NJIT Physics Department Seminar
December 5th, Monday, 2016
HamSCI and the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Dr. Nathaniel A. Frissell
Dept. of Physics, NJIT
Time: 11:45am-12:45pm with 11:30am tea time
Room: ECE 202
Amateur (ham) radio operators are technically astute hobbyists with intense interests in radio communications and science. Many hams routinely communicate using High Frequency (HF, 3-30 MHz) trans-ionospheric links, which are affected by space weather activity. Hams around the world have voluntarily created automated, global-scale networks that monitor these communications. We demonstrate that ionospheric effects can be observed and quantified using these systems. This large, citizen-science radio dataset can provide valuable information about ionospheric regions that might not otherwise be sampled by conventional instrumentation. In order to connect professional researchers with the volunteer-based ham radio community, HamSCI (Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation, www.hamsci.org) has been established. HamSCI is working with the ARRL (American Radio Relay League, www.arrl.org) to organize an extensive amateur radio operating event during the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 in order to study the effect of the eclipse on the ionosphere and upper atmosphere.