Sunday, March 06, 2011

New Solar Cycle 24 first on amateur radio

Contributor, Thomas Giella reports his observations in amateur radio. Kudos on nabbing South Cook Islands !
Gayle VH

The daily sunspot number (SSN) has reached 114 and the daily solar flux index (SFI) 136.6, both new record high's for solar cycle 24. Like Paul McCartney once sang in the 1970's, COMING UP!!!

As I predicted yesterday 10 meters opened up with E-W F2 layer radiowave propagation on a global scale. At one point yesterday afternoon I was simultaneously working into Europe, Africa, South America, east Asia and Australia/New Zealand, simply amazing.

I snagged a new DXCC entity on 10 meters and all bands for that matter, E51CG Raratonga, South Cook Islands.

Today 10 meters could be even better, however a partially geoeffective (Earth facing) coronal mass ejection (CME) may arrive later today UTC 03/06/2011 and create minor (Kp-5) geomagnetic storming conditions at high latitudes. This could reduce the maximum usable frequency (MUF) below the 10 meter band for a time.

73 & GUD DX,
Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O
Lakeland, FL, USA

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