The following is the weekly propagation bulletin from W1AW / ARRL (posting on 20220603 23:45 UTC):
QST de W1AW
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 22 ARLP022
>From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA June 3, 2022
To all radio amateurs
SB PROP ARL ARLP022
ARLP022 Propagation de K7RA
At 2335 UTC on June 2, the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a
'A solar filament recently erupted from the southwest quadrant of
the solar disk. Event modeling suggests a minor impact to the
Earth's magnetosphere on late 05 June to early 06 June.'
All our measures of solar activity declined in a big way from the
last reporting week to the current period, May 26 through June 1.
Average daily sunspot number plummeted from 124.7 to 52.9, and
average daily 10.7 cm solar flux receded from 158.8 to 104.3. These
are dramatic shifts, although well within expected variations at
this point in solar cycle 25.
Predicted solar flux for the next month is 100 on June 3 to 5, 98 on
June 6, 95 on June 7 and 8, then 90, 130, 135, and 140 on June 9 to
12, then 145, 150 and 145 on June 13 to 15, 140 on June 16 to 18,
then 130, 125, 120 and 110 on June 19 to 22, 100 on June 23 to 29,
98 on June 30 through July 3, then 110, 112, 125, 130, 135, and 140
on July 4 to 9.
Predicted planetary A index is 5 on June 3 and 4, 15 and 12 on June
5 and 6, 5 on June 7 to 9, 8 and 12 on June 10 and 11, 14 on June 12
and 13, then 8 and 12 on June 14 and 15, 14 on June 16 and 17, 12 on
June 18, 5 on June 19 to 22, then 16, 22, 12, 10 and 8 on June 23 to
27, and 5 on June 28 to July 6, then 8 and 12 on July 7 and 8, and
14 on July 9 and 10.
'Last weekly commentary mentioned the possibility that the current
25th solar cycle could resemble the nineteenth, which peaked in
1958. However, it should be recalled that this was before the
beginning of the satellite era, so compared to cycles 20 to 24 in
fact, we know very little and comparison is difficult. Today's
predictions of solar activity, without satellite measurements and
observations, cannot even be imagined. The possibility of reaching
such a high maximum as we experienced in 1958 applies under the
conditions 'if the growth of activity continues with the current
speed' and it is not the only condition.
After large active areas sank a week ago, solar activity dropped
significantly. No major eruptions were observed.
The surprise was the G1-class geomagnetic storm on May 27th, related
to the solar flare on the evening of May 25th. According to most
predictions, the CME should have missed the Earth. In the shortwave
propagation, we recorded an afternoon improvement on the 27th,
followed by a significant degradation in the following days.
The second surprise was the occurrence of reversed magnetic polarity
sunspot (AR3027) on June 1st. We commonly encounter this phenomenon
around the minimum of the eleven-year cycle, later only
The return of higher solar activity can be expected as early as next
week. A more significant improvement in shortwave propagation awaits
us around mid-June.'
Thanks to David Moore, about how the current cycle progress is not
exceptional, and definitely not another Cycle 19.
N0JK wrote on May 31:
'There was great propagation to South America from the Midwest for
the CQ WPX CW contest last weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday 10
meters was open to Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and other countries. I
operated 'fixed mobile' with 10 watts and a quarter wave whip. Made
I suspect the higher solar flux from Solar Cycle 25 picking up
helped with TEP ionization. And sporadic-E set up links to TEP.'
'On Wednesday, June 1, 2022, between 1819 and 1833 UTC I received
WM2XEJ in EM83 calling CQ using FT8 on the experimental 8-meter (40
MHz) band via short-haul sporadic-E. Distance 670 miles, azimuth 220
The 8-meter experimental band is within the worldwide
Industrial-Scientific-Medical (ISM) segment between 40.660 to 40.700
MHz with a 40 kHz bandwidth, center frequency on 40.680.
WM2XEJ is an FCC Part 5 Experimental Radio Service station operated
by Tom Mills, WB4JWM in Eatonton, Georgia.
Tom is authorized to operate at 400 watts ERP using CW, SSB, FT4,
FT8, WSPR, and Q65.
Tom uses an Icom IC-9100 rig into a vertical loop antenna at 300
This was the second time I received WM2XEJ via sporadic-E. The first
time was on Saturday, April 30, 2022, between 1607 and 1632 UTC.
Here is an update to the 8-meter experimental band which happened
today, Thursday, June 2, 2022.
Sporadic-E started at 1521 til 1917 UTC.
1521 to 1917 UTC WM2XEJ EM83 3RD time received via FT8, 670 miles,
azimuth 220 deg.
1704 to 1718 UTC WM2XAN EN74 1ST time received via FT8, 547 miles,
azimuth 298 deg.'
More on 8 meter experimental stations:
Correction: In last week's bulletin change IL4LZH to Gianluca
Mazzini's actual call sign, IK4LZH.
Another important and timely report from Dr. Tamitha Mulligan Skov,
Check out her recently updated listing at QRZ.com.
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Sunspot numbers for May 26 through June 1, 2022 were 87, 69, 34, 42,
40, 39, and 59, with a mean of 52.9. 10.7 cm flux was 122.7, 113.6,
101.8, 98.4, 100.6, 98, and 104.2, with a mean of 104.3. Estimated
planetary A indices were 4, 17, 24, 15, 9, 9, and 6, with a mean of
12. Middle latitude A index was 6, 14, 19, 14, 8, 8, and 8, with a
mean of 11.
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