Faculty Advisor

Professor Andrew Klein

Faculty Advisor

Professor Alexander Wyglinski

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Christopher Anderson

Abstract

With the increasing volume of wireless traffic that military operations require, the likelihood of transmissions interfering with each other is steadily growing to the point that new techniques need to be employed. Furthermore, to combat remotely operated improvised explosive devices, many ground convoys transmit high-power broadband jamming signals, which block both hostile as well as friendly communications. These wide-band jamming fields pose a serious technical challenge to existing anti-jamming solutions that are currently employed by the Navy and Marine Corps. This thesis examines the feasibility of removing such deterministic jammers from the spectral environment, enabling friendly communications. Anti-jamming solutions in self-jamming environments are rarely considered in the literature, principally due to the non-traditional nature of such jamming techniques. As a result, a combination of approaches are examined which include: Antenna Subset Selection, Spectral Subtraction, and Source Separation. These are combined to reduce environmental interference for reliable transmissions. Specific operational conditions are considered and evaluated, primarily to define the limitations and utility of such a system. A final prototype was constructed using a collection of USRP software defined radios, providing solid conclusions of the overall system performance.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2013-04-25

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

software defined radio, communications, jamming

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