What are the uses of the EclipseMob kit after the eclipse?
Uses of the EclipseMob kit after the eclipse of 21 Aug 2017:
1) Perform the data collection again for the solar eclipse of 8 April 2024. This will be useful for studies as the path is very different that the 21 August 2017 path in relationship to the WWVB transmitter.
2) Make your own “atomic” clock. Hone ones programming skills by plugging the cable between the receiver and the cell phone into a laptop or a USB soundcard/Raspberry PI or other device and decode the WWVB time and date signal.
3) Build a Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID) monitor. Take the output of the INA103 chip (pin 10) and use it as input to a computer. Without the two mixer chips in the circuit, this receiver now receives radio signals up to just under one half of the sound card sampling frequency. For example, if the soundcard samples at 96,000 samples/second, you will receive signals up to around 47 kHz. By collecting data from the U.S. Navy transmitters, one can see how the ionosphere is changed by disturbances on the sun.
Information, along with free software, is available at http://solar-center.stanford.edu/SID/sidmonitor/.
The original version of this receiver and antenna was done by Tom Hagen exactly for this purpose.
4) Listen to the radio sounds that the earth makes. A good website on this subject is vlf.it. Again, you directly use the output of the INA103 as mentioned in item 3 above.
5) Experiment. You now have a chip to collect signals and two other chips to combine signals with a prototype board. Do whatever you can dream up. Please share your experiments with others.
A good computer program to help with your experiments in Spectrum Lab. It is free and works both as a spectrum analyzer to show the spectrum of the signals you collect and also as a signal generator to create signals for input to the mixer chips. You can also customize it in many ways.
It is available at http://www.qsl.net/dl4yhf/spectra1.html.