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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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09. Mar 2012

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION
We have received several logs from the aurora. However...to be able to produce the map we need the logs to fullfill the needed logformat;
hh:uu call locator qtf eg 14:03 PA4EME JO20WX 20
Please leave everything else out of your report... if you use another format, we will change it and remove those parts to be able to run the calculationscript.



The double CME eruption of March 7th produced a complicated magnetic situation. Most likely both CMEs "ate" eachother (hence weakening the strength of the magnetic field). Only the latter part finally produced some aurora, but not as strong as it might have been.

Finaly the BZ turned south and around 12:00 UTC the first mid-latitude signals appeared. But the real opening started around 13:00 UTC when signals became strong within a few minutes. Around 16:30 signals dropped and faded away.

Today another Flare and CME occured from region 11429, so keep your eyes and ears open for another Aurora on Saturday evening or Sunday.




DK1CO, Hartmut (Hari) - JO63SX
Rig:
TS2000, 4x17ele, 700 Watt
Log:
07:17 ES2DF KO29GG
07:20 SM4AIQ JO79BH
07:22 SM0BTS JO89WI
07:26 ES4EQ KO39CE
07:48 YL2OK KO37AS
07:53 SM6CYZ JO66MK
11:52 SM6CCO JO78FN
11:54 YL2TD KO26CV
11:58 UA2FL KO04FQ
12:00 SP2DDV JO83VE
12:01 YL2LW KO26CW
12:05 OZ5AGJ JO47IA
12:07 SM4COK JO79OH
12:48 OZ5DL JO65FA
13:28 LA8HGA JO59LX
13:48 DL0VV JO64AD
13:52 YL2HC KO35HA
13:56 LY2FN KO14XV
13:57 PA4VHF JO32EH
13:59 SQ2EEQ JO94JC
14:01 OK1TEH JO70FD
14:08 UY1HY KO60MA
14:10 OK1MDK JN79OW
14:12 OK2PM JN99AO
14:14 DL8YE JO32TC
14:16 EU4AG KO13VQ
14:18 SP9AI JN99MT
14:19 SP6MQO JO90CU
14:20 OK1SC JO70OB
14:21 SP8UFT KO11JI
14:23 ON7EH JO20FV
14:24 HA6NQ JN98WA
14:27 UR5LX KO70WK
14:30 OK2PWY JN89KW
14:35 HA1FV JN87JJ
14:51 OK1RK JO70DB
15:43 SP2QBQ JO94FL
15:44 LY2NA KO15JC
15:57 DH6JL JO31NI
16:03 UA3PTW KO93BS
16:06 DL9MS JO54WC
16:09 DK2OY JO44WS
16:17 LY2CH KO15OS
EU4AG, Andrey - KO13VQ
Rig:
Ant: 9-el(2wl)., Pwr-50W
ODX:
LA9DFA JP50xh 1024km
Log:
11:54 SM5KWU JO89ip
12:18 SM5DFF JO88cn
12:28 RU1AA KP40xd
12:54 RA1WZ KO47dt
13:00 RA1WU KO47es
13:09 ES5QA KO38om
13:44 OH5LK KP30on
13:57 RA1CP KO49nv
14:05 RX1AS KO59cx
14:11 DK1KO JO53ct
14:17 DK1CO JO63sx
14:48 DK3WG JO72gi
15:32 LA9DFA JP50xh
15:47 OZ1FDH JO65cs
Comment:
Second and a strong Aurora this year for me.
F6DCD, Denis - JN38RQ
Rig:
JN38RQ
ODX:
GM4CXM - 1138 km
Log:
15:18 GM4CXM IO75TW 10
15:26 GM4BYF IO85JV 10
15:48 OZ6OL JO65DL 340
Comment:
Rx good sig from sm7gvf but he has pile-up (1rst AU qso 02/05/2010);
gm4byf : exchanged 52a/41a (1rst AU qso 17/11/1989);
