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DX Reports / Propagation Bulletin 3/24/17
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ARLP012 Propagation de K7RA
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ARLP012 Propagation de K7RA

Propagation Forecast Bulletin 12  ARLP012
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  March 24, 2017
To all radio amateurs

ARLP012 Propagation de K7RA

The sun just finished an extended period (16 days) of zero sunspots.

There were none on March 4, one visible on March 5, then none on
March 6 to 20.

Finally one sunspot group appeared on March 21 to 23, with a sunspot
number of 12 on all three days.

A sunspot number of 12 does not mean there were 12 sunspots.  Every
group of sunspots counts as 10 points, and every sunspot within
those groups counts for one point.  Therefore, the minimum non-zero
sunspot number is 11.  So for the past three days there were two
sunspots in one group.

The average daily sunspot number this week (March 16 to 22) was 3.4,
compared to zero during the previous seven days.  Average daily
solar flux increased from 70.3 to 71.2.

Average daily planetary A index increased from 8.1 to 10 and average
mid-latitude A index increased from 6.4 to 7.1.

The mid-latitude A index is measured at one magnetometer at Wallops
Island, Virginia while the planetary A index is calculated based on
a number of magnetic observatories, most in the northern hemisphere.

Predicted solar flux is 75 on March 24 to 26, 78 on March 27 to 30,
72 on March 31 to April 4, 71 on April 5, 70 on April 6 to 17, 71 on
April 18, 72 on April 19 to May 1 and 71 again on May 2.

Predicted planetary A index is 14 on March 24, 8 on March 25 and 26,
then 20, 40, 35, 20 and 18 on March 27 to 31, then 15, 20 and 15 on
April 1 to 3, 12 on April 4 and 5, 10 on April 6, 5 on April 7 to
16, then 8, 12, 20, 8, 5 and 8 on April 17 to 22 then 8, 35, 30, 20,
18, 15, 20 and 15 on April 23 to 30, and 12 on May 1 and 2.

The Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic
disturbance warning at 2336 UTC on March 23:

"Due to the continued effect of the high speed solar wind stream
from a recurrent coronal hole, solar wind speed is still high.  IF
Bz shows sufficiently southward values for long enough intervals of
time, there is some possibility for some minor storm periods to
occur on 24 March."

From F. K. Janda, OK1HH, geomagnetic activity forecast for the
period March 24 to April 19, 2017

Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on March 25, April 8 and 9, 14 and 15
Mostly quiet on April 13, 19
Quiet to unsettled March 26 to 28, April 10, 12, 18
Quiet to active on March 24, 31, April 1 to 4, 6, 11, 17
Active to disturbed on March 29 and 30, April 5, 7, 16

Amplifications of the solar wind from coronal holes are expected on
March 24, 30 and 31, April 1 to 4, (5 to 8,) 12 and 13.  (14,) 16 to
20.  Dates in parenthesis are less likely to have enhanced solar

This weekend is the CQ Worldwide WPX SSB Contest.  The CW portion is
on May 27 and 28.  See for details.

One cool aspect of this contest is that unique prefixes count for
multipliers.  So instead of counting states worked or countries
worked and using those totals to multiply your final score, you
total up the number of unique prefixes worked.

Right now as K7RA, I am not in much demand for this contest, because
the K7 prefix is quite common.  But starting in the 1980s I was
KT7H, and this made my call sought after as a desirable multiplier,
depending on how many other stations in the contest had a call sign
starting with KT7.

WaPo comments on the naked sun.  Note there is a comment at the
bottom from N3JLY.

