Title

Using Software Defined Radio Platforms and Open Source Software to Design and Build an HD Radio Receiver

Description/Abstract/Artist Statement

Software Defined Radio (SDR) refers to radio systems in which most of the functionality associated with the physical layer is implemented in software using Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms, and has been a subject of extensive research over the past two decades. The purpose of this project is to design and implement an HD radio receiver using the open-source software GNU Radio and the RTL-SDR platform. The work is motivated by the fact that HD radio receivers are expensive, require special hardware, and are difficult to find, while the RTL-SDR is affordable, versatile, and provides multiple different applications. By researching and analyzing the HD radio standard, this project will demonstrate how SDR platforms such as the RTL-SDR can be programmed using GNU Radio software to operate as an alternative to the expensive proprietary HD Radio receivers. Using an RTL-SDR in conjunction with software tools, the user can implement many other applications in the area of wireless communications and networking. The outcome of the project is a radio that can be used and demonstrate more efficient ways of developing and designing HD radio receivers contributing to the field of radio-frequency engineering. Developing hardware solutions was a domain for those able to afford expensive systems and custom designs. But, as technology advanced new devices motivated engineers to get started with digital radio at an affordable price.

Presenting Author Name/s

Rita Meraz

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Dimitrie Popescu

College Affiliation

College of Engineering & Technology (Batten)

Presentation Type

Poster

Disciplines

Other Electrical and Computer Engineering | Signal Processing | Systems and Communications

Session Title

Engineering & Science Research #2

Location

Zoom Room N

Start Date

3-20-2021 11:00 AM

End Date

3-20-2021 11:55 AM

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Using Software Defined Radio Platforms and Open Source Software to Design and Build an HD Radio Receiver

Zoom Room N

Software Defined Radio (SDR) refers to radio systems in which most of the functionality associated with the physical layer is implemented in software using Digital Signal Processing (DSP) algorithms, and has been a subject of extensive research over the past two decades. The purpose of this project is to design and implement an HD radio receiver using the open-source software GNU Radio and the RTL-SDR platform. The work is motivated by the fact that HD radio receivers are expensive, require special hardware, and are difficult to find, while the RTL-SDR is affordable, versatile, and provides multiple different applications. By researching and analyzing the HD radio standard, this project will demonstrate how SDR platforms such as the RTL-SDR can be programmed using GNU Radio software to operate as an alternative to the expensive proprietary HD Radio receivers. Using an RTL-SDR in conjunction with software tools, the user can implement many other applications in the area of wireless communications and networking. The outcome of the project is a radio that can be used and demonstrate more efficient ways of developing and designing HD radio receivers contributing to the field of radio-frequency engineering. Developing hardware solutions was a domain for those able to afford expensive systems and custom designs. But, as technology advanced new devices motivated engineers to get started with digital radio at an affordable price.