LA CENTER, Wash.�People are finding ways to use drones for just about anything these days, and that includes the radio industry. Signal Hound has announced that Australian company Innovative Drone Solutions is combining a Signal Hound compact signal analyzer with a drone to characterize radiation patterns of tower antennas.
Using Signal Hound�s USB-SA44B spectrum analyzer, the engineers are able to log RF fields and measure cell tower propagation patterns. The drone can fly up to 25 minutes and can measure up to 10 services. This technique has been used with AM, FM, VHF and UHF DVB-T broadcast technology.
For more information, you can read Innovative Drone Solutions� Jason Schreiber�s paper on using drones to measure tower antennas here.