Friday, June 8, 2018

Solar Eclipse QSO Party Paper Published in Scientific Journal

Citizen science observations by hams during last summer's total solar eclipse are the focus of a scientific paper, "Modeling Amateur Radio Soundings of the Ionospheric Response to the 2017 Great American Eclipse," which has been accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. The paper, whose lead author is HamSci organizer Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, highlighted the real-world findings of radio amateurs participating in the Solar Eclipse QSO Party as compared to scientific predictions. 

According to the paper's abstract, the QSO party was "the first eclipse-ionospheric study to make use of measurements from a citizen-operated, global-scale, HF propagation network and develop tools for comparison to a physics-based model ionosphere." At press time, it had not been announced in which issue of the Letters journal the paper would be published.