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Introduction to Wireless Systems by Frederick C. Berry, David R. Voltmer, Bruce A. Ferguson, Philip S. DiPiazza, Bruce A. Black

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Chapter 2. The Radio Link

Introduction

What is involved in the engineering of a wireless system? When your mobile phone rings, a set of actions has already been put in motion to allow you to stay effortlessly connected to a vast communication network not dreamed of by your parents. Several disciplines, theoretical studies, technologies, and engineering developments have converged to create this wonder, and it starts with the invisible radio frequency (RF) link connecting your mobile phone to one of the ubiquitous base station towers around your town. To begin our study of wireless systems engineering, we first investigate RF links. The engineering of these connections will introduce the process of systems engineering that will take us through most ...

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