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: 29. Sept 2017 at 05:51 UTC

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05. Aug 2011

Mid-latitude Aurora occured following the CME shock from a M9.3 solar flare on thursday. Aurora is worked in Northern-Europe and North America. Signals were heard and worked well down into IO, JO, KO. During the CME shock is solar wind reached speeds of 600-700 km and Bz south has been tilted sharp to -20nT. The storm is classified as G3.




DL6BF, Heinz - JO32QI
Rig:
IC910-100W-4x8el hor
ODX:
GM4VVX-IO78TA-924 km
Log:
22:20 SK4MPI/B JP70NJ 355 hrd
22:25 GM4VVX IO78TA 355 974 km
22:27 SM0EJY JO89SC 355 hrd
22:28 GM0HTT IM89JC 350 hrd-SSB
22:38 SM7GVF JO77GA 340
22:40 OZ1BEF JO46OE 350 hrd
22:43 SM7FMX JO65KN 350 hrd
22:43 SK4MPI/B JP70NJ 335 hrd
22:44 SM6FBQ JO67BQ 350 hrd
Comment:
nice Aurora agn,quick changing max qtf, SK4MPI from 330-40 degrees,tnx all,
73, heinz
PA0BWL, Wil - JO21SS
Rig:
ft847 400w lna 16i0jxx
Log:
22.25 GM0HTT IO89JC 0
22.32 SM0EJY JO89SC 330
22.43 SM7GVF JO77GA 330
PA4EME, Frank - JO20WX
Rig:
14 el LFA PLUS 2, QRO
Log:
22.19 GM0HTT IO89JC 08
22.30 SM0EJY JO89SC 0
22.40 SM7GVF JO77GA 355
22.45 GM4VVX IO78TA 0
23.00 GM4BYF IO85JV 330
23.07 OZ1BEF JO46OE 330
Comment:
Nice to have some Aurora again. I was just on the edge so was not able to join full party. HTT and GVF worked, others heard aswell SK4MPI/B
SP2HPD, Adam - JO94JC
Rig:
IC-910H 100W + 12 el DK7ZB
ODX:
GM4VVX IO78TA - 1494 km
Log:
21:45 SM0WXV JO89VL 350
21:48 SM7GVF JO77GA 350
21:50 SM4BDQ JP80FG 350
21:58 RA1AJF/1 KO48JN 30
22:24 GM4VVX IO78TA 340