Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
the research laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Frank Sanders; Roger A. Dalke

Abstract: Measured power levels for radio frequency (RF) pulses that are frequency modulated (chirped) vary as a function of the bandwidth in which the measurement is performed; if chirped pulses cause RF interference, the power levels of the pulses in victim receivers will likewise vary as a function of receiver bandwidth. This report provides both heuristic and rigorous derivations of the relationships among chirped pulse parameters and the measured peak and average power levels of chirped pulses as a function of measurement bandwidth. These relationships may be best understood via a single graph (Figure 3) presented in this report. This report supplements NTIA Technical Reports TR-05-420, TR-10-465 and TR-10-466, in which the formula for minimum bandwidth needed for measurement of full peak power in chirped pulses is presented but not derived.

Keywords: electromagnetic compatibility (EMC); radio frequency interference (RFI); chirped pulses; frequency-modulated (FM) pulses; pulse power measurements; radar power measurement; radar spectrum measurement; radio frequency (RF) measurement

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Lilli Segre, Publications Officer
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
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Frank H. Sanders
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
(303) 497-7600

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