Get Involved

What is a ham radio operator?

HamSCI is driven by data generated by the activities of ham radio operators (a.k.a. amateur radio operators). Ham radio operators are people who are interested in using radio as a hobby and have obtained a ham radio license from their state government. Ham radio is a very diverse hobby. Some operators enjoy talking to friends accross town, while others work to build stations that can communicate around the world. Ham radio operators can help with emergency communications and public service, or even help advance the boundaries of scientific knowledge.

Any interested person can become a ham radio operator. Amateur radio can introduce young people to an exciting career in the field of science and technology, or it can simply serve as a fun and productive hobby for anyone who would like to get involved. The American Radio Relay League is a great place to learn about how to become a ham radio operator.


One of the simplest ways to participate in HamSCI is simply to get on the radio! This is especially true if you enjoy operating HF CW or digital modes. Systems such as the Reverse Beacon NetworkWSPRNet, and PSKReporter will automatically hear your transmissions and report back to their respective databases.

Participate in Receiving Networks

HamSCI scientists rely on data from systems such as the Reverse Beacon Network, WSPRNet, and PSKReporter. These systems rely on volunteers to install and operate receiving stations. Dense receiver coverage is needed globally, so installing a receiving node for one of these stations is a great way to help out!

Follow the ARRL and QST

The American Radio Relay League will be sharing more ways to be involved through upcoming QST articles and other media news posts. Many of these articles will be in preparation for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse QSO party.