December 1984 | NTIA Handbook HB-84-165

Handbook of Radio Wave Propagation Loss (100-10,000 MHz)

William E. Frazier

Abstract: This handbook is intended to assist in manual analysis techniques that must be used when an automated analysis is not possible. It provides estimates of radio wave propagation loss between transmitting and receiving antennas above the assumed smooth-earth surface that were calculated using the Integrated Propagation System (IPS) computer model. For many cases involving electromagnetic compatibility analysis, the curves of predicted transmission loss in this report may be used to estimate the transmission loss of the desired and undesired signals. These loss values are given in dB as BASIC MEDIAN TRANSMISSION LOSS for antennas with effective heights up to 5000 meters, operating in the 100 to 10,000 MHz frequency range, over land or sea, at great circle earth surface distances up to 1000 kilometers. This handbook is an initial document intended to be supplemented with additional curves that will be provided on an ongoing basis.

Keywords: electromagnetic compatibility (EMC); basic median transmission loss; radio wave propagation; transmission loss

To request a reprint of this report, contact:

Ed Drocella, Chief,
Spectrum Engineering and Analysis Division
Office of Spectrum Management
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(202) 482-1652

Disclaimer: Certain commercial equipment, components, and software may be identified in this report to specify adequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, nor does it imply that the equipment or software identified is necessarily the best available for the particular application or uses.

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