Operational Aspects of the NRL Microwave Intercept System
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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During a period of several months, the rapidly scanned microwave intercept system developed by the Naval Research Laboratory has been investigated with respect to operating procedures, advantages, and limitations. Although the basic characteristics and capabilities can be determined by laboratory techniques, it is recognized that operation with respect to live signals of various radiation and operating characteristics is necessary for even a limited evaluation of the potential of the equipment. A part of this investigation was concerned with establishing the operating procedures to be used for the general intercept problem and for special operations where intelligence or collateral information or specific strategic need effectively improves the operating capabilities. The prime objective of the search for signal activity was to intercept as many different signals of as many different radiation and operating characteristics as possible and to correlate the resultant information with known sources of transmissions. In spite of the relatively poor location of the intercept site from the standpoint of the surrounding terrain, a large number of signals were intercepted. As a result of this study, basic operating information, system capability, and suggestions for improvements and refinements of the system have become apparent.
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