Direct position determination of narrowband radio transmitters

Anthony J. Weiss*

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The most common methods for location of communications or radar transmitters are based on measuring a specified parameter such as signal Angle-of-Arrival or Time-of-Arrival. The measured parameters are then used to estimate the transmitter location. These methods are sub-optimal since they are indirect and involve two separate estimation steps. We propose a technique that uses exactly the same data as the common methods but the estimation of location is based on Maximum-Likelihood and the location determination is direct. Although there are many stray parameters, including the attenuation coefficients and the signal waveform, the method requires only a two-dimensional search. Monte-Carlo simulations indicate that the accuracy is superior to Angle-of-Arrival, Time-of Arrival and their combination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)II249-II252
JournalProceedings - ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing
StatePublished - 2004
EventProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing - Montreal, Que, Canada
Duration: 17 May 200421 May 2004


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