[W9RCA-News] Lunar Echo Experiment looking for Amateur Radio Participants

Jim Keeth af9a at arrl.net
Thu Jan 17 17:19:26 EST 2008

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> From: "Edde, Gabe" <gabe.edde at ttecorp.com>
> Date: January 17, 2008 5:07:12 PM EST
> To: "Jim Keeth" <jkeeth at sbcglobal.net>
> Subject: FW: Lunar Echo Experiment looking for Amateur Radio 
> Participants
>  FYI -- Might be of interest to others...  From John Vendely in FL..
> Gabe
> -------
>  Lunar Echo Experiment looking for Amateur Radio Participants (Jan 17,
> 2008) -- The HF Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Alaska and 
> the Long Wavelength Array (LWA) in New Mexico are planning an 
> additional lunar echo experiment for January 18-19. Interested radio 
> amateurs are invited to participate in this experiment by listening 
> for the lunar echoes and submitting reports. On January 19, listen on 
> 6.7925 MHz from 0500-0600 UTC, and on 7.4075 MHz from 0600-0700 UTC. 
> On January 20, listen on 6.7925 MHz from 0630-0730 UTC, and on 7.4075 
> MHz from 0730-0830 UTC (depending on frequency occupancy at the time 
> of operation, it may be necessary to adjust the frequency slightly). 
> Based on previous experiments, investigators believe it should be 
> possible to hear the lunar echoes with a standard communications 
> receiver and a simple 40 meter dipole antenna. The format for the 
> transmissions will follow a five second cycle beginning on the hour 
> and repeating continuously. The HAARP transmitter will transmit for 
> the first two seconds. The next three seconds will be quiet to listen 
> for the lunar echo. Then HAARP will transmit again for two seconds, 
> repeating the cycle for one hour. In the second hour, this five 
> second repetitive cycle will be repeated at a different frequency. 
> All transmissions from HAARP will be CW (no modulation). Depending on 
> ionospheric conditions, it may or may not be possible to hear the 
> HAARP transmission directly via skywave propagation. Since HAARP will 
> not be using any modulation, it will be necessary to use USB or LSB 
> mode on the receiver to hear HAARP and the lunar echo. Investigators 
> are interested in receiving signal reports from radio amateurs who 
> may be able to detect -- or not detect-- the lunar echo or the 
> transmitted skywave pulse from HAARP. Submit reports via e-mail, and 
> list your call sign and the type and location of your receiving 
> equipment and antennas.  -- Information provided by Ed Kennedy, K3NS, 
> HAARP Navy Program Manager
> http://www.arrl.org/?artid=7958 
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