Emissions – Vol. 1, No. 12

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Happy New Year and greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)! Here is your January 2015 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.

Upcoming Events

harris to deliver keynote speech, Leeser and Kokar to deliver invited presentations at NEWSDR 2015

It is our pleasure and an honor to announce that Professor frederic harris (San Diego State University) will be delivering the keynote speech, and both Professor Miriam Leeser (Northeastern University) and Professor Mieczyslaw Kokar (Northeastern University) will be giving invited presentations, at the fifth annual New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2015) on Friday 22 May 2015!  NEWSDR 2015 will be hosted at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  For the latest information and developments, please check out the workshop website: NEWSDR 2015.

Interested in an evening SDR technical challenge?  LET US KNOW!

Do you enjoy tinkering with SDR platforms?  Do you enjoy friendly competitions with other SDR enthusiasts?  Have you ever been given a technical challenge involving an SDR to be solved within a short period of time?  The organizers of NEWSDR 2015 are thinking of hosting an SDR technical challenge during the evening of Thursday 21 May 2015 (i.e., the evening before NEWSDR 2015).  If you are interested, please send an email to: sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu.

Local News

IEEE VTC 2015 Fall in Boston: Submission Deadlines Quickly Approaching!!

The 82nd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (IEEE VTC 2015 Fall) will be hosted in Boston 6-9 September 2015.  This semi-annual flagship conference of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society will bring together individuals from academia, government, and industry to discuss and exchange ideals in the fields of wireless, mobile, and vehicular technology. The conference will feature world-class plenary speakers, tutorials, and technical as well as application sessions.  Consider presenting your latest research findings via 5-page technical papers or 2-page work-in-progress papers, or give a half-day tutorial at this conference.  The submission deadline is 2 March 2015!  Furthermore, if you would like to help out with the conference, please let us know.

SDR News from Around the World

PSDR Portable Software Defined Radio

Radio enthusiasts looking for a portable software defined radio (SDR) may be interested in a new creation by Michael Colton called the PSDR. That has been created using open source hardware and software and includes a vector network analyser and GPS.  The PSDR radio recently won 3rd place in the 2014 International Hack a Day prize competition and has now launched over on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website with the aim of raising $60,000 to make the jump into manufacture. Find out more by clicking here.

President Obama presses for high-speed Internet for rural Americans

President Barack Obama wants more Americans to have access to affordable broadband, no matter where they live.  The president will deliver that message Wednesday from Cedar Falls, Iowa, according to Jeff Zients, director of the National Economic Council and an assistant to the president on economic policy. Zients on Tuesday discussed the president’s initiatives, including incentives to build out the needed infrastructure, coalitions of universities and municipalities to promote broadband, and an effort to eliminate laws that stifle competition. Find out more by clicking here.

Harris + U.S. Marine Corps. First Of Its Kind Radio Provides Forces w/Most Advanced Communications Available = $5M

Harris Corporation has received a $5 million order from the U.S. Marine Corps for additional Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G wideband manpack tactical radios. The Marines will acquire the equipment to broaden the deployment of secure networking of communications on the move. Find out more by clicking here.

Rural Broadband Services Corporation Inc. Was Selected by FCC for Rural Broadband Experiment

Rural Broadband Services Corporation Inc. d.b.a. RBSC Oklahoma LLC has been selected by the FCC to be a recipient of one of the largest sums of money provided through the FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Fund. This funding will allow RBSC to provide affordable Gigabit broadband service to numerous residents, businesses and anchor institutions that reside within a five county area of Northeastern Oklahoma. Institutions like hospitals, universities, libraries, schools, law enforcement and health clinics as well as the Cherokee Nation will finally have access to the high-speed Internet services that they need. Find out more by clicking here.

Google makes push for more freely available wireless spectrum

Google is angling for some sort of action in wireless spectrum allocation, according to a report on The Wall Street Journal, and would like some say over how the most unused space is shared out. Find out more by clicking here.

Marriott plans to block personal wifi hotspots

The hotel chain petitioned the FCC for changes that could let venues shut down personal networks. Microsoft, Google, and the cell industry are opposed. Find out more by clicking here.


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