Tuesday, September 14, 2021

W2NAF Receives NASA Research Grant

Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF
(CQ archive photo)
NASA has awarded a grant of nearly a half million dollars to Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, to study methods of predicting traveling ionospheric disturbances, or TIDs, using data from HF amateur signals collected by the Reverse Beacon Network, WSPR and PSKReporter. 

According to the ARRL Letter, Frissell, a professor at the University of Scranton, the founder of HamSCI - (Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation)  and a former Dayton Amateur of the Year, will be the principal investigator on the two-year project and will collaborate with Phil Erickson, W1PJE, of the Haystack Observatory at MIT, and the University of Alabama's Bill Engelke, AB4EJ. 

Frissell says the grant includes funding for undergraduates at Scranton to help the faculty researchers create algorithms for developing empirical TID models. This grant complements a five-year National Science Foundation grant Frissell received last year to study the source of TIDs.