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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05. Nov 2023

Over the past days several CMEs erupted from the solar surface. The ones from November 2nd seem to have been the cause of the strong Aurora which showed up this late afternoon. Two CMEs hit the ACE satellite: the first at 08 GMT, the second at 12 GMT which strengthened the first one. About an hour later the effects showed on Earth.
On 2 meter Aurora QSOs were reported into central EU (OK, OM, HA, UT).

Another CME was observed on November 3rd, which may reach Earth tomorrow, November 6th. Stay tuned!

Correction: The second CME which hit Earth on the 5th was associated with the November 3rd one. Hence, November 6th remained quiet.

Info regarding CMEs was obtained from:
https://solen.info/solar/index.html



DF2ZC, Bernd - JO30RN
Rig:
TS2000 + 2xLDMOS + MGF1302 + 4x18 ele M2 21 dBd
ODX:
1590 km UT9UR (KO40XD)
Log:
1841 UT9UR KO40XD 57A 59A 1590 km QTF 055
1851 DL8LAQ JO43XU 55A 55A 403 km QTF 055
Comment:
In the old days the band would have been buzzing with signals but now only some 15-20 stations could be copied here. What a shame.

Many DLs and Gs came with with S9A but I was mainly looking for DX. Too bad only UT9UR was there. When I CQd only my old ham friend since the 1980s DL8LAQ answered.

However, at least a nice DX aurora again. And there are more to come for sure.
DH6DAO, Ray - JO41CN
Rig:
FT857 160W and 9ele Tonna
Log:
17:33 SM7EQL JO65NR 568km
Comment:
Hrd many more stations from SM, GM, OZ and G with some really strong CQ-AU-signals
DL8KX, Tommy - JO53CL
Rig:
9 ele + 200W
ODX:
UT9UR
Log:
18:17 UT9UR KO40XD QTF 60
18:22 OK1TEH JO70FD QTF 60
18:24 OK8RG JO70UB QTF 60
18:26 OK1SC JO70OB QTF 60
18:27 OK1DSZ JN79AT QTF 60
18:30 DL4CF JO51TH QTF 40
18:32 DF1CF JN57FP QTF 40
18:36 SM7EQL JO65NR QTF 20
18:41 PA3BIY JO22SB QTF 20
19:16 SA6BUN JO78CP QTF 5
19:23 GM4VVX IO78TA QTF 5
19:28 G0LBK JO03BD QTF 5
19:35 G4DEE IO83UN QTF 5
19:45 G4ODA IO92WS QTF 5
19:52 G4AFF JO02LO QTF 5
19:53 DL8YE JO32TC QTF 5
Comment:
My first aurora. I got hooked. Thank you for all the contacts during my first aurora! I also hrd Italy, but not worked.
DM7RM, Ralf - JN49PM
Rig:
IC9700, BEKO, 7el.
ODX:
713 km
Log:
16:28 SM7EQL JO65NR 52A hrd QTF 10° CW
16:44 SM7SPG JO66MD 52A hrd QTF 10° CW
17:21 SM7FMX JO65KN 57A 57A QTF 10° SSB
18:17 OZ5QF JO44UX 55A hrd QTF 10° CW
18:40 DL9BDM JO33VF hrd QTF 10° CW
19:28 G0LBK JO03BD 51A hrd QTF 10° CW
Comment:
Changed antenna direction, but best signals have been coming 10°. Unfortunately no key at my side, but best I have heard for nearly 20 years.

