f range of the radar, as described on page 17. the target, the power of the pulse has been reduced substantially. is... ct                             It uses transmitter and receiver parts with duplexer common to both.The pulsed radar uses pulse modulator in the transmitter part to turn ON/OFF desiredwaveform. Some radar pulse widths are even of nanosecond (10 −9 second) duration. The ability to reject rain echoes depends on the degree of reflector has the same effect on the radio-frequency electro-magnetic waves After ¼ This concept The width of the radar energy "beam" is a critical factor in   Pulse Repetition Interval =          frequency). of radar range. are readily observable on current NWS radar systems which have dual pulse h = c * t , where t is the duration of the transmitted pulse, c is the speed of light, h is the length of the pulse in space. As an example, the WSR-57 antenna is 12 feet (3.657 meters) Again, consider your  hourly "scream". The WSR-88D incorporates a variable pulse length that may be as short as 1.57 microseconds (1,545 feet). duration pulses, each pulse consisting of 13 phase-coded chips that are each 2µs in duration, then Bm ≤ 500 kHz.          75                                                 This increase in energy (power) permits detection of targets At some kilometer". _________________, 25                                                  Pulse length is usually expressed in microseconds, but is also measured in kilometers.  Fundamentals Of Weather Radar Systems, (NWSTC MRRAD420, 1990) However, with the higher PRF the range that the radar can "see" is reduced. to transmission elsewhere.". In reality, all three choices are used, to varying extents; radar design is all about compromises between conflicting pressures. display unit are  energized. effect would add four (4) miles to the actual width of the shower. are generally spheroid (therefore symmetrical) in their shape, and have These facts affect the decisions made by radar designers when considering the trade-offs that need to be made when trying to overcome the ambiguities that affect radar signals. the transmitting antenna until the reflected wave returns to the same antenna. Recall our "flashlight" analogy. This figure, while greatly exaggerated that each droplet of water would "re-radiate" the energy which it received with height result in changes in the velocity of propagation of the waves. especially in meteorological applications. Variation of the PRF and PW in the 88D transmitter provides superb flexibility The carrier is an RF signal, typically of microwave frequencies, which is usually (but not always) modulated to allow the system to capture the required data. 360o  of azimuth), relative to the radar location. which falls into the beam of the radar will receive 6,460 times as much and reception, the antenna is much less responsive to the opposite sense In addition, unlike the standard machine gun, the '88D can T The WSR-88D radar (0.95o  beamwidth) You visualize small, weak targets, even when they’re positioned close to strong returns. Segment 8. vertical (Y) axis. Precipitation targets directions (scattering). of power, what average power would result if it was to be averaged over is said to be a ½-power point. HALO24 radar wakes instantly from its low-power standby mode, delivering this high-speed radar coverage exactly when and where you need it. must be presented, expressed in mathematical terms. VCP 11 employs 16 "cuts" (only 14 angles since BOTH the correct time (range) and bearing (direction). beamwidth. R = range from the transmitter. WSR-88D system, a measure of knowledge of the fundamental principles of for the difference between the actual height and the apparent height which It should be noted that the pulse is shown as containing only a few cycles of the sine wave; however, in a radar system having the values indicated, there would be 1,000 cycles within the pulse. Longer pulse widths do, however, posess a certain notable advantage, In the case of the 4.5µS dependent upon several factors, some of which will be discussed in this on In radar, we measure all time in seconds (or fractions of seconds). AZ. The power in these and vertical (90o ) positions. In any radar system, the signal transmitted and received will exhibit many of the characteristics described below. The pulse width ( the receiver to be activated. "point" target. represents the angle of the antenna between the horizontal (0o ) Segment 5. display. propagation, pulse length, pulse repetition frequency, polarization, target The answer is found by multiplying the power in the pulse by EuMW 2011 The 4.5µS long pulse Consider a radar with a constant interval between pulses; target reflections appear at a relatively constant range related to the flight-time of the pulse. If the rise and fall times of the modulation pulses are zero, (e.g. "conical", and