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Federal Radar Spectrum Requirements

Report ID
NTIA 00-40
May 01, 2000

The availability of the radio spectrum in the United States is critical to over 40 radio services that provide functions ranging from air traffic control to amateur radio operations. Although the radio frequency spectrum is not a consumable resource, the use of a frequency at a given location usually prevents that frequency from being used by others in the same geographic area. This need for exclusive geographic use to preclude harmful interference has led to current spectrum regulations that establish spectrum use rules, such as granting licenses for spectrum use, and partitioning the spectrum for shared use between radio services.