Radio amateurs invited to participate in scientific experiments

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24/10/2022

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) will conduct its largest campaign of experimentation and research from October 19-28, 2022. Radio amateurs are invited to listen and participate.

The search will last 10 days and will include 13 experiments, with daily transmissions between 1400 and 0600 UTC. Transmission experiments include moon bounce, Jupiter bounce, HF ocean scatter, and interactions with ionosphere satellites. Amateur radio operators are encouraged to monitor transmission times and signal quality. Reports can be filed electronically and a special QSL card will be sent for participation.

This will be the most scientifically diverse campaign ever conducted at HAARP. Particularly notable experiments include a one-of-a-kind attempt to bounce a signal off Jupiter, an investigation into possible causes of the airglow phenomenon known as STEVE (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement), and feasibility testing the use of radio transmissions to measure the interior of near-Earth asteroids.

“The October research campaign is our largest and most diverse yet, with collaborating researchers and citizen scientists from around the world,” said Jessica Matthews, HAARP program manager.

The number of experiments is the highest yet under the National Science Foundation’s $9.3 million, 5-year grant last year to establish the Subauroral Geophysical Observatory at HAARP. The purpose of the observatory is to explore the Earth’s upper atmosphere and geospatial environment.

An overview of all experiences can be found at HAARP website.

See the following document (PDF) for a more detailed list of experiments and technical data.

Participating radio amateurs can apply for a QSL card and send reception reports to HAARP, PO Box 271, Gakona, AK 99586.

HAARP is a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere. Operation of the research facility was transferred from the U.S. Air Force to the University of Alaska Fairbanks on August 11, 2015, allowing HAARP to continue exploration of ionospheric phenomenology through a research and development agreement cooperative on land use.

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