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Why is bandwidth, range of frequencies, important when sending wave signals, such as in radio?

So in wired/wireless networking and radio, signals are sent in form of wave. Then the concept of bandwidth comes in, which is the difference between highest frequency and lowest frequency in a signal. ...
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Why do I hear voices when I touch my turntable needle?

So I was trying to figure out the reason why my old (and probably sufficiently damaged) needle on my phonograph (turntable) was not working like it was a little while ago. With my headphones on, I ...
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Is neutrino-based communication possible?

Referring to this article, where we see there are three flavors of neutrinos, got me thinking of simple binary-based communication, but more like the UDP protocol where we can live with dropped ...
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Do Sidebands mean the frequency of an AM radio wave is not constant?

I'm studying for A-level now..... I have read some other posts explaining how the sidebands generated after the carrier wave is modulated. So, if there is sideband frequency, the frequency isn't ...
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Does RF have any non-orthagonal properties?

Quantum Key Exchange takes advantage of the fact that observing a photons polarization will alter it's polarization. This, along with some tricky back and forth, allows two people to exchange data ...
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Wave frequencies and barrier width?

I know a fact that says a wave can go through barriers thinner than its length. This is why for example FM radio can be picked anywhere while antenna TV needs direct sight to the transmitter. Is this ...
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What are the fundamental limits of very tiny radios?

For a hard SF story, I'm wondering about the physical limits of communications devices in a micro robot, say, the size of a mosquito. Figure one microgram mass. Real rechnology has already come a ...
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If the ionosphere reflects radio waves then why use satellites?

Please explain the main physical advantages of using satellites for communication as I'm sure there are many.
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Can an open cup attenuate radio waves as well as a Faraday cage?

The problem is that thieves in my neighborhood are using a power amplifier to increase the "bubble distance" of my car so that it thinks that my key fob, which is sitting in my house, is next to the ...
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Why can't LIDAR be implemented with traditional antennae?

In robotics, LIDAR and RADAR are both used for obstacle detection. The data they produce are very similar, but they do have different qualities (LIDAR is more precise but less robust). There are many ...
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Where does background noise go on a radio station?

If you tune a radio to a frequency where there is no station broadcasting, you hear noise. It's pretty loud, just as loud as the music that comes in when you find a station. And yet, when you do ...
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Penetration versus Frequency

I would like to know the relation between penetrating ability and the frequency of a wave. For example, gamma waves have high frequency and high penetrating power: intuitively I imagined this as ...
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How is extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation collected by a submarine antenna?

The U.S. Navy Project ELF managed to generate extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation at down to $\approx 76$ Hz (implying a wavelength of $\approx 3,945$ km!). I was curious, what kind of receiving ...
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Dipoles lengths underwater vs on land

A submarine (for example) uses a VLF communications system to remain in contact with its headquarters while submerged. The submarine drags a resonant dipole wire antenna behind it in the water. The ...
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Does a source emitting visible light also emit infrared, microwave and radio waves?

I have a bulb which is hot enough to emit visible light and obviously it's hot enough to emit radiation which lies before the visible light temperature i.e. radio waves, microwaves, and infrared ...
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What have we built? A resonant loop antenna? Rhombic?

Some background, my partner and I have built an antenna we are supposed to characterize for an assignment, and compare it to physical predictions. However, we don't know what type of antenna we have ...
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Does the information transfer in the internet also work with waves like radio and TV do?

I am accessing the Internet, downloading PDFs, and much more, but how? The servers are far away, but how do I download data if it is far from my computer? I can watch football matches live on ...
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If there were intelligent life in another galaxy, would we notice? [closed]

I've read that once intelligent life successfully achieves interstellar travel, it could populate the galaxy in tens of millions of years, likely populating the most habitable planets and preventing ...
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Radio antenna producing waves in the visible spectrum

If a radio could produce waves in the visible light spectrum, what would the result be? This is a thought experiment that I've pondered for a few years now. I realize there are a few/many real-world ...
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Does a simple copper wire with an AC current create EM waves?

I want to know if a household AC current flowing through a simple copper wire will radiate EM waves? If yes, up to what range and can they be called radio waves?
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How to use radio waves to calculate distance over short distances?

I read an article about a company that created the equivalent of a GPS location system for internal spaces where the satellite based GPS is blocked. They made reference to the Fresnel number as to ...
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Quantum Mechanics- Antenna emitting electromagnetic radiation

Radio signals are being transmitted in a frequency of $ 8.4 \times 10^9 \text{s}^{-1} $ and being received by an antenna that is capable of receiving power of $ 4 \times 10^{-21} \text{Watt} $ ($ 1 \, ...
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Extremely long wavelength electromagnetic radiation

High frequencies are used to eject electrons, because only electrons can really be affected at such a small wavelength scale. But could an electromagnetic wave have such a ridiculously low frequency ...
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What does an analog voice transmission look like in the visible spectrum?

Analog radio signals are transmitted using light in the radio area of the spectrum. If it was transmitted using the visible spectrum instead (using a visible light emitting device instead of a radio ...
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Import of Celestial Effects on Satellite Radio Interference

Some internet (among other) infrastructure comprises satellites, which beam communications in radio frequencies. These satellites, to ground observers, appear as very small solid angles in the sky. ...
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paramagnets with high magnetic susceptibility

i'm thinking of using paramagnets as cores for receiving antennas, same as ferrite rods are used as the core for AM radio antennas. why paramagnets? a material that can demagnetize itself after being ...
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Why are there dead zones near an antenna using the sky-wave propagation system?

