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Big 6M aurora August 5th


Posted: August 14th, 2011 under 6M, Hamradio, Soundclips.

6m_aurora_august_5th This was an aurora out of the ordinary. I knew there had been a cme on the sun, so one might say it was expected. I noticed a few OH stations were spotting aurora, but I couldn't hear anything here. After maybe 20 minutes, the aurora increased. Since all the LA/SM tv-transmitter are qrt, I watch 49750 +- for aurora signals. I started calling and got an answer fairly quickly. The aurora didn't seem that good, but signal strength on the stations I worked, increased after a little while. I I worked SM/OH/LA stations at first, then I tried a bit north-west and worked several GM stations. An EI station called in, and at that time, I knew the aurora was really good. I don't work EI stations often on aurora.

All of a sudden, YU2MMA spots me on aurora. That's kinda strange, since the nature of the aurora makes contacts to the south over 1000km extremely rare, if not impossible. This was over 1900km. I heard YU2MMA calling me and answered him. It was an aurora signal and we completed the contact. I worked a few more contacts and YU7EF called in. He wasn't too strong either. I was beaming around 40 degrees at the time. After our contact, I turned to around 315 degrees. YU7EF came back much stronger this time. I worked a few G stations and then YU1FE also called in on aurora. After 3 more contacts, YU1SV called me on aurora as well. This was quite exciting and very rare indeed. YU2MMA made a recording of me where you hear my aurora signal, and after our contact, an LA station calls me with pure tone.

The mechanism behind these 4 contacts with YU on aurora, was clearly sporadic-e from YU into the aurora.

Another contact worth mentioning was EI4DQ in IO51. This was a 1506km contact on aurora and one of the longest I have made.

This was clearly one of the better aurora openings I have ever experienced on 6M. I have had strong openings in the past, but the aurora went too far south for me, that I couldn't work it. I was happy that it didn't do it this time. I worked around 50 contacts in this opening with LA/SM/OH/SP/YL/LY/DL/PA/G/GM/EI/ES/OY and YU.

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Comments: 4

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DK5EW

August 23, 2011
6:53

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Hello,
how did you make the map ?
73’s Erwin/DK5EW

la8aja

August 23, 2011
18:07

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Hi Erwin. I made the map with Hamradio Deluxe and Google Earth. I wrote a post about it last year. Take a look here: http://la8aja.com/2010/07/02/how-to-make-pathplotmaps-in-google-earth/

73 de Andreas, LA8AJA

YU2MMA

September 6, 2011
16:02

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Funtastic aurora report Andreas. Keep going with great news.

73 de Milos YU2MMA

la8aja

September 9, 2011
17:37

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Hi Milos. Thanks for the comment and the qso. It was great fun to work you.

73 de Andreas, LA8AJA