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- Jul 3, 2018
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While I was taking a trip I had this cool idea written out about how Radenso would release a SDR-like antenna which was used to feed a smart phone via USB-C for signal processing. The whole idea is the phone is your source for databases, digital signal processing, GPS functionality, firmware updates to the app and attenna(s), for sending logs to the mother-ship, and where you can add features to the app.
So, somewhat like the V1 you would have an API that would allow you to expand upon the open sandbox section of the app. Speaking of that, you could essentially have JBV1 features for a hardware platform that as a foundation is like nothing we have used in terms of the "DRESS code" for RDs. So rather than have our awesome developers spend time creating features which make our RDs more tolerable because manufacturers are behind where they should be, they can do more with crowd sourcing and other neat ideas!
The app would run very reliably on IOS or Android, and the not so cheap price tag will come in the investment of a proper smart phone that meets the required specs - as in has USB-C and is running minimum versions of each OS. The antenna itself would not be cheap, but less than $1000. Despite being a SDR-like unit having SOME pricey components, the software is what you're really investing in.. and paying back all the RD & engineering labor. So for those with a more modern phone you're not hit too hard; when you purchase the antenna they provide a license for the app.
So long as the antenna can scan the spectrum(s) of interest in the manner desired the system itself would remain very future proof given the state of smart phones. It would become a very sustainable system that could potentially reach a lot of people if made very easy to use; I assume they got the BSM filtering and range dialed in. Keeping the system current wouldn't even be a talked about with the system connect via wire over USB-C, and interfacing with a phone that is almost always connected to an internet source. Downloads could be set to only occur on wifi which are then stored to your phone and automatically pushed to the antenna upon a connection.
I was really running with this idea earlier on my own.... I could even see clever mounts for your phone and whatnot being released. I don't think that's quite it though because I think relying on a smart phone really tickles Murphy's Law for some attention. I think they can basically achieve the above with very flexible hardware that has processing power to at least remain usable for 5+ years... a very easy update process, and an API!
I don't know where I am right now and couldn't tell you what the hell is coming from Radenso but it's the most exciting time in this industry that I've been a part of. Maybe we'll not be as excited once we see what's coming, but at least we have a timeline with hints directly from the manufacturer! Bravo!
@Jon at Radenso and I already had this discussion. It seems no phone currently available has the processing speed or interface speed to even remotely accomplish this. Yes the phone could be used as storage and for lockouts, but the Detector or a separate interfaced CPU controller needs to be doing the dedicated spectrum processing. Yes today's phones have fast processors but none of them are really designed to allow full speed use of that processing power by outside I/O devices especially when a CPU Controller can be purpose built to interface with Antennas, Receivers, and Spectrum Analyzers.
My thinking was put all the money into the RD hardware and "Require" a smart phone to be the Display and Interface (Audio/User Input/Setting/Controls) as well as storage of locks and other things of interest like JBV1. This would save some money that could go to improving the actual RD receiver.