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Comparison of Multi-Year Ka-Band Propagation Characteristics at Four Sites in North America Aand Europe

Amaya, C. A ; Nguyen, T.Ngu ; Rocha, A.

Comparison of Multi-Year Ka-Band Propagation Characteristics at Four Sites in North America Aand Europe, Proc Ka and Broadband Communications Conf., Otawa, Canada, Vol. 1, pp. ? - ?, September, 2012.

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Abstract
Tropospheric phenomena such as clouds and mainly rain cause higher attenuation at Ka-band than at lower frequencies. In this collaborative paper, the main results of four long-term Ka-band propagation campaigns are presented. The experiments are carried out in Ottawa, Canada (satellite Anik F2); Aveiro, Portugal; Madrid, Spain; and Toulouse, France (satellite HotBird 6 in the last three cases) and have been running since 2004 in Aveiro, 2006 in Ottawa and Madrid, and 2008 in Toulouse. After a brief introduction of the experiments, rain rate and excess attenuation results are discussed, first for a common two-year measurement period and later for the whole database available. Seasonal attenuation statistics for Madrid, Ottawa and Aveiro are compared. Finally, fade duration and fade slope statistics derived at three locations are presented and discussed