November 2018 | NTIA Technical Memo TM-19-535

Best Practices for Radio Propagation Measurements

Chriss A. Hammerschmidt; Robert T. Johnk; Paul M. McKenna; Christopher R. Anderson

Abstract: This report describes a set of best practices for the preparation and verification of radio propagation measurement systems. We discuss advantages and disadvantages of various channel sounders, the common components used in these systems, and measurement of these components. We then move to system verification measurements both on the benchtop and in some preliminary outdoor propagation measurements. The appendices discuss uncertainty analysis, antenna measurements, and system repeatability and sensitivity analysis measurements.

Keywords: radio propagation; measurement; radio propagation measurements; radio propagation measurement system; radio propagation uncertainties; radio measurement system performance verification

For technical information concerning this report, contact:

Chriss A. Hammerschmidt
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
(303) 497-5958

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Lilli Segre, Publications Officer
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
(303) 497-3572

Disclaimer: Certain commercial equipment, components, and software may be identified in this report to specify adequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, nor does it imply that the equipment or software identified is necessarily the best available for the particular application or uses.

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