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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01. Mar 2011

First aurorasignals were reported around 14.00. The aurora was triggered by a C-class flare that followed a M1.1 flare on monday



DK9TF, Juergen - JO31NF
Rig:
IC706 600W 15ele
ODX:
982 km
Log:
17:55 GM4ILS IO87IP 55A 55A
Comment:
first AU-QSO since years!
DL1AIW, Alexander - JO43SX
Rig:
FT 736, 750 W-PA, 2*18 Ele
ODX:
897
Log:
14:57 SM6KVC JO68EP 40 59A 59A
17:32 LA8AV JO49VL 40 55A 55A
17:38 SM5EFP JO79WJ 40 55A 55A
17:41 LA6HL JO28TW 40 54A 59A
17:46 GM4ILS IO97IP 40 54A 55A backscatter
PA3C, Aart - JO33FD
Rig:
TS-2000
Log:
18:00 GM4ILS IO87IP 20 hrd 59A
18:03 RA1WU KO47ET 20 hrd 53A
18:06 SL0CB JO89WI 20 55A 55A
Comment:
Have to train myself again to those AU-CW-signals!
PA4EME, Frank - JO20WX
Rig:
3.2 WL, 0.22 dB NF, 1 kW
Log:
17:09 GM4ILS IO87IP 0
17:12 SM7GVF JO77GA 0
Comment:
Just before dinner I saw aurora spotted on the DXC. 1 QSO made, 1 station heard and signal faded away..first Aurora in 2011 here. My QTF 0 degrees, GM4ILS 20, SM4GVF 330
SP2HPD, Adam - JO94JC
Rig:
Ant. 4WL, 80W
Log:
18:37 SK4AO JP70TO 25
18:45 SM3XZF JP81GF 25
18:47 8S4A JP71DA 25