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The Radiocommunications Agency promotes a programme of contracted research to underpin developments in the utilisation of the radio spectrum. Every year, the Agency spends over 3M on research. This expenditure supports propagation studies, many of which are carried out at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, but also at other locations including universities. Further research areas include electromagnetic compatibility issues (EMC), emerging technology, the use of mathematical modelling in frequency assignment, and the development of spectrum sharing models.

One of the outcomes of the Research Review (2000) was the setting up of the Radio Research Advisory Committee (RRAC). This committee, which is chaired by Mr Peter Kiddle OBE, will oversee the direction of the Agency's research programme in the future.

Further details on "outline guidance on engineering research proposals to the RA" are shown here.

A Perspective on the Radiocommunications Agency's Technical Research Needs (November 2002)

Research topics

* Propagation research
* Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
* Mathematical research in spectrum management
* Sharing studies and co-ordination information
* Ultra Wide Band
* Convergence and emerging technology
* Spectrum Efficiency Scheme (SES)
* Economic studies
* Future Spectrum Requirements
* Other
* Archive (reports completed before April 1998)

Radio Technology and Compatibility Group (RTCG)

RTCG provides the Agency with a specialised technical resource to help provide engineering solutions to a wide range of compatibility and interference issues. These focus particularly on new and emerging radio systems and services and their interaction with existing services. Using advanced computer techniques in addition to traditional test equipment, this facility complements the external research work supported by the Agency. RTCG is located at an airfield at Whyteleafe, Surrey.


RA Contact

For further questions and comments, please contact research@ra.gsi.gov.uk

Or in writing to:

Martin Skingley
Engineering & Research Unit

Radiocommunications Agency
Wyndham House
189 Marsh Wall
E14 9SX

Telephone: 020 7211 0039


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