Sunday, August 5, 2018

New HamSCI Group in South Africa

The South African Radio League (SARL) and AMSAT-SA are teaming up to launch HamSCI SA. Based on similar Ham Radio Citizen Science Investigation groups in the U.S. and the U.K., the new organization will work to bring together hams and professional scientists to share research and data collection. Two of the areas the new group plans to study, according to the AMSAT News Service, are propagation at 5 MHz and possible ways to slow or mitigate the rapid increases in the RF noise floor. The groups give amateurs access to the cutting-edge research being by scientists in radio-related fields, while the scientists can take advantage of a large number of data collection points represented by participating hams.