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Local radio operators prepare for solar eclipse science experiment

Local radio operators prepare for solar eclipse science experiment (WPDE)

A group of ham radio operators is gearing up for the eclipse, but they won't be outside during the upcoming solar show.

Members of the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club plan to be on their radios during the eclipse to help with a worldwide science experiment.

According to research experts, back in 1999, scientists noticed that shortwave radios were able to talk over longer distances than normal during an eclipse.

To test the validity of that discovery, radio operators will be sounding off during this month's eclipse.

They hope to see if the phenomenon happens again and what parameters the behavior may fall within.

"Hopefully be able to communicate long distances...halfway around the world like we do at night," said Gordon Mooneyham, a Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club member.

Mooneyham said the good thing about this experiment is that it will work even if we technically miss seeing the eclipse because of clouds.

But, not to worry those who are hoping to take in the sites of the solar display, meteorologists still say a cloudy day is largely unlikely on August 21.

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