More than 50 years ago, mechanical Geochron World Clocks became the first and only way to see the Sunrise and Sunset on Earth in real-time, in sync with the Earth’s 23.4 degree axial tilt against the Sun. This type of display is often used by governments, multinational corporations, and not least, ham radio operators!
Park Cities Amateur Radio Club now utilizes a digital version of the Geochron clock and has implemented enhancements to the clock by adding real-time amateur radio related map overlays. The digital improvements include information regarding maximum useable frequency (MUF), long distance (DX) communication activity spotting, visualization of club radio contacts (QSOs), and space weather information that is useful in estimating radio wave propagation.
This highly advanced tool will be on display at PCARC’s public outings and will serve as a Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM) learning tool for discussions of radio communication and the amateur radio hobby.