TERRAPUB Earth, Planets and Space

Earth Planets Space, Vol. 60 (No. 11), pp. e21-e24, 2008


Digital beacon receiver for ionospheric TEC measurement developed with GNU Radio

Mamoru Yamamoto

Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan

(Received August 19, 2008; Revised October 20, 2008; Accepted October 22, 2008; Online published November 13, 2008)

Abstract: A simple digital receiver named GNU Radio Beacon Receiver (GRBR) was developed for the satellite-ground beacon experiment to measure the ionospheric total electron content (TEC). The open-source software toolkit for the software defined radio, GNU Radio, is utilized to realize the basic function of the receiver and perform fast signal processing. The software is written in Python for a LINUX PC. The open-source hardware called Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP), which best matches the GNU Radio, is used as a front-end to acquire the satellite beacon signals of 150 and 400 MHz. The first experiment was successful as results from GRBR showed very good agreement to those from the co-located analog beacon receiver. Detailed design information and software codes are open at the URL http://www.rish.kyoto-u.ac.jp/digitalbeacon/.
Key words: Satellite-ground beacon experiment, software-defined radio, ionospheric total electron content.

Corresponding author E-mail: yamamoto@rish.kyoto-u.ac.jp

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