• Amateur Radio Operators Needed for Help with Solar Eclipse Project

    From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Fri Feb 23 20:48:03 2024
    02/23/2024

    The Case Amateur Radio Club, W8EDU[1], the club station at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, is asking for amateur radio operators to help with a research project centered around the April 8, 2024, solar eclipse.

    W8EDU club member Adam Goodman, W7OKE, said the project centers around studying the effects of the eclipse on propagation to better understand the recombination time of the ionosphere.

    "To do this, we are recruiting North American amateur stations interested in recording the Canadian time standard station CHU (Canada's WWV) for two weeks surrounding the eclipse," added Goodman. "Anyone with a KiwiSDR[2] or a rig that can interface with analysis/recording software such as Fldigi[3] is encouraged to reach out to us to participate."

    W8EDU club member and project software manager Maris Usis, KE8TXG, said that while the software is simple to use, there is some detailed work involved. "We can help make it easier and there are good online instructions as well," said Usis.

    All of the participation details are on the club's website at https://w8edu.wordpress.com/chu-eclipse-data-collection/[4].

    W8EDU club faculty advisor David Kazdan, AD8Y, said the research project has received positive attention from the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Program[5] community, the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI[6]) community, and Case Western Reserve University's engineering deans. "It is already a truly international effort, and we are collaborating with more than 20 stations across the continent, from collegiate and high school stations, to a representative from the Radio Amateurs of Canada, to a station in Mexico," said Kazdan.

    The 2024 solar eclipse[7] will over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. ARRL is a partner with HamSCI to help promote this opportunity for radio amateurs to participate in an active science experiment, through the Solar Eclipse QSO Party.


    [1] https://www.facebook.com/W8EDU/
    [2] http://kiwisdr.com/
    [3] https://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/
    [4] https://w8edu.wordpress.com/chu-eclipse-data-collection/
    [5] https://www.arrl.org/collegiate-amateur-radio
    [6] https://hamsci.org/
    [7] https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2024-april-8

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