Head to your nearest radio. You’ll notice two frequencies. AM (Amplitude Modulation) is a mono signal which, on clear nights, allows you to find radio stations hundreds of miles away. FM (Frequency Modulation) is a stereo signal which became popular in the late 1960s and remains the go-to for music stations to this day. These are the most common radio frequencies most of the public knows. Unless they’re a ham radio operator, because they use different frequencies. Or, maybe they’re a provider of emergency services, part of a trucking company, or work for the military. All of these areas use different radio frequencies as well.

With so many Radio Frequencies (RF) available in different spectrums there is always a chance signals can start to degrade. This may happen due to older equipment, placement of antennas, or the proximity of people or businesses using two conflicting RF signals. When this happens the consequences can be enormous as communications are missed or are received by different personnel.

This is why there are numerous companies out there which deal exclusively with splitting or combining RF signals to eliminate interference while amplifying the signal. Some of these companies, like Werlatone, have been helping with RF issues for decades. When other industries go through a consultation to review their current signal strength and location, they turn to the organizations which sell high power, broadband passive RF components. These may be in the form of directional couplers that monitor forward and reverse power from radio or microwave frequencies. Or, they may be RF combiners that dissipate unbalanced signal issues. Or, they may be RF dividers which take the strength of one signal and divide it into other areas where signal strength may not be as powerful.

If you’re not familiar with RF signals or the best ways to amplify them, it’s best to consult with a manufacturer of these splitters and combiners. They may be able to tell you the best course of action and recommend the parts you need. Or, they may want you to speak with an electrician or other professional to perform an inspection to check if the problem is with the signal or existing equipment.