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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 and 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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23. Apr 2023

On April 21st Solar Area 13283 produced an M1.6 flare which was associated by a large CME.
Today at 19:25 GMT the CME hit the ACE satellites with resulting big wind shock and a negative Bz. At time of writing (19:50 GMT) there is some weak aurora in central Europe, but we should be alert for a possible big aurora later tonight.
The Bz slowly moved to neutral untill 01 GMT on April 24th when it flung strongly to the south again (-30!), but Ham activity was obviously very low at that time in Europe. All in all a potentially strong event, but it did not work out for the EU ham community.

DL6BF, Heinz - JO32QI
4x8el H./600W
YL2FZ ,1338 km
18:28 LA0BY JO59FW 24
18:30 SM7SPG JO66MD 24
18:34 SM6VTZ JO58UJ 22
18:36 SM5EPO JP80MC 28
18:43 EW6FS KO35LB 28
18:51 SM4KYN JO69XH 24
19:00 YL2FZ KO37QI 29 ODX
19:03 GM3XOQ IO87SF 4
19:16 SM7EQL JO65NR 22
19:30 SM6DHD JO67MQ 15
19:32 G4KWQ IO92AQ 26
19:58 SM7KOJ JO66ND 30
20:28 SM6BFE JO68DQ 15
20:47 LA3BO JO59CD 11
20:52 OK1TEH JO70FD 57
today good AU-Opening, not mni activity !