Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair

Kevin Negus

First Advisor

Dan Trudnowski

Second Advisor

Josh Wold

Third Advisor

Hilary Risser


Fixed and mobile spectrum monitoring stations were implemented to study the spectrum range from 174 to 1000 MHz in rural and remote locations within the mountains of western Montana, USA. The measurements show that the majority of this spectrum range is underused and suitable for spectrum sharing. This work identifies available channels of 5-MHz bandwidth to test a remote mobile broadband network. Both TV broadcast stations and a cellular base station were modelled to test signal propagation and interference scenarios.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science Electrical Engineering