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Big 6M aurora on September 27th


Posted: September 27th, 2011 under 6M, Hamradio, Pictures, Propagation.

After the recent activity on the sun, which shot the flux up to the highest point ever in solarcycle 24, we were bound to have an aurora. I checked 6M, but I couldn't really here too many stations on. I could hear Egil LA8AV working some stations. I took a break and came back later. G8BCG in IO70 was very strong on SSB, so I gave him a call. He is running 4 x 7el lfa's, so no wonder he was strong. But the aurora must also be good to work the IO70 square. It turned out that F6KHM heard my signal and wanted to try on CW. I gave him a call and we worked. He is in IN78. That's the first time I've worked F on aurora and a distance over 1600km.

I continued to work stations in G, PA, GM, GD, DL, SM, OZ, YL, SP, ON and LA. The aurora took a dip and came back later. I worked a few more stations until I started getting inband TV from the east. Turned out the aurora had turned to auroral-e and I worked OH, ES and LY with clean and shacky signals. I ended up working 39 qsoes this time.

What was even more fun, was that the aurora was visible outside. It was very weak, but I could see weak green waves in the sky. I tried to take a few pictures too, but it wasn't easy to catch it. Here are a few pictures from last night.



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