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service at For an explanation of
numbers used in this bulletin, see

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at More good
information and tutorials on propagation are at

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at

Sunspot numbers for March 16 through 22, 2017 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
12, and 12, with a mean of 3.4.  10.7 cm flux was 70.5, 70.5, 70.2,
71.2, 72.7, 71, and 72.5, with a mean of 71.2.  Estimated planetary
A indices were 6, 4, 2, 2, 3, 26, and 27, with a mean of 10.
Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 5, 3, 1, 2, 2, 18, and 19,
with a mean of 7.1.
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DX Reports / DX Report 3/24/17
« Last post by k4lrx on Today at 05:54:50 AM »
Looks like we have hit a slump in band conditions. Not much really on the bands, Up coming WPX contest this weekend on SSB, we can hope for some good activity, but we may not have it.

We do  have the following to report:

FK8CE 7.007 0945Z

T2AQ 7.139 0655Z

A35JP 10.102 1000Z

T2QR 14.005 0900Z

S21ZEE on and off, off more then on, scant operating. 14.029 0230Z. Makes a couple of contacts, then vanishes.

This weekend the Chinese are ramping up a contest station BP0P that is BP Zero Papa, they state it will be multibands, so good luck with that one, I do not look for S21ZEE in the contest. We might be surprised, but doubt it.
DX Reports / DX Bulletin 3/23/17
« Last post by k4lrx on March 23, 2017, 11:04:11 PM »

ARLD012 DX news
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ARLD012 DX news

DX Bulletin 12  ARLD012
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  March 23, 2017
To all radio amateurs

ARLD012 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
F5IXR, WB0TEV, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX,
DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and
WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

BARBADOS, 8P.  Tom, W2SC will be QRV as 8P5A as a Single Op/All
Band/High Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest.  QSL
direct to NN1N.

KUWAIT, 9K.  Operator 9K2GS will be QRV as 9K2K as a Single Op/All
Band entry in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest.  QSL via operator's

TONGA, A3.  Masa, JA0RQV is QRV as A35JP/p from Niuafo'ou Island,
IOTA OC-123, until March 28.  Activity is in his spare time on 40 to
6 meters using CW and SSB.  He plans to also be active for a few
days from Niuatoputapu, IOTA OC-191.  QSL to home call.

TAIWAN, BV.  A large group of operators will be QRV as BP0P as a
Multi/2 entry in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest.  QSL via
operators' instructions.

CUBA, CO.  A group of operators will be QRV as T40A as a Multi
Single/Low Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest.  QSL
via operators' instructions.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Milan, OK1DWC is QRV as E51DWC from
Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, until the end of March.  He is active
on 160 to 10 meters each day using CW, SSB and RTTY.  He plans to be
a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB
contest.  QSL to home call.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, E7.  A group of operators will be QRV as
E7DX as a Multi/Single entry in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest.
QSL via E77E.

CEUTA AND MELILLA, EA9.  Enrique, EA9KB will be QRV from Ceuta as a
Single Op/High Power/Single Band entry on 20 meters in the CQ World
Wide WPX SSB contest.  QSL via EA7FTR.

ITALY, I.  Members of the Marconi Memorial Station in Pontecchio
Marconi will be QRV as IY4FGM in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest.
QSL via operators' instructions.

GRENADA, J3.  Franz, OE2SNL is QRV as J3/OE2SNL until March 30.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters.  QSL to home call.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2.  Yuri, N2TTA will be QRV as NP2P in the CQ
World Wide WPX SSB contest.  QSL via operator's instructions.

NETHERLANDS, PA.  Operators Bert, PA1BK, Alfred, PA7AL, Laurens,
PD9X and Frank, PF5T will be QRV as PA10A as a Multi/Single entry in
the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest.  QSL via operators' instructions.

BANGLADESH, S2.  A large group of operators are QRV as S21ZEE until
March 27.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
This includes being active as a Multi Op entry in the CQ World Wide
WPX SSB contest.  QSL via operators' instructions.

TUVALU, T2.  Tim, NL8F is QRV as T2TT until April 13.  Activity is
on the various HF bands using SSB and digital modes.  This includes
being an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest.  QSL via N7RO.

