[W9RCA-News] Lunar Echo Experiment looking for Amateur Radio Participants
gabe.edde at ttecorp.com
Fri Jan 18 17:29:16 EST 2008
FYI -- Might be of interest to others... From John Vendely in FL..
BTW -- I think the first one is tonight at midnight eastern.
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
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