LONG DISTANCE VHF COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM TESTS AT BARNSTABLE, MASSACHUSETTS.
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J
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The report contains the results of technical tests and describes characteristics of the FAA Long Distance Communications System at Barnstable, Massachusetts. The system capability and deficiencies are analyzed and discussed in terms of equipment performance and meteorological dependence. Results of the tests indicated that to meet the program objectives, an additional system gain of approximately 40 db is needed. Areas of equipment performance providing sources for system improvement are discussed. The test period climatology and measured meteorological factors are correlated with communications data. Recommendations are made to consider investigations for improvements to the system operation. Author