Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KB7TBT, Dec 14, 2020.
Ham Radio Tips for new hams - The new solar cycle, resources and what to expect.
Very informative. I have been a ham for 40+ years and this video is a must see for anyone doing DX. Thanks!
Thank you very much for the video and explanation of the various 'Solar Weather' numbers.
We all see these in various charts, reports, statistics, etc... but rarely does someone tell us exactly what they mean, and what to expect from them. In fact, that was the first time I had even heard about the absorption rate of the D layer. So, I now have the NOAA Space Weather site bookmarked.
As I mentioned on another QRZ thread, I am not a young man, but was just late getting into ham. I was licensed in October 2014, but not really 'operational' with a decent base station until January 2015. Therefore, all I have ever experienced is the down-slope of one of the worse solar cycles in history. Hopefully, I have something to look forward to in these coming years. As many hams my age have already stated, this may be the last cycle for us.
Oh, and as far as trying to explain NOAA predicting specific things that didn't happen, no problem there. After all, think of the NWS trying to predict SNOW in the southern states. I have often stated that as far as snow in our area (Northeast Mississippi), that my grandfather could stand on his porch and watch the woolly worms and listen to the crickets and frogs and predict snow better. Too bad he wasn't a Ham.
Nice video and well worth the 22 minutes. Thanks Kevin!
Their Guessing is as bad as the weather man which we all know is very undependable at best.Best chance at working a Rare or New one is to have the radio turned On & pay attention to the Band Scope if the radio has one & if not watch the Reflectors.You can't work anything if you are not there when they come into the receiver.
My Dad...the original K4ESG in 1957 with his home-brew 500 watt AM/CW blow torch working the sunspot cycle! (Fayetteville, NC)
your so right... climate change is a natural thing for our planet that we over look that the planet is a living .And all items thats alive changes all the time before it dies some day.....thats Basic Science. And the Sun is our life source that effects our planet for each day and future years.With that said of true nature science the sun cycle as it produces its given energy to all in our universe maybe this cycle be so much better than the last one. So bring in the natural effects to charge up our planet and give us the light of great DX again....And let some dream of the fairy's dancing around in there wings a glow and silks of gowns in there world of climate change. And I like real life climate changes as it happens and passed to the future of DX hunters far beyond our times. As we searxh for that one more Contact for our logs.
I checked the recommended NOAA site: Radio Communications Dashboard | NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center
There is only one thing I do not understand: the animated "D region absorption prediction" map shows zero absorption between 12:00Z and 20:00Z, although - if I remember well - during daytime at least the lower bands (like 80m) should be heavily impacted. Isn't it the case?
tnx for this video.
very informative to me .
That map is showing the influence of solar activity, not the cyclic natural daily change.
Clear, thank you!
Congratulations, Kevin - KB9RLW!!!
This was one of the best explanations I have seen about the Solar Cycle. It was simple and didactic. I have been an amateur radio since 1974 and I do not remember having lived such a bad period of propagation.
73´s and God Bless You All!!
Thanks a lot!! Fantastic presentation- a very educational, visually and graphically excellent tutorial!
For me, totally NON technical person, a great simplified tool to get around solar reports.
Congratulations on this inspirational video and a calm, friendly, non-aggressive teaching in a manner of a great educator.
Excellent video, Kevin. Thank you.
Thank you for the video and your channel. Be safe