(meteorobs) Radio Observation of Meteors
In New Mexico on August 12, 1999, Stan Nelson monitored 217 MHz
transmissions from the Navy Space Surveillance Radar located in Lake
Kickapoo, TX. The Perseids shower was scheduled to peak at about 2 p.m. in
Nelson's time zone while the sun was still out. The bright sunlight, which
would be an impediment to visual observers, didn't stop Nelson from
detecting the Perseids on the radio. He recorded 30 meteor radar reflections
during an interval lasting just over a hour.
The Lake Kickapoo, TX radar seems to work well as a beacon for meteor echos.
Does anybody know where one can get a list of other powerful CW radars?
Also, WWV broadcasts at 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz running about 10 kW.
Except at solar max (about now), the 20 MHz broadcast should not reflect
from the F region during the night, yet it is high enough in frequency to be
nearly ideal for meteor scatter. Has anybody tried listening for this? They
used to broadcast at 25 MHz, too--which would have been even better!
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