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Space Weather report solar activity is high. In just 48 hours, monster sunspot AR2192 has produced a series of seven M-class solar flares of increasing intensity
The eruptions crossed the threshold into X-territory with an X1-class flare on Oct. 22nd. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a powerful flash of extreme UV radiation in the sunspot's magnetic canopy at 14:30 UT.
Remarkably, not one of the explosions so far has hurled a significant CME toward Earth. The primary effect of the flares has been to ionize Earth's upper atmosphere, causing a series of short-lived HF radio communications blackouts. Such blackouts may be noticed by amateur radio operators, aviators, and mariners.
Earth-effects could increase in the days ahead. AR2192 has an unstable 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field that harbors energy for powerful explosions, and the active region is turning toward Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate at 65% chance of M-class flares and a 20% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours.
Space Weather: http://spaceweather.com/
23 October, 2014
CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz
AF-027; FH, Mayotte Island: Vincent/F4BKV will be active as
FH/F4BKV on HF from Oct. 27 to 29 (prior to departing to Tromelin).
QSL via OQRS (direct and bureau), LoTW.
AS-013; 8Q, Maldive Islands: George, GM0IIO, pays the Maldives a
visit from Oct. 29 to November 11. QRV as 8Q7OO on 80-10m in SSB
and CW. QSL via GM0IIO (d).
AS-075; XX, Macau group: Operators Eugene/EA5HPX, Fran/EA7FTR,
Oleg/US7UX, David/EB7DX, Jose/EB5BBM, and Veronica/EA7JBS plan to
operate holiday-style as XX9R between Oct. 22 and Nov. 1 from
Coloane. QRV on HF in CW, SSB, and RTTY. They will set up 2 or 3
stations and also participate in the SSB contest. QSL direct via
EB7DX, OQRS via bureau. http://www.macao2014.com/
NA-002; VP5, Caicos Islands: Frank/WA2VYA, Tony/K4QE, and
Bruce/WA3RHW will activate Providenciales Island (WW Loc. FL31vs)
between Oct. 21 and 28 signing VP5/homecalls. Frank focuses on CW
on the low bands, WARC, 10m and 6m, Tony and Bruce get on the air
mainly in SSB on the WARC bands. Their call for the CQWW contest
will be VP5T. QSL VP5/WA2VYA via WA2VYA (d/B), VP5/K4QE via LoTW,
VP5/WA3RHW via WA3RHW (d/B), VP5T via WA3RHW (d/B).
NA-005; VP9, Bermuda Islands: Les/N1SV operates as VP9/N1SV between the 22nd and 27th on HF. QRV during the contest as VP9I. QSL
VP9/N1SV via h/c (d/B), OQRS; VP9I via WW3S (d/B), LoTW.
NA-105; FS, PJ7, St Martin: Jeff/K5WE will put St Martin on the air
as PJ7/K5WE from Oct. 25 until November 2. QRV on 80-6m in CW, SSB,
and some RTTY. QSL direct via homecall, OQRS, LoTW.
OC-009; T8, Palau Islands: Naoki/JS3LSQ operates as T88WJ between
the 24th and 28th (including the contest). QRV on 20-10m in SSB.
QSL via JS3LSQ (d/B).
OC-009; T8, Palau Islands: Tefik/TA1HZ activates Koror Island as
T88HZ from the 24th to the 30th, also including the contest. QSL
via homecall (direct), LotW.
OC-097; 5W, Samoa Islands: John/N7CQQ, Cliff/KD6XH, and Paul/W8AEF will be active as 5W0QQ, 5W0XH, and 5W0EF from Apia, Upolu Island (OC-097, WLOTA 1944) between the 23rd and 28th, including the contest. QSL via homecalls (d), LoTW.
OC-157; YB8, Banda Islands: Budi/YF1AR is going to activate this rare
reference between the 23rd and 27th as YF1AR/8. He will be active
from Banda Naira Island (Banda Naira Lighthouse, ARLHS IDO-380)
on the 23rd and 24th, and from Banda Besar Island on Oct. 25-27
(including the contest). QRV on 40-10m, mainly in SSB, but also
CW and digital modes. QSL direct via N2OO and via OQRS.
Compiled by Friedrich, DL4BBH
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
Gary K9AY checks in with an update of his popular low-band receiving loop. "I've done a lot of analysis and experiments over the past couple years that are not yet published. Among the results is a better understanding of the role of ground. I now recommend a few radials for all installations: a minimum of (4) and preferably (8) radials that are twice as long as the loop's footprint. If you add them to an existing system, remember that the resistor should be readjusted for deepest null."
If you need an outdoor grease that won't attract dust and grit, Mike KD5KC recommends Super Lube. This silicone-based, Teflon-impregnated lubricant might be just the thing for tower winches, bearings, and other exposed uses. http://www.super-lube.com/
What connector is that, anyway? The wireless world has moved quite beyond the UHF/BNC/N world so Pasternak has prepared this connector identifier chart. https://www.pasternack.com/images/pdf/7%20Connector%20Identifier.pdf
Ralph Fedor K0IR has posted a very interesting video to YouTube that introduces newcomers to DXing, DXpeditions, and Amateur Radio in general. See Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4dJcK-WVRw&feature=youtu.be
(Thanks, Daily DX)
Hams might appreciate this map of the WOM HF-transmit antenna farm
( http://rightime.com/HF/P1030367aa.JPG ) operated by AT&T for many years in Pennsuco, Florida, west of Miami. This was one of three high-seas ship-to-shore and island telephone service stations ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT%26T_High_Seas_Service ). WOM's corresponding receive site was in Plantation, near Fort Lauderdale. When it was decommissioned the transmission facility sported 38 log-periodics, rhombics and omni verticals over a half-square-mile of Everglades, each of which could handle 10kW from any of 20 or so mostly-Collins transmitters ( http://rightime.com/HF/PennsucoList.pdf ).
Thanks, Tom Becker, ex-KN3URO