VHF TRANSCEIVERS FOR LOW-ACTIVITY AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWERS.
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J
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Laboratory, operational, and subjective tests were performed to determine performance capability and to investigate the communications coverage area of a solid-state, low-powered one watt transceiver for air traffic control communications at low-activitylow-cost air traffic control facilities and as possible emergency backup equipment, with self-contained antenna, for operation within the cab of airport control towers. Results of the test effort indicated that it was feasible to use low-powered transceivers and standard FAA antennas to provide ATC communications at low-activity ATCTS. Additionally, it was determined that adequate communications coverage, with negligible antenna pattern deterioration, was obtained when the low-powered transceiver and self-contained whip antenna were operated inside a tower cab. The report contains recommendations to develop a low-powered, portable, all solid-state transceiver, designed to operate on primary power and self-contained rechargeable batteries. Author
- Air Navigation and Guidance
- Radio Communications