RRA EP 47 Basic Propagation 5 Solar Cycle

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RRA EP 46 Basic Propagation 5 Solar Cycle

Solar Cycle
  • Doin's in the club
    • Still working on ARES and Club
    • Ratified club constitution
    • Voting on dues
    • sat around with some new club members and talked about radios
    • go hang out at a local club
    • Borrowing a different repeater to improve coverage
    • Our repeater ideas have fallen through
    • We've been offered a 100 foot tower if we had something to put on it
    • Simulate emergency Test
    • W2CEW working on Winlink
  • Solar Cycle
    • Sunspots
    • Solar Cycle runs about 11 years
    • more sunspots at the peak of the cycle
    • The sun is more active when the solar cycle is up
    • more radiation to creates charged particles in the ionosphere
    • denser ionosphere means more refraction
    • Richard's Story Time
    • When it's up it's great
    • Higher ionization helps radio waves propagate more efficiently
    • MUF Maximum Usable Frequency
    • Solar Flares and Coronal Holes are bad
    • Protons are charge killers
    • Easy on the Jargon with the new guys
    • Geomagnetic Storm bad too!
      • It can even charge the D Layer and disrupt Lower HF Frequencies
    • New Hams are getting frustrated
    • You can't fight the sun
    • Make sure your station is ready for when the cycle comes back
    • We are currently at Solar minimum
    • Next Sunspot peak will max around 2023 -2026
    • Usable propagation before them
    • Florida and California, Damn!
    • Use WWV, International Broadcast, to get your receive up to snuff
    • Don't forget the dummy load
    • I hear snoring
    • Stay tuned for more to come
    • He's nagging again
    • 73 everybody

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Richard KB5JBV has been an Amateur radio operator since 1988. He has held positions with the America Radio Relay League including but not limited to Assistant Section Manager, Official Observer, Official Relay Station, Official Emergency Station, ARES Emergency Coordinator for Resonant Frequency: The Amateur Radio Podcast was created to help get information on amateur radio out to the new ham and the ham that wants to find out more about different aspects of the hobby they are thinking about getting into. So sit back have a drink and enjoy.

Richard KB5JBV has been an Amateur radio operator since 1988. He held positions with the America Radio Relay League including but not limited to Assistant Section Manager, Official Observer, Official Relay Station, Official Emergency Station, ARES Emergency Coordinator for Kaufman County Texas, Volunteer Examiner and Technical Specialist in the North Texas section.

Richard has also served as RACES assistant radio officer for the city of Mesquite, Tx. and among numerous other duties Including club president for the HAM Association of Mesquite Texas.

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