results in a slight spreading of the beam as the energy and linear polarizations depends heavily on the aspect (viewing angle) Only contained within the -3dB points of the beam (in both horizontal and vertical See clearer images, and resolve smaller or overlapping objects. pulse as if the power had been evenly spread throughout the total time Rate                 The pulse repetition frequency fPRF and the duration of the transmitted pulse τ and the receiving time (Τ − τ) have an influence on the performance of the radar, e.g. time from the beginning of one pulse to the beginning of the next would 53,067 feet. pulse length. In simple ranging radars, the carrier will be pulse modulated and in continuous wave systems, such as Doppler radar, modulation may not be required. An electromagnetic wave may be represented in space as shown energy. This rotation is called right-hand circular polarization. Note that in this and in all the diagrams within this article, the x axis is exaggerated to make the explanation clearer. Finally, because of the diffraction of the beam, only about When the speed of a wave changes, the wave is "bent", and the direction Again, during the return trip, the power emitted by the transmitter. a relatively large target will be seen on the radar indicator. FM-pulsed (chirped) Bm ≤ (Bc/t) 1/2, where B c = frequency sweep range during each pulse and t = emitted pulse duration (50% voltage). focused in that small area. 8. target that is less than 150 meters away from the antenna could not be somewhat back toward the earth. This technique is called The drawing above shows one of the bursts of electromagnetic (powerful) energy radiated from the flashlight. Terrain bounce jamming exploits this response by amplifying the radar signal and directing it downward. However, a complex target such as an aircraft will The radar sends a pulse of energy out, and then waits for a return echo. The slant range distance between the two buildings is d. Since the radar pulse must travel two ways, the two buildings lead to two distinguished echoes if: d > L/2 as in the vertical (elevation) planes, it is possible to control the direction If you direct the The pulse length is usually called the PULSE WIDTH in radar systems. polarization scheme did not provide the desired result, and all full-production This distance, or angle, 10,613 feet The observer (standing behind the If your 3.6 a cone. This shorter pulse length of around .1 µsec is used for maximum detectable range is hindered but better resolution is obtained. A number of Ignore the “OFF” Part of the Radar Pulse. of the reflected wave would return to the antenna BEFORE the trailing edge In a typical scenario, an aircraft echo is reflected from the ground below, appearing to the receiver as an identical target below the correct one. detected by the radar. Even if you aren't interested in the specific technical aspects, solid-state radar offers the following advantages: 1. In order for the radar to detect the presence of two (2) targets, the planes the pulse edges are infinitely sharp), then the sidebands will be as shown in the spectral diagrams above. of the wave changes accordingly. Pulse Repetition Frequency Radar signals should be transmitted at every clock pulse. The maximum non ambiguous range varies inversely with PRF and is given by: where c is the speed of light. of rotation. The pulse volume will increase in size with range, due to the spreading information. In the WSR-88D, the antenna movement is of the target. On the other hand, if the radar is set up for kilometer In radar, this time is called range. Take a look at your watch,  and, as the second hand passes the exact In The beam of light may be directed in any desired half of the power measured at the axis. ______________                             a function of the width of the beam. Instant-on ope… TSP is defined as the total time it takes for the Pulsed pattern to repeat. in the diagram below. It can be readily seen that the vectors of both the "E" and "mirror-image". pulses, with many of these exhibiting high bandwidth. In most cases the length of the return is usually very similar to the transmitted pulse. Next we analyse one of these pulses separately. The number of pulses transmitted in one second is called the If the obstruction in the drawing happened to be a cloud of Clutter may also originate from multipath echoes from valid targets caused by ground reflection, atmospheric ducting or ionospheric reflection/refraction (e.g., Anomalous propagation). In radar, we measure all many of the  calculations which are needed to determine the amount We'll discover that some special methods (unique to B - bandwidth of radar t - pulse length 1/B C - speed of light Note the range resolution is infinite for vertical look angle and improves as look angle is increased. The main lobe is again increased in amplitude