Monday, 10 October 2011

RSGB Convention updates

A few updates for people who were at the RSGB Convention this weekend.

  • I have now updated the "Propagation to T32C" presentation to include the actual results we are seeing as at 9th October. There is a good fit with the predictions. Go to the T32C page
  • You can also download the Ionospheric Sounders presentation given at the Contest University
  • Carl K9LA talked about greyline propagation and mentioned my earlier research on the subject - you can read more here.

Steve G0KYA, 10th October 2011

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

UK propagation charts for October 2011


This is what we have been waiting for. A high solar flux, autumnal conditions and DX rolling in. So get on the bands!

We have recently seen the solar flux index hit record highs for this cycle, but the sun has since calmed down a little. But with the SFI still being well over 100 we are seeing 10 metres open up to much of the world.

It is quite possible to work the USA this month on 10m, and at the same time you should be able to work the Far East, South America and even Australia (VK) at times. In fact, much of the world will be open to you when conditions are really hot.

There have also been some good openings to VK/ZL on 20m in the mornings too.

Don't forget to try and work the T32C Dxpedition to Kiribati in the Pacific. They are audible, but you'll need a good station or a good dose of luck and good propagation. Find out when and where to work them.

While this high solar activity is great, coronal mass ejections and solar flares will cause problems so keep an eye on the K index and GOES X-ray flux at www.solarham.com

Go to October's UK short path propagation charts.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Update: Working T32C


The T32C Christmas Island DXpedition is well under way. They have now worked more than 300 stations in the UK. If you have a beam and a linear you are in with a chance. If you have a lesser station you might struggle a little bit.

You can read my original posting here, but for a quick overview of when and where to work them from the UK see the chart above (right click and save it to view it full size). I'm giving a talk on propagation to T32C at the RSGB Convention at the weekend.