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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23. June 2015

The Geomagnetic storm that started the Aurora en Aurora E last night, continued this morning. As the Bz had turned south in the course of past night, conditions had turned to normal aurora again. A nice surprise to wake up and hear various stations with 59A!

Meanwhile the M6.5 Eruption of last night did indeed produce another full halo CME, which has a near 100% chance to hit Earth.
As we know now (June 27th) this event triggerd no Aurora as it turned out to be located to much to the west and it did not reach earth. Solarwinds did reach 800 km/sec but was related to an interplanetary shockwave.




OK1TEH, Matej - JO70FD
Rig:
144: FT847 750KW 10el DK7ZB
ODX:
ODX LA3EQ 1071km
Log:
23.06.15 04:43 144043 LA3BO 59A 55A JO59CD 1038 QTF 020/
23.06.15 04:57 144054 LA3EQ 59A 56A JO28XJ 1071 QTF 020/
23.06.15 04:58 144087 SM7GVF 59A 57A JO77GA 765 QTF 020/055
23.06.15 05:09 144045 SM4IVE 59A 54A JO79SD 1004 QTF 020/040
Comment:
An interesting Aurora, Doopler was over -1kHz(!).
Tried SM7GVF on 70cm but nil, mp3 files at ok1teh.nagano.cz
73
Matej, OK1TEH
OK2PM, Karel - JN99AO
Rig:
FT736+200W+9elem.Yagi
ODX:
LA3BO
Log:
05:09 LA3BO JO59CD 350
05:12 SM7GVF JO77GA 350
Comment:
QSO by AU after long time....
73 to all!
PA3BIY, Peter - JO22HB
Log:
05:02 SM5KWU JO89IP 25
05:04 SM6LJP JO68WI 25
05:06 PA4EME JO20WX 40
05:07 LA3EQ JO28XJ 25
05:12 LA6OJ JO38HH 20
05:14 SM7DVF JO76JU 30
05:24 SM7GVF JO77GA 20
Comment:
Nice wake up call!
PA4EME, Frank - JO20WX
Rig:
RX 0.22 dB, 14 el LFA 3R, QRO
Log:
04:47 SK4MPI/6 JO57WQ 15 beacon
04:52 G4DHF IO92UU 15
04:53 SM7GVF JO77GA 15
04:54 SM5KWU JO89IP 15
05:08 PA3BIY JO22HB 35
05:25 LA3BO JO59CD 10
05:40 DM0PR JO44JH 10 beacon

heard LA6OJ, LA3EQ
Comment:
Beacon SK4MPI/6 on 144.406 1st time heard. For info...the SK4MPI/6 beacon is for now located at the QTH of SM6AEN and this beacon will replace the old SK4MPI in the future. The beacon runs 100 Watt into dipole N/S.
More info on:
http://www.ssa.se/test-av-ny-sk4mpi-fyr/
SP9AI, bruni - JN99MT
Rig:
17 el long yagi / 240wat
Log:
04:46 SM4IVE JO79sd 25
04:50 LA3BO JO59cd 25
05:11 SM7GVF JO77ga 25
Comment:
HRD LA3EQ