paul at n1bug.com
Mon Jan 31 06:44:07 PST 2011
It could vary anywhere between sunset and sunrise at VP8ORK. Given
that they barely, if ever get to total darkness this time of year,
it may tend to be about half way between. They were very weak here
last night until around 0300 when things picked up substantially.
Unfortunately they were buried under 9L1BTB's pileup at that point.
The best practice (as always with topband!) is to be there as much
as possible, and catch a peak where you can.
I would add that if/when we get a moderate geomagnetic disturbance,
north-south paths *may* improve dramatically. The geomagnetic field
has been exceptionally quiet the past couple of days, which is great
for east-west and possibly even polar paths, but not usually so good
for north-south paths such as this. A fairly large coronal hole is
currently facing Earth, so we may get an upturn in geomagnetic
activity in a couple of days. I would suggest being particularly
alert during the first few hours to first day or so of a
disturbance. If it is intense or prolonged, all paths may suffer
after temporary enhancement - even north-south.
Wayne Rogers wrote:
> I'm not familiar with north/south propogation on topband. What are the best
> times for working South Orkney from the east coast US?
> Thanks, Wayne N1WR
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