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ARLP024 Propagation de K7RA
QST de W1AW
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 24 ARLP024
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA June 11, 2021
To all radio amateurs
SB PROP ARL ARLP024
ARLP024 Propagation de K7RA
Sunspot activity has given us steady but modest increases over the
past three weeks, with average daily sunspot weekly averages rising
from 24.9 to 28 last week to 34.9 this week.
But oddly, average daily solar flux for the same three weeks was
77.8, then 77.8 again last week, and now 77.7 over the latest seven
day reporting period, remarkably unchanged week after week.
Average daily planetary A index went from 6.1 last week to 5.9 in
this week’s report, and middle latitude A index was 6.3 and then
Predicted solar flux over the next month is 75 on June 11-20, 80 on
June 13-17, 75 then 80, 82 and 77 on June 21-23, 76 on June 24 to
July 5, then 74, 74 and 75 on July 6-8, 74 on July 9-14 and 75 on
Predicted planetary A index is 5 on June 11-13, 8 on June 14-15,
then 20 and 18 on June 16-17, 5 on June 18-25, 7 on June 26, 5 on
June 27 through July 4, then 15, 10 and 8 on July 5-7, 5 on July
8-12, 20 and 8 on July 13-14, and 5 after mid-July.
Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period June 11 til July 7,
2021 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH who has compiled these reports weekly
beginning in January, 1978.
“Geomagnetic field will be:
quiet on: June 12-13, 18-20, 24, 27-28, July 1-2
quiet to unsettled on: June 11, 15, 17, 29-30, July 6
quiet to active on: June 11, 14, 17, 21, 25-26, July 3-4
unsettled to active: June 16, 22-23, July 5
active to disturbed: – none
“Solar wind will intensify on: June (11-13,) 17 (-18,) (22-24, 29,)
July (2,) 4-5.
“Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.”
Checking the STEREO mission at https://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov every
day we see more activity in store over the Sun’s eastern horizon.
You will recognize it as intense white splotches
Watching 6 meters on pskreporter.info on Wednesday night at 10:50 PM
PDT (0550 UTC Thursday) I noticed an odd late night opening in
western North America. Showing many long distance FT8 contacts, some
had positive signal reports, above the noise. This is notable
because most reports on this web site show negative signal strengths
of -17 to -20 dB, but one stood out. It was a 609 mile +5 dB signal
report from K6VVP in San Francisco (CM87rs) to WA7DUH in Eastern
Washington state (DN06hg). Later I saw a 727 mile report from KA9UVY
(EM58mk in Illinois) to N3OUC (FN20fm in Pennsylvania) at 0632 UTC
but the signal report at only -10 dB. Both reports showed the
frequency as 50.314 MHz.
Of course, when FT8 signal reports are above 0, the same path should
be viable for other modes, such as CW and SSB.
Michael May, WA8VLC/7 in Salem, Oregon wrote:
“It’s been 2 weeks since an update and aside from some FT8, SSB and
CW DX and stateside on 6 meters, including Trinidad and Hawaii on
50.313 and some Midwest and eastern US and Canada on 6 meter FT8,
SSB and CW mostly last week, still the most interesting and weird
things still occurred on 10 meters both ham and non ham activity.
“On May 31 on 29.62 MHz FM I found the KQ2H repeater in New York in
for several hours and I spent most of the day talking to several
hams all over the Eastern and Southeast US on this repeater which
never faded for the entire day.
“I actually took an hour break and went to 10 SSB and worked French
Guiana on 10 SSB and when I came back the 29.62 repeater was still
20 dB over S9, this was simply the best 10 meter activity I have
seen in years on FM.
“10 meter weirdness again non-ham stuff:
“Last nite on June 9th UTC time at 0330 to 0355, me and another
Salem ham, K6FIB, both heard on 3 different radios at 2 different
locations and different antennas several non-ham french speaking
stations coming thru my 10 meter remote base on 29.6 FM speaking to
another much weaker non-ham for 15 minutes.
“At this time I zeroed my 4 el 10 meter Yagi to a ~195 degree
heading which put them somewhere in the Eastern Pacific, but where?
