The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project(HAARP), known for it’s Ionospheric Research Instrument(IRI), is a High Frequency(HF) antenna array using radio transmission as a manner of heating atmospheric layers. With it’s 18 different instruments HAARP performs ionospheric research by means of transmitting and receiving HF radio waves, using the IRI to transmit and the rest for either radar detection or receiving atmospheric data. The projects construction began in 1993, was completed in 2007, and is located in Gakona, Alaska. HAARP is one of many scientifically open source IRIs which grabs the attention of researchers, universities, students, militaries, defense programs and conspiracy theorists alike. Perhaps many people may become confused when reading the terms ‘open source’ and ‘HAARP’ within the same sentence, after reading this article, with hope, that confusion should end.

Conspiracy Theory Origins

The origination of the HAARP conspiracy theories all began in 1993 when a man named Nick Begich had read a notice about HAARP in a conspiracy magazine named Nexus. He went on to write a popular book published in 1995 titled Angels Don’t Play This HAARP. This book seems to intentionally convince the public that all theoretical uses for HAARP were already possible and/or in action during the time of it’s writing. Unfortunately, for the book, the theories described in it’s text are just that, untested assumptions of just what a device of this nature may be able to do. It was, after all, self published in 1995 a mere two years after the initial prototype IRI had been established.


The military document titled Owning The Weather was a conceptual theoretical layout for what IRI devices may one day be capable of, little did the military know that this unclassified document would spark conspiracy theories across the globe. It seems that even the government of Russia had become concerned of the capabilities of this device. In the year 2002 a Russian news media site revealed that even the Russian Federation believed the conspiracy theory that HAARP can affect the weather! In September of 2002 the Russian parliament addressed the United Nations with their concerns as to the possibility of geo-physical weapons, they were suggesting the global ban of HAARP.

The largest propagators of HAARP conspiracy theories were, of course, none other than public mass media propaganda and entertainment. HAARP conspiracy theories have been propagated by local newspapers, CBC, by other leaders such as Hugo Chavez, the very first episode of Jesse Ventura’s show Conspiracy Theory, countless made for television documentaries and hundreds of other sources. Conspiracy theorists all over the internet also spread the mainstream media HAARP propaganda, which seems contradictory to the normal work of a conspiracy theorist. It’s highly unfortunate that most sources spreading this propaganda have no idea that HAARP has never had any classified experiments take place there, university students studying radio were able to attend workshops at HAARP every summer and learn about the equipment.

Explaining HAARP and Common Myths

“Currently the site is abandoned,” he said. “It comes down to money. We don’t have any.” Keeney said no one is on site, access roads are blocked, buildings are chained and the power turned off. HAARP’s website through the University of Alaska no longer is available; Keeney said the program can’t afford to pay for the service. “Everything is in secure mode,” he said, adding that it will stay that way at least for another 4 to 6 weeks. In the meantime a new prime contractor will be coming on board to run the government owned-contractor operated (GOCO) facility.

HAARP put the world on notice two years ago that it would be shutting down and did not submit a budget request for FY 15, Keeney said, “but no one paid any attention.” Now, he says, they’re complaining. “People came unglued,” Keeney said, noting that he’s already had inquiries from Congress. Universities that depended upon HAARP research grants also are upset, he said.


The world seems to be a lot more transparent seeing as you can download the Fiscal Year 2014 DARPA Justification Book from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s website. The public are actually encouraged by DARPA to file a Freedom of Information Act request. This HAARP Live Webcast takes you inside the once active facility. HAARP was never a classified program, it is a government owned facility which contractors were able to rent for research. This is a large reason why people become very confused as to what the facility is capable of or who exactly is doing what there, it seems as long as a team had the money then it didn’t quite matter what type of research was performed.

During a few weeks in October 2008, for example, the site hosted 31 investigators conducting 42 different sets of experiments—imaging ionospheric irregularities, examining the “ion outflow from high-frequency heating,” creating artificial northern lights. Physics students flock to Haarp in the summer. Ionospheric papers are back in the scientific literature. Even the space-based nuclear clean-up experiments are teaching us lessons about the Van Allen radiation belts… after decades of pushing, radio scientists finally have the experimental facility of their dreams.
– Wired

With so much transparency surrounding HAARP what have people been so afraid of? Has it merely been a lack of understanding in the science or have people been propagating conspiracies for a reason? The only way to figure all of this out is to begin by understanding what all of this even is.

The goal of the research to be conducted at the HAARP facility is to improve the general knowledge of ionospheric effects on military and civilian communication and navigation systems. The type of research to be conducted falls into two categories: (1) Active or interactive research requiring the use of a high power, HF transmitter system (Ionospheric Research Instrument-IRI) and (2) Passive research involving monitoring instruments only.
– FAA: HAARP Flight Advisories


The passive monitoring instruments mentioned above, at one point available to be read by the public on HAARP’s Website, have nothing to do with the HF transmitter system. One of the popular devices available during that time are known as magnetometer readings which record incoming data from magnetic fields. These devices did not often read the high frequency transmitter and were mainly used as a manner of studying our atmosphere, many people have been very misled on this subject.

