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ARRL Propagation Bulletin ARLP021 (2001)

ARLP021 Propagation de K7VVV

QST de W1AW  
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 21  ARLP021
From Tad Cook, K7VVV
Seattle, WA  May 18, 2001
To all radio amateurs 

ARLP021 Propagation de K7VVV

This has been a geomagnetically active week for the earth. There was
only one day (last Friday) with the planetary A index in the single
digits, and several days (Thursday, May 10, and the following
Saturday and Sunday) stood out as stormy, with A indices above 20.
The most active day was Saturday, May 12, when the planetary A index
was 34 and the planetary K index was as high as 6 over two of the
three-hour reporting periods. Although this is bad for HF
propagation, it often produces plenty of excitement on VHF.

Friday, May 18 is expected to be unsettled to active, with a
planetary A index around 20. This should settle back to 12 on
Saturday and 10 for the rest of the week. The following weekend,
when the CQ Worldwide WPX CW Contest is held, could be unsettled
again if sunspot 9393 returns with more flares and coronal holes.

Solar flux is expected to rise over the next few days, with Friday
at 150, Saturday around 155, and Sunday around 160. Flux values are
expected to peak around 180 from May 24-27.

Sunspot 9393 is back for a third transit across the visible solar
surface. This is unusual, although the region is much smaller than
it was two months ago when it sprouted one of the biggest solar
flares in recorded history.

Until recently, once an active region passed beyond view during the
sun's approximately 27.5 day solar rotation relative to earth, any
developments on the sun's far side were a mystery. But a new
technique called helioseismic holography allows its users to peer
through the sun by tracking waves of pressure that affect features
on the surface.

By watching the sun's vibrating surface, helioseismologists can see
regions on the other side similar to the way seismologists use
earth's seismic waves to probe our planet's interior. Check for a good explanation
of this powerful new tool.

Sunspot numbers for May 10 through 16 were 94, 96, 127, 119, 149,
146 and 125 with a mean of 122.3. 10.7 cm flux was 130.4, 136.6,
138.1, 138.9, 138.2, 142.1 and 137.8, with a mean of 137.4, and
estimated planetary A indices were 28, 9, 34, 23, 12, 16 and 12 with
a mean of 19.1.


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