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General Meeting - Solar Eclipse Propagation Presentation

  • Union Elks Club 281 Chestnut Street Union, NJ, 07083 United States (map)

Nathaniel A. Frissell, W2NAF, presents "HamSCI and the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse."

Abstract: Ham radio operators around the world have voluntarily created automated, global-scale networks that monitor high frequency (HF) 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, has been established. HamSCI is working with the ARRL (American Radio Relay League, to organize a extensive amateur radio operating event during the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 in order to study the effects of the eclipse on the ionosphere and upper atmosphere. 

Bio: Nathaniel A. Frissell is a Post Doctoral Research Associate with the New Jersey Institute of Technology Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (NJIT-CSTR). He earned his Ph.D. from the Virginia Tech SuperDARN Laboratory in May, 2016 with a dissertation entitled "Ionospheric Disturbances: Midlatitude Pi2 Magnetospheric ULF Pulsations and Medium Scale Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances.” Nathaniel has participated in ionospheric field work in McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Adak Island, Alaska, and Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Each of these trips included amateur radio operations. Nathaniel’s interest in ionospheric science and ham radio began in middle school when he was introduced to amateur radio through scouting. Nathaniel served as director of the Forestburg Scout Reservation Technology Center from 2002-2007 and remains active as the trustee of W2FSR. He holds an Extra class amateur radio license (W2NAF) and initiated the citizen-science Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) project. Nathaniel is the associate advisor of the NJIT Amateur Radio Club, K2MFF.