New Directions in Sporadic-E Research

TitleNew Directions in Sporadic-E Research
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsEngelke, W
Conference NameHamSCI Workshop 2019
Date Published03/2019
Conference LocationCleveland, OH

A complete understanding of the causes of Sporadic-E propagation has so far defied analysis. The large number of possible parameters, many of which are non-linear and/or stochastic (random) in nature, has made it very difficult to model the system well enough to tease apart the causes and effects so as to be able to predict this phenomenon. This research effort, spurred in part by Joe Dzekovich’s (K1YOW) QST article which suggested a possible relationship between Upper Level Lows and Sporadic E on 6 meters, is applying methods of Deep Learning (a branch of Artificial Intelligence) combined with traditional analytics to better understand what make the 6-meter “magic” band work. The HamSCI HARC spots database is used along with data from NOAA, NASA, and meteorite monitoring networks. This is a progress briefing on research which is ongoing and not yet complete.

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