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This article offers radio amateurs (experienced and beginners) a useful overview and tutorials on HF propagation conditions. Find here basic and advanced explanations, practical methods, charts, maps, calculators, models 1, 2, 3, real-time reports 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, index of terms, and references.
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Understand and Predict Radio Propagation
Table of contents

Practical Approach

Theory-based tutorial

Introduction
1. HF Radio Propagation
2. Forecasting Propagation Conditions
3. Real-time Band Conditions
    DX Clusters, PSKR, WSPR, WebSDRs, Beacons
HF propagation basics
4. HF Propagation Modes
5. Impact of the Sun (preface)
6. The Ionosphere (preface)
Propagation Factors & Conditions
7. The Role of The Ionosphere
  7.1 Ionospheric Layers
  7.2 Ionospheric Instabilty
  7.3 Skywave multi-refractions
  7.4 Significant frequencies
  7.5 Long range skywave
  7.6 NVIS Propagation

8. Regional HF Conditions
  8.1 The MUF
  8.2 Ionosonde
  8.3 Ionogram
  8.4 Ionospheric Clouds
  8.5 Diurnal changes
  8.6 Current propagation maps

9. Total Electron Content (TEC)
10. Greyline propagation
11. Global HF Conditions
  11.1 Banners & Widgets
  11.2 Solar Indices: SSN, Solar Flux
  11.3 Geomagnetic Indices K, A
  11.4 Forecast solar flux 10.7cm

The Sun & Space Weather
12 Solar Influence
  12.1 Regular Solar Emission
  12.2 Solar Activity
  12.3 Sunspots
  12.4 Solar Storms
  12.5 Solar Cycle
  12.6 Current Solar Events

13. Space Weather Illustration
  13.1 Space Weather Explained
  13.2 Solar Wind
  13.3 The Magnetosphere
  13.4 Geomagnetic Storms
  13.5 Space Weather Reports
  13.6 Space Weather Predictions

14. Summary
References   * Index   * FAQ   * Tools / Apps   * Epilog   * Languages
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Introduction

↑   Chapter 1. HF Radio Propagation - An introduction

What is a Radio?
Radio is a form of electromagnetic (EM) radiation that propagates as a wave at the speed of light.

How are Radio waves classified?
Radio waves are classified based on their frequency and wavelength; higher frequencies have shorter wavelengths.

What is HF Radio?
HF - High Frequency radio, ranging from 3 MHz to 30 MHz (10-100 meters), often referred to as "shortwaves".

The Rebirth of HF Radio - Decline and Comeback
Following about 45 years of decline (1975–2020), HF Communications is making a comeback as technological advancements address associated challenges, making them less of a concern. Global HF communications relied on skywave propagation until the 1960s, when satellites gained an advantage in communication. Their dominance continues today, but they are pricey and vulnerable to numerous dangers. In some cases, satellites cannot provide complete global coverage. Given the critical importance of global data connectivity, there is broad consensus on the need for redundant infrastructure. New technologies, such as Digital Voice, ALE, and Spread Spectrum, have improved skywave communication and renewed interest in its use.

The advantages of HF Radio
  1. High Frequency radio waves can travel longer distances
    (compared to lower bands LW, MF, or higher bands VHF and up)
    .
  2. No Infrastructure is required.
  3. Low-power wireless transmitters are sufficient over very long distances.

HF bands play a vital role in various fields, including aviation, emergency services, maritime communication, and military operations. These frequencies enable communication over vast distances, often surpassing thousands of kilometers, making them indispensable in situations where traditional communication methods are unavailable or unreliable.

During emergencies, such as natural disasters or large-scale accidents, traditional communication networks may be severely damaged or overloaded. In these situations, the HF band becomes crucial for emergency services to establish communication links and coordinate rescue efforts. HF radios can be quickly deployed to affected areas, allowing first responders to communicate and provide assistance to those in need, regardless of the distance or terrain.

How does HF radio wave propagate?
HF radio can propagate in variety of modes: Line of sight, groundwave and skywave.

The HF Bands assigned for Radio Amateurs
Hover over a line to read about band's characteristics.
  • 160 m (1.800-2.000 MHz) although it's technically in the MF range, it is referred as HF
  •  80 m (3.5–3.8 MHz Region 1; 3.5–3.9 MHz Region 3; 3.5–4.0 MHz Region 2)
  •  60 m (5.3305-5.4069 MHz) - Five 2.8 kHz USB channels
  •  40 m (7.0-7.2 MHz Regions 1&3, up to 7.3 Region 2
  •  30 m (10.100-10.150 MHz) 1979 WARC (World Administrative Radio Conference)
  •  20 m (14.000-14.350 MHz)
  •  17 m (18.068-18.168 MHz) 1979 WARC
  •  15 m (21.000-21.450 MHz)
  •  12 m (24.890-24.990 MHz) 1979 WARC
  •  10 m (28.000-29.700 MHz)

What are HF band conditions?

The term "Propagation conditions" refers to the quality and dependability of HF radio waves transmitted between two points on Earth.

This page focuses skywaves and how the ionosphere's dynamic affect them.

You may find on this website answers to questions, such as:

  1. How are propagation conditions affected by time of day, season, and ionospheric state?
  2. How and Why are skywaves used for long-range communication?
  3. What differs ionospheric layers, and how are HF radio signals bent from the sky back to Earth?
  4. There is a separate page titled HF Propagation Overview

 

↑   Chapter 2. Forecasting HF Propagation Conditions

What is Radio Propagation?
Radio propagation is the process of transmitting radio waves from one location to another.

What is Propagation Conditions?
The term "Band Conditions" refers to the quality and dependability of HF radio waves transmitted between two points on Earth.

How can HF propagation be measured?
Ionosondes can be used for real-time measurements of HF propagation conditions.
WSPR can be used to produce propagation conditions maps, even without beacons.

How can we predict propagation conditions?
Predicting propagation conditions for HF radio involves collecting physical parameters and using mathematical models, considering the time of day, season, Sunspots, and ionospheric conditions.

What is Propagation Prediction?
HF propagation prediction is a technique used to assess the quality of radio transmissions between Earth-specific locations via the ionosphere.

There are some general rules for predicting at what time you might find band openings and in what direction:

  • Pre-dawn: 40 and 80 meters (for ambitious hams)
  • Sunrise: 20 meters usually opens to ranges of 3,000-6000 km
  • Late Morning: 10 and 15 meters may open to ranges over 10,000 km
  • Afternoon: 20 meters may open to trans-equatorial destinations
  • Evenings: 40 meters (this can be a real opportunity for DX)
  • Late Evenings: 80 meters (openings can last awhile allowing for rag chewing)
  • 160 meters opens even later for those with large full-size antennas

Forecast vs Prediction of HF Band Conditions

The difference between forecasting and prediction is that forecasting explicitly adds a temporal dimension.
Forecast is a time-based prediction, so it is better suited to dealing with time series data.

Why do we need propagation forecasts?

We need forecasts of HF radio propagation because the state of the ionosphere changes constantly and affects the performance of HF radio communication. By predicting the Maximum Usable Frequency (MUF) and other factors, we can choose the best frequency bands and times to communicate with a desired location. Forecasts can also help us avoid or prepare for situations where HF radio signals are blocked or distorted by space weather events such as solar flares or geomagnetic storms.

The forecasts are used to select the best radio communication frequencies and times, plan antenna systems, and optimize communication link coverage.


How has the process of predicting HF propagation conditions changed over the past thirty years?
Incredible advances in space technology, SDR (Software Designed Radio), and the internet have enabled us to study radio wave propagation in ways we never imagined possible. Before the 1990s, propagation reports and charts were published in ham periodicals. These days, it is not really necessary, because computer programs and online internet tools can show propagation using ionosphere modeling by means of retrieval of data such as real-time solar indices.

* Read below how could HF propagation conditions be estimated?

* See References orgnized by eleven (12) topics

↑   Chapter 3. Real-time Band Conditions
This chapter provides an overview of various methods and tools for obtaining real-time band conditions.

Propagation predictions can be based on at least one of the following options:

  1. Use DX clusters, you can immediately track or trace actual radio amateur band activity.
  2. Listen on the ham bands with your own rig
  3. Listen using WebSDR / KiwiSDR devices
  4. Monitor worldwide Beacons
  5. Watch real-time MUF maps accesible via internet
  6. Simulate the current ionospheric state, using offline and online applications and tools;
          learn its effect on HF radio waves using applications based on models
          and data collected from recent Solar Activity, Space Weather reports, and remote-sensing of the ionosphere and its layers.

In general, it's important to use a combination of such tools to get a better picture of the conditions that will impact radio communications.

No single tool will provide all of the information that is needed to make an accurate prediction of HF propgation, so it's best to use a variety of tools and compare their outputs to get a more complete understanding of the conditions.

3.1 Real-time Band Conditions - Using internet DX clusters

The following DX Clusters and Reporters show the actual ham bands activity, open bands and regions:

Popular DX Clusters:
  1. Real-Time Watch of World Wide Communications Map
  2. DXMAPS - shows the most recent QSOs, which may indicate a real-time DX opening.
  3. DXZone - a packet cluster server collects DX and WWV spots from internet clusters and a local packet
  4. DXWatch - "filter" - alerts interested hams when a specific DX station is on the air.
Reporters of digital modes:
  1. PSK Reporter - amateur radio signal reporting and spotting network
  2. WSPRnetmap, WSPR Rocks, WSPR Live, etc.

Real-Time Watch of World Wide Ham Activity

This map shows real-time radio propagation from stations operating on 11 bands between 1.8 and 54 MHz in the amateur radio bands.
The display shows worldwide activity from the last 15 minutes and is automatically updated about every minute. JavaScript must be enabled to use see the real-time graphics.

Alternatively / additionally

3.2 Assessing Band Conditions - using your own receiver

Years ago, we manually scanned HF bands using analog receivers. It took us a long time to determine the communication conditions in each band. Nowadays, we can view real-time data on active stations within a specific band on monitors using FT8 digital mode, and platforms like PSKReporter provide insights into band openings.

For example, see below an online report-map, based on signals received by

Malachite DSP v3 RX conected to K-180WLA 70cm diameter Magnetic Loop antenna (MLA)

Signals were collected during an hour (15:00-16:00z) on April 2, 2023, analyzed by WSJT-X v2.6.1 software (running on a PC) and reported online to PSKReporter that generated the map shown below:

PSKReporter demo


3.3 Real-Time HF Bands Monitoring using Receivers accessed via internet: WebSDR / KiwiSDR

The majority of these stations offer waterfall and spectrum displays, as well as the option to record audio.

For example watch the entire LF-MF-HF spectrum at a glance using a  Wideband WebSDR at the University of Twente, Enschede, NL

entire shortwave spectrum

Alternatively choose a remoted receiver from WebSDR / KiwiSDR lists or the KiwiSDR Map (below)

KiwiSDR_map


3.4 Real-Time HF Band Monitoring using Beacons

It's a good idea to listen to NCDXF Beacon Network whenever you plan to hunt DX stations.

Eighteen worldwide beacons shown on the map below share five bands 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 m and take it in terms.
All these stations use a standardized antenna and output power levels.

Click to see which beacon is now transmitting on what frequency?

These beacons share five frequencies: 14.100, 18.110, 21.150, 24.930, 28.200 MHz and take it in terms. It is recommended to stay a while on one of these frequencies and hear signals from all around the world. This option may give you an idea where bands are open to.

The IDs of all the 18 stations are callsigns in CW and then a short carrier decreasing in four power levels: 100, 10, 1, and 0.1 Watts. If you can hear the 0.1W that means that propagation is really good or you're in a really low noise location. Put these frequencies in your receiver's memory channel and you'll be able to flick quickly between them.

While you're on 28 MHz tune up between 28.2 and 28.3. There's a lot of additional beacons all on their own frequencies operating full time.


3.5 Real-time Band Conditions using online propagation maps

Real-time forecasting of HF band conditions using maps on Maximum Usable Frequencies (MUF) optimizes long-distance communication, minimizes interference, and ensures reliable and efficient utilization of the HF spectrum.


3.6 Simulate Band Conditions using offline and online applications and tools

Such apps and tools can simulate the current ionospheric condition and its effect on HF radio waves using mathematical models, data collected from recent Solar Activity, Space Weather reports, and real-time sensing of the ionosphere and its layers. All these topics are covered below.

Multiple methods and tools should be used and their outputs compared to gain a more complete understanding of the propagation conditions, because no single method or tool can provide all of the information needed to make an accurate assessment.

HF propagation basics

↑   Chapter 4. HF Propagation Modes
This chapter reviews the primary modes of High Frequency (HF) radio propagation.

Propagation Modes

There are three main modes of HF Radio Propagation: LOS, Ground wave and Skywave

1. LOS - Line of Sight propagation.

  • Line of Sight occurs when two stations are directly visible to each other.
  • Non-LOS-propagation could be complex reflections by conductive surfaces for example: ElectronicsNotes, Wiki.
2. Ground wave or surface wave propagation
  • During the day, AM radio broadcast stations use groundwave propagation.
  • A vertically polarized surface wave travels parallel to and adjacent to the Earth's surface and can cross the horizon.
  • Geologic discontinuities like mountains, rivers, and deep gorges, as well as RF absorption by the earth, attenuates ground wave transmission.
  • Ground waves are most effective at frequencies below 1 MHz above salty seawater or conductive ground, but are practically useless over 2 MHz.
3. Skywave (or skip) radio signals can travel around the globe due to "reflections" (as a result of multi-refractions) from the ionosphere.

    This page does not cover the following propagation modes:
  1. Aurora and/or Meteor Scatter.
  2. Backscatter
  3. Low VHF 30-150 MHz - In late spring or early fall signals can be unpredictably "reflected" back to Earth via Sporadic E.
  4. VHF-UHF-SHF "Scatter Propagation" due to Troposphere irregularities, offering communication between 160 km to 1600 km.
 

↑   Chapter 5. How does the sun affect radio communications?

Solar activity drives HF propagation by the ionosphere, bending radio waves thus enabling propagation beyond the horizon.

Highlights:
  1. All forms of Solar Emissions affect "HF Propagation Conditions".
  2. The communication conditions depend on the sun's position and orientation, i.e. time of day, season, and geographic location.
  3. When solar activity is high, the ionosphere becomes more ionized, leading to improved propagation conditions, particularly in the higher HF bands.
  4. Sunspot number and solar flux serve as indicators for assessing global propagation conditions.
  5. Solar Storms, including flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs), can cause rapid and significant changes in the ionosphere.
  6. This disruption can severely impact global communications.
The full chapter on Solar phenomena and their effect on radio communications may be found below.

   

↑ Chapter 6. The ionosphere (preface)
This chapter serves as an introduction, laying the basis for a deeper study of the ionosphere's role in HF radio communication.

Earth's weather and space weather both affect the ionosphere - a spectacle of charged particles.


