Experiencing a 100 Year Solar Cycle Event?

The MUF has been below 40M this week

Last Sunday I did a test of the KY6R Loop phased with the UrbanBeam using the NCC-2. I was very pleased with the results.

During the week, all of a sudden, it seemed like the results weren’t as dramatic. The reason? 40M really was closed. I dropped down to 80M and heard some activity, then last night I checked out the 160M contest and the band was even quieter and “hot” like 40M usually is.

I was especially thrown for a loop (bad pun intended) because this might be the first time I’ve seen 40M get totally shut down since 2001. During the last bottom of the cycle, I probably just missed this, but it also could be a somewhat historic event. Space Weather has been saying that this bottom of the cycle is a 100 year event.

Anyway, thankfully, the KY6R Optimized 40M Delta Flag works very well on 160 – 20M, and after comparing it to two phased Wellbrook ALA1530LNP’s, which I had just stellar success with, I’m more than ever convinced that the KY6R Loop is better than any small aperature loop, especially because the Wellbrook FLG100LN preamp brings the signal up to unity gain.

It is funny how I doubted myself thinking it was my antenna design and it turns out it’s solar conditions.

Boy, asking questions and using the Scientific Method is critical for success when designing and testing antennas.

In fact, more than any other aspect of ham radio, this is what keeps me in the hobby. CW would be next, and DXing 3rd place.

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