Hi Everybody; Last weekend’s contest had an incredible amount of HAMs all over the world participating. Despite the fact that propagation forecasts were poor - solar flux is at a mere 68 - we turned on our transceivers. This just shows that we are optimists and this time we really got lucky! Earlier that week the RF-Seismograph team reported a slow moving solar wind cloud that had escaped the sun during the explosion of a solar filament (see below). It was just the right energy to light up the ionosphere and create a flurry of activity on all bands!(see below) I personally was mostly listening to 15m which I have not heard anyone using SSB in years. It struck me that 15m would be open with such a low solar flux index. Stations were booming in from all over the globe, but I had a direct path in a southern easterly direction. Here is what I heard using USB Voice: Aruba P40T on 21.370MHz S9-5 distance: 3925.2 mi (6317.0 km) Oct 27 approx 2300 Zulu Time Aruba P40T on 21.292MHz S8-5 distance: 3925.2 mi (6317.0 km) Oct 28 approx 2200 Zulu Time Cuba HK3TK on 21.322MHz S9-5 distance: 2845.1 mi (4578.7 km) Oct 28 approx 2220 Zulu Time Virgin Islands KP2M on 21.234MHz S6-4 distance: 3877.9 mi (6240.9 km) Oct 28 approx 2230 Zulu Brazil ZX5J on 21.239MHz – S9-5 distance: 6986.3 mi (11243.4 km) Oct 28 approx 2235 Zulu Time Chile CE3DNP on 21.372MHz – S7-4 distance: 6565.9 mi (10566.7 km) Oct 28 approx 2250 Zulu Time Netherlands Antilles PJ4G on 21.378MHz S6-5 distance: 4020.0 mi (6469.5 km) Oct 28 apprx 2300 Z Argentina LU5VV on 21.2285MHz S9-5 distance: 6995.1 mi (11257.5 km) Oct 28 approx 2300 Zulu Wow… I did not even know of a place called Netherlands Antilles! All the best and see you on the air… and if you want to sign-up for our propagat5ion alerts and comments please join our group at: https://groups.io/g/MDSRadio Alex – VE7DXW ====================================================================== Message Excerpt: Slow Moving CME on it way during solar min... 17 and 15m bands are open! Conditions at the MDSR test station were excellent over the past 24h considering the fact that we are in solar min. The coronal holes have subsided, but now a CME caused by a collapsing magnetic filament is moving towards earth. Using the solar wind prediction tool (WSA – ENLIL) the trajectory is predicted to be earth directed. The biggest uncertainty is the speed of the cloud which could take up to a week to reach our planet. Stay tuned for further analysis on this subject, when it comes available. Effects on propagation are not certain yet either.