Advantages of HF radio waves

  1. What is the advantage of high frequency radio waves over low frequency radio waves? E.g. Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz over FM radio ~100 MHz.
     
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  3. SteamKing

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    Well, for one thing, the antenna doesn't have to be quite as large.

    And 100 MHz is lower frequency, not low frequency. AM broadcasts between 540 and 1610 kHz in the US and there are long wave broadcasts of 153-279 kHz in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
     
  4. Drakkith

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    Higher frequency signals are easier to radiate, require smaller antennas to transmit and receive, and can support higher bandwidths than lower frequency signals.

    See the following article for a little bit of info on the very low frequency radio waves used to communicate with submarines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communication_with_submarines
     
  5. The higher bandwidth and smaller antenna make sense and is something I already should've known.

    Of course higher frequencies are damped more easily. I was thinking that orange light essentially is Wi-Fi at a 200k times larger frequency.
     
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