Get Involved

HamSCI Stations

HamSCI works with scientists and radio amateurs around the world to collect data.


HamSCI Google Group

Participate in the HamSCI Community by joining the HamSCI Google Group. The HamSCI Google Group is an e-mail discussion forum to facilitate communication between hams, the professional space and atmsopheric science communities, and anyone else interested. When requesting to join, please include some information about who you are and why you would like to join. Particpation is governed by the HamSCI Community Participation Guidelines. This group is moderated by Nathaniel Frissell W2NAF, Kristina Collins KD8OXT, and David Kazdan AD8Y. Questions may be directed to

Visit the HamSCI Google Group


TangerineSDR TAPR Listserv

The TangerineSDR listserv is run by TAPR and directly supports the engineering work for the SDR-based HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station. This listserv is more engineering focused than the HamSCI Google Group, which is more science-focused. Visit to join this listserv.

HamSCI Science Telecons

There are currently three regularly scheduled telecons to support HamSCI work. All are open to the public, please see the calendar below to confirm teleconference times and view conference call connection information.

  1. HamSCI Bi-Weekly Telecon: Science-focused telecon hosted by The University of Scranton every other Thursday at 3 PM Eastern during the academic year. This telecon is on hiatus for the summer and will return in September!
  2. Grape Low-Cost PSWS Telecon: Weekly telecon hosted by Case Western Reserve University to support the Grape Low-Cost Personal Space Weather Station Project.
  3. TangerineSDR Telecon: Weekly telecon hosted by TAPR and The University of Scranton to support engineering of the TangerineSDR Personal Space Weather Station Project.

Archival recordings of HamSCI and TangerineSDR telecons are available here.

HamSCI Calendar

What is a ham radio operator?

HamSCI is driven by data generated by the activities of ham radio operators (a.k.a. amateur radio operators). Ham radio operators are people who are interested in using radio as a hobby and have obtained a ham radio license from their state government. Ham radio is a very diverse hobby. Some operators enjoy talking to friends accross town, while others work to build stations that can communicate around the world. Ham radio operators can help with emergency communications and public service, or even help advance the boundaries of scientific knowledge.

Any interested person can become a ham radio operator. Amateur radio can introduce young people to an exciting career in the field of science and technology, or it can simply serve as a fun and productive hobby for anyone who would like to get involved. The American Radio Relay League is a great place to learn about how to become a ham radio operator.


One of the simplest ways to participate in HamSCI is simply to get on the radio! This is especially true if you enjoy operating HF CW or digital modes. Systems such as the Reverse Beacon NetworkWSPRNet, and PSKReporter will automatically hear your transmissions and report back to their respective databases.

Participate in Receiving Networks

HamSCI scientists rely on data from systems such as the Reverse Beacon Network, WSPRNet, and PSKReporter. These systems rely on volunteers to install and operate receiving stations. Dense receiver coverage is needed globally, so installing a receiving node for one of these stations is a great way to help out!

Follow the ARRL and QST

The American Radio Relay League will be sharing more ways to be involved through upcoming QST articles and other media news posts.