Physics Memoir - Journal of Theoretical & Applied Physics <p>PHYSICS MEMOIR-Journal of Theoretical &amp; Applied Physics (PM-JTAP) is a web-based peer-reviewed international journal published quarterly (March, June, September &amp; December) by Department of Physics, Federal University Lafia. It offers an exciting publication outlet for theoretical and applied physics.</p> Department of Physics, Federal University of Lafia en-US Physics Memoir - Journal of Theoretical & Applied Physics Stitched Transmission Line for On-Body Communication Systems <p>In this paper we report the use of a stitched transmission line for on body communications. The stitched transmission line was designed as a two wire braided coaxial cable using CST Microwave Studio Suite®. The constructed line is made up of a copper inner conductor surrounded by a polyethylene tubular insulating layer from a stripped RG174 braided coaxial cable. For shielding purpose, the structure is stitched onto a denim material with a conductive thread with the aid of a novel presser foot. To explore its suitability for on-body communications, the stitched transmission line was placed at approximately 5mm from the human body at the left hand side of the chest just below the nipple area and measurements were taken with an Anritsu MS46524A7GHz Vector Network Analyser (VNA) for a frequency range of 0.04 – 4GHz, with measured results demonstrating that the stitched transmission line can be used for on-body communications.</p> I. H. Daniel N. Kure M. U. Benedict S. H. Sarki A. A. Kassimu Copyright (c) 2020 I. H. Daniel, N. Kure, M. U. Benedict, S. H. Sarki, A. A. Kassimu 2020-07-12 2020-07-12 2 1 1 6 An Assessment of Rainfall Attributes and Onsets-Cessations Dates Effective for Cropping in Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria <p>Rainfall affects almost all human lives, significantly in diverse fields like agriculture, business, health, transportation and tourism. Amongst the main endeavours engaged by man, agriculture is the main stake for man’s source of livelihood. Most people are not aware of the attributes of rainfall peculiar to their surroundings, as such embarked on agricultural activities through ``try by error" and are faced with challenges due to the unstable nature of weather. Weather does disappoint most people that are into farming because rainfall varies in the study area. This study aimed at assessing Lafia rainfall attributes and the determination of its onset-cessation dates effective for cropping. Eleven years rainfall data of Lafia was collected for the study. The analysis was carried out using Excel tool and Mann Kendall analytical approach with the aid of Xl statistical software in the description of Lafia rainfall attributes. The study reveals a less stability nature of rainfalls at a value greater than 40, and a fluctuating onset dates between April and May with drought and dry spell occurrences in each of the growing seasons were recorded. The study therefore concluded that, there exist a less stable rainfall amount and a highly stable rainfall frequency of occurrences; all these affects food crops production and its output as the average rainfall amount recorded is (1371.2 mm) while the average number of rainy days in the study was (95 days). It is therefore recommended that other researchers should carry out an empirical study on the severity of drought and dry spell in the study area.</p> J. T. Yashim A. F. Abdussalam I. I. Abbas Copyright (c) 2020 J. T. Yashim, A. F. Abdussalam, I. I. Abbas 2020-08-26 2020-08-26 2 1 7 14