MALI, TZ.  Laurent, F5IXR is QRV as TZ5XR until 2019.  Activity is
on 40, 20, 17, 12 and 10 meters using mostly CW.  QSL direct to home

BELIZE, V3.  Victor, WB0TEV is QRV as V31VP until March 28.
Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mostly SSB with some RTTY.
This includes being active in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest.
Outside the contest he will focus on working into Asia using RTTY on
the high bands around 2200 to 0200z, and possibly 0930 to 1200z on
40 meters.  QSL to home call.

CANADA, VE.  Members of the Canam Contest Club are QRV as XO1X from
Whitehorse, Yukon during all of 2017 in celebration of Canada's
150th anniversary.  This includes being an entry in the CQ World
Wide WPX SSB contest.  QSL via KC1CWF.

CHAGOS ISLANDS, VQ9.  Jim, ND9M is QRV as VQ917JC from Diego Garcia
Island, IOTA AF-006.  His length of stay is unknown.  He is
generally active from 1200 to 1600z, with a focus on 30, 20 and 17
meters.  He may be active on the satellites as well.  QSL to home

ALBANIA, ZA.  Lisa, PA2LS, Lennart, PD5LKM and Kees, PE1KL are QRV
as ZA/PA2LS until March 29.  Activity is on 160 to 2 meters using
CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK.  QSL via PA2LS.

OPERATION APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT.  The following operation has
been approved for DXCC credit:  Palestine, E44CM, November 2016

80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, FOC CW QSO
Party and the UBA Spring 6-Meter Contest are all on tap for this
upcoming weekend.

The UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray
and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for March 29.

Please see March QST, page 89, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web
sites for details.
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DX Reports / DX Report 3/22/17
« Last post by k4lrx on March 23, 2017, 04:05:08 AM »
There are some good ones on even tho the bands are not at their peak, we may be preparing for the summer doldrums, let's see what we have on the list.

T2QR 7.013 0730Z

5B4AJC 10.120 0020Z. Nice qsl from this station.

T2AQ 14.260 0830Z, 18.150 0215Z

DU2US 14.015 0022Z.

YN2KW 18.135 2210 Good to see some activity again from YN land, used to be quite common.

YN2MG 21.025 1920Z

E51DWC 28.005 2105 very short window for this one on ten.

DX Reports / DX Report 3/22/17
« Last post by k4lrx on March 22, 2017, 05:19:54 AM »
Looks like the bands have taken a drop in the last twenty four hours. We have a few to report so let's see what I have heard at this location.

5J0NA this is San Andreas Island, this operation is now and then good signal if you can catch them, 7.018 0450Z.

S21ZEE on and off on for a few contacts, or until spots on the cluster start showing and then they vanish. Quick contacts were noted on 10.119 0010Z, 14.029 for a couple of contacts 0440Z abd 18.072 0510Z about the same. This does not appear to be a full scale expedition.

Most of the complaints are they simply cannot hear well, so be it, We can use this one on ten, or 40, but the out look is dim.

FM5DN 21.293 about the only dx signal on 15 yesterday 2205Z this one has been making a lot of contacts, as to qsl another story, see how it goes for those needing it.

Overall, the bands do not look good for today, but then again, you never know what might show up for a quick opening.
DX Reports / DX Comments
« Last post by k4lrx on March 21, 2017, 01:41:45 PM »
Ever notice with every major expedition we have numerous whiners directing comments towards the DX expedition?  It seems we have those who complain about what band they are working, you should be on 40, when they are working 80. Or, my favorite is the DX is running CW you have those who cannot copy CW so they whine about it and want the DX to go to the phone band. Vice Versa, if they are working phone some want CW, it seems it is all about me.

Some complain about the DX working Japan, or Europe and not working the U.S. Or North America when they are front of their radios. I got news for you, DX expeditions do not take a major trip to only work North America, nor do they make the trip to work just you and all your demands for certain bands, modes, or defined band segments. It seems the General class complains that the DX is not working in the General Class band, or the Extra class complains if they are staying in the General portion too long.

