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Drone-based Spectrum Measurements Provide a New Understanding of Radio System Performance

Thomas Brinkoetter  (Owner, RadioSiteTest)

Location: N260

Date: Tuesday, March 22

Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Track: Critical Infrastructure & Private Networks, Miscellaneous

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

This presentation discusses the benefits of elevating spectrum analyzer measurements using a drone. A brief overview of the FAA rules, regulations, and restrictions is given. The presentation reviews a number of spectrum analyzers appropriate for drone operation. It describes ultralight weight antennas to reduce the drone payload. It describes methods to link the spectrum analyzer information to the ground.

Applications reviewed are:
Public Safety Antenna Pattern Verification
Broadcast Transmitter Antenna Pattern Verification
Public Safety Voice Communications Interference Hunting
Public Safety Backhaul Interference Hunting
Cellular Activity Survey
Cellular EMF Survey

Takeaway

Drone-based spectrum measurements can provide a new understanding of radio system performance