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Plane-wave propagation path data from wideband MIMO channel sounding in an urban microcellular scenario

Clemens Icheln; Katsuyuki Haneda

Lasse Vuokko

We provide plane-wave propagation path data from a wideband MIMO radio channel sounding measurement in an urban microcell scenario. The binary Matlab file includes: direction of departure (DOD: variables "par.PhiTx" and "par.ThetaTx" in [rad]), direction of arrival (DOA: "par.PhiRx" and "par.ThetaRx" in [rad]), delay ("par.Tau" to be multiplied with 8.3ns, the tab length), and complex polarimetric path gain ("par.Alpha" is a 2x2 matrix, where element [1,1]=TXtheta ->RXtheta, [1,2]=TXphi ->RXtheta, [2,1]=TXtheta->RXphi, and [2,2]=TXphi->RXphi), for the 30 strongest signal paths (from TX to RX) at each of the 4574 RX locations along the route described below. In the element names above, the term "theta" refers to the vertically polarised component, and accordingly the term "phi" referes to the horizontally polarised component.
Note #1: The exact RX location for each individual measured radio channel was NOT recorded (see route description below).  
Note #2: The complex path gain (par.Alpha) is NOT calibrated, but depends on the initially fixed AGC level in the receiver, which was chosen to provide the best dynamic range for the given mobile (RX) route.
Both these limitations are seen reasonable since this dataset is meant for the realistic *statistical comparison* of the performance of different RX antennas in a microcell environment (and not to determine the actual received power at each exact location of the measured route).
Background information: The provided dataset is processed and is based on a radio channel sounder measurement at 5.3 GHz, carried out in downtown Helsinki, Finland, in April 2004. The uniform rectangular transmit (TX) array was placed at 10 m height in Aleksanterinkatu-street (an approx. 15-m wide street canyon), in front of the Nordea building, broadside pointing westwards (towards Stockmann building). The semishperical receive (RX) array was moved at 1.6-m height and for about 50 m along Aleksanterinkatu-street in line-of-sight (LOS), i.e. from in front of Kluuvi shopping centre westwards just across the crossing of Kluuvikatu-street. The TX and RX arrays cover the relevant azimuth and elevation ranges, so that this plane wave propagation path data can directly be combined with the polarimetric directional radiation pattern(s) of an antenna (array).

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