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Radio Link Design Fundamentals

By Dr. Harvey Lehpamer


These days many power utilities are replacing and/or augmenting outdated communications infrastructure used for SCADA, protection, security, Internet access, etc. with new owned-and-operated radio communication systems. Radio links vary from very simple to extremely complex, but every radio link design starts with the basic link budget calculation.

This paper describes and discusses steps required for the successful start of design and construction of the radio link. Basic radio design calculations and their impact on overall radio system performance are described.

This paper was presented at the 2018 Power & Energy Automation Conference.

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