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Document Typedissertation
Author NameNavalekar, Abhijit C
TitleDistributed Digital Radios for Land Mobile Radio Applications
DepartmentElectrical & Computer Engineering
  • Prof. William R. Michalson, Advisor
  • Prof. James W. Matthews, Committee Member
  • Dr. Jeffrey E. Smith, Committee Member
  • Prof. Fred J. Loft, Department Head
  • Keywords
  • LMR
  • PTT delays
  • Date of Presentation/Defense2009-12-22
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    The main objective of this dissertation is to develop the second generation of Distributed Digital Radio (DDR) technology. A DDR II modem provides an integrated voice/data service platform, higher data rates and better throughput performance as compared to a DDR I modem. In order to improve the physical layer performance of DDR modems an analytical framework is first developed to model the Bit Error Rate (BER) performance of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing over Frequency Modulation (OFDM/FM) systems. The use of OFDM provides a spectrally efficient method of transmitting data over LMR channels. However, the high Peak-to-Average (PAR) of OFDM signals results in either a low Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) at FM receiver or a high non-linear distortion of baseband signal in the FM transmitter. This dissertation presents an analytical framework to highlight the impact of high PAR of OFDM signal on OFDM/FM systems. A novel technique for reduction of PAR of OFDM called Linear Scaling Technique (LST) is developed. The use of LST mitigates the signal distortion occurring in OFDM over FM systems.

    Another important factor which affects the throughput of LMR networks is the Push-to-Talk (PTT) delay. A PTT delay refers to the delay between the instant when a PTT switch on a conventional LMR radio is keyed/unkeyed and a response is observed at the radio output. It can be separated into a Receive-To-Transmit Switch Interval (RTSI) or a Transmit-To-Receive Switch Interval (TRSI). This dissertation presents the typical RTSI delay values, distributions and their impact on throughput performance of LMR networks. An analytical model is developed to highlight the asymmetric throughput problem and the unintentional denial of service (UDOS) occurring in heterogeneous LMR networks consisting of radios with different PTT delay profiles. This information will be useful in performance and capacity planning of LMR networks in future.

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