A Commentary on the Utilization of Real-Time Channel Evaluation Systems in HF Spectrum Management
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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Real-Time Channel Evaluation RTCE devices are coming into increased use in modern management of HF communications systems. The earliest techniques used in channel evaluation exploited vertical incidence pulse sounders VIS and these devices are still being used for some applications. An oblique incidence sounding technology has also been developed employing both pulse and chirp waveform approaches. A variety of RTCE devices are identified in the report but the emphasis is placed on the OIS chirp sounder. Using this device as a canonical channel evaluator, the implications for global, theater, and local HF resource management may be addressed. As one might suspect, there are both advantages and disadvantages which may accrue from construction of a sounder network. Issues include data applicability, data collection and dissemination, network size and cost, network ECM vulnerabilities, optimum network architecture, and system component reliabilities, to name a few. These issues are outlined in the report.
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