Field Test of a Near Real-Time Ionospheric Forecasting Scheme (500 km).
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ARMY ELECTRONICS COMMAND FORT MONMOUTH N J
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H FORECASTS, IN NEAR REAL-TIME, OF IONOSPHERIC CONDITIONS PERTINENT TO HF communications. To do this, vertical incidence VI ionospheric data was used to predict Maximum Observed Frequencies MOF over a 445 km path. Vertical incidence and oblique incidence OI maximum observed frequency data were gathered at the terminals of the path between Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and Camp Drum, New York. A statistical analysis of the data showed the VI data to be a poor approximation to the OI data. Further, results show that using an obliquity factor based upon the secant law applied to VI data taken at an end point failed to compensate for the observed differences between OI and VI data. An obliquity function was derived, however, which did compensate for these differences. MOF forecasts based upon the model of Ames-Egan, are given for 10, 30, 60, and 120 minutes in advance. Author
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation
- Radio Communications