12A.1 Frequency protection, why should I care and what can I do?

Thursday, 27 January 2011: 11:00 AM
606 (Washington State Convention Center)
Richard Kelley Jr., Alion Science and Technology, Suitland, MD; and D. Furlong and D. McGinnis

Frequency protection is like an OSHA safety course, everyone acknowledges it's needed but no one wants to take the time letting it help them avoid accidents. There have been recent incidents pointing to an urgent need for increased interest in protecting radio frequencies. I'm sure you know anecdotally some of these stories. However, the heavy dependence NWP now has on the microwave spectrum makes protecting that spectrum even more important. This talk/paper will discuss how frequency protection works (national and international rules of the road), what's going on now in both the passive and active worlds, what's up with NWP, a review of what happened in the past and some pointers about what you can do.
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