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Mobile Wireless Communications by Mischa Schwartz

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Chapter 2Characteristics of the mobile radio environment–propagation phenomena

In Chapter 1, in which we provided an overview of the topics to be discussed in this book, we noted that radio propagation conditions play a critical role in the operation of mobile wireless systems. They determine the performance of these systems, whether used to transmit real-time voice messages, data, or other types of communication traffic. It thus behooves us to describe the impact of the wireless medium in some detail, before moving on to other aspects of the wireless communication process. This we do in this chapter. Recall also, from Chapter 2, that the radio or wireless path normally described in wireless systems corresponds to the radio link between a mobile ...

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