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### Channel:

The medium between the transmitting antenna and the receiving antenna is generally termed as “channel”. In wireless transmission, the characteristics of the signal changes as it travels from the transmitter to the receiver. The signal characteristics are due to several phenomena: 1) existence of line of sight path between the antennas, 2) reflection, refraction and diffraction of the signal due to the objects in between the antennas, 3) The relative motion between the transmitter and receiver and the objects in between them, 4) The signal attenuation as it travels through the medium, 5) Noise The received signal can be obtained from the transmitter signal if we can accurately model the channel in between the antennas. It is quite difficult to model the real world environment. Scientists and engineers have studied various environments and provide us with a way to model the various medium that approximate the real world environments.

Consider a channel with impulse response h(t) between the transmitter and receiver antenna. In addition to the channel impulse response, the transmitted signal x(t) is also corrupted by the additive noise component n(t). The received signal y(t) is obtained by the convolution of h(t) and x(t) added with the noise component n(t).

In frequency domain, the convolution operation becomes multiplication operation

## Components of channel response:

Consider a transmitter (Base station) and receiver (mobile) in a city environment. The medium between the transmitter and receiver are obstructed by several building, trees and other objects. The receiver keeps moving away from the transmitter. We measure the signal power at the receiver as we move away from the receiver. The ratio of received signal power to the transmitted signal power is plotted against the distance and we obtain a graph as shown in the left hand side plot below.

At first the signal appears very random. Upon closer look we can break it down into three main components as shown in the right half of the plot [Goldsmith2005].

1) Propagation Path Loss

### Propagation Path Loss:

Path loss modelling is used to model following scenarios:

* Predict the signal loss between the transmitter and the receiver when a clear unobstructed path exist between them.

*Used to model the attenuation effect by various environments as the receiver and transmitted are separated by a distance.

The clear unobstructed path between the transmitter and the receiver is called Line Of Sight (LOS) path.

The three mostly encountered modelling methods available for path loss modelling are
* Friis Free Space Propagation Model – models path loss
* Log Distance Path Loss or Log Normal Shadowing Model – models both path loss and shadowing
* Empirical models:
* Hata – Okumura Model
* COST 231 Extension to Hata Model
* COST 231-Walfish-Ikegami Model
* Erceg Model
* Stanford University Interim (SUI) Channel Models
* ITU Path Loss Models

If the environment contains objects like building and trees, some part of the transmitted signal gets affected by absorption, reflection, diffraction and scattering. This effect is called shadowing. It is also referred as slow fading or long-term fading.