Two Solar Cycles at Once & A Big Meteor Nearly Hits | Space Weather News 10.10.2019

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KB7TBT, Oct 11, 2019.

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  1. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    'The human factor' has been a huge casualty of this SC min. And that's a darn shame.

    The good news is there is a rise in activities on HF; more contests, special events; certs; and so on. ANYTHING that keeps us truly (person to person) radio-active is a 'good thing'.

    Chip W1YW
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  2. N4SL

    N4SL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I’m working DX daily on 160m CW.
    Low sunspots don’t have to be an issue.
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  3. KG4BFR

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    You are correct Chip
    I can remember when I would Rag Chew with my VK friends night after night after night with 15W and a Ground Plane on 10M many Moons ago.....those days are long gone and more than likely never to return in my Life time......I do think we are in a Maunder Minimum.......No FT8 here just a bit of 20M phone during daylight and semi local Rag Chewing at night and early mornings on 40& 75M.....
    de KG4BFR
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  4. W1YW

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    Montana on 160m adds another 20 dB to your signal...

    If it was North Dakota it would be 30 dB....

    Also, my comments were on HF, not MF.


    Chip W1YW
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  5. K0UO

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    I definitely agree with the poor conditions worst then anyone could even imagine months of zero sunspots last couple years.
    I had this back in the 60s we would have thought the world was coming to an end.
    I optimize my station to work on 40 and it's been a real good return on investment DX and Gray Line on 40 has been excellent.
    I haven't seen that as much on 160, I have a 4 Square on 160 I expected over the last couple of years some remarkable DX but it hasn't proven to be in this cycle on 160.
    80 is just so so at my QRH.
    But 40 has proven to be a real Workhorse even in the daytime the D layer absorption has been very low and I make Coast to Coast contacts from Kansas midday.
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  6. KG4BFR

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    160M would be very difficult here in Miami.....this part of the World has Thunder Storm arcing now all year long....
  7. KW0U

    KW0U Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.

    Mark Twain

    In other words, keep on trucking. I miss the great DX days of 15 or 20 years ago too. When VK9NS ran a late night "orchestra" of hams from Africa right around the world to Europe and everybody could work the rare ones it seemed like the good times would never end. Maybe those days won't come back in our lifetimes, but I suspect we'll have some decent times when the spots return. And, like having grandchildren in these times (have 4), I'm not giving up on that yet. Meanwhile as others have mentioned there is stuff out there, such as special events, the occasional DX, and just fun rag chewing. We were shut down twice in the world wars and bounced back. Let's not all give up quite yet.
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  8. W4WFL

    W4WFL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Gosh, I have been a ham for 48 years and it was a minimum when I first got my Novice in 1972. I don't see this minimum any worse than the others and I operate everyday on HF. 40 meters has been great during the day with DX during the grayline areas in the morning and evening. Lately 10 meters has been lighting up sporadically for a day or two and then settle down for a week or two. Digital signals for Olivia, PSK and etc are active on 40 and 20 Meters if people would just get on the air. All I hear is doom and gloom but it takes a little skill to work the bands now and the are open if you learn how to use them on the minimum. Sure, the bands occasionally close but they can close on high flux years with geomagnetic storms or huge flares. That is the problem with hams now days is the Millennial thing where people have to have instant gratification and don't want to work to get results. I Improvise, Adapt and Overcome just like the U.S. Marines and I work these bands. I also work 2 meter simplex frequencies and get off the repeaters every once in awhile. What I am trying to say is the HF bands are NOT dead and with a little work and experimentation, the bands can be worked and sometimes they are wide open but everyone assumes they are dead and they are dead if we are not using them. It takes little skill to work HF on the maximum and having skip coming in 24/7. Even if we have a weak maximum, solar flux measurements of 100-120 can give you worldwide communications almost anytime. It takes skill to operate now and the strong will persevere. We older guys know the bands are not all dead. I don't expect Instant Gratification but I work to find what is open and what is not. Like the Marines, I Improvise, Adapt and Overcome.
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  9. KH2BR

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    I agree !!! I have been working QRP and it is awesome. Just get on the air. I am still working a great ham in Japan weekly. I also worked ROCBW.
    If the band is dead, just keep calling cq. You will be surprised. Ya have ta get on now days and make your self be heard.
    In 1972, I was on Guam Island in my Mobil talking to my dad on a weekly basis.
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  10. KE0DM

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