12-15 July 2011
Saint George Hotel
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Investigating the effect of atmospheric dymanics on HF propagation

14 Jul 2011, 17:00


Poster Presentation Track D2 - Space Science Poster2


Ms Racheal Athieno (South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Space Science)


HF propagation involves transmission and reception of radio signals within a frequency range of 3 − 30 MHz. It finds applications in a number of communication fields such as international short wave broadcasting, mobile telephone systems, radio navigation and operation of radar systems. However, it depends on the ionosphere which is constantly varying mainly due changes in the neutral atmosphere which are a consequence of atmospheric dynamics. In this paper, we investigate the effect of atmospheric dynamics on High Frequency (HF) propagation using the co-located radars at SANSA Space Science (19.2o E, 34.4o S), Hermanus, South Africa. These radars include the HF Doppler radar, Ionosonde, Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver and GPS Ionospheric Scintillation Total Electron Content (TEC) Monitor (GISTM). HF propagation results from the HF Doppler radar are presented. The comparison of results of the HF Doppler radar with other radars is also included. Results show that radio communication is affected by atmospheric dynamics which results into signal fading or at worst signal loss.

Level (Hons, MSc, <br> &nbsp; PhD, other)? MSc
Consider for a student <br> &nbsp; award (Yes / No)? Yes
Would you like to <br> submit a short paper <br> for the Conference <br> Proceedings (Yes / No)? Yes

Primary author

Ms Racheal Athieno (South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Space Science)


Dr Lee-Anne McKinnell (South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Space Science)

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