Welcome to the Ionosphere cortesy NASA Goddard

The clip above illustrates the dynamic atmosphere, and the dance of the radio waves within a vibrant airglow. Solar storms intensify the ionosphere's beauty, while Earth's weather below adds to the unique destination.

The term "ionosphere" refers to the region of the atmosphere (85 to 690 km above the Earth's surface) where Solar radiation ionizes gases.

Ionosphere (Thermosphere) is part Earth's Atmosphere

The Thermosphere is characterized by very high temperatures ranging
from 550 to over 1100 degrees Kelvin, due to the ultraviolet solar radiation.
The correlation with SF - Solar Radio Flux F10.7 (SF=50 yields 550 K, SF=200 yields 1150 K)

How does the ionosphere affect HF Radio Propagation?

  1. Upon reaching the ionosphere, EUV sunlight ionizes atoms and molecules, creating plasma, a conductive medium composed of free electrons, ions and neutral molecules.
  2.  
  3. Refraction
    Radio waves refract as they interact with the free electrons in the ionosphere quite similar to how light refracts in Geometrical Optics.
  4. The refractive index of ionospheric plasma is frequency dependent (and complex), causing radio waves to bend away from the source until "reflections" occur, as illustrated below.

    HF radio waves in the inosphere can cause free electrons to oscillate and re-radiate at the same frequency.

  5. The Critical Frequency
  6. The Critical Frequency is the highest frequency below which a radio wave is reflected back to earth and above which the signal penetrates and is lost in space.

Propagation Factors and Conditions

↑ Chapter 7 - The role of the ionosphere

The ionosphere refracts (and reflects) high-frequency (HF) radio waves, enabling long-distance communication by bouncing signals off different ionospheric layers.

Sub-topics:
  7.1 Layers   7.2 Instabilty   7.3 Skywave multi-refractions   7.4 Significant frequencies   7.5 Long range skywave   7.6 NVIS


↑   7.1 - Ionospheric Layers (Regions)

The ionosphere consists of four regions: layers D, E, F1 and F2.
These regions differ in terms of overall gas density, composition of the ions, and free electron densities.

Illustration of Ionospheric layers (regions)
D-E-F Layers Day/Night

The D layer is the lowest ionospheric layer (50-90 km), and exists only during day hours.
Higher is the E layer (90-150 km).
The highest F layer (180-600 km) splits during the day into two sub-layers called F1 and F2.

The D-E-F regions do not have sharp boundaries and there are irregularities in the concentrations of free electrons.
The altitudes at which they occur vary during the course of a day and from season to season.
Moreover, the so called "layers" (or "regions") are not uniform, as there are moving "plasma clouds".

The average density of free electrons per unit volume affects the Critical Frequency of each layer.

The ionization of the D layer is due solar radiation of Hydrogen spectral line that ionizes Nitric Oxide (NO) molecules.

The Absorbing Layer, D

The D layer blocks frequencies below 10 MHz, allowing higher frequencies (10-30 MHz) to reach the higher E and F layers.
Solar Flares (hard X-rays <1 nm) and/or Solar Wind Protons can significantly increase the density of free electrons in the D Layer, disrupting HF radio communication and resulting in Blackouts that can last minutes to hours.

The Reflecting Layers, E and F

The E layer reflects radio signals below 10 MHz, but during intense Sporadic Es events (especially near the equator) can reflect frequencies above 50 MHz.

The F layer has the highest free electron density due to extreme UV ionizing atomic oxygen.
The F2 layer remains by day and night and is responsible for most skywave propagation and long distance HF radio communications.

Layer
or
Region
Effective
height
Importance
significance
charactristic
When Present Typical
MUF
MHz
Minimum
Electron
Density
Maximum
Electron
Density
Affected
by UV Solar
Wavelength
Main
Ions
D    48- 90 km Daytime Attenuation Daytime only 2 - 6 108/m3 109/m3 121.6 nm NO+
N2+ O2+
E*   90-150 km Medium-Frequency and
Sporadic* VHF Reflector
Negligible at night 7 - 10 109/m3 1011/m3 1-10 nm O2+
F  180-600 km HF Super Reflector Splits at daytime
into F1 and F2
15 - 30 1011/m3 1012/m3 10-100 nm H+ He+
* See notes about Sproadic E layer.

The typical distribution of free electrons in the ionosphere is shown below:

Plasma Density and height
The above graph is based on a review from U.C.Berkeley Bob Brown, NM7M (SK), Ph.D.

Free electron densities change throughout the day and night, the seasons*, and are influenced by a number of factors such as Sunspots solar cycle, geomagnetic storms, and lightning storms, all of which may affect radio propagation conditions.

*Electron densities are higher in the summer than in winter and near the equator than in the poles, as a result of greater direct Solar EUV Radiation.

Why does the density of free electrons increase sharply with height?

The density of free electrons is affected by the balance of two opposing processes, ionization and recombination (the capture of a free electron by a positive ion). The F layer gets most of the UV radiation compared to the lower E and D layers, while the rate of electron-ion recombination is much faster at the lowest D layer (due to the higher gas density). As a result, the free electron density of the highset F layer (at noon) is significanly higher than that of the E and D layers.

At most, only one thousandth (1/1000) of the neutral atmosphere is ionized.


↑   7.2 - Ionospheric Instability

The free electron density of the ionosphere is always changing. It may be regional (Ionospheric Clouds), or even global at times.
Other ionospheric disturbances include Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances (SIDs) and Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (TIDs).

All kinds of ionospheric changes affect HF radio propagation.
The K and A indices can be used to get a sense of how radio signals will be disturbed by "geomagnetic storms".


↑   7.3 - Skywave multi-refractions

Skywave can be bounced in a variety of modes by the ionosphere

The free electrons in the ionosphere refract radio waves as they move through the ionospheric layers, where the free electron density gradually varies; numerous refractions are what create the frequency-dependent reflections of ionosphere skywaves.

See below an illustration of Complex Propagation Modes such as F Skip / 1F1E, E-F Ducted, F Chordal, E-F ocasional and sporadic E.
Complex HF Propagation Modes
An illustration of Complex Propagation Modes D-region ignored
Provided by Australian Space Weather Services

Sporadic E (Es) is an unusual form of radio propagation using a low level of the Earth's ionosphere that normally does not refract radio waves. It reflects signals off relatively small "plasma clouds" in the lower E region located at altitudes of about 95~150 km.

Equatorial sporadic E (within ±10° of the geomagnetic equator) is a regular midday local time. At polar latitudes, however, sporadic E can accompany auroras and associated disturbed magnetic conditions and is called auroral E. At mid latitudes the Es propagation often supports occasional long-distance communication during the approximately 6 weeks centered on summer solstice at VHF bands, which under normal conditions can only propagate by line-of-sight.


↑   7.4 - Significant frequencies relevant to skywave

  1. foF2 - The  Critical Frequency is the highest frequency below which a radio wave is reflected by an ionospheric layer at vertical incidence.
    The Critical Frequency (Cr) is depndent on the collision frequency of the free electrons and their density (N): Cr = 9 * SQRT(N)
    If the transmitted frequency is higher than the plasma frequency of the ionosphere, then the electrons cannot respond fast enough, and they are not able to re-radiate the signal.
    Between 2005 and 2007, the critical frequency ranged from 1.8 MHz to 11 MHz, with an average value of 7.5 MHz. In general, the daily critical frequencies range from 6.8 MHz to 12 MHz.
     
  2. MUF - The   Maximum Usable Frequency is the highest frequency at which radio communications just start to fail (at a given angle and skip distance).
    MUF = foF2 / cosθ; MUF factor = 1/cosθ (θ is the incident angle) is a function of the path length if the height layer is known.
    As a "rule of thumb" the MUF is approximately 3-4 times the Critical Frequency .
     
  3. OWF - The  Optimum Working Frequency  is usually 85% of the MUF.
  4. LUF - is the  Lowest Usable Frequency below which a gradual decline in signal strength occurs.
    The LUF is a soft frequency limit, as opposed to the ionospheric skip MUF, which is a sharp hard frequency limit determined by the critical angle.

↑   7.5 - Long range skywave

The figure below illustrates Sky-Wave reflection from ionospheric layers at various angles

Ionosphere Reflection vs Angles

Long range skywave is commonly used at low transmission angle equivalent to high incident angle
Transmission angle incident angle

The highest MUF possible occurs at the lowest transmission angle, resulting in the longest range, i.e. the transmitted ray is almost "horizontal".

As a rule of thumb, the MUF is approximately 3 times the foF2 - Critical Frequency, as stated in section 7.3 (MUF factor = 1/cosθ).

See real-time worldwide 3000km MUF map


↑   7.6 - NVIS Propagation

NVIS - Near Vertical Incidence Skywave is a unique communication mode used over short distances (a few hundred kilometers).

NVIS from F layer
NVIS

This method provides local coverage in hilly / jungle areas, operating 2-4 MHz at night and 4-8 MHz during day.

NVIS
NVIS provides good communications within a hilly area.

NVIS requires a low dipole at 0.1-0.25 wavelengths to improve vertical radiation and reduce lower-angle radiation, thereby enhancing the signal-to-noise ratio, contrary to what is customary for long-range communication.

NVIS offers enhanced resistance to fading, constant signal level, and minimal attenuation, making it suitable for low transmit power levels and omnidirectional coverage, allowing flexibility in setup and placement.

The NVIS map displays the recent regional distribution of critical ionospheric frequency (foF2).


 

↑   Chapter 8. Regional HF Conditions

Regional HF Propagation Conditions provide a detailed picture of the conditions that individual operators are likely to experience.
The regional conditions are based on the LUF, MUF and OTF between two locations.

Sub-topics:   8.1 The MUF   8.2 Ionosondes   8.3 Ionograms   8.4 Ionospheric Clouds   8.5 Diurnal changes   8.6 Current Maps of MUF and foF2


↑   8.1 The MUF - Maximum Usable Frequency

What is MUF?
MUF illustration

The maximum usable frequency (MUF) is the highest frequency that can be reflected from the ionosphere (at a given angle and skip distance).
It is the most effective predictor of propagation conditions between two specific locations at a given time.


The MUF can be determined from ionosonde measurements.


↑   8.2 Ionosonde

An ionosonde, invented in 1925, measures and records ionosphere reflecting layers heights to determine optimal frequencies for HF communications.
It is also known as a chirpsounder.

Typical ionodonde modes are vertical and oblique:
Typical ionosonde

The transmitted (Tx) frequency range from 2 to 30 MHz increases at a rate of about 100 kHz per second and is modulated digitally in increments of 25 kHz.

Matching receivers (Rx) detect and analyze the echos to determine the density of plasma at various heights (48-600 km).

The echo analysis generates an ionogram, which represent plasma density distribution in the ionospheric layers.


↑   8.3 Ionogram

An ionogram is a visual representation of the height of the ionospheric reflection of a specific HF radio frequency.
Typical ionogram
A typical ionogram
E, F1 and F2 indicate ionospheric layers

Ionograms usually contain a dual representation:

  1. A series of (more or less) horizontal lines indicating the virtual height,
    at which the (amplitude modulated) pulse will be echoed as a function of the operating frequency;

  2. A curve in vertical direction representing the density of electrons per cubic centimeter,
    as a function of height.

↑   8.4 How do "Ionospheric Plasma Clouds" form, and how can they be detected?

The ionospheric layers are not homogeneous, as explained below:

Ionospheric layers are composed of moving "plasma clouds"
of Ions and free electrons

F layer irregularities

The ionosphere is formed by Solar EUV Radiation and is disrupted by:
(1) The chaotic Solar Activity and (2) The Tropospheric Weather from far below.
Watch the clip Welcome to the Ionosphere ↑.
See NASA Visualization

What effect does tropospheric weather have on the ionosphere?

Storms, hurricanes, and strong wind patterns can all temporarily alter the TEC caused by EUV solar radiation.

In other words, the ionosphere and troposphere are coupled by a variety of mechanisms.

For instance, a lightning storm can cause electrodynamic interaction, as shown in the following figure.

Electrodynamical Coupling of the Troposphere with the Ionosphere
F layer irregularities

 

Sprites - Transient Luminous Events (TLEs)
Sprites
The different forms of Transient Luminous Events. Credit: NOAA

There are other complex mechanisms that couple the troposphere to the ionosphere. We won't go into detail at this point.

In conclusion, "ionospheric clouds" that develop as a result of the coupling between the troposphere and ionosphere may affect skywave HF propagation.


How are ionospheric "clouds" detected?

The Digisonde Directogram was developed to identify ionospheric plasma "clouds".


Digisonde Directogram

It consists of multi-beam ionosondes, which measure echoes coming from various locations.
Seven ionosonde beams (one vertically and six diagonally) are used to generate the ionograms.
The end result is an extended ionogram of "plasma clouds" as they drift over a Digisonde station.


Sample directogram for Cachimbo station from 12 UT Oct 10 to 12 UT Oct 11, 2002.
Blue color means ionospheric motion from west to east.


↑   8.5 Day/Night Cycle - Diurnal changes

The ionospheric characteristics change in different parts of the world depending on the time of day, the seasons, and the number of sunspots.
 
Typical diurnal changes in frequencies relevant to skywave
MUF and  Time
MUF - maximum usable frequency
FOT - frequency optimum transmission (or OWF)
EMUF - E layer maximum usable frequency
LUF - lowest usable frequency
A simulation of parameters for a 5KW transmitter link
between San Francisco, CA and Honolulu, HI (Oct 2002),
a presentation of Naval Postgraduate School.

    References:
  • MUF, LUF, FOT/OWF explained
  • Real-time MUF conditions

↑   8.6 Current Maps of MUF and foF2

    See below six online maps of regional propagation conditions, all based on recent Ionosonde measurements:
  1. Grayline map with a few regional MUF & solar indices updated every 3 hours; Provided by N0NBH
  2. MUF 3000 Km map - information about HF propagation conditions at a glance
    provided by KC2G updated every 15 minutes | There is also an animated version.
  3. Map of Critical Frequency (foF2) (NVIS operation) is provided by KC2G updated every 15 minutes

  4. The next 3 maps for Critical MUF are provided by Australian Gov SWS, updated every 15 minutes
  5. Map of NVIS map Critical Frequency foF2 at a vertical angle
  6. Map of T index foF2
  7. Map of foF2 Anomaly compared to the monthly median

↑     Greyline / Grayline map showing a few regional MUF values and global indices is updated every 3 hours.
Solar indices and Regional MUF
It shows day/night, 13 local MUF reports, and the Global Indices: SFI, SN Sunspot Number, A&K indices, 30.4 nm, Sig Noise, Geomag.

↑    Real-time MUF 3000 Km HF Propagation Map - real-time worldwide MUF map updated every 15 minutes

The map below was designed for amateur radio operators, and is updated every 15 minutes.
A radio path of 3,000 Km is being considered for unification. This map was developed between 2018 and 2021 to assist Radio Amateurs in finding the best times and frequencies for contacts by displaying HF Propagation conditions at a glance. However, this tool is limited; see note 1 below

 
MUF3000 map - if not displayed KC2G does not respond ***

↑ How to use this map?

