[CQ-Contest] Russian Beats Out Canada for Magnetic North ... For Now

ktfrog007 at aol.com ktfrog007 at aol.com
Thu May 7 08:07:35 EDT 2020

Another question:  Has the magnetic polar drift affected propagation over the decades?      
I don't have any data except my own unreliable memory and old logs, but my feeling is that back in the 1960-1990 time frame long haul DX propagation was better than now, at least for my operations from Indiana, Colorado and Massachusetts.

It's interesting that the magnetic pole moved less in that time frame and then rapidly accelerated up to the present.

It seems  to me that DXing was better back then, but it's difficult to separate that from the declining sunspot cycles and the changes in ham demographics.

Ken, AB1J

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Shohet, KQ2M <kq2m at kq2m.com>
To: cq-contest <cq-contest at contesting.com>; hhamwv at gmail.com
Sent: Wed, May 6, 2020 5:10 pm
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Russian Beats Out Canada for Magnetic North ... For Now

Hi Dave,

Thanks for posting that interesting article.

What effect, if any, does this have on beam headings through the Northern regions – like UA0, UA3, JA?
Does it change them at all?  If so, how and by what amount?

Tnx & 73

Bob, KQ2M

From: David Siddall 
Sent: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:22 AM
To: cq-contest 
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Russian Beats Out Canada for Magnetic North ... For Now

Good thing HF antennas generally have relatively wide beam width if you use
a compass to orient without correcting for deviation.

This also has a subtle effect on propagation paths through the polar areas,
depending upon your location.


73, Dave K3ZJ
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