AFCCE News & Events
Feb 16

March 15th Luncheon Meeting

HAARP (High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program)

Steve Floyd
Ultra Electronics
Steve Floyd of Ultra Electronics will present a fascinating look at the HAARP program, recognized as a highly successful research project overcoming many unique and unusual radio engineering design challenges. This presentation will provide an inside view describing how the HAARP systems were designed, constructed, installed, and are currently operated.  Steve will also provide an update on current operations and research activity at the HAARP facility.
The HAARP Research Station is a state-of-the-art ionospheric research project located in Alaska and was jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Designed and built by a Washington, DC based APTI/BAE Systems team, its purpose is to analyze the Earth’s ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance.

The HAARP facility was built in three stages starting in 1993, research operations began in 1996, and was completed in 2007. In 2015, the HAARP program and all assets were officially transferred to the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and it continues to operate today.

The most prominent instrument at the HAARP Research Station is the Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI), a 180-antenna tower phased array, and 180 individual radio transmitter systems, operating in the high frequency (HF) band with an effective radiated power of 5 Gigawatts. The HAARP IRI is recognized as one of the highest-powered HF transmitting systems in the world and is used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere for scientific study.

Networking: 11:45 AM
Lunch: 12:15 PM

Luncheon meetings are open only to AFCCE members and their guests. The cost of the luncheon is $55.00 per person ($65.00 after the deadline).

Registration Link

Reservations close at 10 am (Eastern) four business days prior to the event.

Lunch Menu

A buffet-style menu with a meat (chicken or beef), fish or vegetable option to choose from.  Salad, dessert and Iced Tea/soft drinks/water is included.

Luncheons are streamed live and can be accessed HERE (login required). Video is typically active by 12:30 pm.


Each luncheon is recorded and made available 1-2 weeks afterward. Come back to this page and look for the link below.