The colored regions of this map, which are rebounded by Iso-Frequency contours, illustrate the Maximum Usable Frequency that is expected to bounce off of the ionosphere on a 3000 Km path. The grey line position is also included.

The ham bands are designated by iso-frequency contours: 5.3, 7, 10.1, 14, 18, 21, 24.8, and 28 Mhz.
For example, if a given area on the map is greenish and lies between the contours labeled "10" and "14," the MUF in that location is around 12 MHz.

The raw data is MUF calculated from data collected by ionosondes, which are represented by numbered discs that show their location.
A number inside a disc indicates the calculated 3000km MUF from the Critical ionospheric frequency, foF2. The information from the stations is compiled by Mirrion 2 and GIRO, and processed by the IRI model (produced by a joint task group of COSPAR and URSI).

The MUF along a path between any two locations shows the possibility of long-hop DX between those points on a given band.
For example, if the MUF is 12MHz, then 30 meters band and longer will work, but 20 meters band and shorter won't.
For long multi-hop paths, the worst MUF anywhere on the path is what matters. For single-hop paths shorter than 3000 Km, the usable frequency will be less than the indicated MUF. As one gets closer to vertical, i.e. NVIS, the usable frequency drops to the Critical ionospheric frequency, foF2 (as shown in the next map).

Additional Notes:

  1. The MUF(3000km) map shows the estimated MUF, calculated from ionograms. Inaccuracy can result from the limited coverage of innosonde stations, as well as the uncertainty associated with predicting the ionosphere's state using vertical sounding data. The effects of geomagnetic storms and Blackouts due to Elevated X-Ray flares and/or Proton Events are implicitly included in the results of ionograms. But it is impossible to predict band conditions for the next few hours. As a result, accuracy is insufficient for commercial radio service. Geospace dynamic models are still being developed.
  2.  
  3. The "MUF(3000km)" project is the result of research and development by Andrew D Rodland - KC2G, which is based on an earlier work by Matt Smith - AF7TI. WWROF financing and data from ionosonde operators all over the world, provided by GIRO and NOAA made it feasible. See also Acknowledgments.
  4.  
  5. Read more about this open source project.
  6.  
  7. Read more about the open source software and models.
  8.  
  9. Roland Gafner, HB9VQQ extended the static presentation with an excellent Animated Map showing the last 24 hours, in 15 minutes steps. ↑

↑     NVIS real-time worldwide map (critical frequency: foF2) provided by Andrew D Rodland, KC2G updated every 15 minutes

f0F2 map - if not displayed KC2G does not respond ***

The colored regions of this map, which are rebounded by Iso-Frequency contours, illustrate the Critical Frequency that is expected to bounce off of the ionosphere at near vertical angle. The ham bands (160, 80, 60, 40, 30 ,20m) are designated by iso-frequency contours: 1.8, 3.5, 5.3, 7, 10.1, and 14 Mhz.

foF2, as measured by ionosondes, is the raw data that powers the site.
Colored discs indicate the location of stations. A number inside each disc represents the Critical frequency, foF2.


↑  Another NVIS map provided the Australian Government Space Weather Services is updated every 15 minutes. It displays contours of the Critical Ionospheric Frequency - foF2. There are a few differences between this map and the KC2G map (above), mainly due to the choice of frequencies for the contours. The KC2G map highlights ham bands. This map however is designed for commercial use.
foF2 WW Map

Click on the map to view the source page. There is further information.


↑   T Index Map - foF2 is provided by Australian Government Space Wheather Services

The T index is intended to correct inconsistencies between sunspot number and solar flux, as well as to account for geomagnetic storms that may influence the fof2.

This index can be any value, however it is usually limited to a range of -50 to 200. Low numbers suggest the usage of lower HF frequencies and vice versa.


↑  Current Anomaly Map of critical frequency, foF2, compared to the monthly median

foF2 WW Anomaly Map

The plot above shows a near real-time foF2 anomaly map. The anomalies are calculated by subtracting the median foF2 for the last days from the currently observed foF2. The current foF2 and dataset are used to calculate the median foF2 the identical time of day and geographical attributes. The anomaly differences are in units of MHz. The regions in red indicate significantly lower frequencies compared to the last 30-day medians.
One may choose an animated display that shows changes in anomalies for the last 1-7 days.

 

↑   Chapter 9. Total Electron Content (TEC)

TEC is an important descriptive quantity - number of electrons integrated between two points along a one-meter-squared-cross-section tube. It is calculated from real-time foF2 data measured by ionosondes. It is a reliable indicator of how the ionization level of the ionosphere influences the propagation conditions of radio wave transmissions. TEC is strongly affected by solar activity.

Tropospheric weather may affect TEC:
The troposphere and ionosphere are separate atmospheric regions with distinct functions. However they do interact through various processes research model.
Tropospheric lightning may induced changes in total electron content, and consequently affect propagation conditions. Thunderstorms can also worsen the signal-to-noise ratio, in particular the lower HF bands i.e., tropospheric weather may affect propagation conditions of the HF bands, especially in the tropical regions.

Thus, monitoring and modeling TEC patterns and variations allows us to better understand and prepare for the constantly changing band condtions.

TEC data is gathered from thousands of ground-based GPS receivers around the globe. It is characterized by observing carrier phase delays of received radio signals transmitted from satellites located above the ionosphere, often using GPS satellites.

TEC distributions between seasons can be compared to each other. Data analysis showed qualitative trends relating the spring and fall equinoxes as well as the summer and winter solstices.

*** If you don't see TEC Map it may be due to outage of the DLR website ***
TEC/TECU provides the number of free electrons per square meter (x1016) for a shell height of 400 km. This map is based on measurements collected from ionosonde stations around the world, it provides near real-time information and data service for the current state of the ionosphere, related forecasts, and warnings.
Credit: Ionosphere Monitoring and Prediction Center (IMPC) of the European Space Agency`s network of space weather services.
 

See additional references on this topic.


 

↑ Chapter 10. What is Greyline propagation?

The greyline is a narrow band around the Earth that separates day and night.
Improved long-distance communications are possible on the lower HF bands for a brief period at dawn and dusk.

Why is radio propagation better along the greyline?

The absorbing D layer is gone, but the reflecting F-layer remains. This is because the F-layer receives sunlight while the D-layer does not.
Note: Because of the denser air at lower altitudes, the D-layer dissolves before sunset, and ion recombination is faster.

Greyline illustration
The height of the F and D layers
is exaggerated in comparison to Earth dimensions.
  An example of a grey-line map
Greyline map

Some radio operators use specialized greyline map to predict when the grey line will pass over their location, as well as the best frequencies and modes of propagation to apply at that time. Overall, greyline propagation is a fascinating and useful phenomenon that has the potential to open up exciting opportunities for long-distance radio communication.


↑ Chapter 11. Global HF & VHF Radio Propagation Conditions

Sub-topics:   11.1 Banners & Widgets   11.2 Solar Indices SN, SF   11.3 Geomagnetic Indices K, A   11.4 Predict Radio Flux at 10.7 cm

Global HF propagation conditions are the overall factors, such as Solar Activity, the ionosphere's current condition, and in particular the average global Ionization level of the F2-layer that influence HF radio waves on a global scale.

Please keep in mind that regional conditions could vary significantly from the global conditions.


↑   11.1 Global conditions » Banners and Widgets

Banners / Widgets may help in monitoring global variations in HF peopagation, providing users with brief messages and essential information.
Paul L Herrman (N0NBH) created the following banners:

Basic Solar indices


 

Additional solar indices bellow

  Ham bands global conditions

Solar-Terretrial Data, N0NBH
  Glossary of the Terms listed on the left column banner.
 
SFI - Solar Flux, 2800MHz (10.7cm) (SFU units) correlates with F2-layer ionization; higher value better HF conditions.
SN - Daily Sunspot Number is a measure of the solar activity; correlates with better HF conditions
K-Index: Geomagnetic Disturbance; good conditions K < 3   |   A -Index: 24 hours Average; good conditions A < 10
X-Ray; Scales: A, B, C, M, and  X (range from A0.0 to X9.9) affect D-layer absorption
30.4 nm: Total Solar Radiation SEM (Solar EUV Monitor) wavelenth: 30.4 nm that affects F-layer ionization
Pf - Proton Flux Density   |   Ef - Electron Flux Density in the Solar Wind; both impact E-layer
Aurora indicates the strength of the ionization of the F-layer in the polar regions
Bz - Magnetic Field z perpendicular to Earth's Ecliptic Plane   SW - Solar Wind
 
Aur Lat - Aurora Latitude: Calculation from NOAA - estimate the lowest latitude auroa is observed
 
EsEU - Sporadic E - Europe. Updated every ½ hour.
EsNA - Sporadic E - North America. Updated every ½ hour.
EME Deg - Earth-Moon-Earth Degradation/attenuation. Updated every ½ hour.
 
MUF - Maximum Usable Frequency (MHz), updated every 15 minutes.
 
MS - Meteor Scatter Activity colored bar (updated every 1/4 hour).
 
GeoMag - Calculated - Earth`s Geomagnetic based on K-Index. Updated every 3 hours.
Sig Noise - Calculated every ½ hour: S-units (Solar Wind and Geomagnetic Activity)

Read more about The Current Solar Images
visual comparison of the solar activity at four EUV wavelengths

Another banner with a map and extra solar-terrestrial data
Solar-Terretrial Data, N0NBH


↑   Global conditions » 11.2 - Solar Indices (SN, SF) Explained

The Extreme Ultra Violet radiation - EUV, creates the ionosphere, notably the F2-layer.

However EUV is completely absorbed by the inonosphere and therefore never reaches the ground. That is why ground-based devices cannot measure the solar EUV directly.

Prior to the space age, indirect markers enabled scientists to assess the F2-layer's ionization levels.
Sunspot Number and 10.7cm Solar Flux (@ 2800 MHz) have been the two Solar Indices employed.
Greater values of both may indicate better propagation conditions.

  1. SSN - Sunspot Number is a count of the number of dark spots seen (electro-magnetic storms) on the sun.
    Higher SSN values indicate improved conditions on 14 MHz band and above: SSN <50 poor propagation     SSN >150 ideal propagation.
  2.  
  3. SF - F10.7 cm Solar Radio Flux

    Solar Radio Flux SF refers to (2800 MHz / 10.7 cm) radio emissions from the solar atmosphere's corona. Higher flux correlates with increased ionization of the Earth E and F layers, enhancing HF radio propagation. Typical values (from bad to good conditions):

SFMUFPropagation
< 90< 15MHzfairly poor
> 100> 15MHzfairly good
> 120> 25MHzgood
> 150> 28MHzvery good
> 200> 50MHzextremely good

Supplementary information:
  1. The undisturbed solar surface, developing active regions, and short-lived enhancements above the daily level all contribute to 10.7 cm radio flux. Levels are determined and corrected to within a few percent.
  2. SF is quoted in terms of Solar Flux Units (SFU) = 10-22 Watts per metre2 per Hz.
  3. The amount of solar radiation varies around the world. Even with correction factors added, it is difficult to obtain a consistent series of results. To overcome this, the reading from the Penticton Radio Observatory in British Columbia, Canada, is used as the benchmark. As a result, these numbers are extremely useful for predicting ionospheric radio propagation.
  4. Radio telescopes in Ottawa (February 14, 1947-May 31, 1991) and Penticton, British Columbia, have routinely reported solar flux density at 2800 megahertz since June 1, 1991. Levels are determined every day at local noon (1700 GMT in Ottawa and 2000 GMT in Penticton) and then corrected to within a few percent for factors such as antenna gain, air absorption, bursts in progress, and background sky temperature.
  5. Sunspot Number records been traced back to the 17th century. However, these records are open to subjective observation and interpretation. The 10.7 cm wavelength (2800 MHz) also coincides with the daily number of sunspots. Both databases are interchangeable. The 10.7 cm Solar Flux data is more stable and reliable.

↑   Global conditions » 11.3 - Geomagnetic Indices K, A Explained

Solar flux (SF) improves wave propagation conditions, but chaotic solar activity can result in disruptive geomagnetic storms, quantified by the K index.

The combined effect of the terms Solar Flux (SF) and K-index
"Making Sense of Solar Indices" - Courtesy VK2FS, https://3fs.net.au/making-sense-of-solar-indices/
Solar Indices for best conditions

Good Propagation Conditions are when SF>200 (high free electron density) and K<2 (weak geomagnetic activity).


The Geomagnetic indices K and A indicate earth's magnetic field instability driven by chaotic solar storms that cause geomagnetic storms. Lower values of the A/K indices correlate to better propagation conditions.

The K-index is a value of Geomagnetic Activity.

It measures the maximum fluctuations of horizontal magnetic components observed on a magnetometer at a specific geographic locations, compared to a "quiet day", during a three-hour interval.
    The K-scale is quasi-logarithmic.
  • 0 to 1: The Best Conditions for contacts from 20 meters and up
  • 2 to 3: Good Conditions
  • 4 to 5: Average Conditions
  • 5 to 9: Poor Conditions
The A-index is a daily average level for geomagnetic activity.
    The A-scale is linear:
  • 1 to 5: Best conditions for the 10, 12, 15, 17 and 20 meter bands
  • 6 to 9: Average conditions exist
  • 10 and above: Poor conditions on 10-20 meters
  • A=400 indicates an extreme geomagnetic storm.
The K and A indices are averaged over places and time, as follows:
  1. K-index indicates a short-term (3 hours) instability of Earth's magnetic field, compared to a “quiet day”
  2. Kp-index is a weighted place average of K from a network of 13 mid-latitude stations.
  3. A-index indicates a longer-term (24 hours) instability of Earth's geomagnetic field (eight 3-hour values of K-indices)
  4. Ap-index is 24 hours average (eight 3-hour values) of Kp.
See the recent K and A indices, as provided by NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center
See the recent Terrestrial Data

↑   Global conditions » 11.4 - The Radio Flux at 10.7cm (SF) can be predicted

There are two recommended sources:
  1. Predicted sunspot number and Radio Flux at 10.7 cm are provided by NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center

    This is a multi-year (2022-2040) forecast of the monthly Sunspot Number and the monthly F10.7 cm radio flux.

    The Predicted values are based on the consensus of the Solar Cycle 24 Prediction Panel.

  2.  
  3. 27-Day Outlook of 10.7 cm Sun Radio Flux and the Earth Geomagnetic Indices
    prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center.
  4. The 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table , issued Mondays by 1500 UTC, is a numerical forecast of three key solar-geophysical indices; the 10.7 cm solar radio flux, the planetary A index, and the largest daily K values. A complete summary of weekly activity and 27-day forecasts since 1997, plus an extensive descriptive, are online as The Weekly.

The Sun and Space Weather

↑ Chapter 12 - Solar influence

Sub-topics:   12.1 Regular Solar Emission   12.2 Solar Activity   12.3 Sunspots   12.4 Solar Storms   12.5 Solar Cycle   12.6 Current Solar Events

Two sorts of solar events are recognized: quasi-constant regular emission and stormy solar activity.

