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  • Solar Eclipse QSO Party Signup So Far Has Attracted More Than 250 Eclipse Enthusiasts

    From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Mon Aug 14 16:08:20 2017

    The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP[1]) now is just a week away - Monday, August 21 - and more than 250 radio amateurs in the US and elsewhere[2] already have signed up to take part. The SEQP is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI[3]), led by Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, to study ionospheric effects caused by the total solar eclipse. Event rules and operating procedures[4] are available on the HamSCI website.

    During the SEQP, hams are being asked to operate on the HF bands in a manner similar to a contest or QSO party. HamSCI researchers want to know where you plan to be during the eclipse and what modes you plan to operate. Visit[5] the SEQP Pre-Registration page.

    The experiment will take advantage of such systems as the Reverse Beacon Network, (RBN[6]), PSKReporter[7], and WSPRNet[8], and participants' logs will provide contact and spot data that researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and at Virginia Tech will use to study eclipse-induced ionospheric effects. 


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