MRAK Almanac: Pilot alert, HAARP tests ahead


A new feature of Must Read Alaska: An almanac of atmospheric, geological, celestial, and other events around in Alaska, including that which makes our state unique Today’s installment:

  • If you’re heading out on your sled, check your transceiver strength and check the avalanche maps here.
  • Nenana Ice Classic ticketsare on sale through April 5, and the ice is record thin.
  • March 27 is the 55th anniversary of the Good Friday Earthquake of 1964.
  • For the record, we’ve had 9,738 earthquakes in Alaska so far this year.
  • Pilots beware of the FAA flight restrictions near Gulkana this week as HAARP beams go skyward again. The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, studies the properties and behavior of the ionosphere. Operation of the research facility was transferred from the United States Air Force to the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2015, allowing HAARP to continue with exploration of ionospheric phenomenology via a land-use cooperative research and development agreement. HAARP is the world’s most capable high-power, high-frequency transmitter for study of the ionosphere.
  • Today is Seward’s Day in Alaska, in honor of William Seward, the secretary of state responsible for the purchase of Alaska. Our story is here.



    • No. The space aliens hover overhead to recharge. Don’t you listen to late night radio? Mark Begich’s brother Nick is a regular guest. Mark flies in ocassionally too.

    • No. Microwaves start around 1,000,000,000 cycles per second, HAARP tops out at 10,000,000. HAARP transmits shortwave or high frequency. HAARP heats the ionosphere.

  1. “Operation of the research facility was transferred from the United States Air Force to the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2015”
    So, Is the state of Alaska paying to operate this facility out of the UAF budget?
    I do not know the exact obscene about of Diesel Fuel used to operate the generators at this “off the grid” facility, but I do know that Ionosphere Heaters are controversial enough in the face of Climate Change that we as Alaskans should not be picking up the tabs on this mad science experiment.

    • Steve, you are absolutely correct. Send the bill to the space aliens and make them pay their fair share. Alaskans need the money for full PFD payout.

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