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Author Topic: What the H***  (Read 2519 times)
KB3LIX
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« on: May 02, 2013, 10:41:47 AM »

The sunspot number is 151
The flux is 159


And the bands seem DEAD here !

I'm listening for Krish on Lakshadweep, and nothing, nada, zip, zilch,

What the hell Huh

 Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh
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K7KB
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2013, 11:07:10 AM »

And the A index is 22. I'm not surprised the bands are not doing that well right now.

John K7KB
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2013, 11:07:15 AM »

I was off work yesterday, doctor's appointment and errands and such. While at home, I went and checked the radio several times. I heard virtually nothing on the air. I went and checked spaceweather.com, no geomagnetic disturbance or anything. I checked the spots, saw lots of EU spots, but could hear almost none of them.

Now, on Saturday this past weekend, things were pretty good. 12M seemed open, I called CQ, and worked a long string of EU guys, most of which I had worked before. And then late Saturday afternoon I worked several EU on 15M.

Maybe there is this giant radio vortex hovering over MD and PA sucking up all our Radio Waves :-)
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2013, 11:47:33 AM »

The sunspot number is 151
The flux is 159


And the bands seem DEAD here !

I'm listening for Krish on Lakshadweep, and nothing, nada, zip, zilch,

What the hell Huh

 Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh Huh

Nighttime is usually better.
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NU1O
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2013, 02:31:32 PM »

I turned on the rig this morn, saw the numbers, and thought condx would be terrific.  They stink here so you are not alone.
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2013, 02:35:25 PM »

The sunspot number is 151
The flux is 159

And the bands seem DEAD here !

>>>The A and K indices were rather high (indicating geomagnetic disruption), but are dropping.

     73,

          Dave, AA6YQ
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W6GX
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2013, 03:05:22 PM »

The A index has dropped to 13.  15m is completely dead here.  However I worked two stations on 12m and I could hear some DX on 20m and 17m.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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WH7DX
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2013, 06:01:04 PM »

I've come to the conclusion that there is something else going on....  Grin

I've seen the A + K up before and expected poor noisy conditions and it was excellent - fairly quiet and pretty clear.

If I remember correctly, the CQ WW at the end of March was elevated but still very good.   

This is like a little noise and everyone is on vacation. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2013, 06:39:22 PM »

Generally just having a high SFI and low indicies don't necessarily yield perfect conditions. You need a few days of high SFI, high SSN and few or no real disturbances to kickstart the ionosphere and get it hopping. High X-ray flux numbers really help as well, and they're still on the rise.
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2013, 06:58:47 PM »

With a few "better" entities coming up in the next few days, I really hope the ionosphere starts kicking in gear. I really want Northfolk I. It should be a fairly easy path for me.
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2013, 07:13:29 PM »

With a few "better" entities coming up in the next few days, I really hope the ionosphere starts kicking in gear. I really want Northfolk I. It should be a fairly easy path for me.

Norfolk. No "th". But yeah, it should be pretty simple. Geez, I loved working Jim down there. Real shame that we lost him so young a few years back. VK9N is now considerably more rare than it was.
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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2013, 11:31:39 PM »

Well..  there you go... 

Now conditions are excellent.   Getting into Europe 57-59.. bouncing north over the mountains  Grin

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KF5PGT
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2013, 12:22:28 PM »

10 meters has been dead for a week or two now. I was starting to think there was something wrong with my radio or antenna.
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2013, 05:24:44 PM »

This is about the worst conditions I've heard.

I have unusually heavy noise from 15 to 20M and I can barely make out VK9NT who is usually around 59 to Hawaii.  I only heard him and someone from Alabama calling him. 

00:16 UTC 5/9/13   A=7  K=1  SFI=126  SN=118.
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2013, 07:08:30 PM »

Condx have been better here the last few days.

Made 6-8 JT-65 Q's today
and Oman, Asiatic Turkey & Ecuador on 20m CW just a while ago.

But they could ALWAYS be BETTER !
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