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    Solar Cycle 25 has started

    This is the 3rd consecutive month that Solar Cycle 25 sunspots have appeared: Nov. 2019, Dec. 2019, and now Jan. 2020. The quickening pace of new cycle sunspots does not mean that Solar Minimum is finished. On the contrary, low sunspot counts will likely continue for many months and maybe even years. However, it is a clear sign that Solar Cycle 25 is coming to life.

    https://www.spaceweather.com/

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    There's always 160 meter where i'm active most of the time, groundwave reached 100 miles.
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    Ah but you're right, cycle 25 has begun, but one blackhead on the face of the sun is not a portent if the last two slow start cycles are anything to go by. Meanwhile 160 and 80M are good for rag chewing and with the right antenna DX can be amazing. That antenna I keep advertising is the grounded vertical folded unipole that gives the needed low vertical takeoff angle impossible with any other that come to mind.

    On edit, on the Space Weather page the first thing that grabs attention is the day late announcement of the meteor shower last night worth staying up for. It brought to mind the fun I had on 6M with the Leonid shower a few years ago. They're workable on 2 with high speed data bursts, but on 6 they're long enough for a two way SSB exchange, and long ones good for two and sometimes three contacts. So, did anybody work meteor trails?

    The left moved to the center, the right moved into a mental institution, and in 2016... I'll let The Specials finish this.

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    Move to the upper HF portion of the spectrum and play with Es if the spots let you down. It would be nice, though, to get some F-layer skip on those bands.
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    That's why I always had a rig tuned to the 6M SSB calling frequency, that's where openings usually start. Please pardon my bragging rights being I'm a DX magnet and have worked every propagation mode on 6, no lie. Here's my best DX on the magic band, if I hazard a guess it was rare F2 entirely possible at the peak of The Millennium Cycle. Go for it guys, since E is caused by UV independent of sunspot activity it can happen any day, but best in summer so watch the UV index in WX reports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N1LAF View Post
    This is the 3rd consecutive month that Solar Cycle 25 sunspots have appeared: Nov. 2019, Dec. 2019, and now Jan. 2020. The quickening pace of new cycle sunspots does not mean that Solar Minimum is finished. On the contrary, low sunspot counts will likely continue for many months and maybe even years. However, it is a clear sign that Solar Cycle 25 is coming to life.

    https://www.spaceweather.com/
    Actually, you might be a little late (better than never) to the show.

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