73's, Ralf DM7RM
OK1SC, Jan - JO70OB
Rig:
2m FT847+PA300W to 10eY+LNA. 6m FT´7400+5eY
ODX:
2m-MM0CEZ 1438, 6m GM4CXM 1461
Log:
16:31 2m SM7SPG JO66MD QTF 25
16:34 2m SM7EQL JO65NR 25
16:38 2m SM7GVF JO77GA 20
16:42 6m SM4AXY JO79LG 10
16:46 6m SM6DHU JO67IM 10
16:53 2m SM7KOJ JO66ND 20
16:56 2m OZ1HDF JO55UN 15
17:05 6m SM6LPG JO68VI 10
17:03 6m GM4CXM IO75TW 345
17:17 6m LY1CX KO25NM 30
17:26 2m SP2BRI JO94MA
17:30 2m MM0CEZ IO75XU 345
17:34 2m G4DEE IO83UN 345
17:46 2m SP2GUB JO94AE 30
17:54 6m PA4VHF JO32JE 345
18:07 6m SP2BMX JO94JM 10
18:27 2m DL8KX JO53CL 05
all QSO CW
Comment:
I estimate Aurora as a better average. It worked best on SM7. SM7EQL and SM7SPG were very strong throughout on the 2m band. I worked on 6 and 2m at the same time. At 6m, SM4AXY was still the strongest. the QTF data on 2m is quite accurate, I rotate the antenna from the table. The routing data at 6m is inaccurate, the antenna is 15m away and I am not very mobile after falling from the mast onto the concrete. Thank you all for the nice. Sincerely, Jan OK1SC
SM4GGC, Stig - JO69RK
Rig:
432 MHz, 4X26 el, 450W, TS-2000
ODX:
G4KUX, IO94bp, 1066 Km
Log:
QSO on 432 MHz
15:33 SM7GVF JO77GA 59a 59a CW QTF 30 276
15:40 LA3EQ JO28XJ 57a 56a CW QTF 30 445
15:46 ES7RU KO28SI 55a 55a CW QTF 50 703
15:55 EW6FS KO35LB 55a 55a CW QTF 60 944
16:03 EU3AC KO12WB 55a 55a CW QTF 60 1045
16:17 OZ9PZ JO46LC 56a 55a CW QTF 0 456
17:38 G4KUX IO94BP 57a 55a CW QTF 310 1066
17:46 SM4HFI JP70TO 55a 57a CW QTF 350 177
Comment:
The Aurora were well timed in the afternoon on a Sunday which probably favored the activity, good strength also with Bz -15 to -20 for many hours. I want to make a move to check 432 MHz with stronger Auroras, it might work better than you think!
US8AR, Nick - KO60RR
Rig:
TS-2000 100 W, 13 el LFA 4WL
ODX:
SM6VTZ 1634 km
Log:
16:09 YL2FZ KO37QI 8
16:38 SM6VTZ JO58UJ 350 1634km
16:46 SM7GVF JO77GA 350 1420km
17:58 EW7T KO53DR 350 397km
Comment:
Thanks everyone for the QSOs! These were my FIRST QSOs through Aurora! Everything was 144 MHz CW. 73!
UT9UR, Arkady - KO40XD
Rig:
4 x YU7EF-13m/K
ODX:
PA0O 1637km
Log:
16:34 RT1W KO47EI CW 808
16:37 YL2FZ KO37QI CW 819
16:43 R3PA KO93JV CW 733
16:46 EW6BZ KO45HJ CW 590
16:47 UA3IDQ KO66JF CW 702
16:50 SM54GGC JO69RK CW 1474
16:51 YL3GX KO16XS CW 836
16:52 EW2BZ KO34OD CW 482
16:53 OZ1BEF JO46OE CW 1529
16:58 DL8LAQ JO43XU CW 346 dgr 1424
17:02 EU7SV KO43HH CW 346 dgr 364
17:03 EU7X KO43HH CW 364
17:05 SM6VTZ JO58UJ CW 1490
17:09 LY2CH KO15OV CW 782
17:15 DL6BF JO32QI CW 1584
17:16 DJ9MG JO52TC CW 1294
17:30 EW7T KO53DR CW 399
17:32 SM7EQL JO65NR CW 1283
17:36 SM7GVF JO77GA CW 1268
17:40 DL8LAQ JO43XU CW 1424
17:49 EW1OW KO33SU CW 444
17:54 PA0V JO33II CW 341 dgr 1631
17:57 SM7EYW JO65NK CW 341 dgr 1271
17:58 DK3EE JO41GU CW 341 dgr 1505
18:01 OZ1HDF JO55UN CW 341 dgr 1359
18:05 SP2GUB JO94RE CW 341 dgr 844
18:08 DL9BDM JO33VF CW 1559
18:12 DL1YAAW JO41FX CW 1510
18:15 EU1AEX KO33TT CW 438
18:16 DL8KX JO53CL CW 1402
18:21 DK3T JO41GU CW 1505
18:28 PA0O JO33HG CW 335 dgr 1637
18:31 OZ5QF JO44UX CW 335 dgr 1464
18:35 DF9YF JO42GE CW 335 dgr 1504
18:38 DM0A JO41GU CW 325 dgr 1505
18:38 DL1SUZ JO53UN CW 325 dgr 1305
18:41 DK0VHF JO41HD CW 325 dgr 1503
18:43 DF2ZC JO30RN CW 325 dgr 1590
20:10 DL8DAU JO41ME CW 1473
Comment:
Thanks everyone, lots of fun. Periodically looked to the North (I have good conditions) but did not see any glow.