HAARP February 2017 on air operations

Many thanks to Chris Fallen (KL3WX), Assistant research professor in the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical – Space Physics group , who shares the following update in reference to upcoming HAARP activities:

Regarding this February 2017 campaign, HAARP will be operating from 19 to 22 February.

Specifically, experiments will begin daily sometime after 1800 hours 2/19 UTC. My experiments will be the last each day (local Alaska time) and are scheduled to start at 0330 hours on 2/20, 2/21, and 2/23 UTC; and at 0430 hours on 2/22.

Experiment times and frequencies are subject to change for various reasons, particularly in response to ionospheric conditions shortly before each experiment.

I will do my best to update https://twitter.com/ctfallen in real time.

Operations are very active times and I will be monitoring conditions and equipment so generally speaking, for my artificial aurora experiments, your best bet is to search around 2.7 MHz +/- 100 kHz given current conditions.

For the Luxembourg effect experiments, I will try to keep the two frequencies separated by about 1 MHz, which means that they will occur earlier in my experiment window rather than later, when the ionosphere is more dense.

Many thanks for the update, Chris.

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15 thoughts on “HAARP February 2017 on air operations

  1. 13dka

    aw too bad, didn’t expect that so soon. I wanted to buy some big external disks so I can record sufficient amounts of the spectrum 0-8MHz and maybe around 15 MHz during the tests. Now it’s Saturday and the big disk shop is closed. 🙂 I wanted to check if there are any effects to see on e.g. VLF while not missing anything on the tx frequency.

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  2. Walt Salmaniw

    Great fun! I didn’t get to the dials until 02:55, so missed the earlier higher frequency transmissions. In any case, good strong signals, but sometimes faded down to quite weak. The tones continue. An open carrier just now (03:45) was at S9+ 10 to 20, whereas most of the reception was in the S7 to S9 range into Victoria, BC with tones, music (Row, row, row your boat, and Pachelbel’s Canon). Appears that the plug may have been pulled at 03:47 tonight. Thanks a million, Chris!!!

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  3. Tudor Vedeanu

    I woke up early (5 am local time) to try catching this experiment but heard nothing here in Romania. 🙁 There was no signal whatsoever on 2800 kHz and on 3300 kHz there were a couple of Italian hams talking on LSB. Later I looked on an azimuthal map and noticed the path from Alaska to my location goes straight through the North Pole, so no wonder there was no propagation.

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  4. Richard Langley

    There were reports of successful signal reception from British Columbia and California. Anything further east?

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    1. 13dka

      Missed the Luxemburg test, but I could receive the carriers from the aurora experiment in northern Germany, albeit quite faintly (5-10dB above noise).

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  5. 13dka

    Hard to tell if that faint line on 4.44Mhz is yours, sitting on the edge of a OTH signal with a much louder CODAR over it. If you were aiming for DX, I’d say the elevation angle of your antenna sucks 🙂

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    1. 13dka

      2:59UT signal off, it was definitely your line on the waterfall, cross-checked with webSDR in Montana. Signal was like 3dB over the noise (-120dBm) here.

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  6. 13dka

    Nothing was to see/hear of the Luxemburg experiment here.
    FakeAurora could again be identified here tho (tiny 3dB bump over the noise):
    3:54 CW 2.80 comes on
    3:56 CW 2.80 again
    3:58 CW 2.82 90s
    4:00 CW 2.84 4:01:30 off
    4:02 rinse and repeat…

    4:32 CW 2.84
    4:33:30 End of the show

    Condx were a bit worse than yesterday on that band. QTH is 500m off the North Sea coast in northern Germany, dipole in V-beam configuration pointing due W, 18-24ft high .

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