Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 75, Issue 16, pp 9819–9836 | Cite as

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

  • Wen-Tzu ChenEmail author
  • Ku-Tung Chang
  • Chung-Pao Ko


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.


Wireless digital TV FM broadcast Software-defined radio Remote control Spectrum monitoring GNU radio 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Telecommunications ManagementNational Cheng Kung UniversityTainanTaiwan

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