# How would critical refractivity of radio waves on Venus be overcome?

One could use "very low frequency"$^1$ communications from surface to satellite like the Venera 9 lander used to communicate with the orbiter, then have the Venusian satellite relay information back to Earth. Venera 9 lander used 122.8 and 138.6 MHz. I'm not a communications expert, but it is my understanding that lower frequencies experience less refraction. According to my source, it appears that Venera 9 had to use these very low frequencies; I would assume for this very reason.
$^1$My source refers to the communications as very low frequency but says that the numbers cited in Russian papers are 122.8 and 138.6 MHz which are in the range typically referred to as Very High Frequency (VHF).