HamSCI and the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (Experiment Description)

TitleHamSCI and the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (Experiment Description)
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsFrissell, NA, Vega, JS, Katz, JD, Gunning, SW, Gerrard, AJ, Moses, ML, Earle, GD, Miller, ES, Huba, JD, Hirsch, M, Silver, HW, Reyer, SE, Ackermann, JR, Suhar, MD, Bern, D
Conference NameARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference
Date Published09/2017
Conference LocationSt. Louis, MO

On 21 August 2017, a total solar eclipse will cause the shadow of the moon to traverse the United States from Oregon to South Carolina in just over 90 minutes. The sudden absence of sunlight due to the eclipse, especially solar UV and x-rays, provides an impulse function to the upper atmosphere that modifies the neutral dynamics, plasma concentrations, and related properties. In spite of more than 60 years of research, open questions remain regarding eclipse-induced ionospheric impacts. Ham radio operators’ advanced technical skills and inherent interest in ionospheric science make the amateur radio community ideal for contributing to and and participating in large-scale ionospheric sounding experiments. This pa- per describes the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP), the HF Wideband Recording Experiment, and the Eclipse Frequency Measurement Test (FMT), three amateur radio experiments designed to study the 2017 total solar eclipse. These experi- ments are coordinated by HamSCI, the Ham radio Science Citizen Investigation, a citizen science organization that connects the amateur radio community to the professional space science research community for mutual benefit.

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