Welcome to the Sunday edition of Big Island ARRL News.

Top Story:  Thanks to Leslie Hittner (K0BAD) for this fascinating article about the mysterious behavior of our Sun–a star that strongly impacts propagation on the amateur/ham radio bands.

You can find the story here:


Please click link to read the full report from Victor Tangermann.

Accessed on 19 January 2020, 1600 UTC, Post 1286.

Article summary:

Scientists are trying to figure out several new mysteries about our Sun uncovered by NASA’s Parker Solar Probe.  Among them are strange “flippings” of the Sun’s magnetic field and behavioral changes in the solar wind coming from our nearest star.

These as yet unexplained changes in the Sun have implications not only for radio communications but also for future space exploration.

Here’s how one scientist sums up the discovery:

“Now, scientists are starting to release what they learned from the data it collected. Four new papers published in the journal Nature Wednesday reveal new findings that could rewrite the way we understand the way stars are born, evolve, and die. They could also help us find new ways to protect astronauts from harsh space weather during long distance trips through the Solar System.

“The complexity was mind-blowing when we first started looking at the data,” said Stuart Bale, lead researcher for the probe’s onboard instrument suite at the University of California, Berkeley. “Now, I’ve gotten used to it. But when I show colleagues for the first time, they’re just blown away.”

As this article points out, there are many things we don’t know about our Sun–things we must know if humanity hopes to venture into deep space.

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Hamfest is set for Saturday, 25 January 2020, at the Waimea Community Center near the ball field just off the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea. The event runs from 0930 HST to 1400 HTS, with an EMCOMM Forum beginning at 1200 HST and VE testing starting at 1300 HST.  For more information, please contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at wh6n@arrl.net

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator.

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section.



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