All of these solar phenomena affect HF skywave propagation conditions.


↑   12.1 - Regular Solar Emission

The sun emits Electromagnetic Radiation across a wide spectrum from Gama-rays (on the left) to ELF (on the right).

Ionosphere formation is due to Solar EUV

The EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) is the most significant solar emission affecting terrestrial radio communications.

see below the measured spectral lines of a "quiet Sun" at Extreme Ultra Violet - EUV:

The EUV spectrum of the Sun, as measured by the SDO flown aboard a rocket in April 2008 (solar minimum between cycles 23 and 24)
Solar Spectrum SDO (Fig.11)

Solar Spectra in the Extreme UV (10-120 nm) are capable of ionizing molecules (of earth ionosphere) by a single-step energy transfer.
This EUV light is emitted from the solar chromosphere Courtesy NASA, UCAR.

Peak (He II) EUV radiation at a wavelength of 30.4 nm is the most important solar emission contributing to half of the Ionospheric F Layer ionization.

Lyman series-alpha Hydrogen-spectral-line at a wavelength of 121.6 nm ionizes Nitric Oxide (NO) at the D-Layer causing mostly absorption of HF bands below 10 MHz.


↑   12.2 - Solar Activity

Solar activity is driven by the sun's magnetic field. It is caused by a helical dynamo in the sun's core and a chaotic dynamo near the surface.
The main solar phenomena associated with HF radio propagation on Earth:

  1. Sunspots (last from a few days to a few months); the number of spots varies in 11-year solar cycle (a deterministic chaos)
  2. Flares (radiation bursts that last from tens of seconds to several hours)
  3. solar wind propels energetic particles.
  4. CME - Coronal mass ejections

All solar activity have an impact on Space weather.


↑   12.3 - Sunspots

Sunspots are dark, cooler regions of the Sun's surface created by local magnetic activity.

These are local magnetic fields that inhibit heat transport, resulting in lower surface temperatures. Sunspots can take on a variety of shapes, change size and last from a few hours to several months.

Below see two images of the Sun, that were taken at the same time (February 3, 2002) by NASA`s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) satellite courtesy European Space Agency and NASA.
Pictures were published by UCAR - Center for Science Education
Compare Sunspots and  Flares
Sunspots in visible light on the left; same scene in Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV 30.4 nm) on the right.

What is the reason for making observations of sunspots both in visible light and in ultraviolet light?

The sunspots can be seen in visible light, while the magnetic disturbances can be seen only in ultraviolet. Both of these images have been colorized.

The Current Solar Activity

Near real-time views of the Sun shown below were taken by SOHO telescope at various EUV wavelengths.
Brighter areas show higher levels of solar surface activity, i.e. higher Solar Flux Index.

Real-time SOHO images at EUV
EIT (Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope)
images of the solar activity at several wavelengths
 
17.1nm
Fe IX/X
SOHO 17.1nm
19.5nm
Fe XII
SOHO 19.5nm
28.4nm
Fe XIV
SOHO 28.4nm
30.4nm
Helium II
SOHO 30.4nm
Solar Images courtesy of NASA, Solar Data Analysis Center
Click on a thumbnail to view a larger image (opens a new window).
Sometimes you may see the text "CCD Bakeout" instead of the images.
For a technical explanation, read NASA CCD Bakeout explanation.
 

The Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) is an instrument on the SOHO spacecraft, used to obtain high-resolution images of the solar corona. The EIT is sensitive to EUV light at different wavelengths: 17.1, 19.5, 28.4 nm produced by ionized Iron, and 30.4 nm produced by Helium. The four images show the intensity distribution at these wavelengths, originating in the solar chromosphere and transition region.

The average and local intensity may vary by orders of magnitude on time scales of minutes to hours (unpredictable solar flares), days to months (predictable solar rotation), and years to decades (predictable Solar Cycle).

The ionospheric free electron density varies over similar magnitudes and time ranges as the EUV radiation.

 
The following video chronicles solar activity from Aug. 12 to Dec. 22, 2022, as captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). From its orbit in space around Earth, SDO has steadily imaged the Sun in 4K x 4K resolution for nearly 13 years. This information has enabled countless new discoveries about the workings of our closest star and how it influences the solar system.

133 Days on the Sun - Courtesy NASA Goddard


↑   12.4 - Solar Storms

For centuries, people have been observing sunspots without knowing what they are.

We now understand that these are symptoms of solar magnetic storms, which can cause Geomagnetic Storms that disrupt skywave communication.

    The major components of solar storms are Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections:

  1. Solar Flares are bursts of radiation (X-ray and EUV) from the Sun that enhance the ionospheric D-layer, causing Blackout events.
    Flares can last from tens of seconds to several hours.
  2.  
  3. Coronal Mass Ejections - CME are huge flows of matter (energetically charged particles) released from the sun (larger mass compared to the quasi-constant Solar wind).
    Solar Storms may generate CME
    Image of coronal mass ejection (CME) captured by NASA and ESA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)
    Credit: NASA / GSFC / SOHO / ESA


Sunspots, in contrast to flares and CMEs, are statistically predictable.
Sub-topic 11.4 presents long term prediction for Radio Flux at 10.7 cm.
Sub-topic 12.5 discusses the Solar Cycle.


↑   12.5 - Solar Cycle

The number of sunspots rises and falls in 11-year cycles. There are many sunspots during solar maximum and few during solar minimum.

Sunspot Number Progression since 1750

An animated overview of the Solar Cycle; published by NASA in May 2013

Solar magnetic reversals occur near solar maximum, when the number of sunspots is near its maximum, but it is often a gradual process that can take up to 18 months. The reversal will most likely take three to four months to complete.

The sunspot cycle begins when a sunspot appears on the Sun's surface at roughly 30 degrees latitude. The formation zone then travels toward the equator. At its maximal intensity, the Sun's global magnetic field has its polar regions reversed, as if a positive and negative end of a magnet were flipped at each of the Sun's poles.

There have been 24 (11-years) solar cycles since 1749. The magnetic field of the sun totally flipped every 11 years or so. In other words, the sun's north and south poles switched places. After two reversals (22 years), the solar magnetic field returns to its former orientation. This is known as Hale cycle.

Understanding the complex interactions between solar magnetic fields, sunspots, and the solar cycle is crucial for understanding the Sun's dynamic behavior and impact on Earth.

The Current 25th Cycle

The number of sunspots observed far exceeds predictions (see the graph below).
Sunspot Number Progression
The Recent Sunspot Number Progression
The recent Estimated International Sunspot Number (EISN)

Solar flux like sunspot number can be also used to show the observed and predicted Solar Cycle.
In January 2023 the Solar Flux have reached 182.47 unites compared to the predicted 100.4 units.
In July 2023 the Solar Flux have reached 177.53 unites compared to the predicted 111.1 units.
In Dec 2023 the Solar Flux have reached 159.28 unites compared to the predicted 120.4 units.
Sunspot Number Progression

  1. Solar Cycle Notable Events

  2. In the 19th century, more than 150 years ago, extreme events had been observed.

    The Carrington Event was the most intense geomagnetic storm, recorded on 1 to 2 September 1859 during solar cycle 10.
    SSN progression 1845-65
  3. Notable Events in the Recent Years

  4. The sun is getting angry; Should you really worry about solar flares? (August 2023)
    Misteries behind explosions on the Sun

    A glob of plasma and radiation that was blasted by an unexplained explosion on the sun's far side is expected to crash with Mars.
    According to researchers, if the solar storm strikes the Red Planet, it may cause weak UV auroras and even shred a portion of the Martian atmosphere.

    It missed us by 9 days (April 2022)
    9Days



  5. Comparison of recent Solar Cycle
    Comparison of Solar Cycles

  6. North-South Sunspot Asymmetries

  7. Previous research has found north-south asymmetries for solar activity. These data point to some decoupling between the two hemispheres during the evolution of the solar cycle, which is consistent with dynamo theories. So yet, only little data are available for the two hemispheres independently for the most important solar activity metric, sunspot numbers. Below see an example:
    Hemispheric Sunsopt Number 1950-2021 provided by SIDC - Solar Influences Data Analysis Center, Royal Observatory of Belgium

  8. Solar Cycle - radio emissions may indicate complex processes

  9. Multi-frequency (VHF-SHF) radio bursts superimposed on a persistent background characterize solar flares:
    Solar Radio Emission
    Picture Source: Patrick McCauley Mccauley.pi, CC BY-SA 4.0
  10. Solar Radio Burst Distrubutions

  11. Different sunspot cycles can have different radio burst distributions at 245 MHz.
    That is to say that the sunspot cycles can vary and that they may not be considered identical.

    See an article covering Burst Comparisons, Probabilities, and Extreme Events:
    Solar Radio Burst Statistics in 8 Bands and Implications for Space Weather Effects
    by O. D. Giersch, J. Kennewell, M. Lynch (2017)
  12. Solar Interference with Terrestrial Services

  13. Solar radio bursts from the Sun can interfere with communication, radar, and navigation systems (e.g., GPS).
    The forecast of future solar events will be an underestimate of the true burst rate due to the deficiencies in the data archives.
    1 Solar radio emission as a disturbance of radio mobile networks (June 2022).
    2 What a Solar Flare *Sounds* Like When It Reaches Earth (2013)
    3 An analysis of solar noise outbursts and their application to space communication (1971)

↑   12.6 - Current and Recent Solar Events

  1. Effective Solar Flux / Effective Sunspot Number Andrew D Rodland, KC2G | GIRO, NOAA NCEI, WWROF
  2. Current Sunspot Regions Space Weather Live Belgium
  3. Solar Synoptic Map
    Forecasters at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center use synoptic maps to view the various characteristics of the solar surface on a daily basis. They create a snapshot of the features of the Sun each day by drawing the various phenomena they see, including active regions, coronal holes, neutral lines (the boundary between magnetic polarities), plages and filaments, and prominences. This map is a valuable tool for assessing the conditions of the sun and making the appropriate forecast for those conditions.
  4. Recent Hours Solar Events:
    1. Recent Solar Watch NOAA
    2. Views of the Sun taken by SOHO and the Yohkoh soft-Xray telescope at various EUV wavelengths
    3. CME - Corona Mass Ejection, monitored by LASCO
    4. The sun today NASA SDO's AIA - Atmospheric Imaging Assembly
    5. Solar Data Analysis Center - serves Solar Images, Solar News, Solar Data, and Solar Research NASA
    6. Monitor Solar Active Regions - search by date Peter Thomas Gallagher, Irland
    7. EarthSky A private initiative to advertise solar events
  5. Recent days:
    1. X-Rays Flares Scales
    2. 3 Days X-Ray Flux Viewed by GOES, SWPC NOAA
    3. 3 Days Proton Flux viewed by GOES, SWPC NOAA
    4. Solar Wind Energy Rice University
    5. Near-Earth solar wind forecasts (EUHFORIA) provided by ESA
  6. Recent Month Sunspot Number SILSO, Royal Observatory of Belgium
  7. Recent Month Daily Sunspot Number MET Malaysia
  8. Recent Month Solar Activity Plot Australian Space Weather Services
  9. Recent week, month, and year
    1. Solar Terrestrial Activity (Graphs and links) Solen-Jan Alvestad
    2. Last month Solar and geomagnetic data Table copied from Institute of Ionosphere, Kazakhstan Solen-Jan Alvestad
  10. Recent Years Unique Blackouts NOAA
  11. Archive of remarkable solar activity and space weather events (select month and year)
  12. Historical innovation RHESSI NASA
  13. Historic Notable Events List Of Solar Storms Wikipedia
 

↑   Chapter 13. Space Weather

Space weather refers to "events in space" beginning with Solar storms that affect the geospace environment and induce geomagnetic storms.

Sub-topics:
13.1 Definitions and explanations 13.2 Solar Wind 13.3 Magnetosphere 13.4 Geomagnetic Storms 13.5 Space Weather Reports 13.6 Space Weather Prediction

Why is Space Weather relevant to HF propagation?
HF communications can be disrupted by Solar Flares and Geomagnetic Storms, which alter the ionosphere. Five major events are related to Space Weather:
  1. Solar Wind is a continuous stream of energetic charged particles flowing away from the sun.
  2. Solar Flares - flashes of radiation
  3. CME - Coronal Mass Ejections - A huge amount of charged particles flowing away from the sun at speeds faster than Solar Wind.
  4. The Magnetosphere protects Earth from the Solar Wind.
  5. Geomagnetic storms are caused by enhanced solar wind carrying energetic charged particles.
Space Weather Illustration
An illustration of the Space Weather environment
The Lagrange Mission was designed to monitor hazardous CMECoronal Mass Ejections headed toward Earth.
Credit: European Space Agency. Baker, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO AGU - Advanced Earth and Space Science; Titles added by webmaster (4x4xm)
 

On the right side (of the above picture), you may see an illustration of the Magnetosphere, which protects Earth from Solar Wind. The magnetosphere is a part of a dynamic, interconnected system that responds to solar, planetary, and interstellar conditions. It is disturbed when solar wind interacts with the space environment surrounding Earth.

The Lagrange point L1 is of interest because a sattlite placed at L1 can keep pace with the Earth as it orbits the Sun, always staying on a line between the Earth and the Sun.

See below amimation of that satellite trapped at the
L1 point of the Sun-Earth-Moon gravitational system

Published by Space Weather Live

↑   13.1 - Space Weather Definitions and explanations

Space Weather refers to changes in space conditions, beginning with Solar Activity that disrupt the geospace environment and earth's magnetic field (geomagnetic storms).

 
  1. What kind of weather events occur in space?
  2. When are they likely to strike?
  3. Why doesn't space weather just torch us?
  4. What are the effects of space weather on Earth?
  5. How do scientists monitor space weather?
  6. Can individuals prepare for space weather events?
 
Space Weather Scales NOAA | pdf
The NOAA Space Weather Scales describe three event types, with numbered levels (0-5) for severity and possible effects. G1-5   Geomagnetic storms
S1-5   Solar storms
R1-5   Radio Blackouts

The Recent Space Weather conditions

↑   13.2 - What is Solar Wind?

The solar wind is a stream of (quasi-constant) energetic charged particles emitted by the sun's corona, primarily electrons, protons, and alpha particles.

In addition to the quasi-constant flux of particles, the sun occasionally emits a significantly larger mass of particles known as CME (Coronal Mass Ejection).

The figure above is an illustration of the solar wind reaching the Earth's magnetosphere. It shows how the solar wind rearranges the magnetosphere, compressesing the magnetic field on the side facing the sun, while elongating it on the opposite (far) end.

How long does it take for Solar Wind to reach earth?
The electrons are the first to reach Earth. During a coronal mass ejection (CME), however, energetic charged particles travel at higher speed. Electrons may arrive 20 to 30 minutes after the storm begins, whereas heavier particles such as protons arrive in a day and alpha particles can take up to four days.

