Solar Eclipse – April 8th – Make Plans Now

The Case Amateur Radio Club, W8EDU, the club station at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, is asking for amateur radio operators to help with a research project centered around the April 8, 2024, solar eclipse.

W8EDU club member Adam Goodman, W7OKE, said the project centers around studying the effects of the eclipse on propagation to better understand the recombination time of the ionosphere.

“To do this, we are recruiting North American amateur stations interested in recording the Canadian time standard station CHU (Canada’s WWV) for two weeks surrounding the eclipse,” added Goodman. “Anyone with a KiwiSDR or a rig that can interface with analysis/recording software such as Fldigi is encouraged to reach out to us to participate.”

Read The Full Article Here:
https://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-operators-needed-for-help-with-solar-eclipse-project

Other Solar Ham Radio Projects:

https://science.nasa.gov/solar-system/skywatching/nasa-funded-science-projects-tuning-in-to-eclipse-radio/

https://hamsci.org/eclipse

https://www.onallbands.com/ham-radio-and-the-april-8-solar-eclipse-qso-party/

Interactive Map Of Eclipse Path:
https://nso.edu/for-public/eclipse-map-2024/

Pittsburgh, PA: Partial Eclipse 97%
Meadville, PA: Total Eclipse Duration 2m 50s
Erie, PA: Total Eclipse Duration 3m 44s

How To View The Eclipse Safely:
https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety

NASA Need Ham Radio Operators

The HamSCI Festivals of Eclipse Ionospheric Science will occur October 14, 2023 and April 8, 2024 during spectacular North American solar eclipses.

The Festivals will consist of multiple events, each with a goal of increasing our understanding of sun-ionosphere-earth relationships. ​Participants will include volunteer amateur radio operators, short wave listeners and science researchers from multiple US universities.

HamSCI FoEIS Events in which you can participate

  • The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP)
  • The Gladstone Signal Spotting Challenge (GSSC)
  • Learn how to participate by visiting the HamSCI FoEIS Contest Info Page
Planned Events – Details To Be Announced at a Future Time
  • Doppler Effects on the Reception of WWV and CHU Utilizing the Grape 2 Low-IF Receiver
  • The Use of Time Delay of Arrival (TDOA) Measurements to Profile Ionospheric Layer Height Changes During Solar Eclipses
  • Tracking Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances Using Doppler-shifts of AM Broadcast Stations
  • ​VLF Reception Exercise

Read More about this here:
https://science.nasa.gov
https://hamsci.org/eclipse

Software Defined Radio

Did you know that the club has an Airspy HF+ Discovery SDR available for use by the public? What better way to see how propagation conditions look than to listen in or even see the traffic on the map.

Check the propagation across North America, or the world with FT4 and FT8.

Or perhaps you’d rather listen to air traffic from KPIT? Or listen to KDKA? Whatever your interest, our SDR may have something for you.

Give it a whirl!
https://www.w3kwh.net/openwebrx/

PS – Click around the dial as you like, but don’t forget that if you change bands, you do so for all other connected users. So, be sure to have a look at the bottom of the page. “Clients” will tell you how many listeners are connected.