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Start of November HF band conditions and peoples current experiences with contacts


#1
From Southgate News - expect bad HF radio conditions on Saturday! 

Sunspot AR2443 erupted yesterday, producing a CME that could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on Nov. 7th.

G1-class geomagnetic storms and high-latitude auroras are possible when the CME arrives this weekend.

Visit http://spaceweather.com for more information.

Ed.


#2

Dr. Tamitha Skov is my “go to” source for solar info.

https://twitter.com/TamithaSkov


#3

It’s conspiracy I tell you! I work all week and then this!

Agreed on Dr. Tamith Skov, she is great!


#4

Now matter what it brings
Ears on, Mic at ready
And if i can hear them i will call them

Karl


#5

Its a “glancing blow” that is forecast, the last glancing blow had little effect. Sunspot 2443 is decaying now so things should quieten down a bit, but a bright patch of corona on the limb suggests another active region will rotate into view soon, to keep the SFI highish this weekend for the contesters!

Brian


#6

Brian, all you need is a nice flowered frock & a wig, then you`d give Dr Tamitha a run for her money :wink:


#7

Thanks for the report Dr Tamitha, very interesting and full of relevant information. We should encourage our nightly news to give a report on solar activity in with the weather report.
ian vk5cz …


#8

You’ve been peeping!


#9

I found this solar weather news very interesting.
I’d like to see it on the TV news too.
Should that happen, I wonded wheather TV watchers astonishment would reach 99.5% or 99.9% ha,ha,ha!


#10

Oh no which contest is THIS weekend?

There should be a contest free section on each band IMHO and those straying into it be disqualified from the contest. Running QRP with some much QRM is a real pain at times.

Ed.


#11

Apparently the US government are starting to take the possible impact of a big solar storm seriously. Loss of all communications, data and voice along with GPS in todays world, could have real constéquences.

Ed.


#12

I don’t know, Ed, but it seems that every weekend there is a contest somewhere!

Brian

PS I think it is the CW Sweepstakes weekend.


#13

Oh, great! Kp is six this morning, just what we want for the weekend - not!


#14

Critical frequency not looking good UK-wise.


#15

This is not the result of the CME from the solar flare, by the way,but an elevated solar wind speed from a coronal hole that opened up a few days ago. There is another one that has opened up, described by spaceweather.com as “vast”,which is predicted to affect us by 10th November.


#16

Q: What contest is it this weekend?

A: The 2m CW contest!

Perhaps appropriate given condx that we focus on VHF this weekend! Would be great to get some SOTA chasers on 2m CW!

I hope to be QRV 1400z to 1700z from G/SP-015, somewhere around 144.000 to 144.200MHz today and again sometime tomorrow morning.


#17

There seems to be some 40m HF contest on as well at the moment - haven’t found what it is yet though.

Ed.


#18

Certainly having big effect on the QRP sotas :frowning:
Can hear chasers no sotas :frowning:

karl


#19

You and me both, Karl, we have a major storm in progress - plus it has been raining cats and dogs and my 300 ohm ladder line gets lossy in the rain, the penalty for a genuinely all-band antenna!

Brian


#20

Hi Ed,
Most likely this one will have the most impact where you are:

http://urdxc.org/rules.php?english

Cheers
Mike