From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Mon Nov 28 16:20:44 2022
ARRL Headquarters was closed for the holiday last Thursday and Friday, so this bulletin is delayed until Monday, but has fresh content from Sunday night.
At 2228 UTC on November 27, the Australian Space Weather Forecasting Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning. "A coronal hole wind stream is expected to induce G1 periods of geomagnetic activity from mid-30 - November to 01-December."
Solar activity softened over the past reporting week, November 17 - 23. Average daily sunspot numbers dropped from 72.3 to 66, and average daily solar flux from 137.2 to 116.5.
In the four days since the end of the reporting week, the average daily solar flux has sunk to 106. But we look forward to rising solar flux, peaking at 135 on December 12 and again on January 8.
In the 2021 ARLP047 bulletin, average daily sunspot number was only 30.9, and solar flux was 80.8, so we can see Cycle 25 is progressing nicely.
Average daily planetary A index rose slightly from 4.4 to 5.1, and middle latitude numbers declined from 3.9 to 3.4.
Two new sunspot groups emerged on November 16, one more on November 17, and another on November 18. Two more appeared, the first on November 21 and the second on November 23. No new sunspots appeared in the following four days. The peak sunspot number was 83 on November 21.
Predicted solar flux is 105 and 110 on November 28 - 29; 115 on November 30 through December 3; 120 on December 4; 125 on December 5 - 10; 130, 135, and 130 on December 11 - 13; 125 on December 14 - 17; 120 on December 18; 125 on December 19 - 24; 120 on December 25 - 31; 125 on January 1 - 6, 2023, then 130 and 135 on January 7 - 8.
Predicted planetary A index is 10, 15, and 18 on November 28 - 30; 10, 18, and 10 on December 1 - 3; 5 on December 4 - 7; 8 on December 8 - 9; 5 on December 10 - 16; 10, 26, 15, and 8 on December 17 - 20; 10, 15, 8, and 10 on December 21 - 24; 8 on December 25 - 27; 12, 18, and 8 on December 28 - 30; 5 on December 31 through January 3, 2023, then 8 on January 4 - 5.
F.K. Janda, OK1HH wrote on November 24:
"Over the past seven days, I have been reminded again of the Woody Allen quote, 'If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.'
At first, the authors of the forecasts of the Earth's magnetic field activity (including Tomas Bayer of the Budkov Geomagnetic Observatory) predicted an increase to the level of a disturbance on November 17. After that, most of the authors already agreed on November 19. In the following days, the forecasts were pushed forward, finally to 21 - 22 November. And was there anything? Nothing! Solar activity dropped slightly. The geomagnetic field was quiet except for November 18 and 21. The development of shortwave propagation was erratic, but not bad, with improvements on November 17, 19, and 24.
For forecasting, we can sometimes use observations obtained using a technique called helioseismology. Its map of the sun's far side on November 22 showed a huge active region. The corresponding heliographic longitude will appear at the eastern limb of the solar disk in about 10 days. After that, we expect an increase in activity and, of course, an improvement in shortwave propagation."
Occasionally I see a solar report in overseas tabloids that makes me laugh out loud, or LOL as they say.
Here is one. I love the part that says our Sun is the largest star in our solar system. No kidding! Normal solar activity becomes an existential threat.
"There was an extensive and unexpected sporadic-E opening November 19 early in the morning. I noted stations on Es about an hour after local sunrise here in Kansas.
I logged stations in W3 and W4 on 6 meters on FT8. Signals were good at times, the opening lasted here until about 1700 UTC.
Sunspot AR3150 produced a M1-class solar flare at 1256 UTC. A strong pulse of extreme UV radiation from the flare ionized Earth's upper atmosphere. The sporadic-E appeared around 30 minutes later. Perhaps this helped spark the Es? This has been the only significant sporadic-E opening on 50 MHz so far in November 2022.
The opening was fortuitous. Larry Lambert, N0LL was operating portable from rare grid DN90. He made many 6-meter contacts on sporadic-E.
The ARRL Phone Sweepstakes was on, and sporadic-E may have helped contestants make contacts on 20, 15, and 10 meters.
Today (November 27, 2022) I got on 10 meters Sunday afternoon of the CQ WW CW contest. Stations in Hawaii were very loud at 2240 UTC. I logged 4 Hawaiians in 6 minutes running just 5 watts and a magnet-mount whip on a BBQ grill. 10 can be amazing at times."
N0JK writes the monthly VHF column, "The world Above 50 MHz" in QST.
Danny, K7SS reported on the Western Washington DX Club email reflector that he worked single band 15 meters in the CQ World Wide CW DX contest. "Great to have 15 open again. Not quite at its peak, and never had a good opening to EU, except for OH, SM, and LA over the top both days.
Most EU worked scatter path to the E/SE. Thank goodness for ASIA action! lots of JA BY YB folks."
Danny lives in Seattle, where I live, and we have always had an amazing pipeline to Japan.
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Sunspot numbers for November 17 through 23, 2022, were 64, 55, 59, 72, 83, 61, and 68, with a mean of 66. 10.7 cm flux was 119.2, 116, 115.1, 119.1, 117, 115.7, and 113.3, with a mean of 116.5. Estimated planetary A indices were 2, 7, 5, 6, 10, 3, and 3, with a mean of 5.1. Middle latitude A index was 1, 5, 4, 3, 8, 2, and 1, with a mean of 3.4.