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Authors: Pietrella, M.* 
Warrington, E. M.* 
Stocker, A. J.* 
Bianchi, C.* 
Title: Time of flight measurements over a radio link from Uppsala to Bruntingthorpe and their application to testing predictions methods that approximate the ray tracing technique
Journal: Advances in Space Research 
Series/Report no.: 1 / 44 (2009)
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2009
DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2009.03.007
Keywords: Ray tracing
Time of flight measurements
Azimuthal angle of arrival measurements
Monthly median electron density profile
Subject Classification01. Atmosphere::01.03. Magnetosphere::01.03.99. General or miscellaneous 
Abstract: Time of flight measurements (TOF) over the radio link between Uppsala (Tx: 59.9°N, 17.6°E) and Bruntingthorpe (Rx: 52.5°N, 1.1°W) have been performed every 2 min at six frequencies (4.637, 6.954, 8.008, 10.391, 11.118, and 14.364 MHz) during the period November 2006–January 2008. Such measurements have been compared with the TOF provided by three prediction methods that approximate the ray tracing technique: IRI-95, SIRM&BR_D, and ICEPAC. The root mean square deviation (rms) between TOF monthly median measurements and TOF monthly median predictions and the differences (DP) between the length of the median and predicted ray path have been calculated. The results, which are presented in terms of rms and DP for different seasons and different time periods, have indicated that the approximate methods are inadequate and that for more accurate predictions ray tracing techniques should be applied.
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