Wavetrace is a Python 3.5 package designed to produce radio signal coverage reports, such as GeoTIFF files of signal strength contours,
Wavetrace can also compute line-of-site maps for geostationary satellites:
Wavetrace is intended for use in New Zealand but can be configured to work elsewhere on Earth.
- Install SPLAT! >= 1.4.0, GDAL >= 1.11, and ImageMagick. For example, to install these on a Linux system do
sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install splat gdal-bin python-gdal imagemagick
- Create a Python 3.5 virtual environment
- In your virtual environment, install Wavetrace via Pip via
pip install wavetrace
Here is a common workflow for computing radio signal coverage reports for terrestrial transmitters.
- Create a CSV file containing transmitter data; see
- Process the transmitter data into SPLAT! files via the function
- Download topography data around the transmitters via the functions
wavetrace.main.download_topography. Topography data comes in two flavors: SRTM3 (standard definition; 3 arc second resolution; roughly 66 meters at 45 degrees south latitude) or SRTM1 (high definition; 1 arc second resolution; roughly 22 meters at 45 degrees south latitude). SPLAT! can only handle those two formats.
- Process the topography data into SPLAT! files via the function
- Compute signal coverage reports, which include GeoTIFF signal strength contour maps, from the processed transmitter and topography data via the function
See the IPython notebook
ipynb/examples.ipynb for a detailed example.
Additionally, you can call the most useful functions in the module
wavetrace.main through Wavey, a command line interface for Wavetrace implemented in the module
docs and on Rawgit here
- Chris Guest (2013-06)
- Alex Raichev (2016-08)