Cyclops is a 0 to 1GHz Spectrum Analyzer and Tracking Generator
Largely based on Scotty's Spectrum Analyser [SSA] http://www.scottyspectrumanalyzer.com/ but with a 96MHz second IF based around Mercury or QuickSilver. Moving the second IF to 96MHz simplifies the filtering after the first mixer which means we can use a dielectric filter here rather than the multi-stage cavity filter used in the SSA.
Please note that the project is intended to develop a spectrum analyzer and not a broadband receiver - we will be grabbing a number of samples from the ADC and then processing them at our (PC's) leisure rather than doing this in real-time.
Ideas, comments and suggestions are welcome.
Update: 3 August 2011
Project has been restarted. The project has been dormant due to work on other HPSDR projects as well as a problem with high noise sidebands on both local oscillators. The noise problem appears to be due to the use of a squarewave 10MHz reference for the PLL chips beign use directly from the Atlas bus. By using a low level sine wave directly connected to the reference pin of the PLL chip the noise is considerably reduced.
Project team currenty consists of Berndt, VK5ABN, Kjell, LA2NI and Phil, VK6APH.
Update: 25th July 2009
Schematic and artwork are final for the prototype PC board. Proto PC Boards have been ordered. Thanks to all who took the time to review and comment. --- Graham, KE9H.
Update: 11th July 2009
Download the information package below, consisting of block diagram, schematics, and top level parts placement for review and comment. A first prototype PCB has been laid out, and comments, discussion and improvements are being solicited, prior to fabrication. --- Graham, KE9H.
Update: 25th January 2009
Cyclops Schematics: Original Schematics were posted, now superseded by the above information.
Update: 10th April 2008
SAW 96MHz second IF filters and 1.030GHz dielectric filters have arrived as have all the remaining parts. Presently writing the Verilog code to set up the LMX2326 PLLs and building a breadboard to test the design.
Update: 4 December 2007
Bill, KD5TFD, and I have successfully modified the necessary software, based on the the C# 'MercScope' and 'SharpDSP' by Phil N8VB, to disp:xlay a 48-51MHz chunk of spectrum from Mercury. This represents a working proof of concept as far as the IF is concerned.
Considerable feedback has indicated that basing the software design on C# and Windows based tools was not particularly popular. There was strong support for a cross platform approach. In which case further development will be undertaken using Java for the GUI (including OpenGL), C/C++ for the processing logic and dttSP for the signal processing. Tom, N4WBS, has agreed to be lead programmer and I am delighted to welcome him to the project.
I have also looked at using a higher 2nd IF, 96MHz rather than 50MHz. This will further relax the specification of the GHz first IF filter and the availability of high performance SAW filters at this frequency will provide sufficient 2nd IF image rejection. The performance of Mercury at this frequency (an alias response) is totally acceptable.
Al - N0TVJ - Good web site by S53MV with lots of relevant ideas http://lea.hamradio.si/~s53mv/spectana/vco.html
- Selected 1.030GHz first IF filter - Toko 6DFC-1030C-10
- Selected 96MHz second IF filter - RFM SF2135A www.rfm.com
- VCOs are by Crystek.