I have heard in my class that there are dead zones near the antennas which use the sky-wave propagation system. I have also been told that cell phones are unable to receive signal near the antennas. ...
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Electromagnetic radiation bending on Earth

Most articles say that a radiowave is able to propagate itself beyond the horizon because it is reflected off by the ionosphere (and the Earth itself). But do radio waves also get bent according to ...
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Plane waves - EM wave

An accelerating electric charge will emit transverse electromagnetic waves. These waves are propagating away in wave fronts that become flatter and flatter as getting further from the source. So they ...
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How does my hand amplify an FM radio signal?

I have a gizmo that broadcasts an FM radio signal from my phone's headphone socket to my car's radio antenna. Sometimes, there's another station on the same frequency with a stronger signal and my ...
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Why does my body create interference with my clock radio while in bed?

I typically listen to NPR in the morning from a clock radio next to my bed. There are days when just moving my body, even my arm or leg, is enough to cause interference with the radio to dramatically ...
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If an antenna must be $\frac{1}{4}$ of the wavelength, how can car antennas be so small?

If the transmission antenna has to be $\frac{1}{4}$ of the wavelength, how can the car antennas' size be much less than that and properly receive the radio signal?
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Finding the direction of several radio beacons using a faraday cage and a radio receiver

I'm trying to build a system that can detect the direction of a set of radio beacons operating on the same frequency. In order to do this I have planned to use a normal radio antenna placed inside a ...
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Is data which rides on the carrier frequency dangerous?

My understanding of broadcasting data via electromagnetic radition is, that the data "rides" on a carrier frequency on which it is radiated. I am aware of the fact, that those carrier frequencies are ...
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Radio antennas that are much shorter than the wavelength

From my limited experience with ham radio when I was a kid, I expect transmitting and receiving antennas to have lengths that are on the same order of magnitude as the wavelength, and in fact I recall ...
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How does a digital radio tuner work?

I believe I understand how tuning a radio with an analog tuner works: turning the dial physically changes the length of the antenna, which determines which broadcast wavelength will resonate in the ...
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Radio telescope alternative. Does a high resolution radio camera exists?

I'm looking for an alternative to a radio telescope. Does a high resolution radio camera exists?
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How does a fixed amount of transmitted radio energy supply an unknown number of destinations?

I did some maths and physics up to the age of 18, and hold an amateur radio licence. This thing has puzzled me for a while - does reception of an electromagnetic wave imply an interaction with the ...
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How are electromagnetic waves differentiated?

I would like to know how the signals for remote controlled cars, radios, etc.. That use radio waves are told apart from each other. I know that the radio waves are modulated to encode data and the ...
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AM Receiver and sideband frequencies

How sorry for "dummy" question. I have difficulty to understand how the AM receiver. Being a child I was taught that AM receiver resonates only with the radio frequencies it is tuned to, and "passes" ...
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AM vs FM radio under bridges

I know what the difference between AM (Amplitude Modulation) and FM (Frequency Modulation) radios is. However, I noticed that when I drive under a bridge while listening to a station on AM, it just ...
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Is visible light and radio waves made of the same thing?

I understand that there is such a thing as the electro magnetic spectrum, and that light and RF are both on it, so dose that mean that they are made of the same thing? Just at different frequencies.
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How does my car acquire satellite signal? [closed]

I just got XM radio again after a brief period without it. A customer service rep said that the satellite needs to beam my signal to me in a six minute time window. How exactly does this happen? How ...
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Is it possible to produce gamma radiaton using radio emitter?

As in the title, I'm wondering is it possible. I think it is possible, because we have powerful enough radiotechniques and gamma radiation are just EM waves, not particles. However I think is ...
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Which power should a radio transmitter have to overcome attenuation of 100 km thick ice crust?

Imagine I put a floating probe inside the subglacial ocean of Encelado or Europa: how much power should my radio have to be able to communicate from external surface with the probe? Or, in different ...
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Can I detect/measure strength of a FM radio wave using a Electro magnetic field meter?

I understand that an alternating current produces an Electro magnetic field . The strength of this magnetic field can be measured by measuring devices. What I wanted to understand is Are the FM ...
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Max. speed that a space probe can communite with the Earth?

Question: Which is the average or maximum speed of a telematically sent message that a space probe can send? Is as simple as radio waves travel at the speed of light in a vacuum? Context: I have been ...
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Is it possible to clearly receive weak signal from space?

Imagine there is communication satellite on geostationary orbite. It transmits signal in a defocused beam, "illuminating" whole Earth hemisphere it's floating over. For example, signal is ...
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Multiple channels of information in single electromagnetic wave?

I'm trying to understand how can multiple radio stations transmit information just by transmitting using different frequency. The way I understand it all those different frequency waves add up to a ...
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Why is it that when driving in a car, and a lightning bolt strikes, my AM radio gets cut off for a while, but FM stays on?

I noticed this one day, a lightning/thunder occurred and my Fabulosa Spanish music died for a second. But not FM?