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Instantaneous frequency scaling of rain attenuation at 11.6-17.8 GHz with SIRIO data

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2 Author(s)
Matricciani, E. ; Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy ; Paraboni, A.

The ratio of simultaneous attenuation measurements performed at 11.6 and 17.8 (or 17.0 GHz) with the Italian satellite SIRIO is discussed. The main application of this information is in the field of the "up-path power control" in earth-space telecommunication systems for which the requirement of estimating the uplink attenuation form measurements on the downlink will probably be taken into consideration as a tool to keep constant the total power received on board. The analysis shows that the average ratio between attenuations at 17.8 and 11.6 GHz, conditioned to the downlink attenuation (11.6 GHz) tends to decrease slightly with attenuation; it turns out to be very close to the ratio between equiprobable values of attenuation computed from the concurrent cumulative distributions (long-term frequency scaling ratio); the standard deviation is of the order of 10 percent of the average value and also exhibits some tendency to decrease; both the overall cumulative distributions and the conditional ones are well fitted by log-normal probability models with standard deviation (of the natural logarithm) constant and equal to 0.13-0.14 up to 5.5 dB in the downlink attenuation.

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Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 3 )