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HF “blackout” today

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K3PI, Jul 3, 2021.

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  1. K3PI

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    Wow, did anyone else just experience that?

    40 meters just dropped out completely for 15-20 minutes (approx 1430 UTC on July 3). Totally.

    My understanding is that the other HF bands did as well. Starting to hear others chat about it.

    Very slowly recovering.

    I’ve only heard this once before like this is in 50 years.

    Russ K3Pi
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  2. KC1GTK

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    Yes I thought my 7300 had croaked, still not back to normal here in NH
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  3. K3EFS

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    Same here man. Started freaking out lol
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  4. K2CD

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    SID caused by below.

    CME IMPACT POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND: A minor coronal mass ejection (CME) is expected to hit Earth this weekend. It left the sun on June 29th, propelled toward us by a B7-class solar flare.The impact will probably be too weak to cause a geomagnetic storm, but high-latitude auroras are likely on July 3rd or 4th. Aurora alerts: SMS Text.
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  5. W4NNF

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    Same on 20. The bands are back now, but noisy. Yeah...enough to make you think your receiver went south. :D

    One of the minuses of an active Sun.
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  6. KQ0J

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  7. KQ0J

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    I was working FT8 on 17M and it went dead for a while - that Class M flare did it.
  8. KC2RGW

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    Was on AM on 3.885 with guys 30+ over 9 and in an instant they were S8, barely readable. Went to 40m and it was a dead flat line.

    Craziest blackout I've ever experienced first hand, was about 10:30AM EDT here.

    I thought I lost a TX/RX relay or something.
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  9. W9BRD

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    Here's the reason: Take a look at the X-ray flux graph at the bottom left corner of . It was a solar flare; more may well occur.

    Notice also the orange indicator at the top of the page; that indicates (as I write) an R3 (strong) radio blackout.
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  10. N5AF

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    I observed the same thing here! I thought the receiver was dying.

    Listening to a roundtable group on 75m that also has a internet chat setup with listeners using remote SDR's. I watched a guy running a kilowatt who was S9+ on me fade to nothing. He's about 125 miles distant.

    The SDR group started asking in the internet chat what happened to the signals. I knew then it wasn't my rig.

    The "fade" corresponds to the peak around 14:30UTC shown in the attached graphic.

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