Making Sense of Radio Frequency: RF Fundamentals & Spectrum Situational Awareness

Although electromagnetic radiation and radio frequency was not a new concept, Marconi was the first to realize the commercial possibilities of the discovery. Today, wireless technology is ubiquitous in the military and civil society; it connects people and systems and is the universally accepted way to transfer large amounts of data across (almost) unlimited space. We have become entirely dependent on wireless devices sending radio signals across the Electro Magnetic Spectrum (EMS).

Our dependency on and thirst for bandwidth, driven by our information-based society, presents challenges as the EMS becomes crowded. A crowded spectrum can cause electromagnetic interference, leading to consequences ranging in severity. If we wish to continue scaling up our use of the spectrum, it must be used more efficiently and governed in the interest of all citizens.

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