Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2018, Page: 5-12
Radio Propagation Prediction for HF Communications
Courage Mudzingwa, Department of Applied Physics & Telecommunications, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe
Albert Chawanda, Department of Applied Physics & Telecommunications, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe
Received: Dec. 30, 2017;       Accepted: Feb. 6, 2018;       Published: Feb. 27, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.com.20180601.12      View  945      Downloads  34
Abstract
The refraction and apparent reflection of HF radio waves by the ionosphere enables long range HF radio communications. The ionosphere is a distinctly irregular medium that is mostly driven by solar activity. Ionospheric models are useful in the prediction of ionospheric behaviour and in the provision of data required for the analysis and forecasting of ionospheric propagation. This paper provides a compact review of HF radio propagation prediction techniques and approaches for HF communications. The paper also highlights the numerous approaches have been used to date in an attempt to estimate F2 usable frequencies. The review presented in this paper is inspired by the most recent advances in the field of ionospheric prediction and modelling.
Keywords
HF Communications, Propagation Prediction, Ionosphere, Usable Frequency, MUF
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Courage Mudzingwa, Albert Chawanda, Radio Propagation Prediction for HF Communications, Communications. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2018, pp. 5-12. doi: 10.11648/j.com.20180601.12
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