[CQ-Contest] NW7US Propagation Bulletin 29-X-2004 : CQ WW SSB

NW7US, Tomas nw7us at hfradio.org
Fri Oct 29 11:18:32 EDT 2004


This is the last update before the start of the CQ WW SSB contest of  
2004.  With the contest starting at the start of 30 October 2004 UTC, and  
running through the end of 31 October 2004 UTC, we are seeing the minor  
influence of a southern-hemisphere solar coronal hole.  This has elevated  
the solar wind speed to a level just short of 400 km/s.  The  
Interplanetary Magnetic Field's orientation, as measured by the Bz (B  
subscript z) component, has been negative now for a period of time, enough  
to increase the geomagnetic activity.  We will see the geomagnetic field  
staying between disturbed and active.

Sometime late on October 31, a very weak coronal mass ejection might  
arrive, adding to the disturbance of the geomagnetic field.  This is a  
very slow moving CME, so we expect it to arrive later in the day, and  
maybe even after the end of the contest.

The expected 10.7-cm flux for both days is about 120 to 125.  There are a  
number of sunspot groups visible.  My Last Minute Forecast  
( http://hfradio.org/lastminute_propagation.html ) prediction still holds  
Above Normal to High Normal conditions.

The highest bands, like 10 and 15, will suffer the most during the day,  
due to the geomagnetic influence which will cause a slight depression from  
the expected ionospheric strength.  During the night hours, the critical  
frequencies will be depressed by as much as 10%.  Will this cause this  
year's contest to suffer?

Based on the last few years contest experiences, I feel that this year  
could give excellent results.  Since each of the previous contest years  
had geomagnetic activity, sometimes much higher than what we expect this  
year, and we also suffered the multitudes of back-to-back flares, this  
will be a tame year of adverse conditions.  With a generally more quiet  
geomagnetic environment, and reasonably high solar energy levels as shown  
in the 10.7-cm flux readings, we can expect great conditions that might  
rival last year's.

It will be an exciting weekend.  I look forward to seeing the results.   
Good luck to everyone!


73 de Tomas, NW7US (AAR0JA/AAA0WA)

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