3637NASA/MSFC Forward Scatter Meteors page up
- May 2, 2007Several have noticed one of the better ping counters is operational
again. Rob, KB5EZ, is with NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center and the
counter, while located there, is his personal project. It had been down
since September. Rob uses a tuned beam pointed to the zenith and
monitors a TV Channel 3 carrier on 67.25 MHz.
The best use of the counter is comparing it from day to day and using it
to gauge relative meteor activity. It certainly tracks the normal daily
up's and down's. Keep in mind that TV carriers are high power and will
produce many more 'hits' than we typically see during 6 and 2m runs so
don't let the absolute numbers fool you. However, from experience, when
the numbers start reaching the 300 and up level, you can about bet on
very good meteor scatter runs.
http://www.knology.net/~suggs/bigradar2.gif is the URL
If anyone knows Rob or is in his area, please tell him thanks for his
efforts if you have the opportunity.
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