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A Broadcast Engineering Tutorial for Non-Engineers, 4th Edition by Graham Jones, Skip Pizzi

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CHAPTER 20

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Radio Wave Propagation and Broadcast Regulation

 

 

 

 

This chapter discusses aspects of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules that regulate broadcasting in the United States, and considers some international issues having impact on broadcast regulation. It begins with a discussion of the propagation characteristics for the different broadcast frequency bands, which influence the rules for different types of stations.

Propagation characteristics are the particular qualities of a signal that determine how it behaves as it travels through the atmosphere (i.e., how far and in what direction). As mentioned in Chapter 7, because of their different wavelengths, the carrier waves used for AM, FM, and TV ...

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