On Monday a new solar cycle 24 sunspot group emerged in the SW quadrant of
the Sun near S22E41.
NOAA/SWPC should assign it #11023, with a beta magnetic signature.
We have seen four solar cycle 24 sunspot groups this month and six in the
past 30 days. It appears that solar cycle 24 has finally come alive.
73 & GUD DX,
Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O
Lakeland, FL, USA
NZ4O Daily Solar Space Weather & Geomagnetic Data Archive:
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/24/2009 4:13:19 AM
AS-047, JA6, Daito Islands:
7N4AGB/6, JK1EBA/6, JJ1JGI/6, JA1XEQ/6 and
JA1KJW/6 are planning an activity from Daito Isl. (Okinawa Prefecture) from Jun
25 until Jul 5. QSLs via homecalls (direct/bureau).
AS-117, JA1, Honshu's Coastal Islands:
JJ2JQF/0 and JH9UYZ/0 will be QRV from Awa Island (Niigata Prefecture) from Jun
25-30. QSLs via homecalls (direct/bureau).
EU-024, IS0 Sardinia (main):
A group of A.R.S. QRP Club members will show up as IQ0QP from Capo Bellavista
lighthouse on Jun 27/28.
QSLs via homecalls (direct/bureau).
EU-048, F, Bretagne (Morbihan) Region Group:
Jean-Pierre,F6ITD/p, is working from Belle Island (DIFM AT-015) from Jun 20-28.
QSL via homecall.
EU-124, GW/MW, Welsh Coastal Islands:
A group of English OMs will show up as GB0YG from Holy Island (Ynys Gybi) from
QSL via G0RCI (QRZ.com).
EU-170, 9A, Dalmatia North Group:
Jernej,9A/S59KM, will be on the air from Ugljan Island (IOCA CI-134) between Jun
25 and Jul 2. QSL via homecall.
NA-079, W4, FL State Group (Dry Tortugas Islands):
Bill,WD2E, Dave,KI4KQU, and Paul,AA2C, will be active as WD2E/4 from the Dry
Tortugas between Jun 24 and Jul 1. QSL via WD2E (bureau/direct).
NA-099, KP3/4, Puerto Rico:
Several members of the Fajardo Amateur DX Club will be QRV as KP4DXC from
Culabra Island (USI PR002) from Jun 26-28. QSL via KP4VP. More information
Lighthouse activities (WLOTA/ARLHS/ILLW)
F6ITD/p LH 0872 Jun 20-28
IQ0QP/LH SAR-008 Jun 27/28
JJ2JQF/0 LH 0477 JPN-032 Jun 26-30
JH9UYZ/0 LH 0477 JPN-032 Jun 26-30
KP4DXC LH 0549 Jun 26-28
SV8/DJ5KZ LH 0165 GRE-102 Jun 18-30
V29JKV LH 1118 ANT-002 Jun 24-Jul 3
WD2E/4 LH 0274 Jun 24-Jul 1
9H3EP LH 1113 Jun 23-29
Compiled by Fredy, DE0MST
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/24/2009 4:08:12 AM
20 June, 2009
This week's bulletin was written by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA. Carl is filling
in for your regular reporter Tad Cook, K7RA.
Silent Key -
I was saddened to read that Jim Tabor KU5S passed away on May 27. Jim was the
driving force behind Kangaroo Tabor Software, which offered propagation
prediction programs such as CapMAN and WinCAP Wizard, programs to help monitor
the NCDXF/IARU beacons, and several other propagation-related packages.
Jim also contributed propagation software to the CD-ROM bundled with the ARRL
Antenna Book. I personally enjoyed many e-mail exchanges and several QSOs with
Jim, talking about various propagation and ionospheric issues.
Summary for the Week - I bet you have this memorized: ''Solar activity was
very low throughout the reporting period, and geomagnetic field activity was at
quiet levels during most of the reporting period.'' Enough said?
This Solar Minimum -
The first sunspot region of Cycle 24 occurred on January 4, 2008. Since then,
though, Cycle 24 spots have been few and far between. A good summary of this
solar minimum can be made in two statements. The first statement is that the
duration of this solar minimum is unusual compared to the other solar minimums
in our lifetime. That's because from the minimum between Cycle 17 and 18 onward,
solar minimums have been roughly two years. Thus we've only been exposed to
''short'' solar minimum periods. A look at all history, though, shows a
different story, and brings us to the second statement. This solar minimum,
which is going on three years, is pretty much average in duration compared to
What this all says is the Sun has been highly variable throughout recorded
Noctilucent Clouds Return -
As reported at spaceweather.com on June 1, the first noctilucent clouds (NLC) of
the 2009 season were sighted over Russia on May 27. NLCs typically appear about
20 days prior to the summer solstice, increase quickly to a high summer level,
and then disappear about 50 days after the summer solstice.
These clouds are mostly a high latitude phenomenon, and are believed to be
composed of ice crystals. VHF radars see very strong echoes from these clouds,
and since they are at mesospheric heights (80 to 90 km), they are also known as
polar mesosphere summer echoes (PMSE). These clouds are hypothesized by JE1BMJ
and others to be responsible for 6m propagation across high latitudes (for
example, from the East Coast of North America to Japan) during the northern
hemisphere summer. This mode of propagation has been dubbed Summer Solstice
Short-path Propagation (SSSP). Check out page 34 of the February 2009 issue of
WorldRadio Online (available free at
wr_back_issues.html) for a general discussion of PMSE and SSSP and for
references in the technical literature.
To reiterate, SSSP is still just a theory, but the occurrences of QSOs appear to
match the occurrence pattern of PMSE.
Getting Ready for Glorioso -
Beginning on July 9 and continuing through July 28, a French team expects to
activate this extremely rare DXCC entity (it's in the Top 5 in the Most Wanted
Survey as listed in the January/February 2009 issue of The DX Magazine).
Glorioso is located in the Indian Ocean near the northern tip of Madagascar,
and enjoys higher-than-usual MUFs (maximum usable frequencies) even at solar
minimum due to the robust equatorial ionosphere. Unfortunately the North
American end of the path will suffer from low MUFs due to a combination of solar
minimum and a summer month. The result of this is that 15, 12, and 10 meters
will likely not produce many QSOs between Glorioso and North America. My
recommendation is to concentrate your efforts on 40, 30, 20, and 17 meters. And
if you need Glorioso for an all-time new one for DXCC, be sure to work this
DXpedition - it will probably be quite a while until it is again activated.
Cycle 24 Predictions -
If you dig through the technical literature, you'll discover that there are more
than 50 predictions for Cycle 24. They range from a low smoothed sunspot number
of 40 to a high of 185. Why are there so many predictions? That's a simple
question to answer - solar scientists do not fully understand the process that
generates sunspots, and thus many different methods have been used to make a
Does this mean they're guessing and should be admonished for not being correct?
I personally don't think so. What we're seeing is the scientific process being
used. A prediction is made using a certain method, and Cycle 24's progress (or
lack of progress) allows scientists a means to test their theory. That's how
science works when we don't understand something.
Will we ever figure this out? I can't answer that question, but I recently read
an interesting NASA Headline News story
list45339 saying scientists announced that ''a jet stream deep inside the
Sun is migrating slower than usual through the star's interior, giving rise to
the lack of sunspots.'' Perhaps this will be an important clue to help our
understanding of the sunspot process.
If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers, email the
author at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL Technical
Information Service web page at,
For a detailed explanation of the numbers used in this bulletin see,
An archive of past propagation bulletins is at,
Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve overseas
locations are at,
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Sunspot numbers for June 11 through 17 were 0, 12, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 11 with a
mean of 3.3. 10.7 cm flux was 69.3, 69, 68.2, 68.1, 67.4, 68.3, and 67.8 with a
mean of 68.3. Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 2, 4, 6, 4, 3 and 3 with a
mean of 3.6. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 2, 1, 3, 4, 4, 4 and 1 with a
mean of 2.7.
American Radio Relay League
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/20/2009 6:48:15 PM
19 June, 2009
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by K1SFA,
NC1L, RX9WN, VE1RSM, the OPDX Bulletin, DXNL, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to
MALTA, 9H. Giorgio, IV3EPO will be QRV as 9H3EP from June 23
to 29. Activity will be on 40, 30, 20, 15 and 10 meters using mostly CW. QSL to
PHILIPPINES, DU. Gerard, F2JD is QRV as DU1/G0SHN and is
here for about five months. He plans to be active from various islands while
here. QSL via F6AJA.
ST. BARTHELEMY, FJ. Conny is QRV as FJ/DL1DA ands has been
active on 20 and 17 meters using CW around 1900 to 2000z. QSL via DL1DA.
LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0. Tina, DL5YL and Fred, DL5YM will be QRV
as HB0/home calls from Masescha from June 20 to July 2. Activity will be at
various times on all HF bands using CW and possibly RTTY. QSL to home calls.
MONGOLIA, JT. Giampiero, I5NOC is QRV as JT1NOC until June
29. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Tony, JA6CNL is QRV as KH0N from
Saipan, IOTA OC-086, until June 23. This includes an entry in the All-Asian DX
contest. Outside the contest, he is active mostly on 80, 30, 17 and 12 meters
using CW. QSL to home call.
NORWAY, LA. Special event callsign LJ2T is QRV until June 28
in conjunction with the International Museums weekend. Activity is on 160 to 2
meters using CW, SSB, AM, FM and various digital modes. QSL via LA5EAA.
NETHERLANDS, PA. Members of VERON section 54 are QRV as
PH100EL until July 12 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first flight of
the aviation pioneer Charles count de Lambert. QSL via PD0PVQ.
AUSTRIA. OE. Operators from the Technical Museum Vienna are
QRV as OE100TMW during its 100th anniversary until June 21. Activity is on all
HF bands, including VHF. QSL via operators' instructions.
SWEDEN, SM. Jorgen, SM3CXS is QRV as SG3U from Grimskar
Island, IOTA EU-176, until June 21. Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using CW and
SSB in his spare time. QSL to home call.
POLAND, SP. Operators from the Long Distance Radio
Communications Club of Poland are QRV as SP50DXC until June 30 to mark 50 years
of the SP DX Club. QSL via bureau.
GREECE, SV. Dago, DJ5KZ is QRV as SV8/home call from Lesvos
Island, IOTA EU-049, until June 30. QSL to home call.
SAN MARINO, T7. Operators Filippo, IK4ZHH, Giorgio, IZ4AKS,
Max, IZ4DPV, Michele, IZ4GWE, Stefano, IW2MJQ and Vittorio, I4YSS will be QRV as
T70A on June 20 and 21. Activity will be mostly on 6 meters from three different
locations. QSL via bureau.
REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, TN. Nicolas is QRV as TN5SN and has
been active on 6 meters and on RTTY on 20 meters around 2100z. QSL via IZ1BZV
ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA9. Alik, RX9WN is QRV as RX9WN/0/m until
June 21 from Kharancy Island. This is a new IOTA. QSL via operator's
SERBIA, YT. Various Serbian stations are using special
prefixes YU2009, YT2009, YU09, YT09, YT25 and YU25 until July 12 to promote the
University Games 2009 taking place in Serbia. QSL via operators' instructions.
CALLSIGN CORRECTION. As reported in DX news ARLD023, Bob,
VE1RSM is QRV as home call/VY1 from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory until August 17.
Activity is on all HF bands, particularly 40, 30 and 20 meters, using CW and SSB
during his evenings and weekends. QSL to home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The All Asian DX CW Contest, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, 1st ARR BPSK63 Contest,
Digital Pentathlon, SMIRK CW Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, AGCW VHF/UHF CW Contest,
West Virginia QSO Party, Kid's Day Contest and the DIE Contest will certainly
keep contesters busy this weekend. The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is
scheduled for June 22. The SKCC CW Sprint is scheduled for June 24.
Please see June QST, page 80 and the
contest web sites for details.
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/19/2009 6:40:29 PM
The sun is in the pits of a century-class solar minimum, and sunspots have
been puzzlingly scarce for more than two years. Now, for the first time, solar
physicists might understand why.
A NASA report says:
At an American Astronomical Society press conference [June 17] in Boulder,
Colorado, researchers announced that a jet stream deep inside the sun is
migrating slower than usual through the star's interior, giving rise to the
current lack of sunspots.
Rachel Howe and Frank Hill of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Tucson,
Arizona, used a technique called helioseismology to detect and track the jet
stream down to depths of 7,000 km below the surface of the sun.
The sun generates new jet streams near its poles every 11 years, they
explained to a room full of reporters and fellow scientists. The streams migrate
slowly from the poles to the equator and when a jet stream reaches the critical
latitude of 22 degrees, new-cycle sunspots begin to appear.
Howe and Hill found that the stream associated with the next solar cycle has
moved sluggishly, taking three years to cover a 10 degree range in latitude
compared to only two years for the previous solar cycle.
