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The I F-77 Electromagnetic Wave Propagation Model (DOT-FAA-ES-833) by G. D. Gierhart and M. E. Johnson, 09-1983.

The I F-77 Electromagnetic Wave Propagation Model (DOT-FAA-ES-833) by G. D. Gierhart and M. E. Johnson, 09-1983.

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The I F-77 Electromagnetic Wave Propagation Model (DOT-FAA-ES-833) by G. D. Gierhart and M. E. Johnson, 09-1983. Source: www.ntia.gov

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ITS HomeSearch ITS
Report FAA–ES–83–3
The IF–77 Electromagnetic Wave Propagation Model
September 1983G. D. Gierhart and M. E. Johnson
Abstract:
This report provides a description of the computational details in the IF–77 (ITS–FAA–1977) radiowave propagation model. The IF–77 model is useful in estimating service coverage for radio systems operatingin the 0.1 to 20 GHz frequency range. It is applicable to many air/air, air/ground, air/satellite, ground/ground,and ground/satellite systems. Irregular terrain and propagation beyond the line–of–sight range are consideredin the model. However, the terrain feature is keyed to the lower (or facility) antenna and the radio horizon for the upper (or aircraft) antenna is (1) determined from the facility horizon obstacle (common horizon) or (2)taken as the smooth earth radio horizon when a common horizon is negated by the earth's bulge. Previouspublications concerning IF–77 include (1) an applications guide for computer programs that use IF–77, (2) anextensive comparison of predictions made using IF–77 with measured data, and (3) an atlas of propagationcurves applicable to aeronautical systems. Details concerning the computer programs are not included in thisreport.
Keywords:
air/air, air/ground, earth/satellite, propagation model, protection ratio, transmission loss
ReportDisclaimer:
Certain commercial equipment, components, and software are identified in this report to specifyadequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification implyrecommendation 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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DOTI FAAI ES-83/3
Systems EngineeringServiceWashington, D.C. 20591
The I
F-77
ElectromagneticWave PropagationModel
G.
D.
Gierhartand
M.
E.
Johnson
U.S.
Department of CommerceNational Telecommunications and Information AdministrationInstitute for Telecommunications. Boulder, Colorado 80303September 1983Final ReportThis document
is
available to the U.S. publicthrough the National Technical InformationService, Springfield, Virginia 22161.
u.s.
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of
Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
 
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1983
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Unit No. (TRAIS)
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National Telecommunications
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for Telecommunication Sciences
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D.
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20591
15. Supplementary
Notes
,
FAA
Frequency Engineering Branch,
AES-520
16.
Abstract
Final
14.
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This report provides a description of the computational
details
in the If-77
(ITS-FAA-1977)
radio
wave
propagation
model.
The
IF-77
model
is
useful in estimatingservice coverage for radio systems operating in the
0.1
to
20
GHz
frequency range.
It
is
applicable to
many
air/air,
air/ground,air/satellite,
ground/ground,
and
ground/satellite
systems.
Irregular
terrain
and
propagation
beyond
the
line-of-sight
range are
consid~!red
in the
model.
However,
the
terrain
feature
is
keyed'
to the lower(or
facility)
antenna
and
the radio horizon for the upper (or
aircraft)
antenna
is
(1)
determined
frorp
the
facility
horizon obstacle
(common
horizon) or
(2)
taken as the
smooth
earth r'adio horizon
when
a
common
horizon
is
negated
by
the
earth's
bulge.Previous publications concerning IF-77 include
(l}an
applications guide for
computer
programs
that
use IF-77, (2)
an
extensive comparison
of
predictions
made
using
IF-77
with
measured
data,
and
(3)
an
atlas
of propagation curves applicable to aeronauticalsystems. Details concerning the computer
programs
are not included in
this
report.
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VA
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