Saturday, October 24, 2009
My Week; Oct 18-24
We have not done to much this week. We had our electrician over running new lines to the garage and a new line to my Ham Shack.
Melissa finally settled on what she wants for new kitchen counter tops. That project will start in a few weeks.
We bought a Craftsman Yard Vacuum this week.
My health will not allow me to rake so the wife and I talked about it and decided to make this purchase. Our neighbor has one of these machines and it dose very well for them. We try to help out our senior citizen neighbor so this will definitely come in handy.
I have done some work at the ham shack. I got my Yaesu FT-7800 and FT-8900R mounted under the shelf on my desk. My Yaesu FT-897-D sits on the desk underneath those rigs. My HTX-242 sits to the side of the 897-D.
I will take a picture and post it here and on my face book page.
This is our 16th wedding Anniversary this weekend. We are going to a movie, our favorite restaurant and then to visit some ole friends.
The wife and kids are doing fine. No sickness at this time. Thank God.
HOW TO READ PROPAGATION NUMBERS
The A index [ LOW is GOOD ]
- 1 to 6 is BEST
- 7 to 9 is OK
- 11 or more is BAD
Represents the overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere ("Ap" if averaged from the Kp-Index) (an average of the eight 3-hour K-Indices) ('A' referring to amplitude) over a given 24 hour period, ranging (linearly) typically from 1-100 but theoretically up to 400.
A lower A-Index generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; a low & steady Ap-Index generally suggest good propagation on the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.
SFI index [ HIGH is GOOD ]
- 70 NOT GOOD
- 80 GOOD
- 90 BETTER
- 100+ BEST
The measure of total radio emissions from the sun at 10.7cm (2800 MHz), on a scale of 60 (no sunspots) to 300, generally corresponding to the sunspot level, but being too low in energy to cause ionization, not related to the ionization level of the Ionosphere.
Higher Solar Flux generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; Solar Flux rarely affects the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.
K index [ LOW is GOOD ]
- 0 or 1 is BEST
- 2 is OK
- 3 or more is BAD
- 5 is VERY VERY BAD
The overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere ("Kp" if averaged over the planet) over the past 3 hours, measured by 13 magnetometers between 46 & 63 degrees of latitude, and ranging quasi-logarithmically from 0-9. Designed to detect solar particle radiation by its magnetic effect. A higher K-index generally means worse HF conditions.
A lower K-Index generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; a low & steady Kp-Index generally suggest good propagation on the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.
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