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V-Band Fade Dynamics Characteristics Analysis in Tropical Region

Khairayu Badron1, Ahmad Fadzil Ismail1, Jafri Din2 and Ahmad Tharek Abdul Rahman2
  • 1 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia
  • 2 Wireless Communication Centre, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University Technology Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia


Problem statement: Satellite operations at V-band in tropical and equatorial regions are constrained as a result of attenuation from rain. Approach: Statistics for 20 consecutive months of V-band terrestrial link signal attenuation measurements in Malaysia were presented in this analysis. Such information was considered very pertinent for Earth-space communication link design and can be used for initial groundwork plan for the engineers as well as researchers. Results: The measured statistics were then fittingly scaled up to fit Earth-satellite link. The statistics were then broken down to examine diurnal variations. Characteristics of rain events such as fade duration and inter-fade interval were presented. Conclusion/Recommendations: It is essential to identify such characteristics for the design and implementation of future fade countermeasure techniques on satellite links.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 7 No. 8, 2010, 1109-1114


Submitted On: 28 July 2010 Published On: 31 August 2010

How to Cite: Badron, K., Ismail, A. F., Din, J. & Rahman, A. T. A. (2010). V-Band Fade Dynamics Characteristics Analysis in Tropical Region. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 7(8), 1109-1114.

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  • Rain attenuation
  • V-band satellite communication system
  • fade duration
  • inter-fade interval
  • tropical region