Data analysis of low frequency transmitter signals received at a midlatitude site with regard to planetary wave activity
More than 2 yr of continuously recorded signal amplitude data from the MSK transmitters NRK/TFK (37.5 kHz, Iceland) and NSY (45.9 kHz, Sicily) received at (52° N 8° E) in the time range from August 2009 to September 2011 are analyzed with regard to planetary wave activity. Wavelet analysis of the day/night amplitude ratio reveals clear evidence of quasi 16 day periods mainly during winter time as well as traces of 5 and 10 day periods on both paths. The amplitude ratio is well correlated to the typical stratospheric (10 hPa) seasonal temperature profile – more clearly to be seen on the northern path. The results are in line and an extension of manifold research with regard of ionospheric absorption phenomena caused by atmospheric wave activity. Continuous monitoring of transmitters in the 40 kHz frequency range proved as an inexpensive tool for investigating mesospheric response to forcing from below.