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Below are several 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. Please join our mailing list to stay up-to-date on current developments. Not a ham radio operator yet? Learn more about it from the American Radio Relay League.

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Solar Eclipse QSO Party

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.


Reverse Beacon Network

The Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) is a network of Software Defined Radio (SDR) receivers which automatically decodes and reports spots of CW and digital signals. These spots are archived and available for analysis on the RBN website. To make the RBN data more valuable for scientific studies, more RBN receivers are needed. Amateur radio operators are encouraged to setup their own RBN receivers to contribute data.


EclipseMob VLF/LF Experiment

EclipseMob 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. EclipseMob is an NSF-sponsored collaboration between UMB and GMU with cooperation from SPAWAR and GA Tech. Contact Bill Liles, NQ6Z, at