I’ve been concerned about the ham radio response to the Solar Eclispe QSO Party (SEQP). Though it’s only a few weeks away, the number of pre-registered stations was just two as of yesterday. Since then, the ARRL picked up the story and this evening the number has grown to 88 entries.

But surely we can do better than that?

I won’t be able to work the event because my wife and I are going to chase totality somewhere about 250 miles south of here.

And that could be the reason for the anemic response as many others will prefer to watch the eclipse rather than operate during the QSO party. But we can do much better than a hundred stations in this event.

It’s ham radio. It’s science. It’s an operating event.

The SEQP is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) to study ionospheric effects caused by the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. During the SEQP, hams are asked to operate on the HF bands in a manner similar to contests or QSO parties.

Systems such as the Reverse Beacon Network, PSKReporter, WSPRNet, and participant logs will provide the QSO and spot data that will be used by researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech to study eclipse-induced ionospheric effects.