Some times the DX will work by call districts, thus making the pile up more orderly, yet you have some who complain if they spend too long in one district. I am waiting for you, I am here in the 5th, or 6th district and gee drop everything and work me.

One of the instances of being inconsiderate is a DX station shows up on 20 meters, he is working SSB, so a state side op crashes the pile up and makes a request that the DX station meet him on 15, or ten meters. So, the DX station takes off, leaving a huge pile up on 20. Some how they never return to 20 meters  their presence is on another band is in high demand as well. The results on 20 are the original pile up is never returned to 20 and picked up where they left off.  The height of being inconsiderate has again raised its ugly head!

Thing is, I never ask a dx station to cater to my requests, or needs, I leave the qso with "Maybe we will work you on other bands" if we do fine, if not, maybe there will be a next time?
DX Reports / DX Expedtions for March
« Last post by k4lrx on March 21, 2017, 04:01:03 AM »
We have three known efforts to finish out March.

A35JP/p this one is an IOTA operation OC 123 for those hunting islands, if you are not into IOTA then it counts for Tonga. 3/22-3/28.

ZA no call issued as of the this date 3/22/-3/29 No information as to number of ops, or a single op effort.

T2TT 3/23-4/13

Looks like that wraps up March.

Info on April shortly.
DX Reports / DX Report 3/21/17
« Last post by k4lrx on March 21, 2017, 03:52:45 AM »
We have several to list so let's start.

T2AQ 7.140 0545Z this station was also copied on long path twenty meters, 14.029 pretty weak.

9G5X continues to make contacts 7.011 0505, 10103 0645Z

S21ZEE not exactly exploding with activity but we have the following  14.029 0135Z, 14.190 0130Z pretty weak, 18.086 0440Z.

H44FN 18.070 2244Z,21.005 2210Z

YN2MF 21.315 2250Z

T2AQ 21.295 2105Z

5U5R 28.016 1805 this one will be QRT in a few days, grab it while you have the chance.
Swap Shop / BN 86 Balun
« Last post by k4lrx on March 20, 2017, 12:51:01 PM »
This one I had in storage as a spare when I had a Hy Gain beam in the air. Normal sale price for this Balun is $79.95 I will sell it to you for $40.00 plus shipping. Reason for this I stole the ubolt clamp and the 10-32 1/4 hex bolts needed to fasten your antenna to two terminals. Both items are easily found at a local hardware store for less then $2.00. Otherwise, this one is ready to go it is 1 to 1 ratio and may be used on beams, dipoles, or other wire antennas using a 1 to 1 match.

If interested contact me
DX Reports / DX Report 3/20/17
« Last post by k4lrx on March 20, 2017, 12:33:38 PM »
I slept in this morning plus I had a doctor's appointment at 10, so my morning was pretty well taken up for today. What do we have to report.

It seems the S21 expedition has come to life sort of, reports of hearing them on 7.008 around 1625Z were from the West Coast, nothing back this way. Another spot for 30 meters was 10.119 0100Z and a limited appearance on 20 14.029 1200Z till about 1300Z. Contacts were scattered and it appears that once spots surface they vanish. Oh well not really concerned over this one since we have it confirmed on 20/15 would like a crack at it on 40, and ten, but not holding my breath.

9K2MU 14.226 1612Z do not send any green stamps and expect a card, it will not happen. This op must have several hundred dollars that were sent to him for a card, I was one of those who wanted his card for a 40 meter contact. He does qsl via LOTW and I do not use it. He does use EQSL and that is worthless toward DXCC credit.

9G5X 14.005 1530 and I was lucky enough to work him on 17 this morning 18.077 up three 1650Z. When I say I am lucky my tribander works pretty well on that band acting like a dipole, but it need my transceiver's tuner. Well, it was good enough for this contact and that is all that matters.  More info to come.
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