Category: Special Event

The Great American Eclipse: Virginia Tech researcher grapples with a year’s worth of data

Stationed in an empty field at Shaw Air Force Base near Sumter, South Carolina, Virginia Tech electrical engineering professor Greg Earle and his team waited for the total solar eclipse of 2017. Rather than traveling toward the path of totality to see one of “nature’s most awe-inspiring sights,” Earle prepared to put his three-year-old hypothesis […]

Wireless Association of New York City’s WA2NYC Commemorates 9/11 Anniversary

WA2NYC has been on the air since September 8 to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001. “This station will commemorate the 16th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City,” said the post on the club’s QRZ.com website. “We remember the over twenty-nine hundred people who […]

via the ARRL: Get with the SET: ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Fall Classic Just Ahead

The main weekend for the 2017 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is only a little more than a month away — Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. The primary League-sponsored national emergency exercise is designed to assess the skills and preparedness of ARES® and other organizations involved with emergency and disaster response. “Every local […]

Solar Eclipse QSO Party a Hit, Science Conclusions Await Additional Analysis

The 2017 Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is history, and, while logs are still coming in, the preliminary participation numbers look good, according to Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, of HamSCI. “Although the final numbers are not yet in, preliminary reports show that over 670,000 spots were detected by the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), and over 542,000 […]

Solar Eclipse QSO Party Signup So Far Has Attracted More Than 250 Eclipse Enthusiasts

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) now is just a week away — Monday, August 21 — and more than 250 radio amateurs in the US and elsewhere already have signed up to take part. The SEQP is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI), led by Nathaniel Frissell, […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Communication Resources to be Available during Eclipse Day

ARRL, the American Red Cross, and The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) will partner on Monday, August 21, to provide a nationwide communication link for local and regional American Red Cross units should a communications failure occur during the solar eclipse. “Concern has been expressed by public safety, emergency management, and others that […]

via HACKADAY: Crowdsourcing The Study Of An Eclipse’s Effect On Radio Propagation

If you are an American, you’ll probably now find yourself in one of three camps. People who are going to see the upcoming solar eclipse that will traverse your continent, people who aren’t going to see the eclipse, and people who wish everyone would just stop going on incessantly about the damn eclipse. Whichever of […]

via the ARRL: Radio Arcala to Leverage FT8 Digital Mode in Market Reef Activation

Radio Arcala (OH8X), the consortium of serious Finnish contesters, has heaped more praise on Nobel Laureate and software developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, for the recent beta release of FT8 mode. OJ0BH/OJ0JR will be active August 12-19 from Market Reef and expects to make use of FT8 and other modes that are part of Taylor’s WSJT-X […]

ARDF Enthusiasts Compete in USA National Championships

Fifteen US-eligible competitors took home first-place awards in the just-completed 17th USA National Championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) in Harrison, Ohio. The competition ran from August 3 through 6 on the 4,345-acre Miami Whitewater Forest and other nearby wooded sites, and it attracted more than 80 fans of the sport — also known […]

Amateur Radio Participation is Key to University Solar Eclipse Experiment

Virginia Tech electrical engineering professor Greg Earle, W4GDE, is heading up a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded solar eclipse experiment dubbed CEDAR — Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions. The experiment proposes to study the effects on the ionosphere of the August 21 total eclipse of the sun, using a combination of GPS receivers, the […]

Historic Project Amelia Earhart Flight Ends Successfully

His ’round-the-world Project Amelia Earhart commemorative flight now complete, pilot and radio amateur Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, is back on home turf in Texas. The solo circumnavigation in his single-engine plane Spirit took a little longer than 2 months. Lloyd logged hundreds of Amateur Radio contacts over the course of his entire adventure, which was funded […]

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