Jan Sojka

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High frequency radio communication has been the most reliable form of communication for many decades. Over that period, we have learned and experienced times of enhanced signals along with complete radio blackouts. The purpose of this research is to collect and analyze radio signal data to see the evidence of various reasons as to why these phenomena occur. A radio antenna was set up at USU campus to retrieve the signals from beacon networks across the globe that transmit signals every 15 minutes. By tracking a few of these signals we can locate the times of discrepancies in the signals and see what could have caused them. In this study we were able to find periods of radio blackouts that were linked to solar activities that occurred on those days. The events that we were able to correlate to the signal discrepancies were a solar energetic proton event as well as a powerful solar flare. The effects these solar events had on the radio signals behaved as expected, and we were able to gain further insight into how radio signals are affected at USU.

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