Solar flares may head to Earth

Solar flares may head to Earth.


First Alert Meteorologist Allyson Raye interviews Dr. Alex Young about increased solar activity.  Young’s concern is with today’s technology that is more susceptible to damage from M- and X-class flares than was the equipment of the past.  A repeat of the 1859 “Carrington Event” which destroyed several telegraph stations and set buildings on fire, would be catastophic in the current century.  A huge flare could “fry” delicate solid state electronics in devices ranging from communications equipment to defense systems.  A series of X-class flares could render ATMs, switching systems, and even power plants inoperative.  Thankfully, NASA will soon orbit a MMS satellite which will give us some advanced warning of an impending CME or solar flare.  Is your amateur radio station protected from such an event?  My old Drake TR-4 transceiver still works.  I’m uncertain whether my Elecraft K3 would survive such an event.  At any rate, I disconnect all radio equipment and antennas when they aren’t in use.  Perhaps this step will save some of my radios.  It’s time to build a Faraday Cage.

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Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP | Southgate Amateur Radio News

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Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

Propagation Report from

Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

5 October, 2014

Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will be at moderate levels.

Sunspot AR2178 has a complex magnetic configurations and may produce M- class solar flares.

If you want to do your own frequency predictions, the expected effective sunspot number for the week will be around 88.

The 20 to 10 m bands will provide lots of DX fun with some exciting 10 m openings possible.

Please visit the website for further information

South African Radio League

via Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP | Southgate Amateur Radio News.


I always enjoy the concise, accurate propagation forecasts from South African ham, Hannes Coetzee (ZS6BZP).  Hannes believes propagation “will be at moderate levels” with sunspot AR2178 producing “complex magnetic configurations” which “may produce M-class solar flares.”  Hannes says there should be good DX opportunities on amateur radio bands from 20 meters to 10 meters.

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Until next time,

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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