Student Team: Cat Truong, Daniel McIntosh, Collette Myers
Advisor: Greg Braileanu
Sponsoring Organization: Schweitzer Engineering Labs
Liaison: Bill Burns
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories of Pullman, WA designed and developed a new 900 MHz radio for power distribution system automation. The purpose of our project was to perform testing as part of the validation phase to determine the field performance of the radios under real conditions. The tests involved Yagi and Omni-directional antenna configurations while conducting path studies to ascertain appropriate links for the desired attributes. Part of our work was to determine the effective range and receiver sensitivity, as well as design and test data input. The ending result is a white paper with compiled test results, path theory, software tutorials, and radio vernacular to benefit future SEL customers interested in this new wireless product.