Blog - Advance scientific research through amateur radio

I learned about most of these projects from Kelley, K5KTX on the May 8, 2017 YL North Texas net. Kelley is one of the MANY female net control operators for the Dallas Amateur Radio Club's Sky Net on Saturday nights.


Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation Below are projects and events in which amateur radio operators can help to study the ionospheric effects of the total solar eclipse. Over time, the information on this page will be updated and developed.

Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP)
During the Eclipse on August 21, 2017, the American Radio Relay League will sponsor an Eclipse QSO Party. This is a contest-like event designed to generate numerous QSOs across the HF bands for the purpose of studying propagation changes during the eclipse. The data from this event will consist of particpant logs, Reverse Beacon Network Observations, and QSO party recordings. This is similar to the 2015 Solar Eclipse QSO Party organized by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). More details regarding this event will be posted here and in QST.

VLF/LF Eclipse Propagation Experiment will leverage citizen science to create the first large, geographically distributed set of low-frequency (LF, 30-300 kHz) skywave propagation observations during the eclipse of August 21, 2017, which will be analyzed to provide new information about the location and geometry dependence of ionization and recombination behavior in the D and E layers of the ionosphere, while also stimulating public interest in science and engineering.

The Radio JOVE Project encourages students and amateur scientists to observe and analyze natural radio emissions of Jupiter, the Sun, and our galaxy.

The recommended software appears to be all available for Windows only, not open-source and must be paid for. So this software is of little interest to us for use in qruqsp.org but the concepts are interesting and may be able to be supported through other open-source means.

Itty Bitty Radio Telescope uses SDR# but we might be able to use the following open-source and Linux software instead.


Airspy Download software
SPY Server – SDR Server for Linux x64
ADSB decoder for Linux 64