May – Rayleigh Fading Audiolized

When a signal is propagating through multiple paths each signal component in each path will be in different phase and of different strength when received. Should there be no line-of-sight component present, the additive signal will fade according to the Rayleigh fading.

For example, a simple sine wave

can after some multi-path propagation sound something like

assuming that the receiver is moving at a constant speed, so that variation in multi-path sources Doppler shift will cause the aggregate signal to vary randomly in time.

If we add some Gaussian white noise

we notice that the original signal is somehow recognizable from the noise (headphone users, watch out!)


but the faded signal

will sometimes bury completely under the noise – these events are referred to as deep fades.

Here is a GNU/Octave or Matlab code for the used Rayleigh simulator:

%Rayleigh simulator. Jakes model. In Octave remember to load the statistics package.

close all
clear all


N = 20; %Number multipaths.
T= linspace(0,10000,100000); %Time.
v = 0.001; %Speed of the receiver.
randan = pi*rand(1,N); %Random angles w.r.t. receiver.
rI = 1000*rand(1,N); %Random distances of the sources.

%Geometrical stuff. Check for the Jakes model in the reference.
An = @(t) (atan(sin(randan).*rI./(cos(randan).*rI-v*t))).*(cos(randan).*rI>v*t)+...
phis = 2*pi.*(rand(1,N));
wc =pi/2; %Frequency of the signal.
Beta = 2*pi/(1/(wc/(2*pi)));
theta = @(t) cos(An(t)).*Beta*v.*t+phis;

powers = rand(1,N); %Random powers of the signals in the multipaths.
powers = powers./sum(powers); %Normalize the powers.
Ez = @(t) sum(powers.*cos(wc*t+theta(t)));
EZ = []; %Faded signal.
REF = []; %Original signal.
NOISE = []; %Additional Gaussian noise.
for t =T
    EZ = [EZ Ez(t)];
    REF = [REF cos(wc*t)];
    NOISE = [NOISE 0.9*stdnormal_rnd(1)];

%Write the audio files at sampling rate 8000.
audiowrite('REFNOISE.wav', 1/2*(REF+NOISE), 8000)


And the same in Python:

import numpy as np
import math
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import sounddevice as sd
import time

#Jakes Rayleigh simulator. Please check for the reference in this site for further details.

N = 20 #Number of multipaths.
T = np.linspace(0, 10000, 100000) #Time vector.
v = 0.001 #Speed of the receiver. 

randan = np.random.rand(1, N) * math.pi #Random angles w.r.t. receiver.
rI = np.random.rand(1, N) * 1000 #Random distances of the sources.
phis = np.random.rand(1, N) * 2 * math.pi 

def An(t):
    return (np.arctan(np.sin(randan) * rI / (np.cos(randan) * rI - v * t))) * (
        np.cos(randan) * rI > v * t
    ) + (np.pi - np.arctan(np.sin(randan) * rI / (v * t - np.cos(randan) * rI))) * (
        np.cos(randan) * rI <= v * t

wc = np.pi/2 #Frequency of the signal.
Beta = 2 * math.pi / (1 / (wc / (2 * math.pi)))

def theta(t):
    return np.cos(An(t)) * Beta * v * t +phis

powers = np.random.rand(1,N)*2 #Random powers of the signals in the multipaths.
powers = powers/np.sum(powers) #Normalize powers..

def Ez(t):
    return np.sum(powers * np.cos(wc * t + theta(t)))

EZ = np.vectorize(Ez)(T)
REF = np.vectorize(lambda time : 2*np.cos(wc * time))(T)

#Play and plot.
fs = 8000,fs,blocking = True),fs,blocking = True)
plt.plot(T, EZ)


William C. Jakes, “Microwave Mobile Communications”, IEEE PRESS, 1974.