2019: Bottom of Cycle 24?

Predicting the sunspot cycle seems to be even less accurate than predicting the weather, but it’s still fun to at least “ponder” The sunspot cycle on average is usually 11 or 11.5 years, but some years its shorter and some longer – in fact it has ranged from 9 to 14 years in the past. I’m going to go out on a ledge and…

Bottom of Cycle 24 . . . and 3Y0I News

Well, interestingly enough (irony?) the cycle dropped into “sustained Zero” territory pretty much just after 3Y0Z met their demise. On another note – I emailed Dom regarding 3Y0I – and asked him if he had shipped his gear to Cape Town, and he said “Yes, a while ago”. Fingers crossed – but all this year – and especially after 3Y0Z, I realize working Bouvet…

Cycle 24’s Rapid Slide

The MUF (Maximum Usable Frequency) dropped down to 9 mhz even before sunset last night, and for the first time in a very long time, even ZS6CCY, Bill, was too weak to call on 40M. I noticed that 20M closed very early yesterday afternoon, and 30M was right behind that. 40M was not at all its normal self, but 80 and 160M had plenty…