HamSCI Workshop 2022: The Weather Connection

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March 18-19, 2022
A Hybrid In-Person and Virtual Workshop

Come join HamSCI at its fifth annual workshop March 18-19, 2022 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The primary objective of the HamSCI workshop is to bring together the amateur radio community and professional scientists. The theme of the 2022 HamSCI Workshop is The Weather Connection.

This workshop will also serve as a team meeting for the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station project, a NSF-funded project to develop a citizen science instrument for studying space weather from your backyard. The PSWS is led by the University of Scranton, and includes participation from TAPRCase Western Reserve University/W8EDU, the University of Alabama, the New Jersey Institute of Technology CSTRMIT Haystack ObservatoryDartmouth College, and the amateur radio community at large.

The 2022 HamSCI workshop is organized by The University of Scranton in collaboration with The University of Alabama and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Support is provided by the National Science Foundation

Call for Speakers

We welcome abstracts on all topics relevant to ionospheric and amateur radio science. Presentations will be in the form of oral talks, posters, lightning talks, and demo room tables. Abstract and acceptance and presentation format will be chosen by the Science Program Committee. You may request a poster presentation format. Due to time constraints requests for oral presentation slots are not guaranteed. To submit an abstract, please press the blue button below. Abstracts are due by February 1, 2022. Presenters will be notified of program decisions by February 16, 2022. Questions regarding abstracts should be directed to hamsci@hamsci.org.

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Registration will be open by mid-January 2022.

Registration rates for the in-person workshop are:

  • Friday Registration - $45 (Includes Conference Talks and Presentations, Continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments)
  • Saturday Registration - $45 (Includes Conference Talks and Presentations, Continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments)
  • Friday Banquet - $60
  • Saturday Hor D’oeuvre Reception - $40

Virtual participation is free of charge.

COVID Policy

We strongly urge all attendees to be fully vaccinated and appropriately boosted.  The HamSCI workshop will require masks for all people over the age of 3, consistent with U.S. Space and Rocket Center Policy. Masks may be removed while eating or drinking. Participants are required to follow current CDC guidelines for COVID quarantine and isolation.  Note that Alabama state law does not permit the event to require vaccination in order to attend.  We suggest that participants move to virtual attendance if this is a concern.

Community Participation Guidelines

All participants in the HamSCI workshop must adhere to the HamSCI Community Participation Guidelines. Those that do not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave.


Lodging is available at the Huntsville Marriott at the Space and Rocket Center. This hotel is only a 2 minute walk from the meeting location, and will be the location of the Friday Banquet and Saturday Reception. Please check back soon for more information.

Invited Speakers

Invited Scientist Tutorial: Dr. Tamitha Skov WX6SWW, “Ionospheric Impacts of Space Weather”

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The invited scientist tutorial will be presented by Dr. Tamitha Skov WX6SWW and will focus on the ionospheric impacts of space weather. Dr. Skov holds B.S. degrees in physics and physical chemistry, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics and planetary physics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She joined the Aerospace Corporation in 2004, where she is currently a Research Scientist in the Physical Sciences Laboratory. At Aerospace, she works primarily in the fields of solar and space physics research and in the testing of spacecraft materials in realistic space radiation environments. In 2020, Dr. Skov joined Millersville University as an adjunct professor and is now teaching graduate courses in meteorology, serving as a pioneer in the field of "Broadcast Space Weather”. Dr. Skov is well-known to the amateur radio community as “The Space Weather Woman” through her innovative YouTube space weather forecasts.

Invited Amateur Radio Tutorial: Mr. Jim Bacon G3YLA, “Influences of Terrestrial Weather on Radio Propagation and the Ionosphere”

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The invited amateur radio tutorial will be presented by Mr. Jim Bacon G3YLA and will focus on the influences of Terrestrial Weather on radio propagation and the ionosphere. Mr. Bacon is a well-known retired meteorologist from the United Kingdom and is the recent recipient of the Radio Society of Great Britain Les Barclay Memorial Award to recognize those who have made excellent contributions to propagation research and understanding. Mr. Bacon actively develops the PropQuest website, which provides real-time Sporadic E Probability Index (EPI) that incorporates the factors of tropospheric weather, atmospheric gravity waves, meteors, wind shears, and atmospheric semi-diurnal tides.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chen-Pang Yeang, Ham Radio and the Discovery of the Ionosphere

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Abstract: Ham radio's involvement in the discovery of the ionosphere during the early 20th century constitutes a core part of the radio amateur community's collective memory. I will review this episode in a broader historical context. Why radio waves could propagate over long distances along the earth's curvature had been debated since the invention of wireless telegraphy in the late 1890s. By the 1910s, physicists' consensus was that radio waves bounced back from an electrically conductive surface in the upper sky known as the "Kennelly-Heaviside layer." Meanwhile, electrical engineers' empirical studies led to the so-called "Austin-Cohen formula" that predicted a decrease of propagating range with wavelength, implying that transoceanic or transcontinental wireless communication could only be achieved at wavelengths longer than 200 m. Despite these scientific convictions, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and its sister organizations in the UK and France in the 1920s embarked large-scale collective experiments for transatlantic wireless signal transmission at wavelengths shorter than 200 m. Their success challenged the Austin-Cohen formula. In addition, ARRL members collaborated with US naval researchers to experiment with medium-range radio-wave propagation. Their studies resulted in the identification of the skip zone—that radio signals disappeared at certain distances from a transmitter but emerged again at a further range. These findings from radio amateurs’ activities paved a crucial ground for the British and American scientists Edward Appleton, Miles Barnett, Gregory Breit, and Merle Tuve to perform radio experiments that provided direct evidence for the ionosphere—a more complex geophysical entity than the Kennelly-Heaviside layer. In this talk, I will examine the radio amateurs' collective experiments in the discovery of the ionosphere. I will also discuss the implications of this form of collaboration to ham radio's later collective technical activities and engagements with "citizen science."
Bio: Chen-Pang Yeang is an associate professor at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto. Trained both in electrical engineering and the history of science and technology, he does research and teaching in the history of physics, electrical engineering, information and computer science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. He published Probing the Sky with Radio Waves: From Wireless Technology to the Development of Atmospheric Science (University of Chicago Press, 2013). He is completing a book on the history of noise. In addition, he is undertaking a research project that uses the material replication of Heinrich Hertz’s radio-wave experiment as a means of historical inquiry, and another project on the grassroots innovation in information and computing technology.

Science/Program Committee

  • Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, The University of Scranton, Chair
  • Dr. Philip Erickson, W1PJE, MIT Haystack Observatory
  • Ms. Kristina Collins, KD8OXT, Case Western Reserve University
  • Mr. Bill Liles, NQ6Z, HamSCI Community
  • Ms. Veronica Romanek, KD2UHN, The University of Scranton
  • Ms. Laurie McCoy, University of Scranton

Local Organizing Committee

  • Mr. Bill Engelke, AB4EJ, The University of Alabama
  • Dr. Linda Habash Krause, K0DRK, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Ms. Mitzi Adams, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Dr. Robert Suggs, NN4NT, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center


Please e-mail hamsci@hamsci.org.

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The 2022 HamSCI Workshop is organized by The University of Scranton in collaboration with The University of Alabama and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Financial support is provided by the United States National Science Foundation through AGS-2152015.