Solid sig from gm4cxm & oz6ol ; hrd some oz & g but too weak.
Rig : 200W + 16el f9ft - 73 Denis F6DCD
G4SWX, John - JO02RF
Rig:
TS2000 + QRP linear
ODX:
SM4AEQ JO79BH 1114km
Log:
12:10 GM4VVX IO78TA 0
13:58 OZ5DL JO65FU 10
14:03 PA4EME JO20WX 35
14:09 DL8HCO JO53FU 45
14:10 DL2TG JO62AQ 45
14:11 GW4WND IO82KM 45
14:15 OZ6TY JO55XE 45
14:16 ON7EH JO20FV 45
14:18 DJ9CS JO54DG 45
14:20 DL0VV JN64AD 45
14:21 DL1DBR JO41BN 45
14:22 DL7UK JO41SX 45
14:23 DL3LA JO51TK 45
14:28 DK4TG JO31LB 45
14:30 DK2AR JO42UC 45
14:32 DL2ROM JO62RI 45
14:33 DK2ZF/P JO43WJ 45
14:36 PA3DTM JO22IA 45
14:38 DL6NAA JO50VF 45
14:39 DL9EAJ JO31DH 45
14:42 DK2OY JO44WS 45
14:43 DL8DAU JO40ME 45
14:45 SP1NQN JO84ML 40
14:49 DL6YBF JO31OX 45
14:53 PA4VHF JO32JE 45
14:55 ON4PS JO20KQ 45
14:58 DJ4TC JO63PN 45
15:05 DL6YEH JO32VA 45
15:08 DL8YE JO32TC 45
15:10 G4OBK IO94OF 45
15:12 PA5MS JO21RQ 45
15:18 SM4AEQ JO79BH 30
15:35 DL1DBR JO41BN 45
15:39 DK9OY JO52CK 45
15:41 DL1DBR JO41BN 45
15:43 OZ8FR JO55SK 25
15:45 DJ9YE JO43HV 45
15:50 PA3CWN JO33AH 45
16:22 SM7GVF JO77GA 350
16:24 MM0CEZ IO75XU 0
16:27 MM0CYR IO88GO 0
Comment:
A 'nice' local aurora with all of the usual suspects worked:-) Defititely not up to all of the predictions. Although I called CW on a range of beam headings 330-060 the peak was definitely between 020 and 050. I listened for a number of more distant stations spotted on the cluster but nothing heard. A good event to work a lot of the locals within tropo range who I wouldn't really want to call if there was real DX about...
GM4BYF, peter - IO85JV
Rig:
IC 706 + 400W valve linear 16 ele Tonna
ODX:
F6DKW
Log:
12:57 GM4VVX IO74TA 40
14:24 G0PQO IO92UA 40
14:28 ON7EH JO20FU 50
14:32 GW4WND IO82FM 50
14:34 PA4EME JO20WX 60
14:37 DL6YEH JO32VA 60
14:38 ON4PS JO20KQ 60
14:40 G4RRA IO80BS 60
14:42 DL6YBF JO31OX 60
14:43 G0CUZ IO82WM 60
14:51 OR0A JO20KW 60
14:53 F5SE/P JN19XH 60
14:55 G4IDR IO93BP 60
15:16 F6DKW JN18CS 60
15:19 G3WZT IO90UX 60
15:32 G4ZTR JO01KW 60
15:46 EI4DQ IO51WU 40
15:51 G3LVP IO81VK 60
15:56 F6DWG/P JN19A 60
16:03 G4DEZ JO03AE 40
16:20 G7RAU IO90IR 40
Comment:
QTF's are influenced by local hill - best direction is often 60 degrees
Tried with GM4CXM on 432MHZ but nothing heard.
OK1TEH, Matej - JO70FD
Rig:
FT847 + LNA MGF1302 + 1HP PA + 10el dk7zb
ODX:
SM7GVF 765km
Log:
14:01 DK1CO JO63SX 50
14:03 DK2ZF/P JO43WJ 30
14:07 DK1KO JO53CT 30
14:11 OZ5DL JO65FU 30
14:16 DL0VV JO64AD 30
14:18 UA2FL KO04FQ 30
14:23 OZ1BEF JO46OE 15
14:56 DK2OY JO44WS 20
15:10 SM7GVF JO77GA 60
15:18 SF7WT JO65QQ 50
15:34 OZ1FDH JO65CS 60
Comment:
The first bigger Aurora in Prague since year 2005! First signals were heard at 14:00, last at 16:20 UTC. No longer DX heard except UA3PTW and G4SWX, but it was good fun anyway. More info including mp3 is online at http://ok1teh.nagano.cz/aurora_2m.htm#2012