Variations in solar wind velocity are associated with waves and turbulence, with higher-speed streams undergoing larger fluctuations. Scientists classify solar wind based on a variety of variables, including speed, density, pressure, energy per particle, and other characteristics.

Understanding the characteristics and behavior of the solar wind is crucial for studying space weather and its effects on HF radio propagation.


↑   13.3 - The Magnetosphere and Earth's magnetic field

Geomagnetic conditions refer to the state of the magnetosphere created by the Earth's magnetic field as affected by the solar activity.

 

The magnetosphere is a "magnetic bubble" that surrounds Earth and protects us from the Solar Wind.

Its shape depends on the pressure of the solar wind and the orientation of the Earth’s magnetic field.

 

Earth's magnetic field
known also as the
geomagnetic field


The Earth's magnetic field is generated by currents caused by the circulation of molten iron in the inner core and nickel convection currents in the outer core.

↑   13.4 - Geomagnetic Storms Affect HF propagation

A Geomagnetic Storm is a major temporary disturbance in the magnetosphere that can cuase auroras.

Major magnetic storms can disrupt HF propagation (3-30 MHz) by changing the distribution of free electrons in the ionosphere.

Illustration of Geonagnetic storms as seen from earth close to polar regions (public domain images):

What causes geomagnetic storms?

When a CME enters the magnetosphere, it causes a Geomagnetic Storm

A CME is a shock-wave of highly charged particles emitted by the sun.

↑   13.5 - Online Reports of Space Weather Conditions

NOAA Scales Current -24H -48H
Geomagnetic storms G- G- G-
Solar storms S- S- S-
Radio Blackouts R- R- R-
The NOAA Space Weather Scales describe three event types
with numbered levels (0-5) for severity and possible effects.

Report Title Publisher
  1. Real-time Solar Terrestrial Probe Rice Space Institute
  2. The last 24 hours Space Weather Plots Solar Terrestrial Dispatch
  3. The last 3 days Solar X-ray flux, Proton flux, and Geomagnetic Activity NOAA SWPC services
  4. Recent Kp index Europen Space Weather Service
  5. Recent Solar-Terrestrial Data N0NBH, Paul L Herrman

↑ Real-time Solar Terrestrial Probe, provided by Rice Space Institute see there "Real Time Dials"
The Solar Terrestrial Probe monitors Solar Wind and Interplanetary Magnetic Field.
Color schemes: Green indicates that values in this range are unlikely to disturb the near-Earth space environment. Yellow indicates that values in this range may contribute to disturbances, and Red indicates that values in this range are likely to drive disturbances.
Put the cursor over each image to see an explanation.
sw speed sw density sw pressure SW temperature
Real-Time Solar Wind (SW)
 
IMF magnitude IMF Clock IMF Azimuth
Real-Time Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF)

 

↑ Real-time Space Weather Plots
published by Solar Terrestrial Dispatch

Click on the image below
Recent Space Weather Parameters
 

↑ Recent 3 days Solar X-ray flux, Proton flux, and Geomagnetic Activity
Published by NOAA SWPC services


Reference: Space Weather images at (US) NOAA SWPC services
 

↑ Kp index
provided by Europen Space Weather Service Network


 

↑ Recent Solar-Terrestrial Data
Provided by N0NBH, Paul L Herrman

On the right last 30 days graph
Recent Solar Terrestrial Dara, N0NBH
On the left: the recent values
 
SFI - Solar Flux, 2800MHz (10.7cm)higher value better HF conditions.
SN - Daily Sunspot Number is a measure of the recent solar activity
30.4 nm: EUV Radiation that affects F-layer ionization
EVE: SDO EUV Variability Experiment; SEM: SOHO Solar EUV Monitor
K-Index: Geomagnetic Disturbance; good conditions K < 3
A -Index: 24 hours Average; good conditions A < 10
Ptn - Proton Flux / Elc - Electron Flux Density, both impact E-layer
Aurora indicates the strength of the ionization of the F-layer in the polar regions
Aur Lat - Aurora Latitude estimated lowest latitude
Solar Wind speed
Mag Bz - Magnetic Field z perpendicular to Earth's Ecliptic Plane
S Noise S-units: This value shows how much noise, in S Units, is being generated
by the interaction between the solar wind and the earth’s geomagnetic activity.
The higher the numbers, the greater the noise.
GeoMag Earth`s Geomagnetic Field stablility based on K-Index. Levels:
Very Quiet, Quiet, Unsettled, Active, Minor Storm, Major Storm, Severe Storms, or Extreme Storms
 


↑   13.6 - Space Weather Predictions

ACE project of Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)

Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) collects data from a satellite that is located at the L1 Lagrange point, which is a point in space where the gravitational forces of the Earth and the Sun balance each other.

The data collected by ACE SWPC includes measurements of solar wind, earth's magnetic field, and energetic particles that are crucial for predicting space weather events like geomagnetic storms and solar flares. ACE SWPC processes this data and produces alerts and forecasts for space weather events that could potentially impact satellites, power grids, communication systems, and other technological infrastructure on Earth.

The military, airlines, power companies, and telecommunications providers all use ACE SWPC data and predictions to make decisions and take precautions to protect their assets and operations from the effects of space weather.

  1. Real-time Space Weather Conditions R-S-G, EUV, CME, Aurora, GOES Flux (X-Ray, Proton), K-index
  2. Index of NOAA SWPC services: products, experimental, images, text data format, and json data format
  3. Solar Wind predicted, 3-hours to 7-days
  4. 3 day forecast R, S, G - Space Weather Scales
  5. SWPC Forecasts, Reports, Models, Observations, Summaries, Alerts, Experimental
  6. Weekly Highlights and Forecasts of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity
  7. Extracted dynamic set of parameters required for HF propagation, published by Doug Brandon, N6RT at DX.QSL.net


↑ Recent Fadeouts / Blackouts Predictions (due to D-layer absorption) as a result of X-ray Flare and/or Solar Proton Event

D Region Absorption Predictions
Click to get an animation of the recent eight hours
provided by NOAA SWPC.

Explanations:

The D-Region Absorption Product was developed to address the operational impact of solar X-ray flare and Solar Energy Proton events on HF radio communication. Long-distance communications employing high frequency (HF) radio waves (3 - 30 MHz) rely on signal reflection in the ionosphere. Radio waves are frequently reflected around the peak of the F2 layer (300 km altitude), however the radio wave signal undergoes attenuation due to absorption by the intervening D-region along the path to the F2 peak and back.

The D-Region Absorption model is used to help understanding HF radio degradation and blackouts.
  1. X-ray Solar Flare
    Solar flares are radiation bursts of X-ray 1-10 Å) increase the ionization of the D-Layer at 50-90 km altitude. As a result radio signals fade out.
    The X-Ray flux levels are labeled A, B, C, M, and X on a logarithmic scale (from A0.0 to X9.9). See reports of recent flux levels.
    The D-Region Absorption model is used as a guide to understand the possible fadeouts and blackouts.
  2.  
  3. Solar Proton Event SPE and SEP
    Solar Particle Event (SPE)
    SPE refer to protons ejected by the Sun during a solar flare or a Coronal Mass Ejection shock. A major CME could cause Solar Particle Event (SPE).

    Solar Energetic Particle (SEP)
    SEP are ejected from the Sun at high speeds, interact with Earth's magnetosphere, guided by the Earth's magnetic field, reaching the north and south poles for upper atmosphere penetration.

    When highly charged particles reach Earth Fadeouts and Blackouts (of Radio Communication) can occur.
    Fast energetic protons penetrate all the way to down the D-Layer, boosting ionozation levels at high and polar latitudes. Polar Cap Absorption (PCA) occurs because enhanced ionization significantly increases the absorption of radio signals traveling through the region. In extreme cases, HF radio signal absorption levels may reach tens of decibels, which is enough to absorb the majority (if not all) transpolar transmissions. These blackout events often last between 24 and 48 hours.

 

↑ Chapter 14. Summary

  1. Understanding HF radio propagation can help Radio Amateurs to plan their activities.
     
  2. Solar EUV radiation ionizes the upper atmosphere.
  3.  
  4. The Ionosphere is divided into layers:
  5. Ionospheric D-E-F Layers
    1. D-layer at 50-90 km, consists NO+ (ionized Nitric Oxide) up to ~1010 electrons/m3 excited by 121.6 nano-meter UVC
      The D layer exsists only during daytime. It blocks radio wave under 10 MHz from reaching the higher layers, but enables short range NVIS operation at frequencies ranging from 2 to 8 MHz. Moreover, X-ray Solar Flares, 0.1-1 nm (X-ray), may enhance D-layer, causing Blackout events.
    2. E-layer at 90-150 km, consists O2+ (ionized Oxygen) up to ~1011 electrons/m3 excited by 1-10 nano-meter EUV
      Medium-Frequency (MF) and Sporadic VHF reflector. Negligible at night.
    3. F-layer at 180-600 km, consists H+, He+ (ionized Hydrogen and Helium) up to ~1012 electrons/m3 excited by 10-100 nano-meter EUV
      Splits at daytime into F1 and F2. The F2 layer is the most important during day time.
     
  6. Skywaves bounced from the F layer of the the ionosphere are used for long-range HF communications.
  7.  
  8. Skywaves are reflected due to multiple refractions by the ionosphere layers.
    Effective range for communication is a function of the incident angle
    incident angle
    and the MUF is affected by the free electron density in the ionosphere:
  9.  
    Ionospheric electron density - typical profiles

    Day/Night, and Solar Cycle Min/Max variations
    are based on 1987 research of Arthur D. Richmond

     
  10. Local changes: The ionospheric layers are not homogeneous, rather composed of moving "plasma clouds".
    F layer irregularities
  11.  
  12. Diurnal changes: Day/Night cycle
  13.  
  14. Seasonal effects: Electron densities are higher in the summer compared to the winter, and nearer the equator compared to the poles, due to more direct solar radiation. HF radio signals are more efficiently reflected in the summer and closer to the equator.
  15.  
  16. Regional anomalies:
    • Winter anomaly - present in the northern hemisphere, but absent in the southern hemisphere
    • Equatorial anomaly
    • Equatorial electrojet due to solar winds
    • Solar X-ray bursts cause Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances (SID)
    • P cap absorption (PCA) due to solar protons
    • Geomagnetic storms and ionospheric storms
    • Lightning storms can cause ionospheric perturbations in the D-Region
  17.  
  18. The Critical Frequency is an important characteristic that defines short wave propagation conditions. It correlates with Sunspot Number.
    The graph below illustrates variations in the Critical Frequency as a function of years and seasons.

    Critical frequency and Sunspot Number and Time, published by AGSWS
    Correlation of SSN and Critical Frequencies and  Time

  19. The left vertical axis denotes Critical Frequency - the highest frequency reflected at noon at near vertical angles from the F2, F1, and E leyers.
    The information was derived from ionograms collected at noon in Canberra, Australia.
    The highest F2 layer has greater relative fluctuations in electron density than the lower F1 and E layers, bacuse it is more influenced by the solar activity.

    The right vertical axis shows sunspot sumber represented in the graph by the redish line.

     
  20. Communication conditions can be unexpectedly disrupted due to solar storms, which affect the D Region. This layer may completely block signals in all the HF bands (3-30 MHz).
     
  21. In a typical Solar Flare, X-rays penetrate to the bottom of the ionosphere (to around 80 Km) and enhance the ionization of the D layer that acts both, as a reflector of radio waves at some frequencies and an absorber of lower frequencies. The Radio Blockouts associated with Solar flares occurs in the dayside region of Earth and is most intense when the sun is directly overhead.
  22.  
  23. Solar Protons can also disrupt HF radio communication. These protons are guided by earth's magnetic field, such that they collide with the upper atmosphere near the north and south poles. The fast-moving protons have an effect similar to the X-Ray flares and create an enhanced D-Layer thus blocking HF radio communication at high latitudes. During auroral displays, the precipitating electrons can enhance other layers of the ionosphere and have similar disrupting and blocking effects on radio communication. This occurs mainly on the night side of the polar regions of Earth where the aurora is most intense and most frequent. See Polar Cap Absorption (PCA) events.
     
  24. Solar indices such as SSN, SF, and K & A are used to quantify the propagation conditions.
  25. See The Current Band Conditions at a glance
 

↑ References

The References below are organized by 12 topics, as follows:
  1. Monitor Band Activity of Radio Amateurs Real-time watching of worldwide hams' activity
  2. Propagation modes Basic principles and models
  3. Skywave Propagation via Ionosphere > Propagation > Ionospheric Intro & Model > Layers/Regions > MUF-LUF-OWF > Seasonal & Anomalies > Probing
  4. NVIS unique mode of a skywave
  5. Greyline
  6. Solar Phenomena
  7. Solar Indices
  8. Space Weather What is it? Solar Indices | Geomagnetic Storms - Impact on HF radio Propagation | Space Weather Agencies & Services
  9. Recent Observations of The Sun, Space, Terrestrial, TEC Total Electron Content, MUF from ionosondes, Propagation Charts
  10. Predicted Solar Flux, Sunspot Number & Space Weather Indices
  11. Tools and Applications for analyzing and forecasting HF propagation
  12. Misc. References Definitions, cross-disciplinary research etc.

  1. Monitor HF Band Activity of Radio Amateurs ↑ Real-time watching of worldwide hams' activity

    Remote Public SDR Receivers via internet ↑

    WebSDR - Web Software-Defined Radio, is an online platform that allows users to remotely access and control software-defined radio receivers over the Internet.

    There are two networks, WebSDR and KiwiSDR:

    1. WebSDR list of public stations
      1. Wideband WebSDR at the University of Twente, Enschede, NL
      2. background
      3. FAQ
    2.  
    3. KiwiSDR map of public stations
      1. KiwiSDR list of public stations
      2. Introduction to using the KiwiSDR
      3. KiwiSDR design review
    4.  
    5. Read about the SDR - Software Designed Radio Technology. Wikipedia ↑

    DX Clusters

    1. DXMAPS website Use DX Maps to understand HF Propagation conditions Youtube
    2. DXZone curation of 51 DX clusters nodes
    3. DXWatch filter Spot Search and Create Your Filter
    4. Sites for Checking Signal Propagation and Band Activity SPARC (W6SPR)
    5. A real-time HF DX communications Map hfdxview.org by Jon Harder, NG0E
    6. Reporters of digital modes

    7. PSKReporter
    8. HF Signal Propagation Reporter, PSK/JT65/FT-8/CW/JT9 HamRadioConcepts KJ4YZI
    9.  
      APRS-IS - Automatic Packet Reporting System-Internet Service
       
    10. Find Real-Time Contacts, DX Cluster, Spotter Network, APRS  HamRadioConcepts KJ4YZI
    11. VHF Propagation Map APRS-IS real-time radio propagation from stations operated near 144 MHz
    12. WSPR - Weak Signal Propagation Reporter ↑

    13. WSPRnet website
    14. WSPR Rocks
    15. WSPR Live
    16. Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Wikipedia
    17. WSPR - An Introduction for Beginners | WSJT-X Ham Radio Ham Radio DX, 7-Jan-2022
    18. WSPR Explained: How to Get Started With One-Way Ham Radio ExtremeTech
    19. Average propagation conditions: The recent WSPR reports on 80-10m Ham Bands up to 60 days WSPR Rocks
    20. Beacons

    21. NCDXF Beacon Network see above ↑
    22. International Beacon Project NCDXF
    23. Beacons IARU
    24. International Beacon Project (IBP) Wikipedia
    25. High Frequency Beacons and Propagation VU2AWC
    26. Amateur Radio Propagation Beacon Wikipedia
    27. Ham Radio Beacon List Google
    28. Types of Radio beacon HF Underground
    29. Investigating Radio propagation using beacons HF Underground
    30. Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) | History | Online Activity
    31. Beacon monitoring programs DXZone
    32. Detect Changes in Propagation Conditions by RBN, WSPR, PSKR etc.

