April 2014 Club Meeting - "Communications, Planetary Geomagnetics, and the Sun"

April 18, 2014 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Communications, Planetary Geomagnetics, and the Sun

Presented by Keith Morin 

Solar ObservatoryThe eruptive activity of our nearest star the sun, can disturb radio communications and other vital electrical and electronic systems.  In addition, the effects can also create conditions that are harmful to biological tissues.

In the 1960’s President Kennedy challenged our nation to land on the moon.  At the start of this program human safety and communications in space was and still is the number one priority.  The Earth’s magnetic field protects us from most of the harmful effects at the surface.

On February 14, 1962 the world’s largest observatory for solar observation was dedicated at Kitt Peak.  The 52 year old McMath Pierce observatory is credited with a half century of scientific observations and images of the sun.

Today the observatory has a new purpose at night.  The NASA project is the study of the effects of the sun on our moon.  As with the original space program, the goal is to protect and communicate with future humans that travel to and inhabit our closest neighbor.

The evening presentation has three parts.  The first is to take you inside the solar observatory on a picture tour.  The second is to introduce you to a new tool in Radio Communications that you will benefit from in the very near future.  The presentation will end with an inside tour of a new CERT Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) that is currently being developed that will be the first to benefit from this research.

About Keith

Keith Morin is the founder of Seismatech located in Oro Valley.  This advanced Research and Development company is involved in several new projects related to Earth Sciences and Emergency Response Systems.  The new company website is: www.seismatech.com.

Keith has been in the electronic and electrical engineering and research field since 1972.  He has worked on special projects for the International Space Station and NASA’s Planetary Geomagnetics Laboratory.  An old Ham from the 1960’s launched his career.