check) or disable (uncheck) the dual logging to file

2.1.4: Log file selection

Use this button to open a file dialog to choose or create a new log file. There is a 2s delay before a file change is effective.

2.1.5: Log file name

The full path of the log file appears here

2.1.6: Confirm changes

Use the "OK" button to validate all changes

2.1.7: Dismiss changes

Use the "Cancel" button to dismiss all changes

2.2: FFT

When clicking on the FFT submenu a dialog opens for running the fftwf-wisdom utility with a choice of direct and possibly reverse FFT sizes. It produces a so called wisdom file fftw-wisdom that speeds up FFT allocations. It is created at a default location and will be used at next invocations of SDRangel.

Main Window FFT

2.2.1: FFTW Wisdom program

Path to the fftwf-wisdom program. It looks in the PATH variable and the "current" directory (that is the same directory where the sdrangel binary resides).

2.2.2: Select FFTW Wisdom program

Opens a file selection dialog to look for the fftwf-wisdom program.

2.2.3: FFT maximum size

Select the maximum FFT size for precomputation. Sizes are powers of two between 128 and 32k.

2.2.4: Reverse FFT

Select this checkbox to cover reverse FFTs

2.2.5: Command line

This is the command line that will invoke the fftwf-wisdom program with its options

2.2.6: OK: launch the FFTW wisdom program

When clicking the "OK" button the fftwf-wisdom program is launched in the background. A message pop-up appears with the PID of the process and the dialog exits. A new pop-up will appear with the output content when the program completes.

2.2.7: Cancel: dismiss the dialog without execution

When clicking the "Cancel" button the dialog is dismissed without execution of the fftwf-wisdom program.

2.3: Commands

This is a tree view of the saved commands. Commands describe the path to an executable file, its arguments a possible link to a keystroke event that triggers the execution. Similarly to presets commands can be arranged into groups and have a description short text.

Typically an "executable file" is a script (Python, shell, whatever...) or can be a compiled program (c, c++, java, whatever...) that interacts with SDRangel using its web REST API. When called from within SDRangel they can act as "macros" allowing to perform actions automatically.

Of course any binary that resides in your system can be used that way like /bin/ls or /bin/date although these two are of anecdotal interest...

Main Window presets view

2.3.1: Command selection

You select a command or a command group by clicking on its line in the tree view. All actions (6) will be done relative to this command or command group.

2.3.2: Group

You can organize your commands into groups. Groups can be collapsed or expanded by using the caret icon on the left.

2.3.3: Description

Short description of a command.

2.3.4: Key binding indicator

  • -: no key binding
  • P: key press binding
  • R: key release binding

2.3.5: Key binding sequence

Thisis a descriptive text of the key sequence that is used for the key binding.

2.3.6: Command control or actions

The controls are located as icons at the bottom of the window:

Main Window commands

2.3.6.1: Create new command

Click on this icon to create a new command. This opens an edit dialog see the edit section (5B.6.3) for the details of the edit dialog.

2.3.6.2: Duplicate command

Click on this icon to duplicate the currently selected command (inactive on groups). Later you can edit the details of the copy with the edit dialog (see 5B.6.3 next)

2.3.6.3: Edit command or command group

Command groups

With this dialog you can rename a group using the text box or if you select an existing group with the combo this will merge the contents of the group with the existing group

Main Window command group edit

Commands

You can edit the details of the command with this dialog.

Main Window command group edit

2.3.6.3.1: Edit group

You can select an existing group with the combo or create a new one for this command using the text edit box

2.3.6.3.2: Edit description

You can edit the description using this text box. The description will appear in the tree view.

2.3.6.3.3: Executable file selection

Clicking on this button will open a file dialog to select the executable file that will be run with this command. The file selection dialog has predefined file pattern selections:

  • * for All files
  • *.py for Python files
  • *.sh or *.bat for shell or batch files
  • *.bin or *.exe for binary files
2.3.6.3.4: Executable file path

This is the full path of the selected executable file.

2.3.6.3.5: Command line arguments

Use the text box to edit the arguments given to the executable file as in program arguments.

You can use special codes to insert information specific to the application context:

  • %1: the address of the web REST API
  • %2: the port of the web REST API
  • %3: the currently selected device set index
2.3.6.3.6: Key binding

Use this checkbox to enable or disable the command execution binding to a key or combination of keys press or release event

2.3.6.3.7: Key binding capture

Use this button to capture the key or key combination that will be used for the key binding. After pushing this button just type in the key or key combination.

