Spectrum monitoring for wireless TV and FM broadcast using software-defined radio

Wen Tzu Chen, Ku Tung Chang, Chung Pao Ko

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In this paper, the deployment of a radio monitoring system using software-defined radio (SDR) technologies is addressed. The main advantage of using software-defined radio is its reconfigurable ability and flexibility to set the communication parameters when monitoring radio signals. We propose a feasible architecture of spectrum monitoring in which a control center is built using GNU Radio platform; some remote monitoring stations are built with SDR devices. At each remote station, an SDR dongle embedded with Realtek RTL2832U chip and a USRP (universal software radio peripheral) device are used to measure radio signals. Through TCP/IP network, measurement results or complex sampled data from the SDR devices can be sent to the monitoring center. Some key measurement tools for radio monitoring such as spectrum analyzer and audio/video player are also implemented in the proposed system. The major benefit of the proposed architecture is the cost-effective and flexible platform as compared with traditional spectrum monitoring systems. Moreover, both the radio signals and demodulated audio/video content can be remotely monitored at the control center.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9819-9836
Number of pages18
JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Aug 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Media Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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