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SB PROP @ ARL $ARLP003 ARLP003 Propagation de K7VVV

21.01.2001 16:36:58

ZCZC AP03 QST de W1AW Propagation Forecast Bulletin 3 ARLP003 >From Tad Cook, K7VVV Seattle, WA January 19, 2001 To all radio amateurs

SB PROP ARL ARLP003 ARLP003 Propagation de K7VVV

Average solar flux dropped a little over 2 points and average sunspot numbers declined 22 points over the past week. On Wednesday the sunspot number dropped below 100 for the first time since December 12. The outlook for the near term is for continued low activity.

Last week's bulletin mentioned a short term solar flux peak around 200 on January 17, but instead it was only 151.9. The largest sunspot group is rotating out of view around the sun's western limb, and the near term outlook is for solar flux to continue declining for the next few days, to a minimum of 140 on January 21, then rise to 170 on January 25, and stay around 175 from January 26 through February 1, peaking at 180 on February 2 or 3.

These numbers are far below recent values over 200, and are another sign that we have passed the peak of the solar cycle. But along with this decline in activity come stable geomagnetic conditions, as the chance for solar flares declines along with the sunspot activity. Planetary A indices are expected to remain in the single digits until the end of this month. With the longer winter nights, this looks good for DX on 160, 80 and 40 meters.

Not only are we experiencing stable geomagnetic conditions, but in the northern hemisphere, atmospheric noise is also at a seasonal low. The higher frequency bands (20 meters and above) are still good during the day, but because of the season 20 meters is not open late into the evening as it was in the fall. Of course, the southern hemisphere is experiencing summer right now.

On Saturday earth is expected to move through a solar wind coming from a small coronal hole, but currently no geomagnetic disturbance is predicted.

Sunspot numbers for January 11 through 17 were 173, 173, 146, 181, 154, 115 and 71 with a mean of 144.7. 10.7 cm flux was 165.9, 178.3, 184.3, 176.3, 169.2, 161.9 and 151.9, with a mean of 169.7, and estimated planetary A indices were 5, 7, 5, 8, 7, 6 and 7 with a mean of 6.4. NNNN /EX

* Origin: ---=== RA9LO Station at MO27SC ===--- (2:5077/39) _____________________________________________________________________


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