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Re: [CQ-Contest] [QRP-L] solar eclipse, beacon

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] [QRP-L] solar eclipse, beacon
From: KB4QQJ@aol.com
Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 20:50:49 -0400 (EDT)
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I randomly went back and forth to the beacons and posted some of my results 
It seemed the weakest at sundown to mid eclipse on 40 meters and then  
continued to grow in strength as the eclipse ended. That seemed about normal 
 40 meters here in NC.
However, on 20 meters as the eclipse started and 20 meter signals to NM are 
 normally faint, it was nice and strong. As the eclipse ran its course 20 
seemed  to fade into west when I normally work a lot of west coast, AZ, NM 
stations. I  have no idea what anyone else experienced. I didn't see any more 
posts. I would  be interested in what others copied on the beacon. 
73 for now,
In a message dated 5/20/2012 12:12:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
bruceaa5b@gmail.com writes:

Sometime  in the last decade or so, I monitored several of the WWV
frequencies during  a solar eclipse and was surprised to see how deep
and how immediate the  effect was. I think I still have the graphs
around here somewhere, if any  of you are interested.

This time, I'm lucky enough to be in a great  spot (right on the
centerline!) to witness the annular eclipse on Sunday  evening, May 20.
But I'll be outside the shack observing and photographing  instead of
watching S meters for WWV carrier strength.

Instead, I'm  going to set up beacons on 20 and 40 meters, and I hope
some of you will  want to log signal strength as the event unfolds.
They'll be near 7.101 and  14.101 MHz from about 2300Z Sunday 5/20 till
0300Z Monday 5/21. That's 5 PM  till 9 PM here in New Mexico, so the
bands will be changing anyway near  sunset. To help us sort out the
effects, I'll run the beacons again the  next day so we can get some
baseline data.

"First contact" between  the moon and Sun is at about 0030Z, the peak
is at 0133Z and lasts several  minutes, our local sunset is at about
0220Z, and the eclipse is done about  10 minutes later.

I hope some of you will make some observations, take  a little data,
and either post it here or send it to me. Have  fun!

Bruce AA5B
Los Ranchos,  NM

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