Checkout, Awards, and Pizza


Checkout Day usually occurs on Reading Day after Final Reports have been turned in. You'll need to turn in your lab notebook, return all of the major parts belonging to the university to your TA, and make sure that nothing is missing from your lab kit before you will receive a grade in the class. After Checkout, a short Awards ceremony will be held to honor those who, in the course staff's opinions, have managed to deliver exemplary projects during the semester. Immediately afterwards, you are all welcome to celebrate your project completion with free pizza and soda with the rest of you classmates!

Requirements and Grading

The Checkout Form will be your documentation that you turned in the lab kit - both you and your TA need to sign it before you turn it in to your TA.

Submission and Deadlines

The specific date and time for lab checkout can be found on the the course calendar.

RFI Detector

Jamie Brunskill, Tyler Shaw, Kyle Stevens

RFI Detector

Featured Project

Problem Statement:

Radio frequency interference from cell phones disrupts measurements at the radio observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Many visitors do not comply when asked to turn their phones off or put them in airplane mode.


We are planning to design a handheld device that will be able to detect radio frequency interference from cell phones from approximately one meter away. This will allow someone to determine if a phone has been turned off or is in airplane mode.

The device will feature an RF front end consisting of antennas, filters, and matching networks. Multiple receiver chains may be used for different bands if necessary. They will feed into a detection circuit that will determine if the power within a given band is above a certain threshold. This information will be sent to a microcontroller that will provide visual/audible user feedback.

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