Majority of the patents and research journals which describe the ability to use HAARP are entirely theoretical, unproven sciences that may be designed by any researcher who feels a device of this nature may be capable of serving a certain purpose. A lot of conspiracy theorists point to the Eastlund Patent in attempt to prove that HAARP is a weapon, the patent speaks of heating an area 250Km above Earth to create plasma particles but HAARP is not powerful enough to produce such an effect. Another popular rumour says this is a 110 Megawatt facility but fails to mention that the unit of power being referred to is effective radiated power(ERP) and not the power of the facility, a concept that the average person has likely never heard of.

[5] The HAARP heating facility in Gakona, Alaska (62.39 N, 145.15 W) injects ELF/VLF waves Earth-ionosphere wave-guide as far as 4400 km [Moore et al., 2007] and also into space [Inan et al., 2004]. HAARP has recently been upgraded to a total radiated power of 3.6 MW, and an ERP capability of 400 MW at 3.25 MHz.

At full power the IRI device at HAARP is capable of transmitting an ERP of 400 MW at 3.25 MHz using it’s 180 dipole antennae driven by 360 10kW transmitters. The range of altitude the IRI may effect is 100km to 300km, it does so over an area 18km in diameter at 200km with an ionospheric heating intensity of 3 microwatts per cm2 at max power, or 0.03 watts per m2. This device is comparatively thousands of times weaker compared to the forces of nature, it’s effect on the ionosphere is similar to dropping a grain of sand in an ocean.

On average, each square metre of the upper regions of the atmosphere receives 342 watts of solar radiation [W/m2]. The atmosphere absorbs on average 67 W/m2 and reflects 77 W/m2. About 198 W/m2 reaches the Earth’s surface, of which 168 W/m2 is absorbed and 30 W/m2 is reflected back to space. The total of the reflected radiation is 107 W/m2, or 31% of the incoming radiation.
– Nielsen, R. 2005, ‘Solar Radiation’

The average lightning bolt carries about 30,000 amps of charge, has 100 million volts of electric potential, and is hot, hot, hot at about 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using the above figures we see that the intensity of the sun has an approximate intensity of 11,400 times more than the HAARP IRI and that the average wattage of a lightning bolt is 75,000,000 times more powerful than the intensity of HAARP’s IRI. The forces of nature are not controllable by humans at this time, to suggest that the HAARP IRI can influence the weather in any fashion is completely absurd. If a fully developed hurricane may potentially release 50 or more terawatts of heat energy at any time, how is a device that is 3.3^14 times weaker going to ‘steer’ it?

As for the many plans that have been drawn up for HAARP, the Eastlund Patent calls for an IRI device that has an intensity 33.3 times more powerful than the HAARP facility at maximum power. Since the patent was written in 1985, 8 years before construction started and 22 years before HAARP’s completion, it was entirely theoretical and not possible for Eastlund to know the capabilities of a device are that does not yet exist. According to a popular conspiracy theory website there has only been a single patent relating to IRI devices authored after HAARP’s completion. How many of those theoretical patents could have possibilities for a device that was either not real at the time or, from 1993 to 2007, an incomplete prototype?

Frequencies of a Growing Society


Radio frequencies are naturally occurring, humanity has been experimenting with them since the late 1800s. These man made radio frequencies are constantly growing, becoming more and more numerous as well as doubling in strength. Cell phone towers with multiple channels are implanted everywhere, the average channel having an ERP of 100 watts. If one of the most powerful FM radio stations has the capability of transmitting an ERP of 105kW then what is the amount of frequencies surrounding us from all of the radio stations in the areas in which we live?

The interrogating transmitter radiates on a frequency of 1030 MHz with a pulse pattern as shown below
– Aviation Radar Systems

19.9 GW ERP Weather Radar

“2. Is MegaDoppler 13 really the strongest radar in the Houston area?
Yes. Operating a million watts with effective radiated power of 19.9 Gigawatts, MegaDoppler 13 is the most powerful radar available in the U.S. today. And due to the technical specifications to which Mega Doppler 13 was built, it is the most powerful radar in Houston. It’s 20 times stronger than the first generation of TV radars. It’s 4 times stronger than the second generation of TV radars, like our old Super Doppler 13. It’s even stronger than the National Weather Service NEXRAD which operates at 750,000 watts.”

“4. How fast is MegaDoppler 13?
ABC13 meteorologists can adjust the sweep rate depending on the weather conditions. On most days, MegaDoppler13 will scan at 1-3 revolutions per minute. But during severe weather the radar can scan up to 6 rpm’s. That means MegaDoppler13 will be checking for rain above your house once every 10 seconds!”
– MegaDoppler13 FAQ

By using the information above, and doing your own research on IRI testing using scientific key terms, one should be able to further comprehend that at the current time radio high frequency geophysical weapons have yet to exist. In a sea of frequencies it seems that a mass public are pointing their fingers at the grains of sand that seem unfamiliar as a scapegoat for the world’s problems. There may still be the possibility that IRIs will one day, far from now, be able to affect the weather. Until that time a society reliant on cell phone towers, WiFi, radio towers, airport instruments and weather radar stations release hundreds of thousands of times more numerous effective radiated power frequencies than all Ionospheric Research Instruments on Earth combined.