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The plotted results can be saved in different formats and comparisons can be performed over them to analyze the measurements.

One of the comparisons is shown in Fig. The colored area represents the signal's variation. For example, the peak to the extreme left is colored, which means that the maximum is not constant but appears at intervals in this area. By contrast, the peak to the extreme right is not colored, indicating that the local maximum hasn't fall throughout the all observation period. They are show below:. Measurement of the repeaters' electrical parameters: RTLSDR Scanner allows checking if the signal parameters offered by manufacturers are actually implemented by their equipment.

Transmitted power and frequency deviation can be easily checked, as well as the appearance of harmonics frequency bands near to the one intended for the communication. Noise Characterization by Bands: By exploring the spectrum, qualified personal may analyze the noise level of each band obtaining as a result the possibility of making adjustments in the propagation calculation methods. Spectrum Intruders Identification: Scanning silence zones, unauthorized transmissions can be detected.

One of the platforms for which SDR applications have been developed is Android. SDR's perspectives in the future are many and varied, but its application is particularly important when Internet connected systems are brought into consideration. From this point of view, there are two fundamental approaches:. However, when a laptop was added as a third active element, the disadvantage of the scheme became evident: only one remote host can receive the signal at a given time.

There are two solutions to the problem: conditioned by the necessities of each particular user.

One Solution, Multiple Applications

However, if the conditions are given, the second-one is recommended over the first. Place several SDR devices in a centralized server so each remote may have access to a different one. This can be made because of the low prices of the SDR hardware available on the market. However, note that the alternative requires some centralized service that should act as a judge and rule the access to various devices connected. Establish a Linux server responsible for handling requests to a single device.

This application already exists.

Both options are viable, being the selection conditioned by the necessities of each particular user. Regarding the free access to foreigners SDR in remote locations approach 2 , it needs to be let clear that this alternative is equally or more valuable than the previous. Worldwide, there are a lot of SDR devices ruled by amateur users and nonprofit associations. The geographical location of all 79 stations is provided in Fig. As the reader may notice, the majority of the receivers are located in Europe, although there are stations in all continents.

The operating bands and the signal's quality offered by the deployed devices differ from one location to another, understandable fact if the spontaneous nature of the network is considered. However, by accessing several terminals, multiple bands can be covered, especially in high density areas. The SDR Internet transmission possibilities shown above leads to consider the following applications of the technology:. Estimation of Wireless Transmission Losses: Providing centralized control of several SDR devices deployed at strategic locations enables the comparison of received signals, which allows the estimation of path loss and the validation of the coverage computations made with specialized software like RadioMobile [71].

SDR as a service: The Corporation that achieves deploying a large SDR network will be able to provide access to the receivers as a service to third parties with specific interests. Radiogoniometry: Location of emission's source using information supplied by several receivers located at distant positions.

If at least three of them are used, the location of a radiofrequency source can be accurately determined. However, the application is not directly usable with the software presented.

Software Defined Radio: Basic Principles and Applications

Improvement of Shortwave Communications: Using remote SDR receivers, shortwave transmissions can be heard even from distant countries. Thus, HF communication reception quality may be improved through Internet. Spectrum Exploring: The listen to specific bands in remote locations can be useful for many organizations. SDR technology has many applications in radio environments and is becoming increasingly popular among all type of users. While the first projects were unstable, there are currently a lot of frameworks that allow the manipulation of radio signals only with a personal computer and an inexpensive SDR device such as the Teratec RTLU.

The applications are multiple. Besides providing a very cheap radio receiver, SDR devices can be combined with free software to facilitate examination of the spectrum, detection of interferences, assigning of frequency distributions in an efficient manner, testing repeater systems' operation and measuring their electrical parameters, identifying spectrum intruders and characterization of noise by bands and regions of the world.

In addition, SDR versatility envisions its possible application in the improvement of shortwave communications. Similarly, the continued growth of the SDR with worldwide available receiving points announces the formation, in a not too distant future, of a vast network through which it will be possible to listen to radio broadcast on any part of the world by using Internet.

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Sivappagari and C. Gultchev, K. Moessner, and D. Haziza, M. Kassab, and R. A typical amateur software radio uses a direct conversion receiver. Unlike direct conversion receivers of the more distant past, the mixer technologies used are based on the quadrature sampling detector and the quadrature sampling exciter. The receiver performance of this line of SDRs is directly related to the dynamic range of the analog-to-digital converters ADCs utilized. The newer software defined radios use embedded high performance ADCs that provide higher dynamic range and are more resistant to noise and RF interference.

A fast PC performs the digital signal processing DSP operations using software specific for the radio hardware. The SDR software performs all of the demodulation, filtering both radio frequency and audio frequency , and signal enhancement equalization and binaural presentation.