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: 07. June 2016 at 16:26 UTC

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05. June 2016

Aurora in the Nordic, normally not a big deal in central Europe as we are out of reach. Unless there's tropo...



G4SWX, John - JO02RF
Rig:
K3 Transverter 8877 Linear
ODX:
SM2A KP04mp 1779Km
Log:
15:20 LA2VHF/B JP53eg 1334Km 53a QTF 020
15:40 SM2A KP04mp 1779Km 52a 55a QTF 024 -his QTF 330
15:46 OH3LWP KP21am 1704Km 52a 51a QTF 024
15:53 OH6KTL KP02oj 1627Km 53a 52a QTF 024 -his QTF 320
15:55 OH3UW KP21fa 1700Km 52a 52a QTF 024
16:04 LA6OJ JO38hh 751Km 599 599 Tropo very strong
16:09 OH4LA KP20lg 1693Km 55a 55a QTF 024

20:18 OH6KTL KP02oj 1627Km 57a 57a QTF 020
20:26 SM6BFE JO56wb 925Km 55a 55a QTF 020
Comment:
WoW!!!!!! This is, I think, one of the first documented records of tropo + aurora. I spotted spots from R + OH on the cluster but did not consider it would reach this far South. I was alerted by G4CDN JO02SS who spotted LA2VHF/B JP53 at 15:08. A few minutes later I also heard LA2VHF/B which I have never heard before. This beacon was audible until 16:12. Although I have worked OH stations via Aurora before it has only been in very major events and all these OH stations and SM2A were new via Aurora for me! WoW!