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Rain fades on low elevation angle Earth-satellite paths: comparative assessment of the Austin, Texas, 11.2 GHz experiment

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3 Author(s)
W. J. Vogel ; Electr. Eng. Res. Lab., Texas Univ., Austin, TX, USA ; G. W. Torrence ; J. E. Allnutt

Only a few years of rain attenuation data for Earth-space paths are available for low elevation angle paths, and these show a consistent tendency by the CCIR fade prediction model to underpredict rain fades. The authors contribute to the database four years of 11.2 GHz measurements, taken on a 5.8° elevation path in Austin, Texas, USA and assess higher than predicted fade results with respect to earlier measurements and the CCIR model. At the fiducial 0.01 percent of time, the rain fall rate was 73 mm/h and the attenuation exceeded the 25 dB measurement fade margin. It is found that the monthly variability of rain fall rates and decibel fades follows a normal distribution. Durations of rainfall and fades are classified into events, episodes, interevent gaps (longer than 4.2 h), and interepisode gaps (shorter than 4.2 h). Rainfall interevent gaps and event durations, as well as fade event, episode, and gap durations are log-normally distributed

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:81 ,  Issue: 6 )