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School project for tracing radio transmission

  1. Aug 4, 2015 #1
    I need to trace a simple radio transmission for school. It's a signal that is broadcasting some talk radio. If I could locate the signal within a couple hundred feet I get an A. Extra credit is for jamming, re-directing or scrambling the signal. Any ideas for any of the said process. It's for a RF frequency.
     
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  3. Aug 4, 2015 #2

    jedishrfu

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    Welcome to PF!

    What have you considered?

    Have you looked into directional antennas?
     
  4. Aug 4, 2015 #3
    I have only done some light reading on the subject that is kind of confusing??
    Is a directional antenna used for tracing and/or locating that signal?? That's what I really need to do.
     
  5. Aug 4, 2015 #4

    berkeman

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    Welcome to the PF.

    Note that "jamming", etc. of RF signals is illegal, so you should point that out to whatever teacher says they will give extra credit for doing it. The FCC would be very unhappy with your transmission.

    What frequency is the transmitter that you are looking for? Is it in the AM or FM band? Do you know what they will be using for the transmitting device? Hopefully it is a licensed transmitter.

    In HAM radio we call this "Transmitter Hunting", and the "fox" transmitter is a licensed amateur radio-based device, typically in the VHF HAM band. And yes, we use directional antennas and other tricks to help us track down the fox.
     
  6. Aug 4, 2015 #5

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