Sun sets new record for "spotlessness"

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K5XS, Dec 16, 2019.

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  1. K5XS

    K5XS Ham Member QRZ Page

    According to

    "Over the weekend, the sun set a Space Age record for spotlessness. So far in 2019, the sun has been without sunspots for more than 270 days, including the last 33 days in a row. Since the Space Age began, no other year has had this many blank suns."

    G0CUT, KA2MWS, W5YZR and 4 others like this.
  2. WL7PM

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    I'll look for ya on 160 meters
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  3. N4SL

    N4SL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nobody on the 10m contest this past weekend had to be told that!
    It was dismal.

    But yes, 160 is in nice shape.
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  4. W1YW

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    Conditions overall, nicely match the crappiness of the spotless daze....
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  5. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    "no whine before it's time."


    The calm before the storm.

    Last edited: Dec 17, 2019
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  6. N1SP

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    Thanks for the info and the chart. From VT, I worked the 10 mtr contest and squeaked out 48 contacts ( 42 being CW- very weak) to the southern and Midwest US.

    Most contacts were on Saturday morning, then the band simply expired about 10:30 am eastern. Sunday afternoon came back with a few South American stations- wicked fast QSB- for only about 20 minutes!

    "Dismal" indeed. Bright side (pun intentional) is... if you had two QSOs you may have won your section!!!
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  7. KG5THG

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    Come on over to 6m during the e-skip season! It will be fun!
    K5VZD, KX1MAD, K0DD and 4 others like this.
  8. KD8TNF

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    ACTUALLY: It WAS real work, chisel and hammer for every contact. But even with my modest station and no vertical antenna this year I worked about 75 over the event, NA coast to coast, XE, VE, PY and LU. Maybe 8 phone. Yes, the here-and-gone propagation was tough but digging out difficult sigs is great practice for potential emergency operating conditions and mental selectivity. 73 CW
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  9. W8AAZ

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    Seems like that would make it tough to get and hold newbies with horrible propagation. Even hard to stay interested unless you are an OT who gets on at night with long antennas that don't fit most yards. I am thinking that 2 meter repeaters are certainly not holding newby interest for an extended period.
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  10. PA0MHS

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    The movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" comes to mind...
    AF4RK, SA5VOX, NH7RO and 1 other person like this.

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