a radio wave propagated upward from earth, whether reflected by the ionosphere or not.
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Origin of sky wave
First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for sky wave
a radio wave reflected back to the earth by the ionosphere (ionospheric wave), permitting transmission around the curved surface of the earthCompare ground wave
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