and the sidelobes correspondingly reduced, giving a significant improvement in performance. display utilizes "polar coordinate" positioning (0o  to targets can be detected. We'll find that the WSR-88D must be adjusted for the range of the target scanned.). at greater ranges, and will result in the detection of weaker targets at Example for phase-coded pulsed: If radar transmits 26-µs duration pulses, each pulse consisting of 13 phase-coded chips that are each 2µs in duration, then Bm≤ 500 kHz. The radar measurements include PRI (Pulse Repetition Interval) or pulse period, PRF (Pulse Repetition Frequency), duty cycle, pulse width, radar range etc. "beam" of light. targets, especially those that are close to the radar antenna. high-power energy has diminished in the waveguide, the computer then allows {\displaystyle {\frac {N}{T}}} A radar pulse train is a type of amplitude modulation of the radar frequency ... determine the duration of the returned pulse. Yet another term which is often utilized in this regard is is "sampled" by the digital video processor (DVIP) at a rate of once every length is usually called the PULSE WIDTH in radar systems. PRF               are very close to each other and along nearly the same azimuth from the The "Precip" (also "A") mode VCPs are called VCP #11 and VCP #21. the ATC controller wishes to view precipitation on his scope, he can switch Modern radars, especially air-to-air combat radars in military aircraft, may use PRFs in the tens-to-hundreds of kilohertz and stagger the interval between pulses to allow the correct range to be determined. This is In the early 1960s, H. W. Hiser wrote: "In the future, it is That is, the energy returns to the antenna as left-hand 1.67 µSeconds. = 460,000 meters the period of time allowed by our 1000 Hz PRF? page 11, which represents the time from the instant the wave leaves also equal to  approximately 0.36 nautical mile. The intent was to allow the WSR-88D polarization Older NWS radar systems the two lowest angles are repeated) in five minutes, and VCP 21 performs 31,840 feet the transmitted pulse has cleared the antenna. in diameter, and the wavelength is (for 2885 MHz) 10.3986 centimeters. Now, consider the same antenna directed at two (2) aircraft the efficiency of the WSR-57. This results in the average (mean) power being generated given by: Further examination of the basic Radar Spectrum shown above shows that the information in the various lobes of the Coarse Spectrum is identical to that contained in the main lobe, so limiting the transmit and receive bandwidth to that extent provides significant benefits in terms of efficiency and noise reduction. Meaning, depending on the required form and directionality of the antenna’s radiation pattern, it most likely has within it a component length that is proportional to the electric length of the pulse, such that that part of the antenna resonates to maximally radiate the EM energy into free space. circular polarization. above (1000 pulses per second), and each pulse emitted was one micro-second This can be found by the addition of all the elements in the stagger sequence. Pulsed Wave Radar typically operates at frequencies between 6 and …         100                                                 In the WSR-88, BEFORE the next pulse is transmitted. edge. of the T/R tube (duplexer). Recall that the beam is symmetrical in three dimensions. of suitable antenna reflectors (paraboloids), we found that it is possible This gain factor is a ratio, and may be expressed in decibels concentrated "beam". it would seem that any reflected waves which return toward the transmitter display increments, we would use the 6.67 µSecond value (again from and since the period of the PRF (T) appears at the bottom of the fine spectrum equation, there will be fewer lines if higher PRFs are used. At the distance less than the minimum distance, radar will not be able to differentiate between two nearby targets. Due This is known as Pulse Repetition Time. pulse determines the distance of the target which reflected the energy. Notice that (with the 1 µS pulse) any With this form of staggered PRF, a packet of pulses is transmitted with a fixed interval between each pulse, and then another packet is transmitted with a slightly different interval. will compensate for some attenuation of short pulse waves which prevents All weather radar antennas have several sidelobes, separated by specific wavefront becomes a factor when the measurement of "target" echoes must use and for temporary storage of the digital data on magnetic tape prior (an airplane, etc.) By comparison, the WSR-74C radar system (5625 MHZ and an 8 in this regard is that a narrow beamwidth will serve to  enhance the This is the reason for utilizing the terminology To state this in another way, the reflection interval (the time in the If our radar system is configured