Hi all, it may not have registered with many yet as it has not made the
National TV news but there is a partial eclipse of the sun due on March 20th
As part of my involvement with the RSGB Propagation Studies Committee it
occurs to me that this is a fine opportunity to roll out the capabilities of
Opera, and WSPR and the monitoring network on 136 and 477kHz.
The path of the totallity pases due north of the UK with only Shetland
seeing a full eclipse. The majority of the UK is rated around 80% . The most
interesting paths are those from the opposite side of the path of totality.
Unfortunately (or otherwise :-)) ) the only LF-active area on the other
side is Iceland, and I know there is a "grabber" operator active there. I
suggest some interesting results could be obtained if European stations
could be active into the Iceland grabber during the period of the eclipse
which is 07:40 to 11:40 UTC (I think we should be on GMT still in the UK at
that date :-)) ) I am not fully sure what facilities the Icelandic operator
has but maybe someone who knows him better could liaise a suitable set up.
It is obviouly not as big an event as 1999 but could prove interesting.