Radio Science for the Radio Amateur
“THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME TO BE INVOLVED IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, PERHAPS THE MOST EXCITING IN HISTORY” --David Saltzberg, the science consultant for "Big Bang Theory”
You can contribute to big science as a radio amateur! Regardless of your experience and resources, as a ham radio operator you have what it takes to make a meaningful contribution to science and technology. You have a window into the universe not available to most people--as every physical phenomenon, from the galactic to the microscopic, interacts with radio in some manner. Radio Science for the Radio Amateur will lead you to horizons of scientific exploration and discovery.
Radio Science for the Radio Amateur explores and explains the often profound differences between science and technology, and dispels the notion that we know all there is to know about radio. Using a fresh, playful approach, Author Eric Nichols, KL7AJ, will guide you through some of the most fascinating “nooks and crannies” of the radio universe. Along the way, you’ll find out how solving long-standing mysteries of radio, of which there are still many, doesn’t require expensive hardware, but merely a scientific mindset and attention to detail.
- Review of the Scientific Method
- Fundamentals of Plasma Physics as these apply to radio propagation
- Weird phenomena such as Long Delayed Echoes (LDEs), Parametrically Amplified Radio Events (PARES),
- Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances (SIDs), and Stimulated Electromagnetic Emission (SEE)
- Amateur Radio detection of High Energy Particles
- Using your computer sound card for data acquisition
- Synthetic Aperture and other distributed methods for the radio amateur
- Using APRS for Radio Science