|Forging Amateur-Professional Bonds (Keynote Address)
|Year of Conference
|HamSCI Workshop 2023
Amateurs have played an important role in scientific research for many centuries. Up until the time of automated computerized telescope searches, virtually all comets were discovered by amateurs. As David Levy (of comet Shoemaker-Levy fame) said, "Amateurs have time to observe and enjoy the sky. Professionals have to submit proposals, take data, and write papers." Amateurs have long held associations with professional scientists in the realms of botany, ornithology, and even fossil and meteorite hunting. Ham Radio operators have worked closely with meteorologists as stormspotters and to provide communication in times of severe weather or other emergencies. It is a very natural outgrowth that Ham Radio amateurs team up with space physicists and aeronomers who study the ionosphere and its dependences on solar disturbances, in the general term of "space weather". Stanford first created VHF SID ionospheric monitors for amateurs and schools, and the "Radio Jove" program from Goddard has enlisted amateurs in monitoring solar and Jovian radio emissions. Ham beacons using Joe Taylor's compression algorithms now are used to track amateur balloons that have sailed four more times around the Earth. Amateurs team up with college students to provide communication with Cubesats. We are entering a new era of amateur radio providing important information on the structure and variability of the ionosphere, especially during eclipses. Several HamSCI talks and posters were shown at the recent Chicago AGU meeting, and we look to this group to lead the way for future uses of ham radio in "real" scientific research. talks and posters were shown at the recent Chicago AGU meeting, and we look to this group to lead the way for future uses of ham radio in "real" scientific research.