Thinking Outside/Off (and On) the Planet Earth
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@Munchaab and I had a quick convo over in the C&B  regarding recent solar events. Most folks know I stay pretty well informed about what's happening on the sun these days. Just wish these resources had been available long, long ago.

@Dough Dude and I used to keep track of all this back in our ION daze and @DaJavoo suggested we collaborate on this thread. But he requested an intro in layman's terms, so here goes:

The sun has a huge effect on flora and fauna here on our home. When coronal holes face the Earth, EQ activity seems to ramp up. And I personally believe volcanic activity increases along with them. Think about trying to place two bar magnets end to end with the same polarity. Ain't happenin'! Much the same happens as the coronal holes spew their magnetic solar winds at us.

Sunspot activity is a different critter. And OBTW, we're entering a solar maximum and the number of sunspots are increasing. Now, the opposite is a solar minimum. The "Grand Solar Minimum" is predicted around 2040-2050. At that point, temps will drop. If you're planning to be around then, it might be prudent to have plenty of cold weather clothing and gear handy. But I digress.

As sunspots form, there are positive and negative "clouds" in the mix. Most times, they keep to themselves. But if these clouds collide, a solar flare is created and a CME (coronal mass ejection) is the result. Much like an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) it has the potential to shut us down. The magnetic component of the flare can cause current flow in wiring and electronics to increase waaay beyond their ratings and pffft...it's lights out.

The most famous example of this is refered to as, the Carrington Event of 1859. Telegraph wires burned up due to the induced current flow and the quick fix was what today is called the Western Union splice. Point is, if a similar flare hit us today, it could be catastrophic.

Back to the original purpose of this thread. Some rely on Dutchsinse for their info. Others go with solarham. I'm sold on Ben Davidson and his Suspicious Observers group. 

He puts out a daily video detailing solar events of the last 24hrs along with other commentary regarding research "out there". TBH, if I'm in a hurry, I watch the 1st few minutes then move on. YMMV. 

The website I hit daily is https://spaceweathernews.com/ There, you can find answers to virtually every question you might have. The daily YT vid is found by scrolling down a bit.

And speaking of YT vids, he has his channel over there with a ton of informative vids.

I apologize for this novelette. So here's today's update to kick it off:

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Excellent Red...thanks!

I'll help you post videos.

Cheers
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(03-23-2021, 11:18 AM)Dough Dude Wrote: Excellent Red...thanks!

I'll help you post videos.

Cheers

So much appreciated! Jr started working the night shift and it's thrown everyone's (including the dogs') schedule off.
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Simple stuff for the HF radio bands.

Space Weather Prediction Center
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation


SOHO Page
https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/spaceweather/


HF and Lower Frequency Radiation
https://www.met.nps.edu/~psguest/EMEO_on...e_3_3.html


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http://dxsummit.fi/#/?include=10MHz,7MHz,14MHz,18MHz&exclude_modes=DIGI,PHONE&include_modes=CW


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(03-23-2021, 11:33 AM)Max Wrote: Simple stuff for the HF radio bands.

Space Weather Prediction Center
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation


SOHO Page
https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/spaceweather/


HF and Lower Frequency Radiation
https://www.met.nps.edu/~psguest/EMEO_on...e_3_3.html


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http://dxsummit.fi/#/?include=10MHz,7MHz,14MHz,18MHz&exclude_modes=DIGI,PHONE&include_modes=CW

Nice add! Trying to hear the "Sky King" EAMs on the HF radio was the bane of my existence in my P-3 daze. Some days, you could hear the call from Yakota and as it was relayed across the Pacific to us. Other days, the whistles and howls caused by solar activity made it a strain to catch them coming out of Anchorage.
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I'm drinking on this thread! Drinks
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(03-23-2021, 11:59 AM)RedAuroras Wrote:
(03-23-2021, 11:33 AM)Max Wrote: Simple stuff for the HF radio bands.

Space Weather Prediction Center
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation


SOHO Page
https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/spaceweather/


HF and Lower Frequency Radiation
https://www.met.nps.edu/~psguest/EMEO_on...e_3_3.html


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http://dxsummit.fi/#/?include=10MHz,7MHz,14MHz,18MHz&exclude_modes=DIGI,PHONE&include_modes=CW

Nice add! Trying to hear the "Sky King" EAMs on the HF radio was the bane of my existence in my P-3 daze. Some days, you could hear the call from Yakota and as it was relayed across the Pacific to us. Other days, the whistles and howls caused by solar activity made it a strain to catch them coming out of Anchorage.


If you look at the smoothed sun spot numbers over the years, the 1960s were pretty amazing.

Geomagnetic Storms cause most of that whistles and howls crap. When the K index is high, there's a lot of that.

When conditions are really good, you can hear your own signal echoing back as it makes the full trip around the globe. The delay is about 1-2 seconds, depending on where the F, D and E layers are in height (the D layer absorbs while the F reflects) above the earth. The first time I heard mine, it blew me away.

This Solar Cycle looks interesting..

Drinks


Hope is not a plan.

Apophenia is : “the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas)”
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(03-23-2021, 12:12 PM)Max Wrote: If you look at the smoothed sun spot numbers over the years, the 1960s were pretty amazing.

Geomagnetic Storms cause most of that whistles and howls crap. When the K index is high, there's a lot of that.

When conditions are really good, you can hear your own signal echoing back as it makes the full trip around the globe. The delay is about 1-2 seconds, depending on where the F,  D and E layers are in height (the D layer absorbs while the F reflects)  above the earth. The first time I heard mine, it blew me away.

This Solar Cycle looks interesting..

Drinks

Yeah, my dad (W0BRN) explained the howls and whistles to me as a kid. Plus, he explained "skip" to me after I asked why I could tune in Mexican AM broadcasts at night in midwest MO.

And during/after some of those flights, the Auroras were a sight to behold!
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(03-23-2021, 12:00 PM)Martini and Cigar Wrote: I'm drinking on this thread!  Drinks

Lmao I added the St. Brendan's to the coffee after that OP! Cheers
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(03-23-2021, 12:37 PM)RedAuroras Wrote:
(03-23-2021, 12:12 PM)Max Wrote: If you look at the smoothed sun spot numbers over the years, the 1960s were pretty amazing.

Geomagnetic Storms cause most of that whistles and howls crap. When the K index is high, there's a lot of that.

When conditions are really good, you can hear your own signal echoing back as it makes the full trip around the globe. The delay is about 1-2 seconds, depending on where the F,  D and E layers are in height (the D layer absorbs while the F reflects)  above the earth. The first time I heard mine, it blew me away.

This Solar Cycle looks interesting..

Drinks

Yeah, my dad (W0BRN) explained the howls and whistles to me as a kid. Plus, he explained "skip" to me after I asked why I could tune in Mexican AM broadcasts at night in midwest MO.

And during/after some of those flights, the Auroras were a sight to behold!

The layers move as the earth heats and cools during a day. So, the signal path to different parts of the earth will vary with the temp. A ionized F layer that's low, provides for the fewest chordal hops (skip) and, the lowest signal strength loss. Signal Strength is lost with each hop. So, the fewer hops the better.

Down the dx rabbit hole..

http://www.astrosurf.com/luxorion/qsl-hf...-nm7m6.htm

https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a261726.pdf


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Apophenia is : “the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas)”
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