Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
the research laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

John E. Carroll; J. Randy Hoffman; Robert J. Matheson

Abstract: This report describes field measurements to characterize Land Mobile Radio (LMR) channel occupancy of Federal bands 162–174 megahertz (MHz) and 406–420 MHz at a single location overlooking the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. This is part of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration effort to improve the spectrum efficiency of Federal radio usage. Measurements of the received radio traffic levels in these LMR frequency bands were performed over an 8-day period for the purpose of determining radio channel usage within the receiver spatial coverage of approximately 100-kilometer (km) radius for base stations, 50-km radius for mobile units, and 25-km radius for handheld units. The measurements were made using newly developed techniques that digitize as much as a 5-MHz segment of spectrum and process it to obtain simultaneous signal levels of up to 400 individual LMR channels. These techniques provided faster measurements, but also allowed enhanced post-processing of the data to remove effects of impulsive noise-like sources.

Keywords: spectrum efficiency; measurements; land mobile radio (LMR); channel usage; channel occupancy; Federal radio usage

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John E. Carroll
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
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