    33. Reverse Beacon Networks – PSK Reporter And WSPR 2013 Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC
    34. Interpreting WSPR Data for Other Communication Modes 2013 Dr. Carol F. Milazzo, KP4MD
    35. Ionospheric Sounding Using Real-Time Amateur Radio Reporting Networks 2014 AGU
    36. Using the WSPR Mode for Antenna Performance Evaluation and Propagation Assessment on the 160-m Band 2022 Jurgen Vanhamel et al
    37. Ham Radio Reporting Networks 2023 HamSCI
    38. Automatic link establishment (ALE)

    39. Automatic link establishment (ALE) Wikipedia
      ALE is a (military or commercial) feature in an HF communications radio transceiver system that enables the radio station to make contact, or initiate a circuit, between itself and another HF radio station or network of stations. The purpose is to provide a reliable rapid method of calling and connecting during constantly changing HF ionospheric propagation, reception interference, and shared spectrum use of busy or congested HF channels.
     

  2. Radio Waves Propagation ↑

    Waves, EM Radiation, Radio waves - Basic principles

    1. Electromagnetic Radiation Wikipedia
    2. Electromagnetic Spectrum Wikipedia
    3. Lyman series-alpha hydrogen radiation at a wavelength of 121.6 nm Wikipedia
    4. Gama Ray Wikipedia
    5. Radio Waves Wikipedia
    6. Radio propagation Wikipedia
    7. Refractive index in general Wikipedia ↑ The refractive-index-of-the-ionosphere
    8. Introduction to RF Propagation John S. Seybold
    9. Radio Propagation Tutorial Basics Electronics-Notes
    10. Propagation Overviews

    11. The Rebirth of HF Rohde & Schwarz
    12. Course Overview: Atmospheric Effects on Electromagnetic Systems Naval Postgraduate School
    13. All-In-One Overview: There is nothing magic about propagation José Nunes – CT1BOH (2021)
    14. Overview: Understanding HF / VHF / UHF / SHF Propagation Paul L Herrman N0NBH
    15. Propagation of Radio Waves Basu, VU2NSB principles and methods
    16. Propagation Modes

    17. LOS - Line Of Sight propagation Wikipedia
    18. Ground Wave
    19. Ground Wave Propagation Wikipedia
    20. Ground Wave Propagation Tutorial Electronics-Notes
    21. Ground wave MF and HF propagation AGSWS Part of key topics within ionospheric HF propagation
    22. Ground Wave Propagation BYJU’S Tuition Centre
    23. Skywave / Skip↑
    24. Skywave or Skip Propagation Wikipedia
    25. Skywaves & Skip Zone Electronics-Notes Key topics within ionospheric HF propagation
    26. Path length and hop length for HF sky wave and transmitting angle AGSWS
    27. Skip zone Wikipedia
    28. Atmospheric Ducting Wikipedia
    29. Tropospheric Ducting Wikipedia
     

  3. Skywave Propagation via Ionosphere ↑
            Propagation > Refractive Index > Ionospheric Intro > Model > Layers/Regions > MUF-LUF-OWF > Seasonal & Anomalies > Probing

      Skywave Propagation

    1. HF Progagation: The Basics - QST, December 1983 Denis J. Lusis, W1JL/DL
    2. The HF Bands for Newcomers, ARRL (2007) Gary Wescom, N0GW
    3. Introduction to HF Propagation (33 pages presentation, Nov 2018) Rick Fletcher, W7YP
    4. Propagation of radio waves explained PA9X
      Radio waves; Earth’s atmosphere (from Troposphere to Ionosphere); Main Propagation modes; Ionospheric layers; Solar Activity; Sunspots and Solar Flux; Solar Wind; Earth’s Geomagnetic Field; Solar Flares; Coronal Holes; CME; The 27-day cycle; The sunspot cycle; The Earth’s seasons; How HF propagation is affected by solar activity: Flares, Coronal holes, CME; Unique propagation effects: Sporadic-E, Backscatter, Aurora, Meteor scatter, Trans-Equatorial, Field Aligned Irregularities.
    5. When is the best time to make an HF contact? Propagation Prediction tools Ria's Ham Shack Ria Jairam, N2RJ, 7 April 2022
      When is the ideal time to make HF contact with a specific region of the world?
      A general talk of about 18 minutes, without demonstrations or definitions of basic concepts.
    6. An Introduction to HF propagation and the Ionosphere ZL1BPU
    7. Ionospheric propagation Basics Electronics-Notes
    8. Introduction to Ionospheric HF Radio Propagation AGSWS
    9. Understanding HF Propagation Rohde Schwarz
    10. Understanding HF Propagation Steve Nicols, G0KYA, RSGB
    11. Radio Propagation 101 - Why should you be interested in propagation? Dan Vanevenhoven
    12. Ward Silver On Radio Wave Propagation Ham Radio Crash Course
    13. The Ionosphere, Shortwave Radio, and Propagation MIT Film & Video Production club
    14. The Effects Of The Ionosphere On Radio Wave Propagation An Excellent Presentation made more than 86 years ago!!! Art Bodger
    15. Ionospheric Propagation University of Toronto
    16. Regional and Long Distance Skywave Communications Ken Larson, KJ6RZ
    17. Transequatorial Radio Propagation CO8TW
    18. Ionospheric Introduction

    19. Welcome to the Ionosphere NASA Goddard
    20. Ionization (basics) Wikipedia
    21. Plasma (basics) Wikipedia ↑
    22. Plasma recombination Wikipedia ↑
    23. The Ionosphere UCAR
    24. Ten Things to Know About the Ionosphere NASA
    25. Ionosphere Electronics-Notes
    26. Refractive Index of Ionosphere Calculator Calculator A to Z
    27. The refractive index and the absorption index of the ionosphere Research notes
    28. Ionosphere and Radio Communication Saradi Bora, Kamalabaria College, North Lakhimpur, Assam, India
      The ionospheric refractive index P.126
    29. Refractive index of ionosphere Plasma Physics
    30. Ionospheric Radio Wave Propagation Richard Fitzpatrick, University of Texas at Austin
    31. The Complex Refractive Index of the Earth's Atmosphere and Ionosphere Ernest K. Smith, University of Colorado
    32. Ionospheric model

    33. Ionosphere (basics) Wikipedia
    34. Introduction to the ionosphere Anita Aikio
    35. Ionospheric model Wikipedia
    36. Layers / Regions

    37. Mesopause Wikipedia ↑
    38. Distribution of ionospheric electrons Bob Brown, NM7M (SK), Ph.D.
    39. The Ionosphere and the Sun Naval Postgraduate School
    40. Layers of Ionization Wikipedia
    41. Ionospheric D, E, F, F1, F2 Regions Electronics-Notes
    42. D Layer Wikipedia
    43. Ionospheric D Region Britannica
    44. D-Layer absorption of radio signals Ham Radio School
    45. Day vs Night Ionospheric Layers Northern Vermont University Lyndon Atmospheric Sciences
    46. E Layer Wikipedia
    47. Sporadic E propagation Wikipedia
    48. Sporadic E Layer ScienceDirect
    49. Sporadic E Propagation in 2 minutes VK3FS
    50. Sporadic E Propagation VK3FS
    51. Understanding Sporadic E Propagation for VHF DX Ham Radio DX
    52. Understanding Sporadic E Rohde Schwarz
    53. F Layer Wikipedia
    54. MUF, LUF, OWF/FOT - Explanation of the concepts; see below How is MUF determined?

    55. HF Radiation - Choosing the Right Frequency Naval Postgraduate School
    56. MUF Maximum usable frequency Wikipedia
    57. The Critical frequency Wikipedia
      The Critical Frequency as a Function of: Free Electron Density, MUF, Plasma Frequency, Index of Refraction
    58. Critical frequency, MUF, LUF & OWF Electronics-Notes
    59. How to use Ionospheric Propagation? Electronics-Notes ↑
    60. Regular Ionospheric Variations

    61. Sunspot Number and critical frequencies and Time (Years and Seasons) AGSWS
    62. Season Rollover – Why do shortwave frequencies have to change? Neale Bateman, BBC
    63. Persistent anomalies to the idealized ionospheric model Wikipedia
    64. The Seasonal Behavior of the Refractive Index of the Ionosphere over the Equatorial Region Turkish Journal of Science & Technology
    65. Effect of Seasonal Anomaly or Winter on The Refractive Index of in Height of The Ionospheric F2-Peak International Journal of Basic & Applied Sciences
    66. Ionosphere Probing Principles | Ionosondes | Ionograms | Stations | Charts | R & D

    67. Introduction To Ionospheric Sounding (2006) Bruce Keevers, National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA
    68. Principles - Theoretical and Methodolical Aspects
    69. Chirping Explained - Passive Ionospheric Sounding and Ranging Peter Martinez, G3PLX
    70. Chirp reception and interpretation (2013) Pieter-Tjerk de Boer, PA3FWM
    71. Software-Defined Radio Ionospheric Chirpsounder For Hf Propagation Analysis (2010) Nagaraju, Melodia (NY State Univ); Koski (Harris Corporation)
      A prototype description of Software Defined Radio (SDR) chirpsounder system, based on a commercially-available SDR platform, that dynamically select the best channels to be used in an HF link, to maximize communications capacity and reliability.
    72. Ionosondes ↑
    73. Introduction to Ionospheric Sounding for Hams Dr. Terry Bullett. W0ASP - University of Colorado
    74. Ionosonde Wikipedia
    75. Ionosonde HF Underground
    76. Ionograms ↑
    77. Ionogram Wikipedia
    78. Understanding HF Propagation and Reading Ionograms  Bootstrap Workbench
    79. Digisonde Directogram UMass Lowell Space Science Lab website, MA, US
    80. Digital Ionogram DataBase Global Ionosphere Radio Observatory (GIRO)
    81. Simultaneous Ionospheric Observations Around The Globe Lowell Digisonde International (LDI)
    82. Mirrion 2 - Real Time Ionosonde Data Mirror Space Weather Service at NOAA
    83. Ionogram Data Info GIRO, UML
    84. The DST Group High-Fidelity, Multichannel Oblique Incidence Ionosonde (2018) DOI AGU
    85. Remote sensing of the ionosphere Google Search
    86. ICON - Ionospheric Connection Explorer Wikipedia
     

  4. NVIS a unique mode of a skywave: real-time map↑, explanation↑
     
    1. Understanding NVIS  Rohde Schwarz
    2. HF NVIS  Military HF Radio
    3. NVIS Wikipedia
    4. NVIS Propagation: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave Electronics-Notes
    5. Near-Vertical Incidence Sky-Wave Propagation 36 pages Presentation for radio hams Gerald Schuler, DU1GS / DL3KGS
    6. Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) by W8BYH, Fayette ARES
    7. Near Vertical incidence Skywave Propagation NVIS Antennas  80, 60, 40m bands KB9VBR Antennas
    8. NVIS Overview  David Casler, KE0OG
    9. Ham Radio NVIS for Regional Communications  Radio Prepper
    10. NVIS - Near Vertical Incidence Skywave What is it? advantages; antennas; links Jim Glover, KX0U (ex WB5UDE)
    11. Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) Ham Radio School, W0STU
    12. NVIS Explained - part 1 NCSCOUT
      NVIS Explained - part 2
      NVIS Explained - part 3
      NVIS EXPLAINED citing the above 3-parts publication AmRRON
    13. NVIS Antennas Dale Hunt, WB6BYU
    14. Extended Research papers

    15. Radio communication via Near Vertical Incidence Skywave propagation: an overview Telecommun Syst (2017) DOI, Ben A. Witvliet, Rosa Ma Alsina-Pagès
    16. Analysis of the Ordinary and Extraordinary Ionospheric Modes for NVIS Digital Communications Channels Sensors (Basel)
    17. NVIS HF signal propagation in ionosphere using calculus of variations Geodesy and Geodynamics, Umut Sezen, Feza Arikan, Orhan Arikan

  5. Greyline Propagation ↑
     
    1. Grey Line HF Radio Propagation Electronic Notes
    2. Identifying Gray-Line Propagation Openings DXLab
    3. Greyline Propagation G0KYA
    4. Gray-line Propagation Explained Radio Hobbyist
    5. Round the world echoes G3CWI
    6. An introduction to gray-line DXing Rob Kalmeije
    7. Greyline Map DX QSL Net
    8. Greyline Map DXFUN
       

  6. Solar Phenomena affecting HF Propagation ↑

      Steady Electromagnetic Radiation

    1. Solar Radiation / Sunlight Wikipedia
    2. (Solar) Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Wikipedia
    3. Solar Activity

    4. Overview of Solar phenomena Wikipedia - Sunspots (Solar Cycle), flux (SF), solar wind, particle events, flares, CME
    5. Links to types of Solar Storms Wikipedia
    6. Sunspots↑
    7. Sunspots Wikipedia
    8. Sunspot Number AGSWS
    9. The Lifetime of a Sunspot Group AGSWS
    10. Effective sunspot number: A tool for ionospheric mapping and modelling URSI General Assembly 2008
    11. Solar Cycle↑
    12. Solar Cycle Wikipedia
    13. Solar Cycle NASA
    14. Solar Cycle Progression NOAA
    15. Sunspot number series: latest update SILSO, Royal Observatory of Belgium
    16. North-South Asymetry of Monthly Hemispheric Sunspot Numbers SILSO, Royal Observatory of Belgium
    17. Solar Cycle AGSWS
    18. Solar Magnetic Storms (referred as "solar radiation storms") ↑

