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6878RE: [wsjtgroup] Fw: Firefly Mission to Study Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes

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  • Russ K2TXB
    Feb 1, 2010
      Lightning propagation is very real.  I have experienced it when operating on 432 during an approaching storm.  The mode is very similar to meteors in that the lightning stroke produces intense ionization that dissipates very rapidly.  The ionization produced is much more intense than that of a meteor but it does not last very long.  I could copy partial words or a couple dots from stations on the other side of the storm, but not enough to make a contact with conventional means (CW or SSB).  On two meters the static crash associated with the stroke makes so much noise in the receiver that you can't hear the signal reflection, but at 432 the static is much less and the signal gets through.  As I recall we were also able to hear reflections on 1296!  If that is right then the ionization is tremendously more intense than for meteors.
      Perhaps using FSK441 (which was not invented yet then) an actual contact could be made using lightning scatter.
      73, Russ K2TXB

      From: wsjtgroup@yahoogroups.com [mailto:wsjtgroup@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of john flinn
      Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2010 11:41 PM
      To: wsjtgroup
      Subject: [wsjtgroup] Fw: Firefly Mission to Study Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes


      Sounds like a new propagation mode.  Could this explain the sometime mentioned lightning propagation?
      John W9SE
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Friday, January 29, 2010 2:48 PM
      Subject: Firefly Mission to Study Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes

      NASA Science News for January 29, 2010

      There's a mystery in the skies of Earth: Something is producing bright flashes of gamma radiation in the upper atmosphere of our own planet. A spacecraft called 'Firefly' is going to investigate.

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