Radio Spectrum Scanning workshop at Kikk 2016

This image has nothing to do with the workshop but we used it anyway!
This image has nothing to do with the workshop but we used it anyway!

Spectrum Scanning : an introduction to Software Defined Radio.

Workshop was held at the 2016 Kikk festival in Namur, Belgium

The air that surrounds us is filled with signals ranging from cell phone packets, commercial radio stations, wireless internet modems, airplane tracking signals, satellite broadcasts and many more… The advent of Software-Defined Radio (SDR) has made it much easier and cheaper to learn how to receive these signals and use them for a variety of projects.

This two-day intensive workshop by Dennis de Bel and Roel Roscam Abbing will introduce participants to a relatively new set of open-source tools called SDR. The first day of the workshop will focus on a theoretical introduction into what radio waves and the radio spectrum are and how we can decode and save audio from a specific transmission. During the second day, participants will head outside and scan the spectrum around the festival site, using the required software and SDR receivers, in order to record them. No prior knowledge of radio is necessary to participate. On the contrary, the workshop is aimed at introducing these concepts to new audiences. If you’re interested in working with audio, creative coding and new technologies, this is the workshop you need to sign up for!

You will be required to bring a laptop and, for those who wish, check out Dennis de Bel and Roel Roscam Abbing’s book here: R&D a low end rich media publication,