Monday, July 11, 2016

Simple Ham Radio Antennas--Basics of Radio Wave Propagation. Post #833

Basics of Radio Wave Propagation
(http://www.ecjones.org/propag.html).
Accessed on 11 July 2016, 20:45 hrs, UTC.
Author:  Edwin C. Jones (AE4TM), MD, Phd.
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Comment:

A fundamental understanding of Radio Wave Propagation is vital if radio amateurs are to run effective, efficient stations.

In this excellent tutorial from Edwin C. Jones, Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, we get a basic explanation of Radio Wave Propagation and the workings of Earth's atmosphere, which can serve as a foundation for greater understanding of the natural forces that govern our radio signals.

Dr. Jones divides the presentation into easily understandable section, covering several important areas, including:

Aurora, backscatter, blind zone, Es, F2, grey line, LUF, meteor scatter, MUF, TA, TEP, ducting, and tropospheric scatter.

Dr. Jones also includes a brief discussion of the Earth's atmosphere and how solar radiation impacts propagation of radio waves.

The well-constructed article concludes with an extensive collection of terms and definitions used in studying radio wave propagation.  This essay should be part of every radio amateur's library, especially those of us who like to design and build our own antennas.

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