By Ian Poole
Ian Poole has written a desirable advisor to the expertise and functions of contemporary radio and communications gear. His procedure offers an invaluable starting place for college kids and technicians looking an replace at the most modern expertise, yet each one subject is brought from the fundamentals, making sure that the ebook is both worthwhile for managers within the communications undefined, revenues employees, and an individual looking to replace their wisdom of this interesting and quickly increasing zone of expertise.
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The changes in the ionosphere cause the lengths of these different paths to vary. This means that when the signals come together at the receiving antenna they pass in and out of phase with one another. Sometimes they reinforce one another, and then at other times they cancel each other out. This results in the signal level changing significantly over periods of even a few minutes. Another reason for signal fading arises out of changes in polarization. It is found that when the ionosphere reflects signals back to earth they can be in any polarization.
Transmitter and receiver power levels should both be expressed in dBW (dB relative to one watt) or dBm (dB relative to a milliwatt). e. one that radiates equally in all directions. Further details of antenna gains and isotropic radiators are given in Chapter 4. Feeder losses should also be taken into account as these have an effect on the overall signal levels and may be significant in some instances. Pr(dBm) = Pt(dBm) + Gta(dB) – Ltf(dB) – Lpath + Gra(dB) – Lrf(dB) where Pr Pt Gta Ltf Lpath Gra Lrf = = = = = = = received power level transmitter power level gain of the transmitter antenna loss of the transmitter feeder path loss receiver antenna gain loss of the receiver feeder Refraction, reflection and diffraction In the same way that light waves can be reflected by a mirror, so radio waves can also be reflected.
8 Reflection of an electromagnetic wave a stick into some water. It appears that the section of stick entering the water is bent. This occurs because the direction of the light changes as it moves from an area of one refractive index to another. The same is true for radio waves. In fact the angle of incidence and the angle of refraction are linked by Snell’s law that states: µ1 sin 1 = µ2 sin 2 In many cases where radio waves are travelling through the atmosphere there is a gradual change in the refractive index of the medium.