Hackrf One Windows Software

Updating the HackRF One’s firmware Instructions might be a bit unclear on how to ugrade the HackRF’s firmware, so here’s a short step-by-step guide. Alpine Testing aarch64 Official hackrf-2018.01.1-r0.apk: Driver for HackRF, allowing general purpose software defined radio: Alpine Testing armhf Official hackrf-2018.01.1-r0.apk.

HackRF tools to flash or operate your HackRF. Connect your HackRF One to a USB port on your computer. Hold down both the DFU and RESET buttons on the HackRF. Then release the RESET button (closest to the edge). SDR Rx/Tx software for Airspy, Airspy HF+, BladeRF, HackRF, LimeSDR, PlutoSDR, RTL-SDR, SDRplay RSP1 and FunCube Qspectrumanalyzer ⭐ 633 Spectrum analyzer for multiple SDR platforms (PyQtGraph based GUI for soapypower, hackrfsweep, rtlpower, rxpower and other backends). Product description This is the HackRF One, a Software Defined Radio (SDR) peripheral capable of transmission or reception of radio signals from 1MHz to 6GHz.

So a number of what we all call SDR receivers are capable of transmitting. The output power in the case of the HackRF one is about 250mV p-p, in other words a very small signal, 0.15mW. This is not much good for transmitting further than the end of the street, but with some amplification you can get that up some. I added the QRPLabs 10w TX to it and was getting close to 0.8W and was being heard over 800km away.

Anyway, my plan for a while has been to use the HackRF as a receiver and make a couple of low power CW transmitters to go with it. By low power i am talking in the 10w kind of range. But this has gotten me thinking, with some VHF and UHF amplification, this might be a really cheap and easy way into SSB and CW on those bands for field day here in VK. It would require a 2nd SDR to act as the receiver, because the HackRF is only half duplex and there is no software out there that can so the switching currently, and it can be locked to a reference signal so it might be somewhat useful.

So finally I got my very own HackRF One!

While I was waiting for the order to arrive, I started to learn about how to use the HackRF One and all instructions I found online pointed to one basic fact: you need to have Linux to fully use the HackRF One.
The problem is that I currently have only Windows 10 installed on my computers, because most programs I use, are only available for this operating system.
WindowsFor the casual Linux use, I droped having a dedicated Linux partition and instead started to use Ubuntu inside a virtual machine. Using the free VirtualBox has been a great experience, as it works really well.
However, I discovered that for HackRF One, the bandwidth of the virtual USB port is simply not enough. While you can in fact use the HackRF inside a virtual Linux box, performance is not ideal. It does work, but don't expect to TX/RX the full 20MHz.
I tried my luck with Pentoo, a Linux distribution on DVD that has everything radio related pre-installed. It does work, but again there was a slight annoyance: I am used to my SSD, which is really fast and I use three monitors to have plenty of desktop space. With Pengoo, everything loads from DVD and that is really slow! Also, all three monitors show the same content with a lower resolution that would be possible.
And so I ended up giving GNU Radio for Windows a shot and guess what: it works actually amazingly well!
How to set it up? Look here: https://wiki.gnuradio.org/index.php/WindowsInstallWindows
And yes, you get FULL HackRF One support, commands like 'hackrf_transfer' are available and work.
I did a first test with my new HackRF One and this image shows the capture of a few seconds of just 2MHz:

Soon I ended up recording 20MHz bandwidth (basically the whole FM band in one go) and then transmitted it at 160MHz centre frequency... Why? Because I can!
The spectrum analyzer shows how it looks like...

Hackrf One Windows Software

...and my Uniden Bearcat UBC9000XLT could perfectly receive the relayed FM stations! Simply amazing!
Now I need to learn more about GNU Radio - it is an amazing piece of software!
So here is a prrof of concept that you can use the HackRF One with Windows, as opposed to basically all quick start instructions I have found.

Hackrf Tools Download Windows


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Hackrf One User Manual


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