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New Solar Cycle 24 Sunspot Group

New Solar Cycle 24 Sunspot Group

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


23 June, 2009

Island activities:

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 Jun 24-29.
QSL via G0RCI (

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 available at:


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

Propagation de K7RA

Propagation de K7RA

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 all history.

What this all says is the Sun has been highly variable throughout recorded history.

Noctilucent Clouds Return -
As reported at 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
) 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 prediction.
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
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,

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,

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of this bulletin are at

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.


Source: The American Radio Relay League


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/20/2009 6:48:15 PM

DX News from the ARRL

DX News from the ARRL

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 all.

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 home call.

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 and LoTW.

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 instructions.

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.

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 ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.



Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/19/2009 6:40:29 PM

Mystery of the missing sunspots, solved?

Mystery of the missing sunspots, solved?

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

Glorioso Island

Glorioso Island

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 30/17/12m.

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 receiving system.

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 (Amsterdam).




Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/18/2009 7:26:29 PM

Midway Island 2009

Midway Island 2009

Planning and arrangements have now become happenings. 
Equipment and loaner gear is being shipped or staged for
shipment later.

We have added three new operators to the team, James 9V1YC, Arnie N6HC and Tom ND2T.
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: 

This month we are highlighting three more team members.  You can read all their history at  http://www.midway20 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 web 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

Fun, fresh air, friends and food - ARRL Field Day

Fun, fresh air, friends and food - it must be time for ARRL Field Day!

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 about fun!

"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) pins. It's 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

D-STAR repeaters in Japan

D-STAR repeaters in Japan

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

BARC Golden Jubilee Field Day: 27 & 28 June 200

BARC Golden Jubilee Field Day at Nandi Hills : 27 & 28 June 2009

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 International Airport.

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 be VU2ARC/operator.

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

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