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Last Post 23 Mar 2018 08:18 AM by  Mitzi Adams
ham radio
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21 Mar 2018 02:59 PM
    Do any of you do ham radio? My brother has talked to the International Space Station.


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    22 Mar 2018 05:38 AM
    Hi Viola,
    I'm studying for the first exam to became a HAM radio, I think it is awesome! There are many Ham radio scientists around! The HamSCI team did a great team work during the Total Solar Eclipse and got beautiful results. (http://www.hamsci.org/about-hamsci) Here at the Arecibo Observatory, my friend from the control room (who is a very expert Ham operator) managed to make the first contacts with the world outside the Puerto Rican island after the hurricane Maria thanks to the HAM radio. Many Ham friends sent us food, water and generators during the first weeks after the hurricane.


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    22 Mar 2018 06:43 AM
    Hi Viola,
    I do not personally, but several of my colleagues use ham radio. I didn't have any interest in it myself until reading Alessandra's response! That is fantastic!!


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    22 Mar 2018 08:25 AM
    Hello! I am not a HAM radio operator, but some of my co-workers at the University of Iowa are. Scientists and engineers in my department built the Waves Investigation for studying radio waves in space on board NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter. While Juno was on its way to Jupiter, my co-worker Don Kirchner planned for HAM radio operators to say "Hi" to the University of Iowa Waves Investigation. HAM radio operators around the world sent signals to the Juno spacecraft. They set up a station in our department so faculty, staff, and students could help send the radio signals to the Juno spacecraft. It was really fun! You can read more about it here:
    https://now.uiowa.edu/2013/12/nasas...ors-say-hi


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    23 Mar 2018 08:18 AM
    Viola, here at Marshall Space Flight Center, we have a pretty active ham-radio group. One of my colleagues has been strongly suggesting that I get my license...and I just may do that! During the total solar eclipse, that very same colleague ran an experiment that used the Reverse Beacon Network to probe the ionosphere and investigate the effect of the Moon's shadow on radio propagation at 40 meters and 80 meters. There is a lot you can do with ham radio, even if you just want to listen.
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