73! de Matej, OK1TEH
PA4EME, Frank - JO20WX
Rig:
FT-847, 14 el LFA PLUS 2, QRO
Log:
14:05 G4SWX JO02RF 45
14:05 OZ5DL JO65FU 45
14:09 DL0VV JO64AD 45
14:15 SW7WT JO65QQ 40
14:28 OZ6TY JO55XE 40
14:33 GM4BYF IO85JV 35
14:42 G4DHF IO92UU 35
Comment:
Nice to hear aurora again. Heard many more stations but as can be seen from the worked list, most stations were quite close distance. I tried to find more eastbound stations like OH, YL etc but did not hear them this time...even trying to beam as east as possible. Had to leave at 14:45 but when I came home I saw that the aurora faded away just after I left the shack.
PA4VHF, Dick - JO32JE
Log:
13:57 DK1CO JO63SX 50
14:45 DL0VV JO64AD 50
14:47 OZ6TY JO55XE 50
14:50 DK3EE JO41DU 60
14:52 DJ5HG JO53IM 40
14:53 G4SWX JO02RF 55
14:54 SF7WT JO65QQ 40
15:36 SM6DVG JO66GV 35
15:59 G4DHF IO92UU 30
16:01 DL9MS JO54WC 50
16:08 DK2OY JO44WS 50
16:11 SM6CMU JO57XK 40
RA4SD, Alexey - LO36WP
Rig:
FT-736x, PA TE1452G, 9 el yagi, LNA
ODX:
OH5LK (KP30on) 1267km
Log:
04:15 R3MW KO97VP
04:20 R1DM KO49WP
04:23 RA9WE LO74BC
04:25 RN3F KO98RT
13:08 RN3A KO85NU
13:13 UA3WM KO72QI
13:14 RD4F LO23AE
13:18 UA3AHM/3 KO97GP
13:19 UA3DHC KO95AW
13:20 RA3IS KO76WU
13:23 RA1QFY KO98BX
13:24 UA9FAI LO88VC
13:26 UA9FE LO88DC
13:28 RK9AT LO93KK
13:31 OH5LK KP3ШON
13:34 RA1AJF KO59CT
13:46 RA1WZ KO47DT
13:48 RU3GX KO92SO
13:49 UA3DCM KO85XP
13:50 R1AX KO59EW
13:51 UA4AQL LO2ШQB
13:52 RU3BO/3 KO94TU
013:54 UA3AJZ KO85ST
13:55 UA1ANA KO59EW
13:57 UA3RBO LOШ3NG
13:58 RT3A KO85TO
13:59 RL3D KO85WV
14:00 R3TZ LO26OO
14:01 RA3EL KO82AX
14:03 RA9WE LO74BC
14:05 RA9FHM LO87DV
14:09 RW4WE LO66PU
14:12 UA9CDL MOШ7US
14:21 R9SL LO71NS
14:25 RA9LR MO27TC
14:29 RA9FMT LO87BW
14:30 UA9CFH MOШ7UT
14:36 RA9QAW MO25PK
14:41 UA4HQI LO53CK
14:46 RT4I LO43TJ
14:50 RX3AA KO85PO
14:52 R3FO KO86RI
14:53 UA3TCF LO26IU
14:56 UA9CTU LO98WP
15:01 UA9DH LO96XT
15:07 UA3X KO85GC 53a 57a CW 726
15:28 RA9BZ MOШ5FT 57a 57a CW 782
Comment:
My strongest Aurora. Highest numbers of QSO as ever. Many new russians calls from Moscow region, Ural, 9-th region (over 1000km). Best reflections from QTF 30-40 deg.