Obtaining Monitors and Getting Involved
Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) is partnering with the Stanford Solar
Center to distribute SuperSID monitors.
To request an application for a monitor, complete the format at:
Are you a high school or community college educator who
would like to start a SID project for your classroom?
soliciting high school and community college teachers
who would be interested in having a SID
monitor for their class. Supplies are quite limited, and
monitors are most frequently placed in schools serving under-represented
students. We prefer to have educators work with a local
mentor, someone knowledgable about science or electronics, to assist
with the monitor and data analysis. If you do not have such
a mentor, it is possible we can locate one for you.
Are you a ham radio operator, an amateur astronomer, or
university teacher, researcher, or student who would like
to get involved?
We would very much like to
pair up interested amateurs, as well university teachers and/or students, with
local classrooms wishing to establish a SID project. If you are such a person
and know of a local classroom to work with, please let us know! If you do not
have any local classroom contacts, we may be able to arrange some for you. Read more about becoming a
did the SID monitor idea come from?
in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (remember,
our Sun is a variable star) have designed and been using
for years a radio receiver to pick up the VLF signals we
need to track.
A simple, Easy-to-Build, SID Receiver
tells how to build the AAVSO inexpensive model. Although
the electronic circuit is easy to assemble, it is difficult
to debug and tune.
the Stanford Solar SID Project, we have designed a more
robust and easier to use SID monitor that comes preassembled
and pretuned. To use it, students need to build their
own antenna (easy and quick), hook up the SID monitor
to a small computer (old and slow is ok), and start taking
data! Our SID monitor was designed to do research in a
classroom environment -- its goal is for simplicity and
its focus is on Solar SID events.
Our expectations are
to place 100 Solar SID monitors in high schools and community colleges throughout
the nation, with an emphasis on those that serve under-represented populations
of students. Whereever possible, schools will be paired with university solar
reseachers or students, amateur ham radio operators, or amateur variable star
observers who can serve as mentors
to the teachers and students using the SIDs. For detailed information on the
Stanford SID monitors, see our SID Manual.
did the AWESOME monitor idea come from?
with Stanford's Holographic Array for Ionospheric Lightning
(HAIL) project, we have also designed a research-quality
monitor that will not only track solar effects on the ionosphere,
but nighttime ones as well. These AWESOME monitors are designed
to capture frequencies in the 30 Hz-50 kHz range and are
sensitive enough to pick up the miniscule signal from a
digital watch in the vicinity, thus making them able to
detect a wide range of atmospheric disturbances in the ionosphere.
The data are useful not only to students but also researchers
studying the physical nature of changes in the lower ionosphere
produced by electrified tropospheric thunderstorms and associated
lightning activity as well as the effects of lightning discharges
on the radiation belts. The AWESOME monitors are being placed
in universities around the world for daytime and
nighttime research and for the generation of data useful
in professional scientific investigations.