December 2020 Eclipse Festival of Frequency Measurement
Calling all stations: Join us for
The December 2020 Eclipse Festival of Frequency Measurement
Kristina Collins: firstname.lastname@example.org
- How do the propagation paths of shortwave time standard stations vary over a calendar day?
- What properties of the ionosphere are we able to measure by observing the variation in these HF propagation paths?
- What effect will the eclipse have on these propagation paths?
- How do various measurement techniques for understanding the path variation compare?
- Is there volunteer interest in collecting data in the regions near totality for this eclipse?
- Promote international goodwill by working with citizen scientists around the globe
- Measure Doppler shifts caused by space weather's effects on the ionosphere.
- Use a specified measurement protocol available to amateur radio operators and other citizen-scientists.
- Practice Runs: 21 November 2020, 0000 – 2359 UTC, 5 December 2020, 0000 – 2359 UTC
- Data recording starts: 9 December 2020, 0000 UTC
- Data recording ends: 16 December 2020, 2359 UTC
There are multiple time standard stations which can be heard in South America. The Brazilian station PPE (10 MHz) will be the primary beacon for this experiment. You may also pick up signals from the Venezuelan station YVTO (5 MHz), the Argentinian station LOL (10 MHz), WWV, WWVH and BPM. This experiment will use only the 10 MHz transmissions. If you can't get a good signal on 10 MHz, record another frequency and make sure the file is labeled appropriately. The recordings in this experiment are expected to show formations of the D-layer at stations' local sunrise and other daily events of the ionosphere, and the effects of the eclipse. Space weather varies day to day and some features may be prominent. We'll see what we get!