AVR beacon project utilizes a new approach to RF signal generation using SQDDS method (making RF signals directly from the software, based on a pre-calculated periodic bit-sequence). It is mainly used by the hamradio operators to set up various radio beacons for different purposes, mostly for radio waves propagation discoveries.
CW (continious waves, Morze code) is a main modulation mode. Other modes like PSK and FSK are planned to implement in the future releases. User can enter any ASCII text to send it to the air. Transmission rates and modes are configurable from the input text. AVR beacon can read an external digital instruments like (voltmeter, thermometer, axelerometer, anemometer, etc.) and send its data to the air.
Beacons network is planned to implement using an external GPS module for time syncronization.
This project runs on Atmel AVR pico-power Mega microcontrollers: ATmega48p, ATmega88p, ATmega168p and ATmega368p. It is possible to port it to other AVR MCUs as well.
Great software, thank you.
Easy to install and use.
This project was used for a temporal radio beacon with callsign UR4MCK operating from the field (KN98QR) 3-6 Aug 2012 and was devoted to RU-QRP Club 10th anniversary.