Saturday January 23: The Contest University held a seminar with the topic or radio propagation on Zoom that ran for 4 hours, sponsored by Icom & DX Engineering. Listening to the four presentations I learned a lot about the solar cycle, sun spots, solar storms, Coronal mass ejections, the earth’s magnetosphere and the interaction of radio waves with the changes in the ionosphere. The complexity of the ionosphere and how HamSci project is trying to measure the changes was fascinating. They are working on a “Space Weather Station” that should be affordable so that multiple stations can be deployed across the globe to collect data and monitor changes.
See the web page for the video presentations here: https://www.contestuniversity.com
Web site for amateur radio scientific investigations: https://hamsci.org
Web site for MUF modeling of the ionosphere: https://prop.kc2g.com
Web site for propagation and terrain modeling: https://paas.k6tu.net
This was intense, well presented and worth the time. If you want to learn more about the factors that control your HF propagation such as the ionosphere, solar activity, antenna modeling and ground effects, then this is for you! 73 Peter N4PVH.