Fwd: [RX320] Announcing open320

Frank Gentges KØBRA fgentges at mindspring.com
Tue Jul 8 08:45:26 CDT 2003


There is an activity to help us reprogram the RX320 firmware.  See 
below.  I'm sure we could improve it for LF and other uses.  I have the 
feeling the current processor is pretty much loaded already.  Along with 
firmware, a faster processor might be in order to make space to do some 
nifty things.  This may only take a chip and/or a crystal.    I spoke to 
TenTec about getting the source code under an NDA and they did not see 
their way clear to do this.

We went on to use the PC and narrowband signal display software like ARGO 
to make up for the shortcomings of the RX320.  The combination worked out 

Any AMRADers interested should speak up to help and encourage this fine 
effort.   We may be able to take on the hardware side of speeding up the 
processor.   About all I can do for now is stand on the sidelines and cheer.

Frank K0BRA

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>Subject: [RX320] Announcing open320
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>Hi all,
>As you may know, I expressed interest a few weeks ago in figuring out
>how the RX320 firmware works in the hopes of possibly providing a way
>for users to improve or customize the firmware.  Well, we're still a
>long way away from that dream, but to that end, I've submitted a
>project proposal to Sourceforge.net for an open source, GPLed RX320
>firmware replacement.  The project, should they approve it, will be
>called open320.  For those interested, I've attached the proposed
>project description below the body of this message.
>I've been working on reverse engineering the EPROM dump and I've got
>the first 640 or so words fully worked out, with other bits and pieces
>in various stages of understanding.  I've been taking the ADSP-2101
>disassembly and trying to format it into human-readable pseudo-C code
>with a generous amount of comments for greater understanding.  So far,
>I've got the initialization, command processing, low-level RS232
>control, and some of the codec and PLL control figured out.  (There's
>actually an undocumented serial command, but space prevents me from
>elaborating.)  Most of what remains is the hard part--the math-heavy
>routines that do the I/Q demodulation, the FIR filtering and so on.
>I will post another message once the Sourceforge project page is up and
>will then take further discussions of the project to a separate mailing
>list so as to avoid clutter.
>The Ten-Tec RX320 and its brother, the RX320D, are shortwave receivers
>that are fully controlled by serial commands sent to its RS232 port.
>There is no front panel on these radios--all radio tuning and control
>information is provided by a program running on a host computer.
>Furthermore, the final stage of intermediate frequency (IF) processing
>is handled by a DSP, which demodulates the radio signals according to
>the user's desired mode and outputs them to a speaker via an internal
>codec chip.  (In the RX320D, this 12-kHz intermediate frequency is made
>available on a rear-panel connector for advanced applications requiring
>more processing power than the internal DSP can handle.)
>The heart of the RX320 radio is its Analog Devices ADSP-2101 DSP chip,
>whose job is to handle both command decoding and signal demodulation.
>Signal demodulation is performed by the AD1847 codec chip, which
>digitizes the 12 kHz IF signal for processing and also processes the
>decoded audio stream from the DSP for output to a speaker or
>headphones.  A Motorola MC145140 PLL generates the internal frequencies
>for various parts of the receiver circuitry.
>The ADSP-2101 firmware is stored on a DIP (dual inline package)
>socketed 27512 64 KB EPROM, making the prospect of replacement easy and
>practical.  Early analysis shows that only the first 8K of the EPROM
>has data.
>The open320 project will progress in two stages:
>1. Since Ten-Tec does not provide the firmware source code, the
>original firmware will be reverse engineered such that the operation of
>major subsystems (RS232 reading and writing and codec and PLL control)
>can be mapped and studied.
>2. Once operation details of these subsystems are known, replacements
>can be coded.  As with Linux, it is anticipated that users will be able
>to configure firmware with the modules that they desired (for example,
>AM, SSB and FM demodulation, the latter of which is currently not
>supported in the RX320 firmware).  This will allow the greatest
>flexibility and provide a framework for future extensibility.
>There is already a version of GCC that can compile to ADSP-21xx object
>code.  Part of the project will involve getting up to speed on these
>tools and making cross-platform building easy and painless.
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Frank Gentges KØBRA
<fgentges at mindspring.com>
LF web site at <http://www.amrad.org/projects/lf>

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