The shortwave radio station WWV, run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is the longest continuously running radio station in the world. The beloved “heartbeat of the electromagnetic spectrum” is located north of Fort Collins, Colorado and will mark its hundredth anniversary 1 October 2019. The Case Amateur Radio Club and HamSCI have been involved in the party planning. CARC members David Kazdan AD8Y and Laura Gooch N8NFE travelled to Fort Collins for a dry-run of WW0WWV, the special-event amateur radio station that will be operating on site over the centennial.
The amateur station will run “DXpedition style” for five full days. From the WWV100.com website:
“From September 28 through October 2, 2019, the Northern Colorado ARC and WWV ARC, along with help from RMHam, FCCW, and operators from across the country, are planning 24-hour operations of special event station WW0WWV on CW, SSB and digital modes. Operations will shift between HF bands following normal propagation changes and will include 160m and 6m meteor scatter. We will be operating right at the WWV site and face a challenging RF environment.”
Four Elecraft stations will run high-speed contacts in SSB, CW, and digital modes (mostly PSK31 and FT-8). A fifth Flexradio station will run longer contacts including ones scheduled with school and collegiate club stations, museum amateur radio clubs, and others who want to discuss the operation of WWV. NIST physicists and engineers will be on hand to hold Q&A sessions on time and frequency metrology and the history of the station. Approximately 100 volunteers will be running the stations.
A parallel “Festival of Frequency Measurement” will combine on-site amateur radio and widely distributed amateur science. On-site, the Flexradio transceiver will have its timebase NIST traceable, and the plan is to operate some of the time in full-carrier, double-sideband AM. This will honor WWV’s own operating mode and additionally provide a carrier for receiving stations to verify in-ham-band calibration of their equipment. WW0WWV in turn will on request measure the carrier frequency of the stations in communication with it by AM and include the measurement as part of the operating certificate.
The distributed experiment is hosted by HamSCI; amateurs and shortwave listeners wherever they may be are invited to use the frequency analysis package of open-source fldigi to record WWV’s 2.5 or 5 MHz carrier (which one is to be determined) for the entire UTC day 1 October 2019. In this way, HamSCI researchers hope to prepare a map of ionospheric disturbance waves during the day and have a first experiment relating to its Distributed Array of Small Instruments personal space weather project.
The Case Amateur Radio Club contingent will have the chance to meet NIST Director Walter G. Copan, CWRU BS/MS/PhD ’75-’82 at the anniversary ceremonies. HamSCI will have a speaking part in those and will be represented by Phil Erickson W1PJE , assistant director of MIT Haystack Observatory.
Our coaxial cable should look this good…
WWVB’s 1/32 wavelength antenna on 60 kHz (5000 meters). Most of the structure is the capacitance hat
The employees’ amateur radio station antenna farm plus one of the WWV verticals in the background
and their operating position
A detail of the adjacent bookshelf
We like WWV!