What is the K Band?

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Editorial Team - everything RF

Aug 12, 2019

IEEE Radar K Band

Frequency Letter BandK-Band
Frequency Range18 to 27 GHz
Wavelength11.3 mm to 16.7 mm

The K-band as defined by IEEE is a frequency range from 18 to 27 GHz. IEEE uses letters to signify a range of frequencies from 1 to 170 GHz. The peak resonance frequency of water vapour is 22.24 GHz (1.35 cm) which lines withing the K-Band making it  unusable for long-range transmission.

The K band is used for satellite communications, astronomical observations, and radars. Radars in this frequency range provide short range, high resolution and high throughput.

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K Band defined by NATO

NATO had a separate frequency band notation system which is now obsolete. They also had a frequency band represented by the letter K. This band had a frequency range from 20 to 40 GHz and a wavelength from 7.5 mm to 15 mm.