Some will be hamming it up during the solar eclipse


Even over the air waves, we're all under the same sun.

“Less power than a light bulb and I can get around the world,” said Tom Glaab of the Charleston Amateur Radio Society.

While the rest of the world looks to the sky during today’s total eclipse, Eugene Mah and Tom Glaab will be dialed in.

“I've always had an interest in ham radio,” Glaab said. “Should get a lot of people on the air.”

READ: Everything you need to know about the total solar eclipse

The headquarters of the Charleston Amateur Radio Society is aboard the U.S.S Yorktown.

“I’ll have my radio set up and I'll be participating in the solar eclipse party.” Eugene Mah, president of the Charleston Amateur Radio Society said. “About 300 people have signed up.

Nationwide, ham radio enthusiasts will send out their call signals, all in the hopes that darkness in daylight leads to a stronger signal.

“There's a whole science to it,” Glaab said.

“Scientist believe the sun's shadow is going to de ionize the atmosphere,” Mah added. “I may end up making contact with people that are further away than I normally would for the middle of the day.”

Less sun means stronger radio waves, but it also means more options.

“You could be talking to anybody,” Glaab said, dialing into his ham radio.

Anybody else who’s got the time to test out their antenna. They’re all udner the same sun, the same signal, but on Monday, they’ll all be under the same shadow.

“Just kind of the nature of science. See something, explore it, learn from it,” Glaab said.

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