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Consolidated Amateur Radio Signal Reports as Indicators of Intense Sporadic E Layers

Version 1 : Received: 26 April 2022 / Approved: 28 April 2022 / Online: 28 April 2022 (03:30:55 CEST)

How to cite: Deacon, C.; Mitchell, C.; Watson, R. Consolidated Amateur Radio Signal Reports as Indicators of Intense Sporadic E Layers. Preprints 2022, 2022040267 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202204.0267.v1). Deacon, C.; Mitchell, C.; Watson, R. Consolidated Amateur Radio Signal Reports as Indicators of Intense Sporadic E Layers. Preprints 2022, 2022040267 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202204.0267.v1).

Abstract

A case study is presented which demonstrates the value and validity of a novel approach to the use of consolidated amateur (‘ham’) radio reception reports as indicators of the presence of intense ionospheric sporadic E (Es). It is shown that the use of amateur data can provide an important supplement to other techniques, allowing the detection and tracking of Es where no suitable ionosonde or other measurements are available. The effectiveness of the approach is demonstrated by reference to ionosonde data, and the advantages and limitations of the technique are discussed.

Keywords

sporadic E; Es; amateur radio reporting networks; ionosphere; mesosphere-lower thermosphere; citizen science

Subject

EARTH SCIENCES, Atmospheric Science

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