Spectral Analysis with RTL-SDR Radio
This example shows how to use the RTL-SDR radio, with MATLAB® and Simulink®, as a data source for downstream spectrum analysis. You can change the radio's center frequency to tune the radio to a band where a signal is present. You can then use the spectrum analyzer to view and make measurements on the received spectrum.
This example is implemented in two versions:
The following text describes the Simulink version, but both versions have the same functionality.
The model performs an FFT-based spectrum analysis at complex baseband, and provides the following graphical information:
- A view of the spur-free dynamic range of the receiver
- A view of the qualitative SNR level of the received signal
Structure of the Example
The following figure shows the receiver model:
Running the Example
When you run the example, you can measure signal characteristics such as peaks, occupied bandwidth, adjacent channel power ratio, harmonic and intermodulation levels, and spur-free dynamic range.