Recent commotion about no sunspots and that we hit the bottom of the cycle
made it to the media. See the article at
and about the next huge solar maximum at
There is one study saying that they arrived at foolproof method of prediction
and that the next cycle is going to be the strongest. While another one,
while back said that it will be one of the lowest ones. Go figer!
Relative quiet from the "global Warming" crowd that Sun perhaps has anything
to do with temperature and weather fluctuations on mother Earth. (Like, dude,
see the difference in temperatures between day and night, winter and summer?)
In any way, it will be either paradise for low banders if the cycle is low,
or explosion of activity and high bands, if the cycle is high.
I was fortunate to be ham radio born in 1958, during the peak of the last
highest cycle. Working the world on 10m, round the clock, coming through all at
the same time, with 10 W army surplus tank junk on AM, with piece of wire
(Windom) was the norm. It was never repeated since. So if the next cycle is
we are in for some radio fireworks.
World did not come to an end, but hams had great time in radio paradise.
Jus' a bit skeptical about all'em predictions by the "scientwists". They
can't predict fricken weather few days ahead, but they know all about the next
years and what the ol' Sol will do. We'll see. Just enjoy the freaky 160 and
low bands and brace for what is to come.
For contesters, it should be another big wake up and stimulation to get in
and beat some records. You never know what games the propagation will play with
us. You gotta be there, in case IT happens! So get off the packet crutches,
sharpen some antennas, beef up your watts, computerize your rigs and touch type
your way into the top boxes and record tables.
See you all in the contest pileups!
Yuri K3BU.us da Tesla BUm
Tesla RC - N2EE, NT1E
N8T, K8V - celebrating 150th anniversary of Nikola Tesla
- the first Ham and inventor of AC and RADIO
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