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ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest

The contest takes place every year on the 3rd full weekend of August and September. In 2017, it will take place on August 19-20, and September 16-17. Operations take place for 24 hours total on each contest weekend. Each weekend begins at 6:00 AM local Saturday though 12:00 midnight local Sunday. Further details can be found at: http://www.arrl.org/10-ghz-up.

Solar Eclipse

There are many fine websites, books, and magazines about the upcoming 2017 solar eclipse. Below is a suggested list to get you started…

Books and Articles:

Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21 (Color Edition), by Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson. This soft cover book is filled with excellent detailed maps of each state that the total solar eclipse passes through (great for planning your rove too!). It also includes numerous charts, tables, weather data, and eclipse circumstances for more than 1000 cities in the U.S. and elsewhere. **highly recommended** Available at: http://eclipsewise.com/pubs/TSE2017.html

Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 (Color Edition), by Fred Espenak. Just the maps from the book above. Available at: http://eclipsewise.com/pubs/Atlas2017.html

Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets, by Tyler Nordgren. Published October 2016. Good review in the Wall Street Journal (http://www.wsj.com/articles/sun-moon-earth-tyler-nordgren-1475161797).

Get Ready for America's Coast-to-Coast Eclipse, by Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson. Sky & Telescope magazine, January 2016. Available at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/wp-content/uploads/2017-eclipse-guide1.pdf

Solar Observing Techniques (2002), by Chris Kitchin. Of course, one should never look directly at the sun (even during totality) as this can lead to blindness or other serious eye damage. This book provides a thorough discussion of the many methods for observing and recording the Sun.


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