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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06. July 2013

Several fairly small outbursts earlier this week on the Sun produced an unexpected aurora moving quite far south. More interesting as the K-index reached to just 4. Aurora was heard/worked in central DL and Belgium.



DH6DAO, Reinhard - JO41CN
Rig:
160W and 9 ele tonna
Log:
16:16 LA0BY/p JO38NA 15
Comment:
nice AU contact after a long time, new locator on 2m :-))
No other station heard here
G4SWX, John - JO02RF
Rig:
TS2000 Linear 4 X I0JXX 16 Yagi
Log:
15:30 LA4YGA JO48BE 027
17:07 OZ6TY JO55XE 027
Comment:
Weak event in the early hours of the contest. Not many stations heard QTF around 027 Deg
PA3BIY, Peter - JO22HB
Rig:
Home Made, 400W, 2 x 12 ele
Log:
16:05 LA0BY/p JO37nx 10
Comment:
Quite strong signals from Stefan, but he was the only one I could hear at that time.