Saving Raw IQ data in file type .dat

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Mohamed Jamal
Mohamed Jamal on 16 Aug 2020
Answered: Walter Roberson on 19 Aug 2020
Hi guys,
how do I save in matlab data in file type .dat?
I have a file and it's type dat, it has RAW IQ SAMPLES so I open it in matlab, but in matlab command I write specific delimiters of my data and I want to store them (the specified data) in other file type .dat .
I mean by an example:
I have wrote a function called loadFile:
function y = loadFile(filename)
% y = loadFile(filename)
% reads complex samples from the rtlsdr file
fid = fopen(filename,'rb');
y = fread(fid,'uint8=>double');
y = y-127;
y = y(1:2:end) + i*y(2:2:end);
so once I load my file by writting in command window in matlab:
>>y=loadFile('frequency.dat'); %file name is frequency.
so after I have the data loaded from file name frequency.dat I want to save just y(2:6000) in another file file type .dat , how can I save the data of y(2:6000) in another file type .dat?
lets assume that y(2:6000) is stored in variable x, so
>> x=y(2:6000) ;
how can I save in matlab the data of x (specified data of y from 2 to 6000 y(2:6000)) in another file type .dat? thanks alot!
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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 19 Aug 2020
You forgot to attach 'frequency.dat'.
Why not just do
fid = fopen(filename,'rb');
fwrite('%f', y(2:6000));
or something like that.

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Answers (2)

yuval on 17 Aug 2020
There are several answers on how to save to a .dat file, for example:

Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 19 Aug 2020
Assuming it has to be written in the same order, and as integer data:
sel_y = reshape(y(2:6000), 1, []); %row vector
sel_iq = reshape([real(sel_y); imag(sel_y)], 1, []);
fid = fopen('newfile.dat', 'w');
fwrite(fid, sel_iq, 'int8');
y = y-127;
usually if you have uint8 data, you would be subtracting 128 rather than 127. The range of int8 is -128 to +127. If your input was +255 and you subtracted 127 you would get +128 which would be out of range for int8 .

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