8:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Guest Speaker with Q&A - Thursday Night, May 18th
Thursday night's guest speaker is Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF speaking on HamSCI, The Personal Space Weather Station, and the 2023 and 2024 Solar Eclipses The Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) is a platform to foster collaborations between the amateur (ham) radio and professional space science and space weather communities. Recent advances in software defined radios (SDRs, including those by FlexRadio), computers, and the internet have made it possible for citizens to come together to make global-scale ionospheric measurements in ways never seen before the SDR revolution. In this presentation, we describe the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station Project and show how amateur radio observation networks such as the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network (WSPRNet), and PSKReporter/FT8 can be used to study ionospheric effects, including those caused by the upcoming October 14, 2023 Annular and April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipses.