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Ol' Sol is getting frisky!

Posted: 29 Oct 2021 01:50 PM PDT
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  The K7RA Solar Update
10/29/2021
Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspot activity was up this week, with  
the average daily sunspot number increasing by nearly five-fold from 11.3  
to 54.9. Average daily solar flux rose from 78.6 to 95.7. Currently our sun  
is peppered with spots.
A new sunspot group appeared on October 22, another on October 24, two more  
on October 25, and another on October 26. The sunspot number peaked on  
Thursday, October 28, at 96, and daily solar flux peaked on the same day at  
111.7.
Geomagnetic indicators were nice and quiet, but dont expect that to last.  
Average daily planetary A index went from 8.4 to 4.4 and average daily  
middle latitude A index declined from 5.4 to 3.6.
Predicted solar flux looks quite promising, at 113 on October 29; 114 on  
October 30 – November 1; 110 and 105 on November 2 – 3; 100 on November 4 –  
5; 86 on November 6 – 7; 85 on November 8 – 9; 83 on November 10; 82 on  
November 11 – 15; 85 on November 16 – 20; 94 on November 21; 95 on November  
22 – 23; 96 on November 24; 95 on November 25 – 29; 92, 90, and, 88 on  
November 30 – December 2, and 86 on December 3 – 4.
Predicted planetary A index is 5 on October 29; 40, 35, and 12 on October  
30 – November 1; 5 on November 2 – 5; 12, 10, and 8 on November 6 – 8; 5 on  
November 9 – 14; 10 and 8 on November 15 – 16; 5 on November 17 – 22; 8 on  
November 23 – 24; 10 on November 25 – 26; 5 on November 27 – 28; 8 on  
November 29; 5 on November 30 – December 2, and 12, 10, and 8 on December 3  
– 5.
On Thursday, Spaceweather.com reported that a “strong G3-class geomagnetic  
storm is possible on October 30, when the CME from yesterdays X-flare is  
expected to hit Earths magnetic field.” This is why the predicted  
planetary A index on October 30-31 is 40 and 35.
At 0129 UTC on October 29, the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued this  
geomagnetic disturbance warning: “[Sunspot] AR2887 produced X1.0 flare on  
October 28 at 1535 UTC, which triggered a halo CME. The CME is expected to  
arrive at Earth in the first half of UTC day 30 October. As a result, the  
geomagnetic conditions are expected to reach major storm levels with a  
chance of severe storm periods. The global Kp index may reach 7 (G-3 level  
storms). On the local night of 30 October (and maybe 31 October), aurora  
may be visible from Tasmania and the southern mainland coastal areas.  
INCREASED GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY EXPECTED DUE TO CORONAL MASS EJECTION 30 –  
31 OCTOBER 2021.”
This weekend is the CQ World Wide SSB DX Contest, which should be affected  
by the increased geomagnetic activity. The CW weekend is November 27 – 28.  
ARRL November CW Sweepstakes is next weekend, November 6 – 8.
Heres the geomagnetic activity forecast for October 29 – November 23 from  
F.K. Janda, OK1HH. The geomagnetic field will be:
quiet on November 4 – 5, 18 – 19
quiet to unsettled on October 31, November 9, 12 – 13, 17, 20, 22
quiet to active on October 29, November 1 – 3, 10 – 11, 21, 23
unsettled to active on October 30, November 6 – 8, 14, 16
Active to disturbed November (15)
Solar wind will intensify on October 30 – 31, November 1, (8,)
9 – 10, (11,) 16 – 17
Remarks: Parentheses mean lower probability of activity enhancement.
Dont miss the latest video from Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW.
Mike May, WB8VLC, in Salem, Oregon, reported his contacts on the high HF  
bands until October 27. He listed only the “interesting QSOs” as there were  
just too many others from 17 to 10 meters to include. One was an AM contact  
on 15 on October 24 at 1640 UTC with CT1EHI in Portugal. Signals were solid  
both ways, he reported.
Another was D4F [Cape Verde] on 10-meter SSB, “the first real strong  
African-region signal heard in a long time here on 10 meters.”
Others he reported included the HD8R DXpedition in the Galapagos, which he  
worked on 17 meters at 0129 UTC on October 27. He also worked HD8R on 10,  
12, and 15 meters on October 26; E51JD in the South Cook Islands on October  
24 on 10 meters (SSB), and VE8WD/m the same day on 15 meters (SSB). “A nice  
QSO with a ham in Yellowknife running 100 W mobile. He was over S-9 for 2  
hours after our contact.”
Here is a Canadian view on solar risks to the power grid, and more on this  
weeks space weather.
In a message with the subject line, “Good propagation these days,” Angel  
Santana, WP3GW, reported from Puerto Rico on October 26:
“Yesterday at about 1730 UTC, heard M5JON on 28.505 MHz, which was a  
surprise since it has been a long time since I heard an English station on  
10 meters.” He reported an S-7 report. “Today contacted HD8R on 24.950 MHz  
split (up 5) up at 1851 UTC. I suppose and hope that the CQ WW SSB this  
weekend is why I am hearing much activity on all bands.”
Heres part of a message from Frank Donovan, W3LPL:
“Propagation crossing low and mid latitudes is likely to be normal until  
likely CME arrival early to mid-day Saturday, then mostly below normal at  
least until mid-day Sunday.
=“We are in the geomagnetically active autumn equinox season through late  
October with about twice as many geomagnetically active days compared to  
December, January, June, and July caused by the interplanetary magnetic  
field (IMF) more frequently persisting in a southward orientation (–Bz).
“Geomagnetic disturbances caused by coronal hole high speed stream effects  
are likely to remain mostly brief, minor and somewhat less frequent through  
at least late 2021. The southward oriented (–Bz) component of the  
interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) plays a crucial but unpredictable role  
in triggering all geomagnetic storms.
“Brief minor to moderate geomagnetic storms may be gradually triggered when  
the IMF persists in a southward orientation (–Bz) with enhanced IMF field  
strength for several hours coincident with the effects of an Earth directed  
coronal hole high speed stream.
“More frequent, longer duration, minor to severe geomagnetic storms may be  
triggered suddenly and unpredictably when the IMF persists in a southward  
orientation (–Bz) with enhanced IMF field strength for several hours or  
more coincident with the effects of an Earth directed fast CME.
“Mid-latitude northern hemisphere sunset is 56 minutes earlier and day  
length is 90 minutes shorter than it was on September 22. Daytime  
ionization and residual nighttime ionization in the far northern polar  
region is rapidly declining due to steadily increasing polar night effects.”
Sunspot numbers for October 21 – 27 were 11, 28, 32, 46, 81, 95, and 91,  
with a mean of 54.9. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 81.9, 86.9, 86.8, 93.2,  
100.6, 109.3, and 110.9, with a mean of 95.7. Estimated planetary A indices  
were 7, 4, 3, 4, 5, 5, and 3, with a mean of 4.4. Middle latitude A index  
was 9, 3, 2, 2, 4, 3, and 2, with a mean of 3.6.
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Of course the MSM will report dire consequences to the power grid and the  
end-of-the-world, but we Hams know better ..... don't we?
72 de Larry W2LJ
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