    19. Solar Raditaion storms Proton Events NOAA
    20. Solar Radiation Storm Space Weather Live
    21. Solar Flares Wikipedia
    22. Classification of X-ray Solar Flares or Solar Flare Alphabet Soup Spaceweather.Com
    23. Understanding how solar flares affect radio communications Barrett Communications, Australia
    24. Solar Particle Event (SPE) Wikipedia
    25. Solar energetic particles (SEP) Wikipedia
    26. Solar Proton Events Affecting the Earth Environment 1976 - present NASA
    27. Next-Generation Solar Proton Monitors for Space Weather Eos
    28. The Difference Between CMEs and Solar Flares NASA
    29. CME ↑
    30. What is Coronal Mass Ejection Wikipedia
    31. Coronal Mass Ejections - CME NOAA
    32. The result: Particle Precipitation
    33. Particle Precipitation ScienceDirect
    34. Particle Precipitation in the Earth and Other Planetary Systems: Sources and Impacts Frontiers
    35. Energetic particle precipitation Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado
    36. Solar Observation reports
    37. SDO Mission NASA - The Solar Dynamics Observatory
    38. The Active Sun from SDO: 30.4 nm NASA - The Solar Dynamics Observatory
    39. EVE Overview Solar Phys. - The Solar Dynamics Observatory The EVE project (real-time high-resolution EUV measurements) was designed to improve understanding of the evolution of solar flares
      and extend the related mathematical models used to analyze solar flare events.
      The article is an Overview of Science Objectives, Instrument Design, Data Products, and Model Developments.
      Published in Solar Phys. - DOI 10.1007/s11207-009-9487-6
    40. Analysis
    41. Responses and Periodic Variations of Cosmic Ray Intensity and Solar Wind Speed to Sunspot Numbers (2020) Hindawi - Collaborative work Advances in Astronomy: Relationship of sunspot numbers with cosmic ray intensity and solar wind speed.
      Article ID 3527570 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/3527570
  7.  
  8. Solar Indices as a measure of Global HF & VHF Radio Propagation
     
    1. The history of the 10.7 cm solar flux Government of Canada
    2. The 10.7 cm solar radio flux K. F. Tapping, AGU
    3. Penticton/Ottawa 2800 MHz Solar Flux NOAA
    4. Solar Indices: SFI, SN, A, K, Kp Electronics-Notes
    5. K-index Wikipedia
    6. Understanding Solar Indices ARRL
    7. Solar Indices - Glossary of Terms HamQSL , Paul L Herrman, N0NBH
    8. What are Solar Flux, Ap, and Kp Indices? VK3FS
    9. Solar Index and Propagation Made Easy - HF Ham Radio The Smokin Ape
    10. Current Ham Radio Propagation Conditions HR4NT - Ham Radio for Non-Techies
    11. Solar Resource Page Mark A. Downing, WM7D
    12. Beginners Guide to Propagation Forecasting Ed Poccia, KC2LM
     

  9. Space Weather What impact does it have on HF radio propagation? ↑
     
    1. Space Weather Wikipedia
    2. A Media Primer for the Solar Cycle and Space Weather NESDIS
    3. Solar-terrestrial science CSA
    4. Solar Wind Wikipedia
    5. Space Weather Naval Postgraduate School
    6. The Magnetosphere Wikipedia
    7. Magnetosphere (MS) NASA
    8. The Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) - Sun’s magnetic field, B(t)x,y,z, Earth’s magnetosphere Space Weather Live
    9. Mathematical Models of Space Weather NASA
    10. How does Space Weather impact HF radio communication? NOAA
    11. Space Weather and Radio Communications AGSWS
    12. Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances - SID, AGSWS
    13. A presentation: Solar Activity and HF Propagation Paul Harden, NA5N © QRP-ARCI – 2005
    14. NWS Space Weather Prediction Center NOAA
    15. Space weather: What is it and how is it predicted? SpaceCom
    16. How to Improve Space Weather Forecasting (2020) Eos, AGU
    17. How to Assess the Quality of Space Weather Forecasts? (2021) Eos, AGU
    18. Space Weather Highlights AGU
    19. Presentation: Space Weather and Propagation(2019) Martin Buehring, KB4MG
    20. The Sun and HF radio propagation Electronic Notes
    21. Geomagnetic Storms ↑

    22. Geomagnetic Storms Wikipedia
    23. Geomagnetic Storms NOAA
    24. Geomagnetic Storms Maine Emergency Management Agency
    25. A presentation: Solar Activity and HF Propagation Paul Harden, NA5N © QRP-ARCI – 2005 Pages 85-88 focus on the impact of geomagnetic storms on HF propagation
    26. The impact of geomagnetic storms on HF propagation Bing Search
    27. Space weather impact on radio wave propagation Norbert Jakowski, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics 2 Feb 2023
    28. Monitoring and forecasting of ionospheric space weather - effects of geomagnetic storms J. Lastovicka, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Czech Republic
    29. Effect of magnetic storms (substorms) on HF propagation: A review D. V. Blagoveshchenskii, Geomagnetism and Aeronomy volume 53, pages 409–423 (July 2013)
    30. High-Frequency Communications Response to Solar Activity in September 2017 as Observed by Amateur Radio Networks AGU
    31. Effect of Weak Magnetic Storms on the Propagation of HF Radio Waves Kurkin, V. I. ; Polekh, N. M. ; Zolotukhina, N. A. (Feb 2022)
    32. HF Propagation during geomagnetic storms at a low latitude station Physics & Astronomy International Journal 2020
    33. Enhanced Trans-Equatorial Propagation following Geomagnetic Storms Oliver P. Ferrell, Nature volume 167, pages 811–812 (1951)
    34. Space Weather Agencies & Services

    35. The International Space Environment Service ISES
    36. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA
    37. International Service Providers NOAA
    38. NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center NOAA
    39. Space Weather Prediction Center Wikipedia
    40. Canadian Space Agency CSA
    41. Space Weather Canada SWC
    42. The Embrace Program Brazil
    43. European Space Agency - Space Weather Service ESA
    44. Space Weather - Met Office UK
    45. Solar Influence Data Analysis Center Royal Observatory of Belgium
    46. Australian Space Weather Forecasting Center - Space Weather Services AGSWS
    47. Overview of the Australian Space Weather Alert System 2022 AGSWS
    48. Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Space Weather Services AGSWS
    49. Space Weather - Met Office UK
    50. South African National Space Agency (SANSA) SANSA
    51. Mission Space LEO
    52. Space Weather Canada
    53. World Meteorological Organiztion WMO
    54. American Commercial Space Weather Association ACSWA
    55. Space Weather Forecast Japan NICT, ISES, RWC
    56. Korean Space Weather Center RRA/KSWC
    57. China-Russia Consortium Global Space Weather Center
     

  10. Recent Observations
                Solar > Space > Terrestrial Geomagnetic Indices, TEC Total Electron Content > Propagation Conditions

      Recent Solar Observations↑

    1. Solar and Heliospheric Observatory - SOHO ESA & NASA
    2. Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) Wikipedia
    3. Yohkoh Soft X-Ray Telescope Wikipedia
    4. Recent Blackout Events NOAA
    5. ACE Real-Time Solar Wind NOAA
    6. Recent 3 days: X-ray, Proton Flux, and Geomagnetic Activity NOAA
    7. R6 Army MARS: Consolidated Solar Weather Real-time Terrestrial indices due to Solar Weather Region 6 Army MARS
      Compare fof2 today, yesterday, 5 fays ago, at Austin TX, Eglin AFB, and Boulder, CO
      Unusual D-Region Absorption Patterms
      Recent 3 days K-index. Solar X-Ray Flux, GOES Magnetometer, Electgron and Proton Flux
    8. Space Weather Prediction Center - Index of images NOAA
    9. Radio Hams' Records

    10. Recent records of eSSN / eSFI ( 1y / 3m / 1m / 1w / 1d ) Andrew D Rodland, KC2G courtesy GIRO, NOAA NCEI, WWROF
    11. Live Ionospheric Data Paul L. Herrman, N0NBH presented by Meteorscan.com
      EVE - SDO EUV Variability Experiment; SEM: SOHO Solar EUV Monitor
    12. Live Solar Events Andy Smith, G7IZU
    13. Solar Update K7RA ARRL (Google Search)
    14. Current Solar Conditions and Ham Radio Propagation W5MMW
    15. SolarHam Latest Imagery of Solar Watch and Alerts of Space Weather VE3EN
    16. Today Sun data and propagation QRZCQ Response may be very slow
      • Effects of Sun Activity (SFI, SN, X-ray, A, Kp) in the last 36 hours
      • Sun Data History in the last 30 days
      • Current Propagation based on WSPRNet
      • Current Propagation based on DXCluster
      • Propagation data in the last 30 days
    17. Ionogram Information Hamwaves - Serge Stroobandt, ON4AA
    18. Real-time Space Weather Conditions

    19. Space Weather Conditions NOAA
    20. Space Weather Conditions AGSWS
    21. Live Space Weather Andy Smith, G7IZU
    22. Terrestrial - Geomagnetic Indices

    23. Current Space Weather Parameters Solar Terrestrial Dispatch
    24. Station K and A Indices for the last 30 days NOAA
    25. Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) Rice
    26. Real-time TEC - Total Electron Content (calculated) ↑

    27. Total Electron Content (TEC) Wikipedia
    28. Near-real-time TEC maps ESA - Europen Space Weather Service
    29. TEC at Ionosphere Monitoring and Prediction Center ESA
    30. One-hour Forecast Global TEC Map DLR (ESA)
    31. Station List DLR (ESA)
    32. Archive of TEC DLR (ESA)
    33. North American TEC NOAA
    34. Near Real-Time Global TEC Map AGSWS
    35. TEC - Recent Theories, Methods and Models
    36. Real-time MUF estimations using ionograms at different locations

    37. Ionosonde Station list UML - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    38. GIRO - Instrumentaion GIRO, UML
    39. About GIRO UML, Center for Atmospheric Research
    40. Real-time foF2 - Plots for Today, Yesterday and the past 5 days (more than 100 links to Inonosonde stations)NOAA
    41. Real-time Ionograms
    42. Recent Ionograms (Cyprus) University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
    43. Animated Ionograms Latest 24-Hour GIRO
    44. Ionosonde Stations Connected to NOAA NGDC, NOAA
    45. Ionogram Information Hamwaves - Serge Stroobandt, ON4AA
    46. Ionograms Research Development
    47. Small Form Factor Ionosonde Antenna Development Tyler Erjavec, The Ohio State University
    48. Observations of pole-to-pole, stratosphere-to-ionosphere connection MIT Haystack Observatory
    49. Ionospheric Density Irregularities, Turbulence, and Wave Disturbances during the Solar Eclipse over North America 21 August 2017 MIT Haystack Observatory
    50. HF Propagation Charts (Products of Ionograms)
    51. Current foF2 (NVIS) Propagation Map updated every 15 minutes Andrew D Rodland, KC2G
    52. Current MUF 3000 Km Propagation Map updated every 15 minutes Andrew D Rodland, KC2G
    53. Ionospheric Maps - Current foF2 Plots (Global) AGSWS
    54. Hourly Area Predictions (HAP) Charts of selected regions AGSWS
    55. Current foF2 Plots (Asia & Australia) AGSWS
    56. Usable HF Frequencies for US Amateur Radio Charts Remarkable Technologies, Inc.
    57. Global HF Propagation Andy Smith, G7IZU
     

  11. Predicted Solar Flux, Sunspot Number & Space Weather Indices
    1. Radio Communications Dashboard SWPC NOAA ↑
    2. D Region Absorption Prediction (D-RAP) - Blackout Prediction SWPC NOAA ↑
    3. Predicted sunspot number and Radio Flux at 10.7 cm NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center ↑
    4. 27-Day Outlook of 10.7 cm Sun Radio Flux and the Earth Geomagnetic Indices NOAA ↑
    5. Current Solar Indices from wwv | Space Weather the last and next 24 hours Doug Brandon, N6RT
    6. Add Solar-Terrestrial Data to your Website HamQSL , Paul L Herrman, N0NBH
    7. Solar Flare Probabilities VE3EN
    8. 3 Day Geomagnetic and Aurora Forecast VE3EN
    9. Propagation Links eham.net
      NOAA Alerts, Observations, Scales Activity; DX Cluster WWV announcements, Propagation Links
     

  12.  
  13. Tools and Applications for analysing and forecasting HF propagation

    Apps Categories: Real-Time Activity / Band Monitoring, Real-Time Maps & Charts, Prediction Software, Mathematical models, etc.

    1. App-Category: Online Activity / Band Monitoring - gathering information of Real-time Hams' Activity and/or beacons
         
      1. Real-Time Ham Band Activity Map hfdxview.org by Jon Harder, NG0E
      2. Analyzing Propagation From Active DX Stations DXLab
      3. Radio Propagation Maps Based on established contacts Andy Smith, G7IZU
    2.  
    3. App-Category: Online Tools for HF Propagation Real-Time Conditions (Charts, Raw Data)

        Real-Time HF Propagation Tools

      1. HF-START - HF Simulator Targeting of All-users, Regional Telecommunications NICT
        HF-START - High Frequency Simulator Targeting for All-users’ Regional Telecommunications - is HF propagation simulator that is developed to meet the needs of space weather users for, but not limit to telecommunications: real-time info, web tools, about
      2. Real-Time HF Propagation (up-to-date) Hamwaves - Serge Stroobandt, ON4AA
        Real-time online dashboard of solar activity influencing HF propagation on Earth
      3. Real-Time Maps & Charts

      4. MUF 3000 Km Map based on Real-Time measurements Andrew D Rodland, KC2G ↑
        * Read more about the MUF (3000 km) project
        * Read a review titled: "Developing an Open-Source HF Propagation Prediction Tool".
        Roland Gafner, HB9VQQ extended this project with an excellent Animated Map viewing the last 24 hours, in 15 minutes steps.
      5.  
       
