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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Last update: 19. Apr 2022 at 06:46 UTC

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14. Apr 2022

On April 11th S7483 (a solar spot which was not numbered at that time by SWPC) caused a C1.6 flare and a Long Duration Event (LDE). The accompanying CME was fairly slow moving and hit Earth today, causing fairly strong aurora down to central Europe. Activity was not very high on 2 m, alas.



DL6BF, Heinz - JO32QI
Rig:
4x8 el/600 W
ODX:
MM0CEZ -837km
Log:
15:07 SM6BFE JO68 18
15:16 SM4GGC JO69 20
15:25 SM6FBQ JO67 21
15:40 OZ1FDH JO65 5
15:46 G4DHF IO92 18
16:08 MM0CEZ IO75 12
16:23 OZ1HBF JO55 37
Comment:
a moderate AU ,tnx all...hpe cuagn !!!
DL8DAU, Matt - JO40ME
Rig:
FT847+BEKO 2 x 9 Yagi
ODX:
OZ1HDF JO55 623km
Log:
17:26 OZ1HDF JO55 55A 57A 623km QTF 020
Comment:
First aurora event after some years!

OZ1HDF was the only station I could copy in the Francfort area.
DL8YE, chris - JO32TC
Log:
144mhz
16:43 OZ1FDH
17:30 OZ1HDF

50mhz
17:15 LA2D
17:17 SM6CCO
17:17 SM6IQD
17:19 LC1V
17:20 SM6BFE
17:24 OH3XA
17:25 SM6S
17:45 SM4AXY
Comment:
after a long time nice aurora, mni tks for nice QSOs.
73s
chris
dl9ye
OK1TEH, Matej - JO70FD
Rig:
FT847 + 750W SSPA + PGA1O3 LNA + 10el dk7zb
ODX:
SM6BFE 961 km
Log:
15:22 OZ1FDH 55A 52A JO65CS 644 QTF 020/043
15:26 SM6BFE 59A 57A JO68DQ 961 QTF 020/050
15:38 SM6FBQ 59A 52A JO67BQ 853 QTF 020/050
16:02 OZ1BEF 59A 59A JO46OE 758 QTF 020/060
Comment:
What a nice Aurora! My first opening since May 2021. Last signals were heard at 16:20utc from OZ1FDH who was very very strong for about 1 hour long. SM4GGC reported me at KST chat to heard me on 1035km but his signal was too weak for regular QSO as I suffered from lot of HV like noise from AZ 0. Aurora was workable even from OE5XBL JN68 however activity was low. I hope that more will come as upcoming solar cycle look much better that it was predicted, finger crossed for some CW fun!

MP3 files are online at:
http://ok1teh.nagano.cz/aurora_2m.htm#2022

73, Matej, OK1TEH
PA3BIY, Peter - JO22HB
Rig:
Home Made
Log:
16:08 OZ1FDH JO65CK 40
17:03 OZ1HDF JO55UN 45
Comment:
High noise due north limits my possibilities to hear Aurora signals from that direction. Night time is a bit better.
I also copied a GM, nothing else, though both OZ's were fairly strong.
PA4VHF, Dick - JO32JE
Rig:
12el/400W (2M) 7el (6m)
Log:
15:09 OZ1FDH JO65 30
15:11 SM6BFE JO68 30 his qtf 45
15:17 OZ1FDH JO65 60
15:23 SM4GGC JO69 30
15:27 SM6FBQ JO67 30
15:30 SM7RWY JO67 30
15:40 PA5DD JO22 60
15:41 G4DHF IO92 60
16:04 MM0CEZ IO75 30
16:21 OZ1HDF JO55 40

50MHz
15:33 OZ1BNN JO55 30
15:38 DL7UVO JO62 60
15:42 SM7FJE JO65 50
15:45 DH2DAM JO31 60
15:48 DK3EE JO41 30
15:52 DK7BY JO33 50
15:55 DK2EA JO50 45
15:58 GM4UYE IO86 40
16:00 PA2M JO21 45
16:22 OZ6PI JO47 20
16:28 SM4AXY JO79 20
16:44 LA4NJ JO38 10
17:11 SK4AO JP70 0
17:13 OH3XA KP21 10
17:14 SM7FJE JO65 10
17:15 OZ7KJ JO46 10
17:18 OY1R IP61 10
17:19 OH1Z KP10 20
17:21 OZ1IIL JO47 20
17:23 OZ1CTZ JO46 10
17:26 SM3BEI JP81 0
17:33 SM6YNO JO67 0
17:35 OZ8ZS JO55 10
17:45 LC1V JP50 20
17:50 GM3PPE IO85 350
17:52 GM4VVX IO78 350
18:04 LA2D JO59 0
18:06 SM4FGN JO69 350
19:26 PA5Y JO21 300
19:37 GM4AFF IO86 310
Comment:
A nice aurora with low activety both on 2m and 6m.
By alerting the community that there was aurora by clusterspots and in ON4KST chat seems to help a bit :-)
We where fortunate to have the 50MHz activety contest which boosted up the activety on 6m making it a nice Aurora party in CW and SSB.