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Introductory Communication Systems Course Using SDR

version 1.0.2 (10.7 MB) by Cory Prust
Course Materials for an Introductory Analog and Digital Communications Systems Course using MathWorks-Supported Software-Defined Radio


Updated 30 Apr 2020

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This package contains course materials for an introductory analog and digital communications systems course taught to undergraduate electrical and computer engineering students. An integral part of the course design is a series of laboratory modules through which students explore course topics using low-cost SDR hardware (e.g., RTL-SDR or ADALM-PLUTO) and MATLAB/Simulink software tools. Using these laboratory exercises, students implement various communication systems and investigate real-world communication signals.

The download package includes complete Laboratory documentation, as well as additional Simulink models and MATLAB scripts for use in lecture sessions.

Course syllabus:

Topic 1: Introduction to Communication Systems
- Introduction to Software-Defined Radio
- RTL-SDR and ADALM-PLUTO Installations
- Spectrum Analyzer using SDR

Topic 2: Amplitude Modulation
- Observing Amplitude Modulated Waveforms using SDR
- QAM Transceiver Simulation
- DSB Large Carrier Receiver using SDR
- DSB Large Carrier Transmitter using SDR

Topic 3: Frequency Modulation
- Investigating Broadcast FM Radio Signals using SDR
- Passband FM Modulator Simulation
- Baseband FM Communication System Simulation
- Observing and Demodulation FM Waveforms using SDR
- Automatic Picture Transmission (APT) Receiver using SDR

Topic 4: Digital Communication
- Observing Digital Carrier Modulated Waveforms using SDR
- Bit Error Rate Simulation
- BSPK Receiver: Carrier Synchronization and Symbol Timing Recovery using SDR
- DBPSK Communication using SDR

Topic 5: Spread Spectrum Communications
- DSSS Simulation
- Code Division Multiplexing Simulation
- DSSS BPSK Communication using SDR

Topic 6: Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing
- Multicarrier Communications Simulation
- FFT Processing for OFDM Modulation and Demodulation
- IEEE 802.11a WiFi Waveforms

Cite As

Cory Prust (2020). Introductory Communication Systems Course Using SDR (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (15)

Loid Men

Thank you very much.
Request: For the examples that transmit using a USRP , please include the setup for the ADLAM-Pluto.
The ADLAM-Pluto is less costly.

Redhwan Mawari

Thank your for the submission. I have ADLAM-Pluto however lab02 does not have the model for the ADALM-Pluto. It has teh model for RTL-SDR. any help is appreciated.

Redhwan Mawari

I am having problems with Lab1. the model runs but I am not getting the fc on the analyzer. any help is appreciated. Also lab2 for the AM signal, there is no model for generating AM signal

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MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2018a
Compatible with R2018a to any release
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