The big day finally arrived. Got my Lime yesterday, so took the whole day off work today to play.
But 14 hours later, I’m starting to suspect something is wrong with the board. Basically, it seems completely deaf … at any frequency.
I performed the ‘Quick Tests’ published at https://wiki.myriadrf.org/LimeSDR-USB_Quick_Test and they all worked fine. With the transmit test, I can hear a feint signal coming from Lime on a little scanner I have lying around. The loopback receive test shows the correct FFT screen compared to the guide, but the Receive test (steps 4.1 to 4.5) shows nothing on any frequency where I know there is a signal (like local FM broadcast station around 89mHz). Loopback receive seems to work, RF receive doesn’t.
I then loaded Simon’s excellent SDR-Console V3 and started playing with that. It controls the Lime fine (e.g. freq changes, etc), but the entire spectrum is just noise floor, with just a few tiny blips here and there. My FM station does show as a tiny spike, but no reception of music and no RDS demod. Other frequencies that my scanner is picking up easily are also just ‘dead’ to the Lime.I also tried the Wifi channels at 2.4G, and nothing. I have 2 separate WiFi networks here running on separate 2.4G channels, and the Lime isn’t hearing either of them.
I’m running off the tiny stick antennas that I ordered with the unit, plugged into RX1_L and RX2_L. My scanner also only has a little rubber ducky, so both units should be able to receive roughly the same signals.
I’ve even tried the BLE Sniiffer Tool at BLE sniffer tool. But getting nothing there either.
Can anyone suggest any other tests/projects/tools/consoles/apps (ANYTHING !!!) that I can try, just to see this damn little thing do something for me today? :)
Thanks in advance,
BTW - I’m running the Pothos package under Win10. Have no Linux handy here at the moment.