Monday, August 31, 2009

Sunspot Drought !!

I borrowed the following from VE3EN's web page at sun has been blank of official sunspots for 50 days in a row. This is only the forth time the sun has been blank for atleast 50 days since 1849. The 3rd longest streak on the list is 54 days between February-April 1879. The record is 92 days in 1913. We still have a while to go before we beat the record. Click the link below for all of the spotless day streak records. .
73 & GUD DX,
Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O
Lakeland, FL, USA

Posted Monday August 31, 2009 at and

After a grueling 51 day period with no sunspot groups a small solar cycle 24 sunspot group has emerged in the northern and western hemisphere of the Sun. Hopefully it will survive long enough to be numbered by NOAA/SWPC.

As a side note yesterday evening we experienced an unexpected brief (3 hrs) but moderately strong (Kp-6) geomagnetic storm. It did not come from a geo-effective (Earth facing) sunspot group associated coronal mass ejection. The likely source of the geomagnetic storm was a collapsing solar filament on the Sun or and unidentified deep space (out of our solar system)

My forecast for the above mentioned period of 08/29-09/01/2009 was a Kp 0-2
(quiet), isolated 3 (unsettled).
73 & GUD DX,
Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O
Lakeland, FL, USA
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New Australian DX Report includes propagation analysis
Episode no. 166 of the Australian DX Report audio news magazine includes propagation research analysis of current spectrum occupancy in the 9 MHz band during the 0830 to 0930 time window, as monitored here in Melbourne.

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Good listening to the Australian DX Report Episode No. 166, and enjoy the musical interludes!
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