ground wave

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ground wave

A radio wave that travels along the surface of the earth.

ground wave


ground ray

(Telecommunications) a radio wave that travels directly between a transmitting and a receiving aerial. Compare sky wave

ground′ wave`

a radio wave that propagates on or near the earth's surface and is affected by the ground and the troposphere.
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Noun1.ground wave - a radio wave propagated on or near the earth's surface
radio emission, radio radiation, radio wave - an electromagnetic wave with a wavelength between 0.5 cm to 30,000 m
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The vertical polarization is obtained by ground waves up to 45[degrees] elevation angle while the horizontal polarization is obtained by NVIS propagation between 70[degrees] and 90[degrees] elevation angle.
At broadcast frequencies in the VHF and UHF bands (30 MHz-3 GHz), propagation is usually by ground waves which consist of direct wave, ground reflected and surface wave.
Whether using sky wave propagation or a close range network utilizing ground waves, HF communication is proving to be an increasingly practical and reliable solution especially with the advent of advanced HF related technologies such as Automatic Link Establishment (ALE).