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The Committee on Radio Frequency Requirements for Scientific Research 1961-1974

The Committee on Radio Frequency Requirements for Scientific Research (CORF) was established in spring 1961 as the US counterpart to the Inter-Union Committee on Frequency Allocations for Radio Astronomy and Space Science (IUCAF). CORF, the original name of which was the Committee on Radio Frequency Allocations for Scientific Research (changed 17 October 1962), was charged with two main responsibilities: 1) To consider and determine the needs of US science for radio frequency allocations and assignments and to work actively with the US government in securing them; and 2) To work with IUCAF. A permanent Subcommittee on Radio Astronomy was established under CORF in November 1961.

The way had been prepared for an NAS-NRC committee concerned with frequency allocation as early as 1959. In that year, the US President’s Science Advisory Committee asked the Academy to convene a meeting of US radio astronomers in order to ascertain and concert their views regarding the need for establishing protected frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum. Accordingly, the first of a series of meetings was held at the Academy in October 1959; these meetings were considered successful in beginning a dialogue between the radio astronomers and the US government.

Membership in CORF included representatives of the US National Committees for the International Astronomical Union and the International Scientific Radio Union, as well as the NAS Space Science Board, under whose administrative responsibilities CORF originally was placed (CORF became an independent committee under the NRC Division of Physical Sciences in November 1962), and federal government agencies concerned with radio frequency allocation and assignment.

During its early years, CORF was active in a number of areas, including consulting on questions referred to it by the US Committee for CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee) Study Group IV (Space Systems), working with the NAS Committee on Oceanography regarding frequency allocation needs for the telemetry of oceanographic data, and advising the FCC on reserving UHF channel 37 for radio astronomy.

The CORF records contained in this collection represent the committee’s earliest years; it is still active as the Committee on Radio Frequencies.

Provenance: The records of the Committee on Radio Frequency Requirements for Scientific Research were found among an unorganized set of records of the NRC Division of Physical Sciences.

Location: Mezzanine Annex Shelf B Unit 1 Row 4
Volume: 1.8 linear feet
Span dates: 1959-1974

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COMMITTEE ON RADIO FREQUENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (CORF) FILES LIST

Series 1: Pre-CORF Activities of NAS-NRC

Series 2: Committee on Radio Frequency Allocations/Requirements for Scientific Research

Series 3: Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE)

Series 4: International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

Series 5: US Committee for International Radio Consultative Committee (CCIR)

Series 1: Pre-CORF Activities of NAS-NRC

NAS Activities Regarding Frequency Allocations for Radio Astronomy: 1959-1960

NAS Conference on Frequency Allocations for Radio Astronomy: 1959

NAS Meeting on Frequency Allocations for Radio Astronomy: 1960

NAS Working Group for Radio Astronomy: Report: Frequency Allocations for Radio Astronomy Service: Statement of Position: 1961

Space Science Board (SSB): Concern re Frequency Allocation for Space Research: 1959-1961

Space Science Board (SSB): Concern re Frequency Allocation for Space Research: 1959

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Series 2: Committee on Radio Frequency Allocations/Requirements for Scientific Research (CORF)

Activities Reports: 1964-1968

Correspondence with Radio Astronomy Observatories: 1962-1965

Meetings: 9th-15th: 1969-1974

Meetings: 1st-8th: 1961-1965

Membership: 1961-1974

Newsletter: The Spectrum Window: 1971-1972

Newsletter: The Spectrum Window: 1964-1968

Newsletter: The Spectrum Window: 1962-1963

Problems: Radio Frequency Requirements for Oceanography: 1963-1966

Problems: Radio Frequency Requirements for Oceanography: 1962

Problems: Radio Frequency Requirements for Oceanography: 1961

Problems: Radio Interference with Radio Astronomy Observatories: 1962-1969

Response to ITU Recommendation 32 [Location of Radio Astronomy Observatories]: 1961

Restructuring: 1969

Review of Structure & Functions: 1969

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: 1970-1971

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: 1965-1967

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: 1961-1964

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: Assistance to US Committee for CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee) Study Group IV re Question 218: 1961-1962

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: Assistance to US Committee for CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee) Study Group IV: 1965-1966

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: Assistance to US Committee for CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee) Study Group IV: 1963-1964

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: Chairman: 1966

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: Meetings: 6-12: 1968-1973

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: Meetings: 1-5: 1962-1967

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: Membership: 1962-1967

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: Positions: Protection of OH Band: 1964

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: Positions: Reservation of UHF Channel 37 for Radio Astronomy: 1962-1963

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: Revision of Table I CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee) Report 224: 1964

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: General: 1969-1970

Subcommittees: Radio Astronomy: General: 1966-1967

Subcommittees: General: 1969-1971

General: 1970-1974

General: 1969

General: 1967-1968

General: 1966

General: 1964-1965

General: 1963

General: 1962

General: 1961

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Series 3: Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE)

Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE): Joint Technical Advisory Committee for Communications (JTAC): Subcommittee 60.2 (Frequency Allocations for Space Communications): 1961-1963

Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE): Joint Technical Advisory Committee for Communications (JTAC): Subcommittee 60.2 (Frequency Allocations for Space Communications): 1960

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Series 4: International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

International Telecommunications Union (ITU): Administrative Radio Conference: 1959

International Telecommunications Union (ITU): CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee): Xth Plenary Assembly: Report of US Delegation: 1963

International Telecommunications Union (ITU): CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee): Xth Plenary Assembly: Reports Concerning Radio Astronomy: 1963

International Telecommunications Union (ITU): Extraordinary Administrative Radio Conference (EARC): Oct 1963

International Telecommunications Union (ITU): Extraordinary Administrative Radio Conference: (EARC): US Proposals: 1963

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Series 5: US Committee for International Radio Consultative Committee (CCIR)

US Committee for CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee): Study Group IV: 1962-1963

US Committee for CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee): Study Group IV: 1959-1961

US Committee for CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee): Study Group IV: Draft Reports & Recommendations: 1961-1962

US Committee for CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee): Study Group IV: Meetings: 1961-1962

US Committee for CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee): Study Group IV: Membership: 1962

US Committee for CCIR (International Radio Consultative Committee): Study Group IV: Subgroup D: Documents re Question 218: 1962-1963

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