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Amateur Radio Operators Can Help with HAARP Experiment

The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) will host more than 50 researchers at their Alaska facility from August 1 -14, 2023, for the resumption of a science summer school that will conduct 30 experiments over a span of two weeks.

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The HAARP antenna array at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. (Photo courtesy of HAARP)

The Polar Aeronomy and Radio Science (PARS) summer school was last held more than 10 years ago. Its return is part of a 5-year, $9.3 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2021. PARS is a group of more than 50 researchers committed to meeting the growing demand for skilled scientists and engineers with knowledge of the special effects that occur in the ionosphere at high latitudes.

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Ghosts in the Air Glow website.

One of the experiments, Ghosts in the Air Glow by Canadian artist Amanda Dawn Christie, will give amateur radio operators and shortwave listeners an opportunity to help with on-going geospace research. This transmission art project will begin on Monday, August 14, 2023, and use the HAARP Ionospheric Research Instrument to mix audio and images from the transition between Earth's atmosphere and outer space. They will then be received and decoded via software-defined radio. Amateur radio operators and shortwave radio listeners around the world are invited to tune in and submit reception reports.

Event information, including transmission times, frequencies, modes, and report submission guidelines, is available at the project's website, Ghosts in the Air Glow. Each experiment participants will receive a QSL card.

"The return of PARS and these experiments marks a milestone for HAARP and the geospace communities," said HAARP Director Jessica Matthews.

Sun, 08/06/2023 - 01:08