10th Anniversary Giveaway!

On April 30th, it will be ten years since the "W2LJ - QRP - Do More With Less" blog was born.

In appreciation for all who read this blog, I am going to give something away to one lucky reader. I have a new, mint condition, unused, complete sheet of fifty United States Amateur Radio stamps, issued in 1964 on the 50th Anniversary of the ARRL - Scott #1260. I am going to have the sheet matted and framed - ready for display on some deserving shack wall. All I ask is that you send an e-mail to w2lj@arrl.net - entitled "Blog Anniversary Giveaway". Include your name, call sign and mailing address.

Any Amateur Radio op worldwide can enter. I will package and ship the framed stamps to any destination that the United States Post Office will accept.

The names and call signs will be loaded into a software program such as RandomPicker on April 30th and a winner will be determined. The winner will be announced here, and then the framed stamps will be posted.

Good luck, and thank you for reading!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Rumblings ?

Space Weather News for August 1, 2010

GLOBAL ERUPTION: During the early hours of August 1st, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a complex global disturbance on the Earth-facing side of the sun. Most of the sun's northern hemisphere was involved in the event, which included a long-duration C3-class solar flare, a "solar tsunami," and a massive filament eruption. As a result of these blasts, a coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading toward Earth. High-latitude geomagnetic storms and auroras are possible when the cloud arrives a few days hence. Check http://spaceweather.com for movies and updates.

Those Coronal Mass Ejections can really play havoc with HF communications. I remember when I was doing the "QSO a Day" thing back in 2006. We endured a few CMEs and I thought those were going to be "streak breakers" for me. Fortunately, by calling CQ long enough, I was able to establish communications via ground wave and was able to keep the streak intact.

In a day or so, HF conditions will probably deteriorate. However, aurora will probably be visible at the higher latitudes.

Should be interesting.

72 de Larry W2LJ

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remember experiencing this sort of event back in the early 1980's. HF was dead for days. Difference was flux and spots much higher so when the storm effects ceased, was a return to fine propagatio0n. Not so this time.