radio frequency

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See also: Radio Frequencies (table)Radio Frequencies
Frequency
(kHz)
Name Abbr.
10–30 Very low VLF
30–300 Low LF
300–3,000 Medium MF
3,000–30,000 High HF
30,000–300,000 Very high VHF
300,000–3,000,000 Ultra high UHF
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radio frequency,

range of electromagnetic waves with a frequency or wavelength suitable for communication uses. Some of these waves serve as carriers of the lower-frequency audio waves; others are modulated by video or digital information. Short waves have relatively high frequencies; long waves have relatively low frequencies. Radio waves are identified by their frequencies, expressed in kilohertz (kHz), i.e., thousands of cycles per second, in megahertz (MHz), i.e., millions of cycles per second, or in gigahertz (GHz), i.e., billions of cycles per seconds. A range, or band, of radio frequencies is assigned to a broadcasting service by the nation in which it operates. In the United States, the Federal Communications CommissionFederal Communications Commission
(FCC), independent executive agency of the U.S. government established in 1934 to regulate interstate and foreign communications in the public interest.
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 is responsible for that task. Signals in the amplitude modulation (AM) broadcast band in the Americas have frequencies ranging from 530 to 1,700 kHz. Frequency modulation (FM) broadcast frequencies in most countries range from approximately 88 MHz to 108 MHz. Other frequencies are assigned to amateur (ham) radio, citizen band (CB) radio, television broadcasting, cellular telephones, global positioning systems, and other uses. Countries cooperate on on a worldwide basis through the International Telecommunication UnionInternational Telecommunication Union
(ITU), specialized agency of the United Nations, with headquarters at Geneva. It was created in 1934 as a result of the merging of the International Telegraph Union (est.
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, which holds periodic conferences. See also the table entitled Radio FrequenciesRadio Frequencies
Frequency
(kHz)
Name Abbr.
10–30 Very low VLF
30–300 Low LF
300–3,000 Medium MF
3,000–30,000 High HF
30,000–300,000 Very high VHF
300,000–3,000,000 Ultra high UHF
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 for the classification of radio frequencies.

radio frequency

See radio waves.

radio frequency

[′rād·ē·ō ‚frē·kwən·sē]
(electromagnetism)
A frequency at which coherent electromagnetic radiation of energy is useful for communication purposes; roughly the range from 10 kilohertz to 100 gigahertz. Abbreviated rf.
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