“After some searching around on other 10 meter frequencies I heard
similar voices on 28.700 FM speaking a similar French dialect but
this time there were two of them readable and one that appeared to
be a base station who was much stronger and another one he was
chatting with that was much weaker but still readable.
“After listening to the 28.700 FM transmission for half an hour the
strong one identified saying ‘Pape’ete radio’ at 0355 UTC and
several minutes later they slowly faded out.
“This would put these transmissions in Pape’ete in French Polynesia
but most interesting is that again there were no FM hams on in that
region on 10 meters.
“In the past 30 years I have never heard a ham station from these
locations on FM so not surprising at all; however, there were South
Pacific hams in ZL on 28.074 FT8 and 10 meter CW at the same time.
“These stations, aside from French speaking, sounded like a standard
FM Land Mobile agency that one would hear on VHF. But I am now
discovering more of these weird non-ham signals between 26 and 39
MHz from non US locations.”
[Great investigative work, Michael! Readers may recall in ARLP022
Michael reported hearing North Korean squid fishermen on 10-meter
FM. Quite the catch. -K7RA]
“My recent logs, times in UTC:
“2021-06-06 2011 KC7I/KH6 50.313 FT8 BL10
2021-06-06 1950 9Y4D 50.313 FT8 FK90gg
2021-06-03 0359 K7EME 50.155 SSB DM42jh
2021-06-03 0358 K7ZYP 50.155 SSB DM41KX
2021-06-03 0232 W7PMS 52.560 FM DM34tn Prescott, AZ
2021-06-01 0207 WB7PMP 50.145 SSB EM95pu
2021-06-01 0205 K9PPY 50.125 SSB EN51xx
2021-06-01 0128 WS9V 50.092 CW EM59DL
2021-06-01 0118 W3HKK 50.099 CW EN80qe
2021-06-01 0108 K9PPY 50.095 CW EN51xx
2021-06-01 0103 K9MRI 50.099 CW EN70iu
1708 WA8FGV 50.125 SSB EN82ig
1705 K1EAR 50.125 SSB DN84lc
2021-05-31 0110 VE2XK 50.313 FT8 FN07pj
2021-05-31 0100 VE4VT 50.313 FT8 EN19kt
“10 meters on the KQ2H FM repeater, 29.62 in NY state and French
Guiana on 10 SSB.
“2021-05-31 1952 KR1COP 29.620 FM FN21tr
2021-05-31 1952 W2GGI 29.620 FM EL96wk
2021-05-31 1949 KD2VQR 29.620 FM FN21ro
2021-05-31 1945 KD2SBO 29.620 FM FN21TO
2021-05-31 1933 KK4ANE 29.620 FM EL97RV
2021-05-31 1932 AA2EC 10m 29.620 FM FN32dg
2021-05-31 1915 FY5HB 10m 28.441 SSB GJ34WH”
Jon Jones, N0JK reported from Kansas EM28 on Saturday, June 5:
“Saw the East Coast had a big Es opening to Europe all afternoon
June 4. Nil out here.
“May 30 and 31 good here. On May 31 had JA8JEP (QN03) in at -14 dB
2238z 50.323 MHz FT8.
“Today (June 5) XE2X spotted 9K2OD on 50.323 MHz FT8 at 1335z. That
“2021-06-05 13:35 XE2X (EL06VC) 50.323.0 FT8
9K2OD (LL49AI) 12,871 km Multihop Sp-E FT8 -06 TNX LOUD”
Check https://bit.ly/359URNG for a video of the huge antenna array
built for the former Soviet over the horizon HF radar, the Russian
Woodpecker, a constant annoyance for HF operators a few decades ago.
Quite impressive, though!
The web site for the Apache Point Observatory in Sunspot, New
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Sunspot numbers for June 3 through 9, 2021 were 28, 30, 30, 42, 53,
34, and 27, with a mean of 34.9. 10.7 cm flux was 75.5, 77.1, 74.4,
77.4, 80.8, 79.9, and 78.6, with a mean of 77.7. Estimated planetary
A indices were 6, 5, 4, 5, 12, 5, and 4, with a mean of 5.9. Middle
latitude A index was 8, 4, 4, 6, 15, 7, and 4, with a mean of 6.9.