Receiver Tests

Receiver Tests

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This chapter discusses the performance of a digital receiver and the procedures of testing it. The receiver performance is one of the most important aspects in receiver research. One of the main impasses in receiver research is that there are no universally acceptable standards in the performance of electronic warfare (EW) receivers. Because of this shortcoming, researchers do not know where to improve the EW receiver performance. If one claims to have made some improvements in receiver performance, but cannot report the result quantitatively, it will be rather difficult to be accepted. Worse yet, people can make claims on certain performances of an EW receiver that cannot even be used in a system at all. For example, if a receiver misses many signals or produces a large number of spurious responses, in general it cannot be used in any system. Under this condition, no matter how good other performances are, the result should not be reported. There should be some minimum requirements a receiver must be measured against in order to qualify as a functioning receiver.

Chapter Contents:

  • 16.1 Introduction
  • 16.2 Types of Receiver Tests
  • 16.3 Preliminary Considerations in Laboratory Receiver Tests
  • 16.4 Receiver Tests Through Software Simulation
  • 16.5 Laboratory Test Setup
  • 16.6 Anechoic Chamber Test Setup
  • 16.7 Preliminary Tests
  • 16.8 Single-Signal Frequency Test
  • 16.8.1 Frequency Accuracy Test
  • 16.8.2 Frequency Precision Test
  • 16.9 False Alarm Test
  • 16.10 Sensitivity and Single-Signal Dynamic Range
  • 16.11 Pulse Amplitude and Pulse Width Measurements
  • 16.12 AOA Accuracy Test
  • 16.13 TOA Test
  • 16.14 Shadow Time, Throughput Rate, and Latency Tests
  • 16.15 Two-Signal Frequency Resolution Test
  • 16.16 Two-Signal Spurious Free Dynamic Range Test
  • 16.17 Instantaneous Dynamic Range Test
  • 16.18 Anechoic Chamber Test
  • 16.19 AOA Resolution Test
  • 16.20 Simulator Test
  • 16.21 Field Test
  • References
  • Appendix 16.A
  • Appendix 16.B

Inspec keywords: electronic warfare; radio receivers

Other keywords: EW receivers; receiver tests; functioning receiver; receiver research; electronic warfare receivers; digital receiver

Subjects: Electronic warfare; Radio links and equipment

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