|Involving the Lay Person in Citizen Science
|Year of Conference
|HamSCI Workshop 2023
How do we involve what is called the lay person in citizen science? The amateur radio community already has a head start due to the nature of their license and the activities that are part of amateur radio. This community encompasses a wide diversity of licensed operators. The education, backgrounds and careers are wide ranging. While surveys attempt to organize and quantify these individuals, both limited participation and a lack of personal interaction may limit their effectiveness. While not a scientific study, interacting with ham radio club members in a social, learning atmosphere including question and answer interactions, can give insights that will aid in involving them in citizen science. This presentation starts with my journey of giving presentations, to becoming involved in HamSCI and the eclipses. It will then look at what I have learned about these members and ham radio operators through these presentations and interactions. This is done through the perspective of a nonscientist, who is not formally of the scientific community, but is a member of HamSCI and involved with their activities.