Date of Award

6-2016

Degree Name

MS in Computer Science

Department

Computer Science

Advisor

John Bellardo

Abstract

Digital communications continues to be a relevant Field of study as new technologies appear and old methodologies get revisited or renovated. The goal of this research is to look into the old digital communication scheme of Bell 202 [67] used by APRS and improve software based demodulation performance. Improved performance is defined by being able to correctly decode more packets in an efficient, real time, manner. Most APRS demodulation is currently done using specialized hardware since that yields the best performance. This research shows that through using Sivan Toledo's javAX25 [72] software package, new demodulation algorithms can be implemented that decode more Bell 202 encoded AX.25 packets than the existing software could. These improvements may help drive the adoption of software demodulation since it is a low cost alternative to specialized hardware.

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