Completed Projects

ATSC 3.0 Test Station in Cleveland
NAB and the Consumer Technology Association established an ATSC 3.0 test station in Cleveland, OH using facilities at Tribune-owned WJW.  The goal of this project, being co-sponsored and co-funded with the Consumer Technology Association, is to provide a testbed to establish “proofs of concept” for various ATSC 3.0 elements and to act as an incubator for new products and services based on ATSC 3.0.

FM Radio in Smartphones
Through 2016, we tracked the sales and capabilities of the top-selling smartphones sold in the U.S. – which we defined as the upper 70 percent of U.S. sales – typically equating to approximately the 20 most popular phone models of the day. We explored the internal design of these phones to determine their FM reception capabilities. The chart below shows historical data since we began collecting it, up to the most recent data available (fourth quarter of 2016), presented as annualized summaries.

Single Frequency Network Analysis
Verified that the HD Radio™ system will permit a smooth evolution from current analog Amplitude Modulation (AM) and Frequency Modulation (FM) radio to a fully digital In-Band On-Channel (IBOC) system.
HD Radio SFN Broadcast Test Plan and Results
HD Radio SFN Single Frequency Network Interim Field Test Results
HD Radio Single Frequency Network Project – Final Report

Addressable HD Radio Receivers (“Smart Radio”) Project
Developed requirements and a proof of concept for a “smart” digital radio receiver that allows the user to create a customizable listening experience. HD Radio broadcast technology can be used to send audio content, either program material or commercials that is “pre-stored” in the receiver. Time slots in the live broadcast can be replaced with pre-stored content depending on user selection.
Persona Radio Project

FM IBOC Asymmetric Sideband Transmission
Implemented and tested FM IBOC HD Radio asymmetric digital sideband broadcast configurations to enable an increasing of digital power while minimizing interference to adjacent stations. Developed transmission equipment software updates which support this new operational mode.
HD Radio Asymmetric Sideband Field Test Performance
HD Radio Asymmetric Sideband Lab Test Report

VHF/UHF Antennas for Integration in Mobile Devices
Designed and built prototype small antenna systems suitable for integration into a cell phone (or similar device) which operates over FM band (88-108 MHz) and TV band (54-88 MHz, 174-216 MHz, 470-698 MHz) frequencies, and suitable for reception of FM radio (analog and/or HD Radio digital for FM band) and ATSC mobile digital TV (DTV) signals.
Broadcast Antenna for Handsets – Final Report – Executive Summary
Embedded FM/TV Antenna System Final Report

AM Low-rate Data Service Using IBOC Subcarriers
Investigated and developed a proof of concept for low-rate data service for AM radio stations. The service would utilize a small number of IBOC subcarriers to provide a data capability similar to RDS for FM (but no digital audio). An IBOC receiver would be required to access this new data service.
AM Digital Data Service System Study Report

Internet Delivered Television Research
Supported development work to enable delivery of broadcast television and advertising to broadband enabled devices. To learn more, visit

Improving Power Efficiency of Transmission Facilities
Developed a set of guidelines and recommendations for building and operating modern transmission facilities in a power-efficient manner, including a standard method for evaluating the power efficiency of transmitters based upon transmitter type, cooling requirements, and manufacturer specifications.
Power Efficient Broadcast Facility Transmission Design

Speech Recognition Research
Supported development work to take speech recognition technology to the practical level to enable automatic captioning and obscenity filtering. The work was done by Speech Conversion Technologies, Inc.

Radio in Cell Phones
Provided technical information and support to the broadcast industry on the important issue of including radio receivers in cell phones. As part of this effort, conduct technical, regulatory, and/or economic studies with the goal of answering questions and removing obstacles to this effort.
Study of Potential for FM Radio to be a Universal Feature on Cellular Handsets

High Performance Indoor VHF-UHF Antenna Technology Study
Applied cutting edge antenna concepts and advanced electromagnetic techniques to the theoretical design of improved DTV antennas specifically for indoor reception.
NAB High Performance Indoor TV Antenna Report

Integrated HD Radio and DTV Reception in Computers
Facilitated the integration of built-in TV and FM receive antennas into PCs with DTV capability offered for sale to consumers.
Methods for Embedding DTV Antennas into Notebook PC Enclosures

New Indoor Smart Antenna
Demonstrated the feasibility of using smart antenna control signals (documented in CEA-909A) sent on an antenna feed line to improve DTV reception.
Report on Indoor Smart Antenna System Using Single-Wire Interface

Digital Converter Box Testing
Evaluated a total of 18 different manufacturer/brand models of commercially available digital-to-analog converter boxes, including several with the analog pass-through feature The boxes were evaluated based on Radio Frequency (RF) performance, ease of use, packaging and instructional literature included as well as external features.
NAB-MSTV Digital Converter Box Evaluation

Electronic Program Guide (EPG) System Development for HD Radio Phase 1
Developed the overall Electronic Program Guide (EPG) ecosystem for U.S. radio broadcasting. This project had two phases. Phase One included development of system architecture and specification documents and Phase Two reported on lab and field testing.
Developing an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for the HD Radio
System: Business Requirements and Use Cases
HD Radio EPG Project Phase 2 Final Report

Mobile/Handheld DTV Economics and Business Case Study
Evaluated whether or not the television broadcasting industry will be better served with a single mobile/handheld standard for DTV, rather than having several competing systems, and considered whether market success is sensitive to the timing of such M/H DTV standardization.
Study of the Impact of Multiple Systems for Mobile/Handheld Digital Television

Improved Antenna Selection Program
Co-sponsored the website with CEA to help consumers locate the proper outdoor antenna to receive their local television broadcast channels. To learn more, visit