ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
An electromagnetic wave is radiation energy in the form of a sine wave with both
electrical and magnetic properties.
Radio (microwave) region.
Centimeters or degrees.
Shorter wavelengths provide finer detail. Longer wavelengths are more effective
when evaluating larger targets.
A5. Frequency is the number of completed wave cycles per second, measured in hertz.
A7. By using the decibel system.
A8. Reflectivity is the amount of energy returned from an object and is dependent on the
size, shape, and composition of the object.
A9. The antenna.
The sensitivity of a radar is the measure of the radars internal interference against the
minimum signal it is designed to detect.
Longer pulses return more power, thus increased target information and data
In seconads or kilometers.
Resolution refers to the ability of the radar to display multiple targets clearly and
The rate at which pulses are transmitted per second.
A15. An increase in PRF provides greater target detail; however, the maximum range of the
radar is reduced.
The inability of the radar to distinguish between return pulses, producing ambiguous
(unreliable) range information.
93 miles (81 nmi).
A18. A pulse from a distance outside the radars normal range returns during the next
pulses listening time, causing confusion.
A19. As the pulse moves away from the radar, volume expands and power density
The smaller beam.