Accession Number:

ADP006300

Title:

Effects of Absorption on High Latitude Meteor Scatter Communication Systems,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GEOPHYSICS LAB (AFSC) HANSCOM AFB MA

Report Date:

1990-05-03

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

Data acquired with the Geophysics Laboratorys High Latitude Meteor Scatter Test-Bed between Sondrestrom Air Base and Thule Air Base. Greeland during the solar disturbances of March and August, 1989 are presented. These events provided a unique opportunity to observe a number of naturally occurring disturbance effects on meteor scatter links operating in the frequency range 35 to 147 MHz covered by the test-bed. The effects range from signal absorption to system noise variations. The properties of ionospheric absorption in general is discussed and illustrated with computations using electron density profiles from the September 1978 Solar Proton Event SPE. It has been found that accurate measurements of high levels of ionospheric absorption with riometers pose special problems. These problems are identified and discussed. The data acquired during the March and August solar disturbances are then related to the zenith absorption measured at Thule, and the influence of absorption, as well as system noise variations are discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE