This is a recent USRP transceiver daughterboard, released in January 2010. It can cover frequencies from 50MHz to 2.2GHz for reception or transmission (max announced power ~100mWatts).
This makes it the ideal board to cover broadcast frequencies. It was used successfully to generate DAB or FM signals.
We immediately purchased several units and try them ! The main feature of this board is the wide coverage, from 50 MHz until 2.2 GHz ! It include 2 RF ports One for RX and TX the second for RX only. The card provide filter, LNA...
Using the updated version of the CRC-Dwap player (frequency offset etc.) we achieved to get a clean signal up to 10 mW on the band 3. Playing with the gain allow us to trim from 1 uW (g = 0) to 10 mW (g = 20)
Pay attention that you need to run the branch 3 of GNU Radio (we run 3.3.x) to use this board otherwise it will not be recognized on your system.
Test with DAB modulator
The WBX output without any additional filtering, the picture show the spectrum from 0 Hz until 3 GHz : We clearly see the upper harmonics...
Then the same with one filter cell :
Looks good !
Now a closer look on the OFDM group : No LO Leak and image frequency.
On the 2 Mhz channel slot checking the signal envelope :
With this board and external filter feeding the amplifier we achieve a good linear 15 Watt output.
Simulating the reception of two DAB multiplex with the antenna near the transmitter dummy load (a few cm) : Receiving the public service (left signal, SFN from a transmitter located on the mountain at 30 Km and a second one from the city center on the TV tower at 6 Km) and the right signal from the dummy load leak. 15 Watts to the dummy load during this photo, we get now a good 20W (linear)