The jet stream is now, finally, reaching the critical latitude, heralding a
return of solar activity in the months and years ahead.
"It is exciting to see", says Hill, "that just as this sluggish stream
reaches the usual active latitude of 22 degrees, a year late, we finally begin
to see new groups of sunspots emerging."
Read the full NASA story at
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/19/2009 6:38:59 PM
Didier, F5OGL, Glorioso 2009 team leader, announced this
past week that the Glorioso 2009 team gathered at Frank's,
F4AJQ, QTH on June 6th and 7th, with some F6KOP team members.
During these two days the whole time was spent tuning the antennas, teaching
DXpeditioners about their settings, and to coordinating all of the packages.
The final setup was 4 complete stations (each with at least a 800 watts PA)
that will be shipped to Glorioso's main island.
They plan to be active as much as possible during the 24 hour day. Their
antenna system will consist of 2 Spiderbeams for 20/15/10m and another for
They will also have an Inverted L for 160m, one V10, one V80 and one HF2V for
80-40m. Some other vertical elements were packed as well as a K9AY array
A 6 meters station will monitor the Magic band but only into a G5RV antenna.
The complete crew (and they hope it will not change) consists of: Freddy
F5IRO, Yves F5PRU, Jean-Marc F5RQQ,
Sylvain F5TLN, Philippe F4EGS and three SIRPA agents: Florence (YL) journalist,
Yann (director and cameraman) and Didier (cameraman and sound engineer). They
would like to thank Jeff F6AOJ, Floyd N5FG, Toshi JA1ELY, Mike UA0ME and Lee
ZL2AL for being their pilot stations. It was mentioned that they would also like
to thank Floyd N5FG and Jeff F6AOJ for their big efforts in the back office.
For the first time the callsign to be used for the Glorioso operation will be
under the new French Antarctic and Austral Territories (TAAF) regulation and is
expected to be FT5GA.
• As of 2005, the "Iles Eparses", Gloriosos, Tromelin, Juan da Nova and
Europa Islands are now put under the new TAAF authority. All future callsigns,
for these areas, will be issued with the following prefixes:
FR/G becomes FT#G Gloriosos FR/T becomes FT#T, Tromelin
FR/E becomes Ft#E, Europa FR/J becomes FT#J, Juan da Nova
No changes for FT#W (Crozet), FT#Y (Terre Adelie), FT#X (Kerguelen) and FT#Z
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/18/2009 7:26:29 PM
Planning and arrangements have now become happenings.
Equipment and loaner gear is being shipped or staged for
We have added three new operators to the team, James 9V1YC, Arnie N6HC and
With these three additions come years of experience and only add to the overall
team experience now in place.
The makeup of the team is as follows:
KH7U, W8GEX, W8CAA, W6OSP, N4XP, N1DG, AA4NN, W6KK, N7CQQ, DJ9ZB, N4PN, WA7NB,
EA1IR, K9CT, WB4JTT, ND2T, N6HC, and 9V1YC.
This month we are highlighting three more team members. You can read all
their history at
http://www.midway20 09.com/meettheop s3.html
Many of the team members were at Dayton and took advantage of being together
by conducting their first meeting as a group. They also enjoyed meeting the
DXers that are always in attendance.
We are still accepting contributions and all donations received are greatly
appreciated. Remember, contributing is easy and fast and can be forwarded
several ways. You can visit the
site and use Pay Pal or a credit card or by the U.S. Mail. All contributions are
noted on the web site and depending on the level of support will be noted on the
DXpedition QSL. And the Midway Store is always open and available for your
purchase of Midway souvenirs.
Our web site also now shows take offs to numerous areas around the world.
Take a look at these and see your direction.
Tom N4XP & Dave WB4JTT
Co Leaders for Midway Island 2009
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/18/2009 7:25:07 PM
The 2009 ARRL Field Day will be here before you know it, so
now is the time to grab your rig, grab your friends, grab some grub and get
ready to get outside June 27-28.
If you haven't yet started planning for this year's Field Day, it's not too
late -- Field Day packets are available for download from the
ARRL Web site.
ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, reminds clubs
and groups that the deadline to order exhibit kits and ham radio recruitment
handouts is drawing near. "We need to have all orders for kits and brochures no
later than Wednesday, June 17. If we have your order by then, we will be able to
package your order and get it to you in time for Field Day. Any orders received
after June 17 will be fulfilled and they might make it to recipients before
Field Day," he explained.
