Emissions – Vol. 1, No. 8

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your September 2014 edition of the Emissions monthly e-newsletter, which summarizes some the latest developments in software-defined radio technology from the New England area and around the world. If you have something to share with the rest of the SDR-Boston community, please drop us an email via sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu.

Local News

Space Plasma Seminar: Geophysical Remote Sensing, Statistical Inverse Problems, and Software Defined Radio

In this seminar, software defined radio implementations of various geophysical instruments, such as an ionosonde, a broad band riometer, passive radar, and a beacon satellite ionospheric tomography receiver will be presented. Furthermore, experiences with using off-the-shelf software defined radio hardware as digital receivers for high power large aperture radars and ionospheric heaters will also be discussed. Find out more by clicking here.

SDR News from Around the World

Reception of FUNcube-2 Ham Radio Beacon

The amateur radio FUNcube-2 telemetry beacon on the UK Space Agency’s UKube-1 satellite has been activated.  Many stations, who have their FUNcube Dongle Software Defined Radio (SDR) setup to automatically receive telemetry signals from FUNcube-1, will have noticed that they are now also seeing the telemetry from the FUNcube-2 sub-system which is flying on-board the UKube-1 CubeSat. Find out more by clicking here.

Rockwell Tracks Galileo Signal with Secure Software Receiver

Rockwell Collins has successfully received and tracked a Galileo satellite signal using a prototype GNSS receiver designed for secure military use. Find out more by clicking here.

In First Major Speech as CTIA Head, Baker Calls for More Licensed Spectrum

In her first major speech as president and chief executive officer of CTIA-The Wireless Association, Meredith Attwell Baker strongly urged federal policy makers to free up more licensed spectrum for use in mobile broadband networks. Find out more by clicking here.

At U.S. wireless convention, spectrum is on everyone’s mind

This year’s top U.S. wireless convention descends on Las Vegas on Monday and will no doubt be abuzz with massive telecom mergers and major policy undertakings of the industry’s new top regulator. But the less glamorous, though no less monumental, subject of spectrum, or radio airwaves, will serve as a backdrop to every conversation at the “Super Mobility Week” trade show thrown by the wireless industry association CTIA. Find out more by clicking here.

Tuning in Spectrum’s White Space

The last decade witnessed tremendous innovations in dynamic spectrum access (DSA), an approach to letting secondary users access the spectrum holes called “white spaces” in licensed spectrum bands. More work still needs to be done. Find out more by clicking here.

LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane has taken a massive leap in transmitting power with the installation of a mighty 900MHz ultra long range radio module – the RFD 900u Radio Modem by Oz’s RF Design. Find out more by clicking here.

‘White space’ internet developed to reach rural communities

Access to super-fast broadband is something many people in the UK take for granted. However, for people living in some of the country’s more remote areas, it can be difficult to even get a connection. Developers claim TV white space technology may be the answer to this problem. Find out more by clicking here.

Microsoft claims biggest white spaces trial in world

Microsoft and Google are both championing the use of TV white space spectrum to extend affordable internet access in underserved markets, especially in Africa. As part of its efforts in this area, Microsoft and partners claim to have trialed the largest network in the world in this unlicensed spectrum. Find out more by clicking here.

White space between TV signals could save lives at sea

The leftover white space between TV signals is raising the hope of saving lives at sea and proving broadband for remote communities. Find out more by clicking here.

DISA to move swiftly on spectrum-related contracts

The process of securing spectrum for the military is a delicate process for the Defense Information System Agency’s Defense Spectrum Organization. But that doesn’t mean the process has to be slow. DISA plans to have a “very active year” when it comes to its spectrum-related missions, according to a presentation given by Stuart Timerman, director of DISA’s DSO office, at the agency’s forecast to industry last week. Find out more by clicking here.

White space spectrum gets coexistence standard

Standards body the IEEE this week released documentation on TV white space coexistence methods. Specifically, the IEEE 802.19.1 standard is intended to play to the cognitive radio capabilities of TV white space devices, including geolocation awareness and access to information databases. Find out more by clicking here.


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