SARA 2015 Conference Abstracts

The following papers will be presented at the annual conference at NRAO in Green Bank, WV. Check back for late additions.

Author: Professor Duncan Lorimer

Title: Pulsars, flickers and cosmic flashes: the transient radio universe

Abstract: I will describe a brief history of discovery and some exciting recent developments in the world of pulsars and fast radio bursts. Pulsars, rapidly rotating highly magnetized neutron stars, were discovered in 1967 and continue to surprise and delight astronomers as powerful probes of fundamental physics and astrophysics. Fast radio bursts are millisecond-duration pulses of currently unknown origin that were discovered in 2007. Both pulsars and fast radio bursts have great promise at probing the universe on large scales and in fundamental ways...

Call for Papers- 2015 Annual 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.

SARA, RADIO JOVE & INSPIRE at Dayton Hamvention

    The Radio JOVE group, the INSPIRE Project and the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers will have an exhibit in the Ball Arena booths 0421 and 0420 at Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio on  May 15, 16 and 17, 2015.

    Representatives from each group will be there to answer questions and explain radio astronomy observations. There will be displays of past observations. Due to the high radio frequency interference (RFI) of the convention, real time data will not be able to be displayed.

    SARA plans to have SuperSID units available for sale as well as Radio JOVE kits and INPSIRE kits available for purchase.

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:

with other information there too.

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.


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