Radio Coverage Tool FAQ

Answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the Radio Coverage Tool…

I can’t register/login to my account, what’s the issue?

Please review these NUG/RF Toolkit account troubleshooting tips.

I don’t understand how to use the RF Toolkit, can you help?

Sure! We have a short free webinar that explains how to use the RF toolkit.

How do I save my current coverage to view at a later time?

Once you have completed a new coverage click the “Add To My Coverage Plots” button at the bottom of the screen. Your new coverage will now be available from the main menu under ‘My Coverage Plots”.

How do I save my new coverage plot as an image?

When you have your coverage plot on screen:

  • WINDOWS: click Print Screen button (or Prt Scr) on your keyboard to copy the entire screen to your computer clipboard. (Note: Alt-Print Screen will copy just the active window) Now paste the image into any image manipulation program (MS Paint, PhotoShop, etc.), where you can crop the coverage plot from the screen capture.
  • MAC: click Shift-Command (⌘)-4 on your keyboard, and use the crosshairs to select the coverage plot on screen. The .png of the image is now on your desktop.

What do the colours along the ground in the point to point view mean?

Here’s the legend for the ground cover colours:

Radio Coverage colour coding

What frequency ranges are covered by the Radio Coverage Tool?

The Radio Coverage tool supports the following frequency ranges:

Coverage

  • 40 to 108 MHz
  • 170 to 255 MHz
  • 335 to 960 MHz
  • 1.35 to 2.412 GHz
  • 2.462 to 3.65 GHz
  • 3.7 to 5.12 GHz
  • 5.875 to 13 GHz

Links

  • 20 MHz to 2.412 GHz
  • 2.462 to 3.65 GHz
  • 3.7 to 5.12 GHz
  • 5.875 to 13 GHz

Can the RF Toolkit help analyze advanced situations, like directional antennas, other frequency bands, or SFN interference zones?

The Radio Coverage tool is based on Radio Mobile, a free program written for Windows by Roger Coudé, an RF engineer living in Quebec. The program is available from http://www.ve2dbe.com/english1.html.

Nautel licensed the tool and built a web interface for the broadcast frequencies, to help answer some common questions global broadcasters face. We simplified the Radio Mobile options to make it easier for broadcasters to get accurate results. However, as there are many features that probably can be implemented by more advanced users using Radio Mobile, there is an active online group where users discuss the various ways Radio Mobile can be used: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Radio_Mobile_Deluxe/info

Is there a RF Toolkit that can provide similar coverage maps for AM stations?

Unfortunately, our RF toolkit only works in the broadcast allocations within the VHF/UHF bands. At this time, we don’t have an answer for AM / MW frequencies.