2.3.6.3.8: Key binding display

This shows the key or combination of keys used for the key binding.

2.3.6.3.9: Release key binding

Use this checkbox to bind the key or combination of keys to the key release event. If unchecked the binding will be associated to the key press event.

2.3.6.3.10: Confirm changes

Use the "OK" button to confirm the changes.

2.3.6.3.11: Cancel changes

Use the "Cancel" button to cancel the changes.

2.3.6.4: Run command or groups of commands

This will run the currently selected command. If the selection is a group it will run all commands of the group starting them in the displayed order. Please note that commands are run in independent processes and therefore all launched commands in the group will run concurrently.

2.3.6.5: View last command run details

This dialog will show the results of the last run including the output (merged stdout and stderr).

Main Window command output

2.3.6.5.1: Process status

When the process is not running the stop icon (■) is displayed. The background color indicate different states:

  • no color (same as background): the process has never run during this session
  • red: the process ended with error
  • green: the process ended successfully. This does not mean that there was no programmatic error.

When the process is running the play icon (▶) is displayed with an orange background.

2.3.6.5.2: Refresh data

Pushing this button will update the data displayed with the latest status. Please note that the log is displayed only when the process is terminated.

2.3.6.5.3: Start time

This is the timestamp of process start. It is filled with dots ... if the process has never started during this session.

2.3.6.5.4: End time

This is the timestamp of process end. It is filled with dots ... if the process has never terminated during this session.

2.3.6.5.3: PID

This is the process PID. It is 0 if the process has never run during this session.

2.3.6.5.6: Process kill

Use this button to kill (send SIGKILL) the running process. It has no effect if the process is not running.

2.3.6.5.7: Command line

This shows the actual command line that was used to start the process

2.3.6.5.8: Error status

This is the translation of QProcess::ProcessError. Possible values are:

  • ...: the process has never run during this session
  • Failed to start: the process could not start. For example the executable file has no execution rights actually
  • Crashed: the process ended with crash. This is the status when you killed the process
  • Timed out: the last waitFor...() function timed out.
  • Write error: an error occurred when attempting to write to the process. For example, the process may not be running, or it may have closed its input channel.
  • Read error: an error occurred when attempting to read from the process. For example, the process may not be running.
  • Unknown error: an unknown error occurred.
2.3.6.5.9: Exit code

This is the program exit code. When the process crashes this is the signal by which the process end was caused. For example if you kill the process with button (6) it sends the process a SIGKILL (code 9) and therefore the value is 9.

2.3.6.5.10: Exit status

There are only two possibilities: either the program exits normally but possibly with a non zero exit code or it ends with a crash.

2.3.6.5.11: Process log

This is the log of the process (merged stdout and stderr). Please note that it is updated only on program termination.

2.3.6.5.12: Exit

By pushing the "Close" button the process output window is closed.

2.3.6.6: Save commands

This will save the commands immediately. The commands will be automatically saved when the application exits normally.

2.3.6.7: Delete commands or group of commands

This will delete the currently selected command or if selection is a group this will delete all commands in the group.

2.3.6.8: Activate keyboard bindings

Use this button to activate the keyboard bindings. Note that you need to have this button selected (its background should be lit in beige/orange) for the key bindings to be effective.

2.4: Graphics

When clicking on the Graphics submenu a dialog opens for setting graphics options.

Main Window Graphics

2.4.1

Multisampling (MSAA) determines whether multisampling anti-aliasing is used to removed the jagged edges of lines when rendering 2D and 3D spectra. The higher the number of samples chosen, the better quality the anti-aliasing will be, but higher values require more GPU processing and memory.

Changing this option will only take effect when spectrum windows are recreated (not just hidden then made visible again), so in some cases it may be necessary to restart SDRangel to see the difference.

3: Help

3.1: Loaded plugins

When clicking on Help -> Loaded Plugins from the main menu bar a dialog box appears that shows information about the plugins loaded in SDRangel:

Main Window loaded plugins

Name

Plugin display name. Tells briefly what this plugin is about.

Version

Starting with SDRangel version 2.0.0 this is the SDRangel version when the plugin was last updated.

GPL

Tells if the plugin is under GPL license.

Expansion

The plugin entry can be expanded or collapsed using the caret on the left. When expanded it shows more information about the copyright of the author and locations on the web where the plugin can be found. In all cases this is just here.

OK button

Click here when done to dismiss the dialog.