2015 Western Conference KIPAC Tour

The Western Conference starts with a tour of The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, or KIPAC on Friday at 3:00 pm. Dr. Mandeep S. S. Gill will be our guide.

For ID at the gate you will need a Driver's License or similar photo ID.

Be sure to allow plenty of time to get lost.  I will try to be there well
before 3:00 PM.  If you get lost, call me (Keith Payea) at (707)548-9532

Here's the basic scoop on where SLAC is and how to get there:

    https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/visiting-slac

with other information there too.

Call for Officer and Director Nominations

The following positions will be up for election in June 2015: Secretary, Treasurer, two Director at Large and two regular Directors. If you would like to run for one of the available SARA officer or board positions please send a note to Secretary Bruce Randall (secretary@radio-astronomy.org) copying President Ken Redcap (president@radio-astronomy.org). Contact information also is listed in the Administrative Info tab on the SARA website (www.radio‐astronomy.org) and in the Administrative section of the SARA journal. To find out the duty and responsibilities for these positions, read the Operations Procedures Manual.
 

2015 Western Conference Abstracts as of 02/26/2015

 Author:  Tom Hagen

Title: Portable VLF Receiver for Making Calibrated Magnetic Field Strength Measurements

 

Abstract: This presentation is about the author's continuing efforts to get calibrated measurements of the field strengths of the various VLF stations used by the SuperSID program as reference sources to detect sudden ionospheric disturbances (SID’s). Presently, the amplitude of data coming in from the various SuperSID stations around the world is uncalibrated. When a SID is detected, there is a measurable change in relative signal strength, but actual field strengths are unknown. If a portable VLF receiver and loop antenna setup could be developed that is calibrated, then such a setup could be shipped to different sites for calibrated field strength measurements.  Users could even build their own receiver and loop antenna from standard plans. A small loop design and two receiver designs are discussed.  Estimated sensitivities of each receiver design are calculated. Calculations are verified with laboratory tests.

New Website Sections Introduced; Further Enhancements to Come

The latest addition to the SARA website is a new tab on the header bar called SARA Sections, in addition to the tabs already there for: Home; Education; Administrative Info; Forum; Projects; Links; Photo Gallery; The SARA Store; and RASDR. The tab for the SARA Sections will bring the visitor to an Introduction page, under which will be 6 SARA Sections. The purpose of these sections is to create a more intuitive website experience when visitors view the SARA webpage. This will help enhance the website with a similar feature seen with other national astronomy organizations like that of AAVSO and ALPO.

Call for Papers- 2015 SARA Annual Summer Conference

Green Bank, WV National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), USA

The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) solicits papers for presentation at its 2015 Annual Conference to be held 21 June - 24 June 2015.

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