Live Streaming the Eclipse by Morse Code & Other Eclipse Links

BrownEclipseSketchWe are now beginning our final preparations to activate the official Eclipse Headquarters in Hastings, Nebraska. On Saturday and Sunday, we will post updates, including reports of conditions along Interstate 80 as eclipse visitors pour into the Cornhusker State.

IonosphereDuring the eclipse, we plan to transmit radio signals that you can monitor in real time at home. I’ll try to repost it before Monday, but you will be able to follow in real time at this link.  I currently plan to transmit on 40 Meters (7 MHz).  Within seconds of each transmission, you will be able to see where the signal was picked up.  With normal conditions, most of that reception would be within about 400 miles.  As the partial eclipse begins in the west, I expect enhancement in that direction.  As the moon’s shadow moves toward South Carolina, I expect the signal to be enhanced toward the east.  You can watch these changes real time.  The cellular network could very well crash, but even if it does, you watch me in real time as I live stream via Morse Code.

That page will contain a map which will incorrectly show that my transmissions are originating from Minnesota.  However, the signals will originate in Nebraska, and the locations of the receiving stations on the map will be correct.

Here are links to other earlier posts:

  • Take Your Kids to See the Eclipse!  This is the biggest scientific event of your children’s lifetime.  You should take them to see it.  If you were close to Yellowstone National Park, you would want to take them.  If you were close to the Grand Canyon, you would want to take them.  This time, you are close to an equally important natural wonder.  And it will only be there one day.
  • Planning for Eclipse Gridlock.  In this post, I offered my predictions for eclipse traffic.  The news reports on Monday will let you know whether my predictions were right.
  • Eclipse Travel Recommendations for Minnesota and Iowa.  If you are reading this before Saturday, despite what you’ve heard, you can get an inexpensive hotel room close to the eclipse.  If you’re reading this over the weekend, it’s still possible to make a one-day trip to the path of totality.  It’s even possible to take a bus to see the eclipse.  This page has complete information for seeing the eclipse for those in Minnesota and Iowa, and much of the advice is relevant to those in other states.
  • Eclipse Campground List.  I’ve compiled this list of eclipse campsites coast to coast.  Most still have spots available.
  • Eclipse Radio Experiments.  At this page, I explain my radio experiments.  I also tell how you, and even your kids, can participate by “listening” to the eclipse on an AM radio, and submit those results for publication in Sky & Telescope magazine.

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