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Steven Wamback
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KK2W Ham Since 1972
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WN2IDG (1973?)
N2VPI (1993-2008)
KK2W (2008-Present)

My Ham Radio Interests
Radio Astronomy
Solar Science
Meteors and Meteor Scatter

About The Author:

Having graduated from The State University of New York College at Fredonia, New York with degrees in both the Geological and Biological Sciences, Steven J. Wamback has worked as a biologist, geologist, and environmental scientist on various projects within the realms of hazardous waste site remediation; wetlands identification, delineation, and mapping; groundwater exploration and protection; natural resource conservation; technical project writing and editing; and public education. He is looking forward to future projects and opportunities in Public Service, Education, and in conserving and protecting natural environmental resources, land, water, wetlands, fish, and wildlife. Steve finds himself at home with his family in Angola, New York on the shores of Lake Erie and enjoys fossil hunting and Amateur Radio when time permits.

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G5RV-fed with 300 ohm TV wire
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Radio Waves And Astronomy

From KK2W

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Hello! Steve here. (KK2W since 2008 & N2VPI 1993-2008).

Thanks for another Great QSO! Always a pleasure!

And thank you for visiting my listing.

ALL of my 4000+ radio contacts with 240 DXCC Countries
since 1993 have been with only 100 Watts or Less. "Barefoot" using G5RV or Dipole Antennas (or a modified 3-EL CB Yagi on 10 Meters), and mostly Ten-Tec's awesome Solid State QSK & ALC type transceivers.

When people ask, "What kind of equipment are you running there?", I like to slyly tell them, "I'm running a box of dusty old television parts into a couple of coat-hangers; KK2W is strictly a Low-Power. Low-Antenna. and Low-Budget operation! HI HI !

My current transceiver is actually a Ten Tec Jupiter 538 at 100 watts.

Please enjoy my photos, stories, links, radiologs,

DX Info, and science news below.

Thank you again; and see you On The Air again soon!


Radio Waves And Astronomy

by Steven J. Wamback, KK2W

Just as Optical Astronomy uses light waves and their physical properties to study astronomical objects and phenomena, Radio Astronomy is a means of studying astronomical objects and phenomena via the use of some form of Radio Frequency (RF) Energy or by using electromagnetic waves from the RF portion of the Electromagnetic Spectrum.

In the broadest sense, Radio Astronomy might include the passive use of radio signal receiving equipment to detect and to listen to the RF signals emitted by naturally occurring objects either in outer space or from outer space such as the rhythmic beat of pulsars in distant portions of our galaxy, the "hissing" of our Sun, or the "ping" of meteors passing through our Earth's atmosphere.

A more "active" application of Radio Astronomy principles might include the directed transmission of radio signals followed by the reception of the reflected, refracted, enhanced, or attenuated signals returned from those space objects. One such application is the use of the Moon to bounce radio signals back to distant portions of the Earth.

In the case of Meteor Scatter radio wave propagation, radio signals are reflected by the ionized trails of meteors entering our atmosphere followed by the subsequent reception of those signals at receivers at various locations on or near the earth. In addition to studying the radio phenomena associated with meteors, 2-way communication is often possible as a direct effect of the reflection of radio waves by the ionized trail left my meteors as they enter and are consumed by our atmosphere.

Like mini Ionospheres, these meteor trails can propagate radio signals between distant points on the Earth for durations of milliseconds to several minutes. We contend further that other sky wave and ionospheric propagation modes are enhanced during certain peak meteor events.

It is the contention and major hypothesis of the authors of this page that Meteor Scatter Radio Wave Propagation occurs at frequencies that are much lower than previously thought and that radio signal propagation is even MORE enhanced in the HF (High Frequency) and possibly even LOWER frequency portions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum.

This brings us momentarily back down to Earth where VLF (Very Low Frequency) radio frequencies have been used to study the Earth itself and have detected such phenomena as "whistlers" and the sounds of lightning strikes passing through large portions of the earth.

Some of our future research will focus on meteor scatter radio wave propagation in these lower frequency (very long wavelength) portions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum and comparison to meteor scatter propagation in the higher frequency ranges.

Finally, the use of Very Large Arrays of radio telescopes, which have traditionally been used to listen to Pulsars and other natural deep space radio phenomena, may also prove useful in our ongoing attempts to determine whether any beings apart from those of us here on Earth are capable of using Radio Waves in ways that we might be able to detect here on Earth. Even though much of it escapes us at the present time. The Truth IS Out There!

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