How does DS1's communications system work?

In many ways, DS1's communications system is typical of other long-mission spacecraft's communications systems. There are transmitters and receivers that allow radio waves to pass between DS1 and the Earth. Signals sent from Earth help DS1 solve problems and maneuver through operations. Signals sent to Earth give NASA scientists and engineers feedback on the mission.

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How long does it take for transmissions to get between DS1 and Earth?
How much power is available for the communications system?
How often does DS1 communicate with a ground station?
What are uplink and downlink?
What are the main differences between a radio station and DS1?

How do the instruments and sensors coordinate sending signals?
How much data is DS1 able to transfer?
What kind of data is DS1 sending back?
What kinds of antennas are there?
What new communications features are used by DS1?

What radio frequency does DS1 use for communications?