Aurora

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Aurora is a phenomena which is most prevalent in the regions close to the so called "Aurora Belt". Depending on where you live in the world this belt may be southern Canada or the northern part of the Nordic countries. In these areas Aurora will occur a dozen times a year, even in the quiet periods of the Solar Cycle. If you live more to the south, like in Central Europe, years may pass with little or no Aurora openings.
 Finally, after a very long solar minimum, our neighbouring star has been showing activity since early 2010. Sunspots have been appearing again, but thus far there have been no major Aurora openings. However, we are interested to have infos about ANY Aurora opening occurring in the European area (other parts of the Northen and Southern hemisphere may be added later, depending on Ham and Solar activity). So if you make any Aurora QSOs on 2 metre or 70 cm, please post them into the aurora page using LOGIN, or send as a text file to pa3biy@mmmonvhf.de and pa2dw@mmmonvhf.de. The results of QSOs will be plotted on a map of Europe, and/or posted as lists of worked stations.

In order to produce an intersection map of the position of the Aurora cloud(s), we need reports from both stations who have been involved in a QSO, including an accurate beam heading. Please use LOGIN (please register), and file your list of QSOs by clicking: "Send your report" and follow the guidelines. 
 
Example log entry by PA3BIY:
12:14 PA4EME JO20WX 45
12:17 HA5CRX JN97NM 85

If you are new to VHF DX, you might want to read this small introduction article about Aurora and its relation to the Sun. Other articles related to VHF propagation can be found on the FORUM page.


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13. Oct 2016

A fairly strong Aurora today in Northern Europe, reaching into central Europe at times as well. The source was a CME, although the exact source was unknown (likely a filament eruption, see http://www.solen.info/solar/). The K-index peaked 7.



OK1SC, Jan - JO70OB
Rig:
400W HM + 10 elY 200m ASL
ODX:
SM7GVF = 775km
Log:
15:35 SM7GEP 55A HRD JO77IP 15
17:16 SM7GVF 57A 55A JO77GA 10
Comment:
Only one QSO - SM7GVF have vy good RIG+UFB ant
Aurora has been here very weak
Best regards Jan OK1SC
SM4GGC, Stig - JO69RK
Rig:
4X14 el 1kW
ODX:
R3MW KO97vp 1530 km
Log:
13:09 UA2FL KO04FQ 676 km
13:40 R1AY KP50BS 933 km
13:46 RN3F KO86RE 1458 km
13:51 OH2LCZ KP20JF 638 km
13:54 SO3Z JO82LJ 812 km
13:57 SP2CNW JO93AI 732 km
15:34 UA3DHC KO95AW 1502 km
15:43 LY1CR KO15CL 683 km
15:57 RT1W KO47EI 897 km
16:00 EW7T KO53EW 1195 km
16:03 RA3LBW KO64AT 1228 km
16:17 EU4AG KO13VQ 898 km
16:19 YL2LW KO26CW 687 km
16:27 UA2FC KO04MM 713 km
16:35 UA3YBW KO53TA 1323 km
16:47 R3MW KO97VP 1530 km
16:52 LY2NA KO15JC 738 km
17:13 DL5XJ JO54AE 619 km
17:33 PI4DHV JO22JW 898 km
17:36 PA4VHF JO32JE 906 km
17:37 DL6YBF JO31OX 916 km
17:47 LY2CH KO15OV 700 km
17:53 EW7W KO53EW 1195 km
Comment:
Surprising Aurora that was slowly getting stronger, 73 de Stig
SO3Z, Andy - JO82LJ
Rig:
IC-7100, 350W, 14el OWL
ODX:
RN3F 1390km
Log:
18:00 SM6C JO78FM 335 53A/57A QTF355 (also tropo+539)
17:42 LB8DC JP50XH 355 57A/57A QTF355
17:13 RN3F KO86RE 30 55A/59A QTF030
16:52 SM0GWX JO89XG 5 57A/57A QTF005 (SSB AU)
16:11 OZ1BEF JO46OE 30 59A/59A QTF030
15:55 SM0NKZ JO99IQ 15 57A/59A QTF015
15:29 SM7GVF JO77GA 10 57A/59A QTF010
15:13 LA3BO JO59CD 345 55A/57A QTF 345
14:05 SF4J JO79NC 10 55A/57A QTF10
13:54 SM4GGC JO69RK 10 53A/55A QTF10
12:50 SM4IVE JO79SD 20 55A/59A QTF20
Comment:
heard via AU:
UA2FL, OH1MA, RA1WZ (QTF020), YL2FZ (qtt000) , OH1JJ (qtf010), , SK4MPI/b, SM7GEP (QTF025 at 19:10 utc - last one - his antenna was to qtf080)
and three unidentified stationis on SSB

DL6YBF copy me via AU 53A

max signal S9+ from SM4IVE, SM4GGC, SM7GVF, OZ1BEF