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Why are radio frequency ranges aligned on multiples of 3?

Why are the radio bands organized by multiples of three? For example the HF band is from 3–30MHz and UHF is from 300–3000MHz. Why not multiples of 2? Or plain powers of ten?
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How to use FE-5650A rubidium frequency standard?

I bought a FE-5650A rubidium standard reference from eBay in the hope I can readily use it: https://www.ebay.com/itm/142361240786 Unfortunately this is far from "reasily useable". First and ...
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Why does the 60 meter band have special operating characteristics?

Why does this band have special operating characteristics and what do they mean.
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can I still hear a frequency if I can only tune in 5 kHz off?

I'm trying to listen in to the telemetry frequency for Wallops Island which is 411.325 MHz. When I punch this into my radio (Baofeng UV-5R), the closest I can get is 411.320 MHz. Will I still be ...
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What is “up” and “down”, and is it consistent with “top band”?

If I understand things right if you go "down" to "lower bands" you eventually get to "top band", which is 160 meter band. Since this doesn't make any sense to me, is there something I'm missing? You ...
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GMRS not transmitting within a half mile

I recently got my GMRS license from the FCC, and I wanted to try out a couple radios for hiking and emergency communication. I have two tenway UV-5R pro radios (these do have an FCC ID) that are set ...
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How is the PRC-152 able to achieve such a wide frequency range?

I am referring to the Harris Falcon III designed for military. It has a frequency range from 30MHz - 870MHz. However, when I look at commercial radios, their frequency ranges are usually limited to ...
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What causes the light and dark bands (of background noise) in an HF waterfall display?

While monitoring the 40-meter band (among others) throughout a typical day/night as propagation changes I have noticed there are often bands of very low noise (black area) and others with much higher ...
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Full Duplex Radio Communication On a Single Frequency

I am an ELECTRONICS final year student and I am working on a project, "Full Duplex Radio On a Single Frequency". So is it possible to design such a project. If so then give me the idea about it, how ...
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what is the center frequency

in GRC for this source block ?
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Would a 2.4ghz yagi antenna work for Ham Radio?

I am building a miniature yagi antenna that is made for 2.4ghz. Would a 2.4ghz yagi antenna work for Ham Radio?
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What are these antennas used for?

I noticed this antenna park in Heidmoosstrasse, Switzerland. What is it used for?
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Locate a ball 1000 times a second

I want to locate a small ball in the air 1000 times a second. The ball is thrown from the ground and then flies in the air for 0.5 seconds until it lands. Distance from the location instrument is 1 ...
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communication with underground mines?

I have a meter that will analyze limited RF spectrum in my area. One frequency that keeps coming up is 2.498 kHz. An FCC site listed that as the frequency used to communicate with underground mines. ...
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Can my neighbors ham radio station be preventing my TV antenna from proper reception? [duplicate]

I have a winegard 8200 series antenna and it worked flawlessly in getting me reception of more than 70 stations. The wind blew it down and I couldn't replace it for about 6 months due to the fact that ...
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GnuRadio RF transmission, legal and safety issues

I'm trying to run some transmit/receive RF examples that I found online using GNU Radio with USRP B200. I read and heard about some cautions in terms of transmitted frequencies here in the USA which ...
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How does a receiver know the exact frequency in the channel to “listen to”?

I am reading about how radio communication works and I have an unanswered question. We have wideband channels with 25kHz of radio spectrum. The transmitter modulates a signal and sends it. The ...
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How do I report an emergency using ham radio?

If I'm in the wilderness with ham equipment but no phone signal, how would I report an emergency? Is there a particular frequency I would use, a particular protocol or suchlike?
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Applications for 100 GHz band?

I was reading this paper and I found it very interesting and the following question came up, What are the main applications (what is used for) 100 GHz band? I couldn't find any reference on what is ...
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Why do receiver sensitivities vary so much with frequency?

I was looking for a 2.4 GHz WiFi antenna to catch a weak free WiFi signal, and amplify it so I can use it. I found Ruckus Metroflex NG, which can receive signals down to -108 dBm. Which is amazingly ...
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What are Radio-location Services in the 1.9-2.0 MHz range?

I'm currently studying for the General Exam and in looking at charts of the new frequency privileges have run across a restriction I would like to have further defined. In the 160 meter band the books ...
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Can radio waves be made to travel as or along a particle beam? [closed]

Can a laser be used as an antenna? Can a beam of any type extend transmission distance of an electromagnetic field? https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/this-is-why-the-2018-nobel-prize-in-...
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What is the difference between channel & frequency & band in RF?

I am reading about wireless networks basics. I found three terms I cannot find exact definition for: channel, frequency band, frequency. Can anyone give exact definitions for them?
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What is the frequency range 2300-21950 kHz used for?

I was checking out the gizmo mentioned in this question, and I see that it can receive "shortwave" in the frequency range 2300-21950 kHz. Most times I see "shortwave" mentioned, it's by sales or ...
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What is inside a 50 ohm termination?

I see RF applications requiring 50 ohm termination to avoid any open port reflections. Curious what is actually inside a 50 ohm termination connector. Is it simply a 50 ohm resistor? But then it is ...
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Can my laptop pick up CB radio frequencies?

