HamSCI at Hamvention 2018

HamSCI at Hamvention 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 14:07

UPDATE: Booth talk scheduled update 8 May 2018.

HamSCI will again be at the Dayton Hamvention, this year as part of the new Ham Radio 2.0: Innovation and Discovery area sponsored by the Yasme Foundation. Come visit the HamSCI Booth and Forum to learn about projects on the cutting of ham radio science and engineering research, including initial science results of the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP), the status of the Arecibo Observatory, the latest in understanding the causes of 6 meter sporadic E propagation, and how an inexpensive software defined radar for ionospheric studies works. Hamvention will be held May 18-20, 2018 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio.

Most HamSCI activity will take place in at Booth 4304 in Building 4 (Volta), which is part of the Ham Radio 2.0: Innovation and Discovery area. Also known as 2.0 Row, this new area is intended to be a gathering spot for innovative groups and organizations. This year, both HamSCI and IARU Region 1 Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) are part of 2.0 Row, which is located close to the FIRST Robotics, the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers, and the NASA Radio Jove Booths. You can meet many members of the HamSCI effort at the booth, including Nathaniel Frissell (W2NAF) of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Carl (K9LA) and Vicky (AE9YL) Luetzelschwab, Phil Erickson (W1PJE) of the MIT Haystack Observatory, and Bob McGwier (N4HY) of Virginia Tech and AMSAT.

Booth talks will be a new feature this year, in which speakers will present on a diverse set of topics right in the Ham Radio 2.0 gathering area. Talks from both HamSCI and Ham Radio 2.0 will be interleaved. Some highlights include an eclipse ham radio ray tracing work by NJIT Student Josh Vega (WB2JSV), an eclipse SuperDARN study by Virginia Tech Student Magda Moses (KM4EGE), and the development of an inexpensive Software Defined Radar for Ionospheric Work by Bob McGwier (N4HY). Some additional topics include The FT8 Advantage by Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA), ARHAB (Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning) and Balloon Data by William Brown (WB8ELK), and AMSAT Fox & Gold Satellites by AMSAT-NA Vice President for Engineering Jerry Buxton (N0JY). See below for the complete schedule.

On Saturday, the HamSCI Forum will take place in Forum Room 4 from 9:15 - 10:30 AM. Dr. Phil Erickson (W1PJE) of the MIT Haystack Observatory will present on the relationship between ham radio operators and space physicists, and how each can help each other. Angel Vazquez (WP3R), the Head of Telescope Operations and RFI and Spectrum Manager of the Arecibo Observatory will present on the status of Arecibo after the horrific hurricanes that took place in September 2017. Phil Erickson will present on Joe Dzekevich's (K1YOW) research on the relationship of winter 6 meter sporadic E and Jet Streams. Finally, Dr. Nathaniel Frissell (W2NAF) of NJIT will present on the initial scientific results of the 2017 Solar Eclipse QSO Party.

Support for the 2018 HamSCI Hamvention activities comes from the  New Jersey Institute of Technology Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, the Yasme Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the volunteers of HamSCI booth forum.

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HamSCI at Hamvention 2017


HamSCI Presentations

Booth Talks

Booth talks include both HamSCI and Ham Radio 2.0 Talks.

Friday Booth Talks

Friday, May 18, 2018 Group Title Presenter Organization Home QTH
9:15 AM HR 2.0 Broadband Digital Satellite Systems Michelle Thompson, W5NYV   San Diego, CA
10:00 AM HamSCI-50x11.png Ray Tracing and the Solar Eclipse QSO Party Josh Vega, WB2JSV NJIT Newark, NJ
11:00 AM HR 2.0 SatNOGS Automated Satellite Ground Stations Pierros Papadeas, SV1QVE SatNOGS Nea Filadelfeia, Greece
12:00 PM HR 2.0 The Internet Telegraph Scotty Cowling, WA2DFI TAPR Tempe, AZ
1:00 PM HR 2.0 NPOTA (National Parks On The Air) - First Steps Laura Steinberger, WZ8C   Traverse City, MI
2:00 PM HamSCI-50x11.png The FT8 Advantage Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA   Fort Wayne, IN
3:00 PM HR 2.0 AMSAT Fox & Golf Satellites Jerry Buxton, N0JY AMSAT Granbury, TX
4:00 PM HR 2.0 Cool QSLs Jeffrey Murray, K1NSS   Saugerties, NY

Saturday Booth Talks

Saturday, May 19, 2018 Group Title Presenter Organization Home QTH
9:15 AM HR 2.0 Summits On The Air - SOTA Keith Schlottman, KR7RK   Tucson, AZ
10:00 AM HR 2.0 WSJT Modes
Ria Jairam, N2RJ
Dave Fisher, NX6D
Sussex, NJ
Pleasanton, CA
11:00 AM HR 2.0 ARDF with LIDAR data Matt Robbins, AA9YH   Cincinnati, OH
12:00 PM HamSCI-50x11.png SuperDARN Eclipse Results Magda Moses, KM4EGE Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
1:00 PM HR 2.0 ARHAB (Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning) and Balloon Data Bill Brown, WB8ELK ARHAB Madison, AL
2:00 PM HamSCI-50x11.png DX Display and the HARC Database Bill Engelke, AB4EJ University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
3:00 PM HR 2.0 Real-time Contest Scoreboards Victor Androsov, VA2WA   Boucherville, QC
4:00 PM HamSCI-50x11.png Software Defined Ionospheric Radar Bob McGwier, N4HY Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

HamSCI Forum

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM, Forum Room 4
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Title Presenter Organization Home QTH
9:15 AM What is HamSCI? Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF New Jersey Insititute of Technology Newark, NJ
9:20 AM The Bridge Between Radio Amateurs and Space Physicists Phil Erickson W1PJE MIT Haystack Observatory ​Westford, MA
9:35 AM After the Storms: Status of the Arecibo Radar/Radio Telescope Angel Vazquez, WP3R Arecibo Observatory Arecibo, Puerto Rico
9:50 AM 50 MHz Propagation: Winter Sporadic E and Jet Streams Joe Dzekevich K1YOW, Presented by Phil Erickson, W1PJE   Harvard, MA
10:05 AM Solar Eclipse QSO Party Results  Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
10:25 AM Closing Remarks      

Booth Location

HamSCI will be at Booth 4304 in the Ham Radio 2.0: Innovation and Discovery Area.




If you have questions, please contact Nathaniel W2NAF at hamsci@hamsci.org.