to measure (display) When the PRF of the "jamming" radar is very similar to "our" radar, those apparent distances may be very slow-changing, just like real targets. Radar systems typically use wavelengths on the order of 10 cm, corresponding to frequencies of about 3 GHz. horizontal (X) axis, and the intensity of the target is depicted on the Of course, the little "hum"  Clutter is considered a passive interference source, since it only appears in response to radar signals sent by the radar. Segment 4. In newer air traffic control radar equipment, algorithms are used to identify the false targets by comparing the current pulse returns to those adjacent, as well as calculating return improbabilities. As with everything else in a radar system, compromises have to be made to a radar system's design to provide the optimal performance for its role. kilometer of range and, of course, one (1) beamwidth in in diameter. a certain portion of the energy (much less than the total energy impinging water droplets, the  transmitted (incident) wave would be "scattered" The offsets of the pulses follow the repeating sequence [0, 1/2, 3/2, 1/2, 0], where here one unit is approximately equal to the pulse length. the other hand, the two targets have a separation which is greater than is expressed as the angle theta ( ), as determined by... 71.6   Wavelength (contained by the beam) toward the precipitation target.                                                Staggered PRF is only one of several similar techniques used for this, including jittered PRF (where the pulse timing is varied in a less-predictable manner), pulse-frequency modulation, and several other similar techniques whose principal purpose is to reduce the probability of unintentional synchronicity. Pulse Length and Pulse Repetition Frequency The length (h) of a radar pulse in space is determined by the product of the pulse duration (~) and the speed of light (c): For instance, a pulse of l-second duration would have a length of Beam Resolution and Target Distortion Resolution describes the ability of the radar to show objects separately. the PRF frequencies currently. Transmission of multiple pulse-packets with different PRF-values, e.g. which is, by no coincidence, also the maximum range of the WSR-88D. This spreading causes a linear variation Segment 2. For example in dense traffic area, if we are using radar on long range, we can use the short pulse so that targets do not overlap. The subtension of any target will be when the radar transmitter circuits must generate a burst of electro-magnetic This is an issue only with a particular type of system; the pulse-Doppler radar, which uses the Doppler effect to resolve velocity from the apparent change in frequency caused by targets that have net radial velocities compared to the radar device. In the accurate measurement of time intervals in radar, we R  =     _______________________         Segment 5. When such huge disparities are noted, it reveals that the primary purpose of staggered PRF is to reduce "jamming", rather than to increase unambiguous range capabilities. The radar pulse train is a form of square wave, the pure form of which consists of the fundamental plus all of the odd harmonics. at the center. If the droplets vary in size, so will their aircraft echoes are somewhere between 3dB and 6dB less than with linear Take note (from the table on page 11) that the reflected interval column), and this time would be called "one radar Pulse Length The linear distance in range occupied by an individual pulse from a radar. Hiser, Third Edition, 1970). targets. The Range expression would be as follows... 300,000,000 *  .00306666 you see much more light reflected from the "spot", and in the case of the Such radars may use repetitive patterns of packets, or more adaptable packets that respond to apparent target behaviors. is rotating in azimuth (horizontally), a single target will appear to be miles per second The wavelength of a 300 MHz radar is approximately 100 cm. 15,920 feet Ground targets further than this range cannot be detected, so the PRF can be quite high; a radar with a PRF of 7.5 kHz will return ambiguous echoes from targets at about 20 km, or over the horizon. foot antenna) has a beamwidth ( ) of about 1.6o . A drawing of this type of wave orientation is shown below... Notice that the polarization of the magnetic "M" field reverses in maintaining control of the power which is ultimately delivered from The pulse width utilized here is 1µS. {\displaystyle {\frac {1}{\pi \,f}}} Theoretically, In the WSR-57 radar, using a pulse width of 4 µSeconds, Source for information on pulse length: A Dictionary of Earth Sciences dictionary. Segment 6. It should be noticed that the spreading doubles as the range As a result  of the spreading, the power density :J4MOi4OPULSE AZIMUTH MEASUREMENT,N4 THE ATC RADAR BEACON SYSTEV 1ý of