RAC 2021 Conference Presentation

We would like to thank everyone who joined the presentation of our initial results at the RAC 2021 virtual conference. The PDF version of the Power Point Slide deck is available below for any you wish to have another look. A video of the presentation has been posted to the Radio Amateurs of Canada YouTube channel. The direct link is here.

60m Propagation Project

The objective of our 60M propagation experiment is to evaluate the band as a viable HF communications link between remote communities and larger centers throughout the Northern Canada Auroral Zone.
To accomplish this, a number volunteer Amateur Radio operators setup automatic beacons for during the data collection portion of the project that lasted from late 2016 until the end of 2020.
We used the PSK Reporter to collect beacon reports until 2020 when we started using js8call and a custom script that would parse the log files and insert the reports into our database server.

Solar weather data was collected from various government and scientific organizations and inserted into our central database every 15 minutes.

We are now in the data analysis phase of the project with 170,000+ receive beacon reports. Watch this site for updates on our results.

  • Auroral Power Team

The Tools We Use

Since 2016, we’ve used a few differenet tools to gather and analyze the data for the is project. Some where produced by the Amateur Radio Community others we built is house.

The community tools we used were;

FLDigi beacon script https://github.com/ve6sar/FLdigi_Scheduler

JS8call Log parsing script https://github.com/ve6sar/js8call_log_parser

The above scripts are both written in Perl which makes them platform independent. Perl can be installed on any major operating system. They have been posted as an example for others to use in creating their own scripts.