Essentials of Radio Wave Propagation

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Cambridge University Press, 2008 - Computers - 201 pages
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If you need to maximize efficiency in wireless network planning, an understanding of radio propagation issues is vital, and this 2007 reference guide is for you. Using real-world case studies, practical problems and minimum mathematics, the author explains simply and clearly how to predict signal strengths in a variety of situations. Fundamentals are explained in the context of their practical significance. Applications, including point-to-point radio links, broadcasting and earth-space communications, are thoroughly treated, and more sophisticated methods, which form the basis of software tools for both network planning and spectrum management, are also described. For a rapid understanding and insight into radio propagation, sufficient to enable you to undertake real-world engineering tasks, this concise book is invaluable for network planners, hardware designers, spectrum managers, senior technical managers and policy makers who are either new to radio propagation or who need a quick reference guide.
  

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Contents

Pointtoarea transmission
26
The effect of obstacles
50
Reflection scatter and penetration
83
Estimating the received signal strength in complex
110
Atmospheric effects
116
System design and interference management
150
Softwarebased tools
172
Summary
182
Phasor arithmetic and phasor diagrams
188
Explanation of the link budget
195
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About the author (2008)

Christopher Haslett is the principal propagation adviser at Ofcom, the UK communication industries regulator. As well as experience conducting and directing research projects, he has many years' industrial radio-planning experience with Cable and Wireless plc., and as director of planning and optimization at Aircom International Ltd., where he directed the optimization of UMTS networks. He was also a senior lecturer at the University of Glamorgan.

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