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

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    For those who think 'poor' shouldn't be a word used in prop assessments, read the PROP FORECAST on the Zed page today--

  2. N7KO

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    I am still enjoying CW, making contacts with what is called poor conditions. It is what it is gentlemen.
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  3. W1YW

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    Official 'Poor Propagation Attitude Enhancer' Poster Child--

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  4. KA1BSZ

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    I agree with w1yw...I've been in radio since 1963 and seen bottoms in the solar cycles before and this one is THE LONGEST and most drawn out than any other cycle. In my all my years in radio, the other cycles, the other bottoms, 20 would still be open everyday with some propagation and you would hear some dx stations there. anything above 19 the meter did not exist. 17 meters once in a while you'd hear shortwave stations with north/south propagation same with 20. north south propagation. Back in those days, 11 meters would have sporadic E and you'd hear 11 meters come alive at 10,11 pm at night and same on 10 meters. Of course we did not have the WARC BANDS back then, so you had to rely on WWV, CHU and other propagation indicators. so is this bottom of cycle 24 the worst and longest bottom of all times, You betcha it is!
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  5. KA1BSZ

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    It really seems funny when there is a contest such as the WORLD WIDE CQ, ARRL CONTESTS The bands are loaded with dx stations, mostly 80,75,40 meters and some on 20. Take a listen on the once a week, 1 hour long, high speed cw contests on the 160 through 10 meters on Wednesdays. There some stations that really rattle it off big time!!!!.
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  6. KX5JT

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    KX5JT LOUISIANA oct, 12th, 2019 04:01 --->>>
    C91CCY 40m 7.156 SSB Mozambique, Africa William H Hosie

    Distance 8999.6 mi (14483.4 km)

    The bands are NOT dead.
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  7. M1WML

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  8. W1YW

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    Conditions are POOR, not DEAD. We shouldn't mislead newcomers with regaled stories of anecdotal DX. It just makes them feel inadequate and want to give it up.

    Paint them a more constructive scenario: getting on various MODES in the many DX contests; calling CQ DX; best ways to work the various DXpeditions.

    Here's a handy reference--one of many: Go to

    and look at their calendar of upcoming/present DXpeditions.


    Go to

    and look for relevant DX spots from stations spotting within 500-1000 miles of your QTH.

    Telling people you worked Mozambique, or Lower Slobovia with a wet noodle (for example) on gray line comes off as boast rather than contrarian advice, IMO.

    Chip W1YW
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  9. KK4NSF

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    of course they aren't. While they are a bit more challenging than they have been in the past, they are certainly not dead.

    I think much of the wailing and crying is because the bands are different than what they were which requires an operator to adopt different strategies / frequencies / operating times than what they are accustomed to. For the time being, they can't just crank up the power on their amps, and be the big gun on the airwaves.... and it stresses them.

    The current conditions are crappy, there's no doubt. BUT this may or may not be a bad thing, depending on how you approach the problem. Personally, I see it as an interesting challenge..... just like that #11 hole at the old Gulf Pines Golf Course. If you hit the ball right, you land on the green. If you try to use your same old stroke, your ball winds up either in the trees, or out in the bay.
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  10. KX5JT

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    OR... it will ENCOURAGE THEM... .Half empty or half full?

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