Exhibit kits can
be ordered online at no cost; there is a small shipping and handling fee.
If you are looking for a Field Day site to attend, or are looking to
publicize your Field Day site, be sure to check out the
Field Day Site Locator. For more information on this service, please check
out the Locator Site
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
"More than 1000 Field Day sites have been registered on the Locator, with
more being added every day," Henderson said.
ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air operating event in Amateur
Radio. On the fourth full weekend in June, tens of thousands of Amateur Radio
operators gather for a demonstration of our service. Field Day is part
educational event, part operating event, part public relations event -- and all
"We all became hams for our own reasons," Henderson said. "Some of us were
interested in public service and helping others in times of need. Many
discovered the hobby as an outlet to their curiosity about electronics and
communications. Still others joined our ranks because of the quest to meet new
people and expand their own personal bank of knowledge. Whatever the reason you
became an amateur, there is one compelling thread that brought us all together.
It is as simple as can be: We became hams for the fun of the hobby!"
Henderson said that while Field Day serves a wide array of interests and
purposes, "there is no greater 'fun-damental' goal for Field Day than to have
fun! While it encompasses a broad range of Amateur Radio interests -- CW, Phone,
Digital, emergency preparedness, public service, satellites, recruitment,
antennas, new and vintage equipment and so many more -- Field Day is, above all
else, a chance for us to have some fun with our hobby."
Henderson reminded hams that fun is where you find it: "Some will discover
the fun by operating overnight, building up their club's total number of QSOs.
Others will never make a single Field Day contact, but will derive their fun by
helping set up antennas and generators. The joy of sharing your radio knowledge
with a newcomer will be fun for many old-timers, while other old-timers will
experience the 'Field Day high' when they make their very first QSO using a new
digital mode or via one of the Amateur Radio satellites. The camaraderie of the
annual club Field Day picnic or covered dish supper will be a fun highlight for
many, while still others will find the joy in the hobby by simply being able to
spend a couple of hours from home on an otherwise busy weekend, tuning the bands
and making a few contacts."
If you want to be one of the best-dressed hams at your Field Day event, be
sure to pick up the 2009 ARRL Field Day T shirt, hat and pin. Featuring a
woodsy, outdoor scene, these items are a great way to recognize your involvement
in the excitement and fun of this annual operating event. ARRL is also offering
Get On The Air (GOTA)
a great idea to have your GOTA station operators wear these attractive pins.
Pins from previous Field Days are also available -- make your collection
complete with this year's pin.
According to ARRL Sales and Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R,
a new shipment of 2009 Field Day
T-shirts has just arrived, so be sure to order yours today.
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/16/2009 7:41:54 AM
A new map of Japanese D-STAR repeaters is now available and you can listen to
Digital Voice in Toyota City via the web.
The map of Japanese D-STAR repeaters can be seen at
Listen live to 439.37MHz and 1291.69MHz Digital Voice mode in Toyota City,
East of Nagoya, Japan
(Note appears to work best using Internet Explorer)
Japan D-STAR Users Group (Google English)
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/16/2009 7:35:39 AM
Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is a hill fortress of southern India, in the
Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state and was one of the summer
retreats of Tippu Sultan. It is located just 16 km (till base) 24 km
(top of the hill) from Chickballapur town and approximately 60 km from
the city of Bangalore. It is 4851 ft. (1478 meters) above sea level.
It is located in close proximity to the newly constructed Bangalore
Nandi Hills was popular with the Brits too, who built bungalows and
laid out gardens here. Today of course, it is a hot favourite among
Bangaloreans who find this an ideal get-away for weekends.
Hamfest India 2009 & Bangalore Amateur Radio
Club (VU2ARC) have organised a Field Day at this location on 27
& 28 June 2009 to mark the Golden Jubilee Year of BARC.
The club station VU2ARC will be active on 27 & 28
June from the field day location. The event commences from arrival of
participants on Saturday from 2 pm onwards. There will be a welcome
high-tea at 4.30 pm.
Two HF Stations & One VHF Station are proposed to be operational from
the location from Saturday morning till Sunday noon. The callsign will
Hamfest India 2009
C/o Linux Learning Centre (P) Ltd.
No. 635, 6th Main Road, Adj. to Bank of India,
Hanumanthnagar, Bangalore 560019.
(Ramesh Kumar VU2LU Member, Organising Committee 9 845 057 731)
Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/8/2009 4:16:01 AM