    4. App-Category: Prediction Software (Calculators using various models)
      1. An Open-Source IRI-based Nowcasting Tool for Ionospheric Electron Density and HF Propagation Andrew D Rodland (2022 Harvard Abstracts)
        An overview of the software and the models behind prop.kc2g.com, a website using the IRI-2016 model, conditioned on near-real-time ionosonde data, to provide global maps of MUF(3000) and foF2. While primarily designed for radio amateur use, this system is useful for nowcasting of F region ionospheric density and mesoscale low elevation HF propagation characteristics.
      2. The Advanced Stand Alone Prediction System (ASAPS) AGSWS
        Australian Space Weather Forecasting Center offer three software products to predict HF propagation:
        1. GWPS - designed for HF operators working in defence and emergency services
        2. ASAPS Kernel - The Advanced Stand Alone Prediction System designed for government, defence and emergency services
        3. Consultancies - designed for industry, defence and emergency services
      3. S/N HF Propagation Forecast Calculator for the current month DL0NOT
      4. DR2W - Predict Propagation Conditions DK9IP (Winfried), DH3WO (Wolfgang), DJ2BQ (Ewald), ZS1AO/DJ2HD (Mathew)
        A Long-term forecasting cannot take into account unpredicted ionospheric and magnetic disturbances or anomalies
      5. VOACAP Online Application for Ham Radio Jari Perkiömäki, OH6BG / OG6G
        VOACAP forecats monthly average of the expected reliability with diurnal and seasonal variations.
        A Long-term forecasting cannot take into account unpredicted ionospheric and magnetic disturbances or anomalies.
      6. VOACAP Quick Guide Jari Perkiömäki, OH6BG / OG6G
      7. VOACAP Shortwave Prediction Software Rob Wagner VK3BVW
      8. How to use VOACAP - Part 1: Overview, Part 2, Part 3 Jari OH6BG & OH7BG Raisa
      9. VOACAP Charts for RadCom VOACAP
      10. Proppy Online - HF Propagation Prediction (2022) James Watson, M0DNS
      11. RadCom online Propagation Prediction Tools RSGB
      12. Ionospheric Characterisation Analysis and Prediction tool (IOCAP) SANSA
      13. IOCAP Application Introduction Video SANSA
        The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) created i/o cap Primary Work Surface, an operational HF communication solution.
        It's a modern, user-friendly HF frequency prediction tool that's simple to use and accurate. In a software program, it blends space weather research and practical HF experience.
      14. DX Toolbox - Shortwave / Ham Radio / HF Radio Propagation Black Cat Systems
        This is a software application that provides a range of tools for HF radio operators, including propagation forecast based on the Solar Terrestrial Dispatch (STL) model.
        It also includes a real-time solar data display and a grayline map.
      15. HF Propagation (Google Play) Android Package Kit
      16. HF Propagation (Microsoft Apps) Stefan Heesch, HB9TWS
      17. Proplab-Pro v3: Review eHam Manual spacew.com
        Proplab-Pro 3.2 (Build 45, March 2023) Three-dimensional ray-tracing ionosphere; can run as standalone; not free.
      18. DXPROP 1.4 (2010) Christian RAMADE (F6GQK) Rated 6.10 by DxZone
        DXprop freeware (developped for US Navy) is a propagation forecast for radio amateurs that can predict propagation on 12 frequencies.
      19. W6ELProp (2002) W6EL Rated: 7.56 by DxZone
        Predicts skywave propagation between any two locations on the earth on frequencies between 3 and 30 MHz
      20. HamCAP (VOACAP interface) by Alex Shovkoplyas, VE3NEA. Rated 8.93 by DxZone
      21. The Propagation Software Pages A collection of links AC6V
      22.  
    5. App-Category: Overviews and Reviews of prediction software
       
      1. What can we expect from a HF propagation model? Luxorion Dynamic processes relevant to HF radio propagation are simulated using mathematical models, and numerical procedures.
        Interactions between the Sun's surface and the Earth's surface are considered using sun, space weather, ionosphere,
        and atmosphere models, all of which can aid in the prediction of HF radio propagation.
      2. Evaluation of various models for HF propagation prediction SANSA Space Science
      3. Review of HF Propagation analysis & prediction programs Research Oriented Luxorion Some of these propagation programs are only accessible via the Internet via a web interface and provide graphical solutions.
        Amateurs have also created small applications that simulate various ionospheric effects.
        Using either near-real-time data or well-known functions, the majority of them achieve extremely high accuracy.
      4. Review of Propagation prediction programs - VOACAP-based Luxorion The VOACAP propagation prediction engine is the result of decades of US government-funded HF propagation research
        stretching back to the dawn of computing. While VOACAP's forecasting capability has been continuously improved
        as knowledge about HF propagation has increased, its software technology is firmly rooted in the 1980s.
      5. Predicting and Monitoring Propagation DXLab
        * Solar terminator display and prediction - shows greyline at any specified date and time
        * Propagation prediction - provides a graphical view of openings by frequency and time using your choice of the included
        VOACAP, ICEPAC, and IONCAP forecasting engines.
      6.  
      7. PropView DXLab Rated 8.27 by The DXZone PropView uses the included VOACAP, ICEPAC, and IONCAP propagation prediction engines to forecast
        the LUF and MUF between two locations over a specified 24 hour period.
        Results are rendered in an easy-to-understand color-graphic display.
        You can specify locations via direct latitude/longitude entry.
        Alternatively, PropView interoperates with DXView to allow location selection via DXCC prefix entry
        or by clicking on locations on a world map. It can:
        (1) build schedules for the IARU/HF beacon network and automatically QSY your transceiver to monitor each scheduled beacon.
        (2) monitor the NCDXF/IARU International Beacon Network to assess actual propagation and compare it with forecast propagation.
        Beacon schedules can be assembled by band, by location, or by bearing from your QTH.
        PropView interoperates with Commander and DXView to automatically QSY your transceiver
        to hear each beacon in your schedule, and to display the location of the current beacon.
      8. Propagation prediction software for ham radio DxZone A review RF prop, Radio Propagation & Diffraction Calculator, W6ELProp, PropView, HamCAP
      9. Radio Propagation Forecasting (2019) Basu, VU2NSB Beacons, VOACAP, CCIR and URSI Models
    6.  
    7. App-Category: Mathematical models / Numerical procedures based on:
      solar activity, space wather, earth's magnetic field, ionospheric models, ray-tracying taking into account the time of day
      .
      1. ITU-R Directory
      2. ITU-R P.533 model
        This is an ITU table links to Software, Data and Validation examples for ionospheric and tropospheric radio wave propagation and radio noise in a wide range of propagation conditions. The ITUR HF Prop experimental software, was written by G4FKH and HZ1JB, and is based on the ITU-R P.533 method.
        It uses a probabilistic approach to estimate radio coverage with algorithms that are supposed to be more accurate than other similar programs.
      3. Mathematical Models of Space Weather NASA
      4. Space Weather Modeling Framework (SWMF)
      5. Global Assimilation of Ionospheric Measurements (GAIM) model
      6. Advanced D-layer Ionosphere Prediction System (ADIPS)
    8.  
    9. App-Category: Ray-tracing models based on frequency, angle of incidence, and electron density profiles of the ionosphere.
       
      1. IONCAP - Ionospheric Communications Analysis and Prediction HF transmission prediction program for US military and other applications since 1986.
        It was based on Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) Frequency Selection for a Ten-Node Australian High-Frequency Network.
        This program was clumsy, slow, and complicated, as it only allowed users with a sufficient background in ionospheric physics
        and computer data entry experience to use it. A new version was developed to fix these flaws while also improving capability
        to the point where it could be used by a layperson.
      2. ITUR HF Prop
        Prediction of HF circuits based on Recommendation ITU-R P.533 model - an improved (2017) point-to-point propagation prediction tool, based on an ITU engine, developed by Gwyn Williams, G4FKH.
      3. VOACAP (Voice of America Coverage Analysis Program)
        VOACAP forecats monthly average of the expected reliability with diurnal and seasonal variations,
        but it does not account for unpredicted ionospheric and magnetic disturbances or anomalies,
        i.e. what are the expected variations of A-index, K-index, and energy densities of solar proton / electron flux, etc.
    10.  
    11. App-Category: Neural network models:
      These models use machine learning techniques to predict the behavior of radio waves based on input data.
      They may take into account factors such as solar activity, geomagnetic conditions, and the time of day.
      The HF Ionospheric Prediction and Solar Terrestrial Data Center uses machine learning algorithms to predict ionospheric conditions.
      1. Neural Network Ionospheric Model (NNIM)
      2.  
    12. App-Category: Hybrid methods: Integration of several methods to provide predictions
      1. Application of Machine Learning Techniques to HF Propagation Prediction Richard Buckley, William N. Furman - Rochester, NY

  14.  
  15. Misc. References Definitions, cross-disciplinary research etc.

      Our hobby

    1. Amateur Radio Wikipedia
      The name of the hobby "Amateur radio" refers to a non-commercial communication, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation,
      radiosport, contesting, and emergency communications activity that may use radio transmitters and receivers.
    2. Amateur radio station Wikipedia
      Read about different types of stations used by amateur radio operators.
    3. Radio Amateur Wikipedia
      "Radio Amateur" is the person usualy a licensed operator who communicates with other radio amateurs on amateur radio frequencies.
    4. Shortwave listening (SWL) Wikipedia
      Shortwave listening, or SWLing, is the hobby of listening to shortwave radio. See for example OfficialSWLchannel a dedicated youtube channel for shortwave listeners.
    5. Special articles by Bob Brown, NM7M (SK), Ph.D. U.C.Berkeley

    6. The Little Pistol's Guide to HF Propagation (1996) Bob Brown
    7. HF Propagation Tutorial Bob Brown (SK), NM7M
      "There is a lot of information out there on the Internet; but what about understanding?" ↑
    8. Communication Modes and Techniques

      FT8
    9. FT8 Wikipedia
    10. Digital Voice (DV)
    11. Digital Voice the Easy Way 2023 QST
    12. FreeDV: Open Source Amateur Digital Voice 2023FreeDV
    13. A Guide to Digital Voice on Amateur Radio April 2021 VK3FS
    14. How to Use FreeDV Digital Voice Over HF Ham Radio Dec 2020Ham Radio Crash Course
    15. Using FreeDV To Talk On Digital HF 80M Oct 2019 Tech Minds
    16. RSGB 2018 Convention lecture: FreeDV - Digital Voice for HF and other low SNR channels Sept 2019 RSGB
    17. Digital Voice on HF 2013 G4ILO
    18. Will digital voice (on HF) ever be a thing? 2018Dan, KB6NU
    19. International Digital Audio Broadcasting Standards: Voice Coding and Amateur Radio Applications 2003 QEX
    20. Practical HF Digital Voice June 2000 G4GUO, G4JNT , QEX
    21. ALE
    22. ALE - Automatic Link Establishment Wikipedia
    23. Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) Demo with SCS P4Dragon Modem Commsprepper (Nov 2021)Wikipedia
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    25. HF Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) Kingston Amateur Radio Club (2009)
    26. ALE HF Network Ham Radio Amateur Radio Bonnie Crystal, KQ6XA, HFLINK (2007)
    27. ALE - The Coming Of Automatic Link Establishment Ronald E. Menold, AD4TB, QST 1995
    28. Spread Spectrum
    29. Spread Spectrum Wikipedia
    30. Frequency-hopping spread spectrum Wikipedia
    31. Science and technology-related terms

    32. Ecplictic Plane Wikipedia ↑
    33. Geometrical Optics Wikipedia ↑
    34. Secant Wikipedia ↑
    35. Earth's magnetic field Wikipedia ↑
    36. Physical Coupling Wikipedia
    37. Satellite Wikipedia
    38. The Lagrange Mission Wikipedia ↑
    39. Lagrange points (Google Search) ↑
    40. Aurora ↑
    41. Aurora Wikipedia
    42. The Auroral E-region is a Source for Ionospheric Scintillation EOS
    43. The auroral E-layer ionization and the auroral luminosity Omholt, A. (1955)
    44. Auroral Effects on the Ionospheric E-Layer Omholt, A. (1965)
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    46. 7 Magical Places to View Auroras National Geographic
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    48. Deterministic Chaos The Exploratorium, 1996
      Deterministic chaos refers in the world of dynamics to the generation of random, unpredictable behavior from a simple, but nonlinear rule. The rule has no "noise", randomness, or probabilities built in. Instead, through the rule's repeated application the long-term behavior becomes quite complicated. In this sense, the unpredictability "emerges" over time.
    49. Deterministic Chaos Principia Cybernetica 2000
      A system is chaotic if its trajectory through state space is sensitively dependent on the initial conditions, that is, if unobservably small causes can produce large effects.
    50. Concepts: Chaos New England Complex Systems Institute
      A chaotic system is a deterministic system that is difficult to predict. A deterministic system is defined as one whose state at one time completely determines its state for all future times.
    51. HF Propagation Research 1958-1979

    52. Basic Radio Propagation Predictions for September 1958, Three Months in Advance National Bureau Of Standards
    53. Ionospheric Radio Propagation 1965 (replaced an obsolete pubication of 1948) Kenneth Davies, National Bureau Of Standards
    54. Solar-Terrestrial Prediction Proceedings | Solar-Terrestrial Prediction Proceedings 1979 Richard F. Donnelly, Space Environment Lab, NOAA
    55. HF Propagation - Novel Research and Analysis

    56. Monitoring and forecasting of ionospheric space weather - effects of geomagnetic storms Jan Lastovicka (2002)
    57. Short and long term prediction of ionospheric HF radio propagation J. Mielich und J. Bremer (2010)
      A modified ionospheric activity index AI has been developed on the basis of ionospheric foF2 observations.
      Such index can be helpful for an interested user to get information about the current state of the ionosphere. Using ionosonde data.
    58. Spread-F occurrences and relationships with foF2 and h′F at low and mid-latitudes in China (2018) Wang, Guo, Zhao, Ding & Lin (Chaina)
      Ionospheric irregularities appear as scattered echoes in high-frequency (HF) band ionograms that are known as spread-F events that include frequency spread-F (FSF), range spread-F (RSF), and mixed spread-F (MSF) events.
    59. Long-Term Changes in Ionospheric Climate in Terms of foF2 Jan Lastovicka (2022)
      There is not only space weather; there is also space climate. Space climate includes the ionospheric climate, which is affected by long-term trends in the ionosphere.
    60. Ionospheric Monitoring and Modeling Applicable to Coastal and Marine Environments Ljiljana R. Cander and Bruno Zolesi (2019)
    61. Statistically analyzing the ionospheric irregularity effect on radio occultation M. Li and X. Yue, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 3003–3013, 2021
    62. Analysis of Ionospheric Disturbance Response to the Heavy Rain Event Jian Kong, Lulu Shan, Xiao Yan, Youkun Wang - Remote Sens. 2022, 14(3), 510
    63. A simplified HF radio channel forecasting model Advances in Space Research, Volume 69, Issue 6, 15 March 2022, Pages 2477-2488, Moskaleva, Zaalov
      Estimating the maximum electron density in the ionosphere in relation to the critical frequency of the ionospheric F2 layer (foF2). The suggested forecasting model estimates the electron density profile one day ahead. Comparisons of observed and predicted vertical ionograms indicate the technique's utility.
    64. Ionospheric current Upper Atmospheric Science Division of the British Antarctic Survey
    65. Radio Propagation Prediction for HF Communications (2018) Dept. of Appl/ Physics & Tel., Midlands State Univ., Gweru, Zimbabwe
    66. A Preliminary Systematic Study of HF Radio Propagation from a Source in the Subarctic
      Using HAARP and the Ham WSPR Network (2018)
      Citizen Space Science, Fallen, C. T.
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      Comparison of ICEPAC, VOACAP, and REC533 models reveal diurnal and seasonal variations.
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      MOF were compared to predicted MUF. The INGV model outperformed for MUF prediction over Beijing
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    101. Eyes on the Earth Earth's Weather / Tropospheric Weather NASA/JPL
 

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Covering the following issues:

  • Basics of HF Radio Wave Propagation
  • Fundamentals of HF Radio Propagation
  • HF Propagation Tutorial
  • HF Radio Propagation Overview
  • HF Radio Propagation Basics
  • HF Radio Propagation Fundamentals
  • Understanding HF Propagation

↑    Last but not least:

The world is changing as the radio amateur spectrum is being sold off to commercial users since few amateurs operate SHF and above.

We did, however, gain new narrow bands in the short, medium, and long wave bands. It may not be enough, but it opens up new avenues for communication improvement that do not rely on commercial infrastructure.

If you have comments, questions or requests please e-mail.

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