Friday, August 19, 2011
Special Event Station; 8/19-22/11
Jul 29-Aug 20, 0000Z-1259Z, 5K3CMJ,
Bogato, COLOMBIA. Columbian Radio Amateurs. All HF Bands All Modes Satellite SSB RTTY CW. QSL. Special Station Sub 20 FIFA World Cup, Copa Mundial de Fútbol Sub-20, Columbia 2011, COLOMBIA. www.qrz.com/db/5k3cmj
08/11/2011 | Iowa State Fair
Aug 11-Aug 21, 1100Z-0300Z, W0ISF,
Des Moines, IA. Madison County DX Club. 14.250 7.250 146.520. QSL. Mark Mease, 2989 Truro Rd, Truro, IA 50257. Will operate at various times throughout the fair. 20,40 and whatever bands are open. Also simplex on grounds 146.520. email@example.com
08/13/2011 | Carnation Days
Aug 20, 1400Z-2100Z, W8LKY,
Alliance, OH. Alliance Amateur Radio Club. 21.250 14.045 7.240 7.045. Certificate. AARC-W8LKY, PO Box 3344, Alliance, OH 44601. www.w8lky.org
08/19/2011 | International Lighthouse Weekend
Aug 19-Aug 22, 0000Z-2359Z, K6A,
San Pedro, CA. US Coast Guard Auxiliary. 14.285 7.290 3.885 1.840. QSL. Jason Gant, W6AUX, PO Box 15937, Long Beach, CA 90815. firstname.lastname@example.org
08/19/2011 | Red Bull Indianapolis GP
Aug 19-Aug 28, 1500Z-2200Z, W9IMS,
Indianapolis, IN. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club. 21.340 14.240 7.240 3.840. Certificate & QSL. W9IMS, PO Box 30954, Indianapolis, IN 46230. SASE for QSL. $4 for certificate. Must work all three races in one year for certificate. www.qrz.com/db/W9IMS
08/19/2011 | 144th Annual Marshfield Fair
Aug 19-Aug 28, 1600Z-0059Z, NN1MF,
Marshfield, MA. Whitman Amateur Radio Club. 18.160 14.260 7.260 3.860 EchoLink: WA1NPO-R. Certificate & QSL. Whitman Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 48, Whitman, MA 02382. Times Are Daily. www.wa1npo.org
08/20/2011 | Anniversary of the "Kelly Little Green Men"
Aug 20, 1400Z-2000Z, W4K,
Hopkinsville, KY. Local Amateur Radio Operators. 21.300 14.260 7.250 3.915. Certificate. Jerry Holt, 7585 Hopkinsville-Mt Zoar Rd, Hopkinsville, KY 42240. Operating from the site that "Little Green Men" invaded the little community of Kelly, KY and terrified the local people on August 21, 1955.
