Saturday, February 24, 2007

No Sunspots Feb 11-16, 2007

ARRL Propagation Forecast Bulletin 9 de K7RA

Sunspot numbers picked up a bit this week from 0 daily sunspot numbers for February 11-15. Currently the sunspot number is 25 for February 22, with only a lone visible spot, small sunspot 942, looking straight at us from the center of the visible solar disk.

Average daily sunspot numbers for our most recent reporting week (February 15-21) rose over eight points from the previous week to 14.6. Average daily solar flux was nearly unchanged, from 75 to 74.8.

Look for sunspot numbers and solar flux to rise over the next few days. Predicted solar flux for February 23-26 is 78, 80, 85 and 85. The predicted Planetary A index over the same period is 5, 5, 25 and 15. The Australian Space Forecast Centre predicts possible minor geomagnetic storms on Sunday, February 25. Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet to unsettled conditions for today, February 23, quiet conditions on February 24, active conditions February 25-26, unsettled to active on February 27, and unsettled for February 28.

Billy Michaud, AA1TT in Claremont New Hampshire operates a 5 watt 10-meter beacon on 28.269 MHz in grid square FN33uj. On February 14 Billy received a report from Ned Conklin, KH7JJ in Honolulu, that Billy's beacon was received with good signals at 2100z. Ned operates exclusively on 10-meters using a mobile whip clamped to the railing of his apartment's lanai railing. Ned says this is the first 10-meter beacon from the Eastern USA that he's heard in 2 years.

Billy reports that with the sunspot cycle at the bottom, he doesn't get many reception reports for his beacon lately, except for some sporadic E propagation. Billy has a web page devoted to his beacon at,

Mike Best, WD4DUG sent an article from Toronto's Globe and Mail about five satellites recently launched to study aurora. View it at, David Moore sent an interesting article from the European Space Agency about the Ulysses spacecraft observing the sun. You can read about it at,

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explanation of the numbers used in this bulletin see, An archive of past propagation bulletins is at, Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve overseas locations are at,

Sunspot numbers for February 15 through 21 were 0, 12, 11, 12, 26, 27 and 14 with a mean of 14.6. 10.7 cm flux was 73.6, 74.7, 75.3, 75.8, 74.9, 74.7, and 74.8, with a mean of 74.8. Estimated planetary A indices were 11, 6, 8, 5, 3, 2 and 1 with a mean of 5.1. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 15, 6, 7, 3, 2, 1 and 1, with a mean of