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ARRL Propagation Bulletin ARLP039 (1998)

ARLP039 Propagation de K7VVV

QST de W1AW  
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 39  ARLP039
From Tad Cook, K7VVV
Seattle, WA  September 25, 1998
To all radio amateurs 

ARLP039 Propagation de K7VVV

Solar activity was up somewhat over the past week.  Average sunspot
numbers increased by almost 27 points, but solar flux was up by just
under three points.  The geomagnetic field was quite a bit more
active this week compared to last due to solar flares and coronal
holes.  The day with the most geomagnetic activity last week was
September 18, when the planetary A index was 20 and the K index went
as high as 6.

The trend for the short term is for more activity.  Solar flux for
September 25 to 27, Friday through Sunday is expected to be 150, 155
and 155, while the major geomagnetic storm is expected to continue
with planetary A indices of 25, 30 and 20.  As this is being written
on Thursday night, the Boulder K index is six, indicating a major
storm, and the planetary A index for the day was 28.  The high
latitude A index was 51.

Solar flux is expected to peak around September 29 and 30 at 165,
then drop to 150 by October 3, and bottom out around 120 from
October 12 to 14.

This solar cycle is continuing it's upward climb, and a nice graph
which shows the general trend over the past year can be seen at the
Northwest Research Associates site at  Recent and predicted short
term 10.7 cm flux is graphed at the same site at

The most important event for the last week affecting HF propagation
was the passage into the fall season, which always means an
improvement in high frequency propagation.  The other important news
was the resurrection of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory which
is again facing the sun.  Until recently the outlook for SOHO was
bleak, but now scientists hope to restore much of it's capacity for
solar observation.

Sunspot Numbers for September 17 through 23 were 100, 106, 133, 130,
151, 154 and 162 with a mean of 133.7.  10.7 cm flux was 117.4,
122.5, 126.9, 132.1, 138.3, 141.1 and 143.2, with a mean of 131.6,
and estimated planetary A indices were 7, 20, 12, 8, 14, 10, and 14,
with a mean of 12.1.


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