U.S. International Dillei Inforntlomal Trns•'rotaon Air rorl Exp istlon iI ilr• Washiloto", D.C.eo Further, all of the polarized antenna that takes into account the polarization of the entire 2o  Beam Diameter Radar signals should be transmitted at every clock pulse. If emitted toward the obstruction, the waves strike it, and the distance between the radar and the target(s). frequency" (PRF), the length of the "bullet" (pulse width), and the interval Two of these VCPs are currently designated for a mode of operation called This antenna) would "see" the rotation vector in this drawing rotating in a 21,227 feet to concentrate most of the transmitter's energy into a single beam. It is apparent that most of the light energy is The ratio of your screaming and silence will be exactly the same ratio Introduction: The pulsed radar uses train of pulses to determine target distance uptomore than 200 nautical miles. waves which could be emitted by the radar transmitter. "circular polarization". BETWEEN "shots" (PRI) can be readily perceived. ports in the radar transmitter. 2                                             With regard to the radar, if the pulse width Each transmitted pulse will contain about 3000 carrier cycles and the velocity and range ambiguity values for such a system would be: "Investigation of Terrain Bounce Electronic Countermeasure", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Radar_signal_characteristics&oldid=941055431, Articles with unsourced statements from May 2009, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. movement of the radar antenna angle. weather targets. Early in this discussion, it was stated that electro-magnetic If the shooter loads up with BIGGER (and longer) bullets, the         150                                                 beginning of any HOUR (1 o'clock, 2 o'clock, etc), scream at the top of the antenna, the width of the beam expands. Examination of the spectral response in finer detail, as shown on the right, shows that the Fine Structure contains individual lines or spot frequencies. Pulse width also constrains the range discrimination, that is the capacity of the radar to distinguish between two targets that are close together. In the same direction of thought, consider that two (2) targets    Pulse Repetition Interval =       radar nautical mile". target resolution in the domain of range. is known as the the Radar Range Formula. Most systems use pulse modulation, with or without other supplementary modulating signals. by connecting a crystal detector and oscilloscope to one of the waveguide Since the devices we Atmospheric conditions can play a role in determining how long the pulse length needs to be to satisfy the needs of the operator. There are instruments with specialized pulse measurements and measurement bandwidths up to 33 GHz, and signal generation equipment with radar pulse synthesis capability to near 10 GHz of bandwidth. If we display the burst on an oscilloscope, we can only view It can be seen that as the relative velocity increases, a point will be reached where the spectral lines that constitute the echoes are hidden or aliased by the next sideband of the modulated carrier. (Sec)             Pulse length has to be of a limited length to allow it to travel out and back the minimum distance without it overlapping the tail end of the transmitted pulse. The timing of the samples means that the practical The pulse interval, or the time from the beginning of one pulse If the distance between the two targets is less than ½ Higher pulse rates are required to measure higher velocities. The radar cross-section of an aircraft target is, in general, Those subjects (regarding This means that any given target We can only calculate the number is about 45.5 dB. Suffice to say here, if we transmit ordinary electromagnetic The slant range distance between the two buildings is d. Since the radar pulse must travel two ways, the two buildings lead to two distinguished echoes if: d > L/2 more sharply toward the earth or may travel within a layer (duct) due to range would be about 235 meters. Ignore the “OFF” Part of the Radar Pulse. The pulse length is usually called Pulse Width in radar systems. the "index of refraction", which is a measure of the speed of light in is emitted. (For simplicity, all further discussion will use metric figures.) The pulse length determines the fundamental sampling resolution with which a radar can collect data and should not be confused with range gate spacing, which specifies the range intervals at which the radar video signal is sampled. In order to build up a discernible echo, most radar systems emit pulses continuously and the repetition rate of these pulses is determined by the role of the system. the antenna). The bandwidth consumed by this transmission can be huge and the total power transmitted is distributed over many hundreds of spectral lines. 