[Ips-hf-warning] IPS HF COMMS WARNING issued 0137 UT on 10 Aug 2015

rwc rwc at ips.gov.au
Mon Aug 10 11:37:01 EST 2015


SUBJ: IPS HF RADIO COMMUNICATIONS WARNING 15/32
ISSUED AT 0136UT/10 AUGUST 2015
BY THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE FORECAST CENTRE.

Low levels of solar ionising radiation are resulting in degraded 
HF conditions at times. Degraded periods are expected to persist 
at times for the next two days.

DEGRADED HF PROPAGATION CONDITIONS EXPECTED
FROM 10-12 AUGUST 2015
IF COMMS DIFFICULTIES EXPERIENCED TRY A LOWER FREQUENCY BAND
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HF COMMUNICATIONS FORECAST (AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND REGION)
                                   FREQUENCY BANDS
       T-index      MUFs        2  4  6  8 12 16 22 26
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10 Aug:   48          -14%      2  4  6  8 12 12 16 22
11 Aug:   48          -14%      2  4  6  8 12 12 16 22
12 Aug:   46          -15%      2  4  6  8 12 12 16 22

Note:
An IPS MUF depression HF Warning and IPS shortwave fadeout 
HF Warning are both current. Shortwave fadeouts degrade 
lower shortwave radio frequencies first (through increased 
ionospheric absorption) and the usual strategy during shortwave 
fadeouts is to try a higher frequency. In contrast, during 
periods of ionospheric MUF depression, the upper frequencies 
are degraded first and the usual strategy is to use a 
lower frequency. 

In general use a lower frequency if you are having trouble
with your normal workable frequency.

If a shortwave fadeout occurs during a period when ionospheric 
MUFs are depressed the available HF bandwidth will be "squeezed", 
with increased absorption raising the lowest usable frequency 
and the ionospheric depression lowering the highest usable 
frequency. Under such conditions it is suggested that the 
HF communicator operates on the highest usable frequency, 
even though this may well be in fact lower than what is normally 
supported for that particular circuit.

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