Since the inception of Jupiter Research Foundation in 2003, Amateur Radio has been an important part of our heritage.
In the early 2000's the founders of Jupiter Research Foundation (JRF) came together around the common goal of developing and applying new technologies for monitoring and understanding the natural world. Shortly after the formation of the Foundation, some of the founders who had their Amateur Radio licenses joined together to form the Jupiter Research Foundation Amateur Radio Club in Hawaii. In 2006, the FCC granted the club call sign 'WH6DHS'. We then applied for, and were granted the vanity callsign 'KH6HHH'. This remained our call sign until 2015 when we were granted the call vanity sign 'KH6JF' for our Hawaii based club.
Most of Jupiter Research Foundation's projects in Hawaii revolved around ocean research. Listening to whales, underwater cameras looking at the reef, and the technology to make these experiments and their data accessible to other researchers, academics, and to the general public. Frequently, JRFARC members have had the opportunity to leverage Amateur Radio to enhance these experiments.
In 2014 we began experimenting with PSK-31 on board an autonomous maritime robot called a Wave Glider. In anticipation of the world-wide interest in communicating with the HF Voyager system, our Los Altos, California club applied for a club license as well. We were initially granted the call sign 'KK6VRA' and then ultimately we requested and received the vanity callsign 'KG6JF' in November of 2015.
Both clubs work together on all of the JRFARC sponsored projects.
Projects and accomplishments
- Providing live humpback whale songs to listeners on shore.
- Developing a DTMF based telemetry system for the JRF sonobuoys.
- Integrating APRS with the JRF sonobuoys.
- Placing a CW HF radio beacon on an autonomous ocean-going robot.
- Facilitating the streaming of live whale songs to listeners across the world via the Internet.
- HF radio integration with autonomous maritime vehicles.