radio spectrum


Definition of radio spectrum

: the region of the electromagnetic spectrum spanning the radio frequency range

Examples of radio spectrum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, the regulator received more than 3,500 reports of outages, an all time high, according to Gerhard Berz, the senior expert for navigation systems and radio spectrum coordination at the agency. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "Planes continue to fly into a GPS dark hole over the Mediterranean, puzzling experts," 1 Nov. 2020 The faster wireless standard uses different chunks of the radio spectrum—but the technology remains nascent. Will Knight, Wired, "How Apple Built 5G Into Its New iPhones," 14 Oct. 2020 Earth was never a particularly great place to do any kind of radio astronomy due to our thick atmosphere blocking a large portion of the radio spectrum. Daniel Oberhaus Supercluster, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Astronomers Want to Build a SETI Observatory on the Moon," 2 Oct. 2020 Buying up about 20% and 25% of the time on those telescopes, Breakthrough Listen promised to cover 10 times more sky than previous surveys and five times more of the radio spectrum, and gather data 100 times faster. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "How big money is powering a massive hunt for alien intelligence," 10 Sep. 2020 Each band requires access to radio spectrum from the Federal Communications Commission and cellular towers in the right places. Washington Post, "The 5G lie: The network of the future is still slow," 8 Sep. 2020 The International Telecommunication Union, which coordinates global use of the radio spectrum, had been established decades earlier, in 1865. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Night Sky Will Never Be the Same," 6 Feb. 2020 This interference would threaten to disable the benefits of deploying V2X’s lifesaving technology, and could impel some vehicle manufacturers that had previously committed to deploying V2X technology on the radio spectrum to pull back. Michael Moskowitz, Fortune, "Connected vehicles will make our roads safer—but only with regulators’ help," 7 Mar. 2020 There are also ideas for ways to cut costs, such as making more efficient use of radio spectrum, using software to do things that typically require hardware, and sharing infrastructure among mobile networks. The Economist, "Looking for a 5G signal? Try this remote Scottish island," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of radio spectrum

1927, in the meaning defined above

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8 Nov 2020

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“Radio spectrum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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