Sunspots (or lack of!) …& DX



I persevered in the same direction and then heard the first JA, always a good signal JA2ATE, Iku in Ichinomya City, Japan. Sunspots_againThroughout the next 90 minutes I managed to work 16 JA (Japan), 3 DU (Philippines), Luis in HI9 and several others stations in Asiatic Russia. (See log extract below).

So, the DX is there. It may not be apparent from other sources but the only true way you will know is to get on the bands and call ‘CQ’.

Even now, I am a big believer in calling ‘CQ’…. on 10M, or maybe 12 & 15 too? Despite everyone telling you conditions are dire, you may have a big surprise if you just key up and have a call. Try different Bands at different times of the day when you are qrv, make the most of the access you have.

Photos Top – Twisted magnetic fields arching from the solar surface can trap ionized gas, suspending it in huge looping structures. These majestic plasma arches are seen as prominences above the solar limb. This Photo shows hot plasma escaping into space as a fiery prominence breaks free from magnetic confinement a hundred thousand kilometers above the Sun. These awesome events bear watching as they can affect communications and power systems over 100 million kilometers away on Planet Earth hence our Radio Black-outs! Photo directly above – This Sunspot is in the midst of erupting a large Class C solar flare. It can be seen as the dark region to the upper right. In the above image, relatively cool regions appear dark while hot regions appear bright. On the far left, solar prominences are visible hovering above the Sun’s surface.

73 de Charles

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Charles M0OXO

I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.

I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.

IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.

In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.