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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04. Nov 2014

Aurora



LA0BY, Stefan - JO59IX
Rig:
K3 + DB6NT XVTR, PA 180W 2x9el
ODX:
OH6UW KP22WI 853 km
Log:
20:58 DK3BU JO33NO 55A 53A 30
21:02 OH6QR KP22BN 53A 52A 30
21:09 OZ5N JO46SI 53A 52A 30
21:44 OH6UW KP22WI 55A 55A 30
21:54 OI3V KP21FV 52A 52A 30
21:56 SM4HFI JP70TO 55A 54A 30
Comment:
Weak and unstable opening during NAC, but surprisingly it started with DL coming through. Hrd also OH8Z KP24, OH6PA KP02, OH6VV KP22