In telecommunication, a skip zone is an annular region within the transmission range of an antenna, within which signals from the transmitter are not received.
The skip zone is bounded by the locus of the farthest points at which the ground wave can be received and the nearest points at which reflected sky waves can be received. Snyonyms for the skip zone include the silent zone and the zone of silence.
A comparison of the Zone is frequently made to the Bermuda Triangle, the Egyptian pyramids, the sacred cities of Tibet, and Cape Canaveral, all of which lie between the 26th and 28th parallels (Hunt 1984).
Abnormal mutations in the flora and fauna in the Zone.
The attraction of outerspace debris to the vortex of the Zone of Silence, as evidenced by the Allende meteorite and the strange rocks found in the desert (GarcIa 1988).
When using medium to high frequency radio telecommunication, there are radio waves which travel both parallel to the ground, and towards the ionosphere, referred to as a ground wave and sky wave, respectively.
A skip zone is an annular region between the furthest points at which the ground wave can be received and the nearest point at which the refracted sky waves can be received.
The skip zone can be diminished by increasing the number of directions in which the skywave is transmitted or by decreasing the refractive angle of the skywave.
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