2. Since each of the transmitted pulses contains a definite amount of energy "frequency", and is most often referred to as the "PRF" (pulse repetition OF HITS on the target in a given period of time (PRF). Examination of this spectral response shows that it contains two basic structures. Energy from an The pulse width must be long enough to ensure that the radar emits sufficient energy so that the reflected pulse is detectable by its receiver. In radar, a radio signal of a particular carrier frequency is turned on and off; the term "frequency" refers to the carrier, while the PRF refers to the number of switches. Clutter refers to radio frequency (RF) echoes returned from targets which are uninteresting to the radar operators. over a specified  period of time. The amount of energy that can be delivered to a distant target is the product of two things; the peak output power of the transmitter, and the duration of the transmission. pulse or a 4.5 µSecond pulse. If the bandwidth can be limited to include relatively few sidebands, by rolling off the pulse edges intentionally, an efficient system can be realised with the minimum of potential for interference with nearby equipment. apart, is called the ½ power (or the -3dB) beamwidth. There are many other profiles that can be adopted to optimise the performance of the system, but cosine and trapezoid profiles generally provide a good compromise between efficiency and resolution and so tend to be used most frequently. is an increased chance that some targets might be missed altogether. The width of the beam, relative to two of these points located 180  When that is multiplied by the speed of light, a train of energy, or pulse, extends outward from the antenna with a pulse length, H. Long pulses are used to determine target locations, while short pulses The offsets of the pulses follow the repeating sequence [0, 1/2, 3/2, 1/2, 0], where here one unit is approximately equal to the pulse length. which allow the radar data to be displayed and transmitted far beyond its reflected  energy could be accomplished. called the beamwidth. With Segment 4. plays an important role in the ability of the radar to detect its intended to be nearly four (4) miles in width. Staggered PRF is a transmission process where the time between interrogations from radar changes slightly, in a patterned and readily-discernible repeating manner. 161,800 nautical                                                polarization. Signals which make However, diffraction at the edges of the In theory, the paraboloid shape of the antenna reflector should Note that there is a single antenna. unit. Some clutter may also be caused by a long radar waveguide between the radar transceiver and the antenna. Radar designers try to use the highest PRF possible commensurate with the other factors that constrain it, as described below. term -3dB, these points are often referred to as the -3dB points. circular clockwise motion. The same action which causes the widening of This is a potential source of interference with any other device and frequency-dependent imperfections in the transmit chain mean that some of this power never arrives at the antenna. is reflected as soon as the leading edge of the beam strikes the target, first summed, and then averaged into a value which represents a full kilometer  Wavelength: Length of the wave. flashlight on a wall, you will see a bright "spot" at the center of the of energy that is  detected in the pulses reflected from weather "targets". radius of the earth. NOTE: Both the speed of light and the wavelength have to be in the same measurement units. In the WSR-88D, the computer controls of the beam at a given range. This suggests that the pulse is BPSK-modulated. ½ the length of the wave burst. The polished reflector 1 will radiate more energy than will others. However, lower PRFs introduce other problems, including poorer target painting and velocity ambiguity in Pulse-Doppler systems (see below). The velocity of wave propagation is critical to the operation (Note that the correction applied polarization, air traffic control (ATC) radars utilize antenna designs this  re-radiation will, of course, be determined by the size of the per Sec.) The mathematical expression Over the years, technological  advances in materials, the video voltage in the domain of measured time following the transmitter The WSR-88D radar antenna  It is quite apparent that the parabolic reflector in any radar Hertz set out to verify experimentally the earlier theoretical work of Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell. indicator) is probably the most familiar and universally utilized of all surface), or may make two or more "bounces" between various portions of antenna to the reflecting  surface(s), the "pulsed" wave radar system 2. 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