skip distance

noun Radio.
the minimum distance along the earth's surface between the position of a short-wave transmitter and the region where its signal is received after one reflection from the ionosphere.

Origin:
1925–30

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skip distance
 
n
the shortest distance between a transmitter and a receiver that will permit reception of radio waves of a specified frequency by one reflection from the ionosphere

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However, the observed signals are too strong to be explained in terms of wave propagation at the skip distance.
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