08/20/2011 | 151st Anniversary of the Poney Express Reride
Aug 20, 1400Z-2200Z, W0KY,
Kearney, NE. Midway Amateur Radio Club. 14.270 7.280. Certificate. Midway ARC, PO Box 1231, Kearney, NE 68848. Event rescheduled from June. w0ky.kearney.net
08/20/2011 | Oelwein Railroad Days, Celebration of Chicago Great Western Railroad
Aug 20, 1500Z-2100Z, KC0QNI,
Oelwein, IA. Rural Iowa Amateur Radio Club. 7.285 7.240 3.980 147.345. QSL. Jerry Clark, 18 10th Ave NW, Oelwein, IA 50662. www.ruraliowaares.com
08/20/2011 | MARA 20th Anniversary
Aug 20-Aug 21, 1402Z-1621Z, W8USA,
Grand Rapids, MI. Michigan Amateur Radio Alliance. CW 14.180 7.075 3.550 SSB 14.230 7.230 3.845 145.230 94.8 pl. Certificate & QSL. MARA, PO Box 670, Comstock Park, MI 49321. $2 for certificate. Do not send envelope; we will supply. www.w8usa.org
08/20/2011 | Lost Coast DXpedition to Punta Gorda Lighthouse for International Lighthouse Weekend
Aug 20-Aug 21, 0001Z-2359Z, AF6TS,
Punta Gorda, CA. AF6TS. 21.200-21.450 14.150-14.350 7.125-7.300 3.600-4.000. QSL. Tyrel Carver, PO Box 8134, Eureka, CA 95502. AF6TS will be hosting a DXpedition to Punta Gorda Lighthouse, located along the Lost Coast Trail between Eureka and Shelter Cove in Northern California. email@example.com
08/20/2011 | International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend Fire Island Lighthouse Station
Aug 20-Aug 21, 1100Z-1800Z, W2GSB/LT,
Ocean Beach, NY. The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club. 14.255 14.070 7.175 3.850. Certificate. W2GSB Lighthouse, PO Box 1356, West Babylon, NY 11704. Operating from the historic Fire Island Lighthouse on Fire Island, New York. Come down and relive history as the radio operators talk to other lighthouses around the world using radios and wire antennas just like Marconi did in 1901. SSB CW PSK Satellite. If your in the Long Island area and would like to join in please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.gsbarc.org
08/20/2011 | Michigan City Lighthouse (#US0079) - International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend
Aug 20-Aug 21, 1224Z-1224Z, W9AB,
Notre Dame, IN. Michiana Amateur Radio Club. 14.225 14.060 7.225 7.040. QSL. W9AB, 3220 E Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, IN 46615. community.michiana.org/marcsite
08/20/2011 | Charlotte-Genesee Light House US-320
Aug 20-Aug 21, 1600Z-2100Z, KU2US/W2COP,
Rochester, NY. KU2US, W2COP. 14.260 7.250. QSL. Ken Villone, PO Box 185, Conesus, NY 14435. Activation of the rare Charlotte-Genesee Light House US-320 on the shores of Lake Ontario and the Genesee River in Rochester, NY. SSB only. Full color QSL card, SASE appreciated. All QSL requests to KU2US at QRZ.com Bio. Direct only.
08/20/2011 | Charlotte-Genesee Light House US-320
Aug 20-Aug 21, 1600Z-2100Z, W2COP/KU2US,
Rochester, NY. KU2US and W2COP. 14.260 7.250. QSL. Ken Villone, PO Box 185, Conesus, NY 14435. Activation of the rare Charlotte-Genesee Light House US-320 on the shores of Lake Ontario and the Genesee River in Rochester, NY. SSB only. Full color QSL card, SASE appreciated. All QSL requests to KU2US at qrz.com bio. Direct only.
08/20/2011 | USS Albacore Historic Park 25th Anniversary
Aug 20, 1500Z-2100Z, W1GGA,
Portsmouth, NH. Albacore Park - Member of Historical Naval Ships Association. 3.895 7.225 14.300 21.325. QSL. Jim Andrews WA1UTO, 161 Sagamore Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801. The USS Albacore was launched in1952 as a research vessel designed to test the teardrop-shaped hull used in modern day submarines. The vessel is dry docked in the Park and is open for tours. For more information visit www.ussalbacore.org
08/20/2011 | Opening of TWiT Studio
Aug 20-Aug 21, 1300Z-2200Z, W6KB,
Petaluma, CA. Redwood Empire DX Association. 40 20 m phone. QSL. W6TWT, PO Box 1018, Petaluma, CA 94953. Times are daily. twit.tv/hn
08/21/2011 | City of Cedarville Arkansas 13th Year of Incorporation
Aug 21-Aug 28, 1500Z-2359Z, W5C,
Cedarville, AR. W5BUB. 14.240 7.240. QSL. Ewell D. "Bub" Pendergrass, 1106 Country Meadow Ln, Cedarville, AR 72932.
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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