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Characteristics of rain fading on Ka-band satellite-earth links in a Pacific maritime climate

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2 Author(s)
C. Amaya ; Commun. Res. Centre, Ottawa, Ont., Canada ; D. V. Rogers

Characteristics of rain-induced attenuation at Ka-band measured over a four-year period (1994-1997) with the advanced communications technology satellite (ACTS), Vancouver, BC, Canada, are reported. Event-based analyses of fading are performed and examples of the instantaneous 30/20-GHz frequency-scaling ratio are presented. Long-term cumulative statistics of rain rate as derived from rain-gauge measurements, along with annual attenuation statistics at 20 and 30 GHz, are provided. Finally, attenuation statistics are compared with the ITU-R model and aspects related to local climatic characteristics are considered, aiming to improve the predictions of attenuation due to rain

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques  (Volume:50 ,  Issue: 1 )