I was on my laptop watching a show and I paused to look something up and since there was no sound I could hear a voice talking. It sounded distorted like it was coming over a radio and I couldn't make ...
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Is 2.4Ghz good for an UAV?

I'm designing a drone(UAV) as a hobbyist, and radio communications is not my strong point. I will be transmitting waypoints from a portable control station and receiving video(a low frame rate is ok). ...
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What is a “calling frequency”?

Doing some study for the ham test, I read a question asking about a certain “national calling frequency”. What is a “calling frequency”? What is meant by “calling” in this instance?
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Why do the ham radio bands get broader with increasing frequency?

The ham radio frequency allocations tend to comprise a larger frequency range for increasing frequency (also see this plot). For example, the 40 meters band is from 7,0 to 7,2 MHz, thus 200 kHz, while ...
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Radio Range vs. Frequency [closed]

Let's say you have two mobile simplex transceivers running on (for example) SSB. Mobile means that the antenna height and TX power have limitations. Say if we limit the Antenna height to 2m and the TX ...
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Where can I find a listening guide for different frequencies and their usages to listen to on SDR?

I just got an RTL-SDR dongle by Nooelec and am using CubicSDR on Mac (which supports AM, FM, and SSB), and I'm in Canada. I'm able to easily find FM radio stations, but outside of that I'm not sure ...
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How can we determine what repeaters to use?

My wife and I are studying for our Technician class licenses. We are thinking about how we could communicate with each other while both of us are at work, she being in Oakland, CA and myself in ...
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How to tune an FM transmitter to a specific frequency?

I am planning to organise a simple fox hunt, a family event. This includes building a transmitter. I am currently considering the following schematics: https://maker.pro/education/diy-fm-transmitter ...
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What are these continuous sine wave tones I keep hearing?

I'm messing around on WebSDR and by just scanning through I sometimes come across these continuous tones in USB. One in particular was 28.800 MHz USB. I've picked them up on nearly every WebSDR unit ...
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Are there receivers and transmitters that can be tuned to multiple frequencies at once? [closed]

What kind of hardware/circuitry would be needed for a device to be able to transmit and receive over a range of frequencies at once?
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Can a Baofeng UV-5R+ be used on FRS, GMRS, and MURS?

Is this secure if I was talking to another Baofeng UV-5R+?
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Antenna Q vs pattern shape

Is there any reason to think that changing the Q of an antenna would affect the directional pattern, assuming that is the only variable that changes? Restricting to values of Q say less than 1000. ...
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What are the technical reasons that there are no frequency modulated transmissions on the long- and medium wave?

Why are there no frequency modulated broadcasts on the long/medium/short wave, but only on VHF? I'm sure there are many historical and political reasons (long/medium/short wave were already in use for ...
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What does a SSB frequency actually indicate?

An SSB signal is an AM signal with the carrier and other sideband filtered out, if I understand correctly. As such, when specifying an SSB frequency do you specify the carrier frequency, then state ...
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Can 2 uhf beam yagi antennas be used on a transmitter to get a diversity effect?

I'm having a problem getting a good signal up to a repeater site on UHF. I'm running 20W in a neighborhood with lots of trees, and the signal is fading in and out due to trees and the wind. I can't ...
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Doppler Shift Compensation in Inter Satellite Communication

I am currently doing a project in the area of optical inter-satellite communication (GEO-LEO). I am using a optical carrier of 281 THz, and the Doppler shift corresponding to it is ±7 GHz. I ...
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How can you calculate the frequencies for each band?

I've just started studying for my HAM license a couple of weeks ago, so please excuse me if this is a remedial question... I have the Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide (which I'm ...
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What are the 3 or 5 peaks in an FM broadcast during silence?

Looking at the waterfall spectrum of any ordinary FM public broadcast station (88-108 MHz), during the silence, there are 3 or 5 visible peaks. What are they? It's possible this has a trivial ...
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Which Frequency Band(VHF/UHF) is most useful for satellite in MEO?

I want to get to know about the satellite communication at 8000-10000 km, During that, I come across the VHF and UHF. In that I am facing problem for deciding the frequency band for communicating with ...
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Wouxun KG-UV6D PMR frequency “spillover”

So I recently bought a pair of Wouxun KG-UV6D. We don't have the license required to operate outside of PMR frequencies, but that's fine, as we will be using these for airsoft. The programming of 8 ...
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Private Channel?

Is there a method to limit the people with access to a simplex channel? I would like to utilize a channel that is set up for just myself and my wife. If I gave directions to meet somewhere I would ...
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What frequencies am I not allowed to use north of line A in the USA?

What frequencies can I not use if I live north of line A in the USA?
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overly large bandwith for a FSK signal?

I am trying to recover my 2FSK signal using an SDR. I have centered the SDR modem on the median frequency (the virtual carrier) and captured my signal via some 90 kHz bw modem. THis is the recording ...
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Does antenna frequency matter when trying to pick up radio waves?

I'm buying the following: https://www.amazon.com/RTL-SDR-Blog-RTL2832U-Software-Defined/dp/B0129EBDS2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1480215974&sr=8-3&keywords=RTL-SDR to analyze radio waves as ...
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How many frequency channels are there in a frequency band?

I've often heard people saying that 4G uses the 1800 MHz band but precisely what all frequencies does it work upon? Does it mean that is just uses one frequency i.e. 1800 MHz, well in that case wouldn'...