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Comparison of spectrum occupancy measurements using software defined radio RTL-SDR with a conventional spectrum analyzer approach

Mehdawi, M.; Ammar, M.; Zolfaghari, M.; Fanan, A.; Riley, N.


Mahmood Ammar

M. Ammar

M. Zolfaghari


In the present day Cognitive Radio has become a realistic option for solution of the spectrum scarcity problem in wireless communication. Recently, the TV band has attracted attention due to the considerable potential for exploitation of available TV white space which is not utilized based on time and location. In this paper, we investigate spectrum occupancy of the UHF TV band in the frequency range from 470 to 862MHz by using two different devices, the low cost device RTL-SDR and high cost spectrum analyzer. The spectrum occupancy measurements provide evidence of the utility of using the inexpensive RTL SDR and illustrate its effectiveness for detection of the percentage of spectrum utilization compared with results from the conventional high cost Agilent spectrum analyzer, both systems employing various antennas.

Book Type Book Chapter
Start Date Nov 24, 2016
Publication Date Jan 8, 2016
Journal Telecommunications forum Telfor (TELFOR), 2015 23rd
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 200-203
ISBN 9781509000548
Keywords Cognitive radio, Software defined radio, Spectrum measurement, White space
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