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…

Bouvet and Glorioso – They Can Wait!

Conditions are so bad – I’m actually hoping that the teams that will activate Bouvet and Glorioso will wait until about 2024 or so. I’d be afraid that if they went now – I wouldn’t even hear them and it would be like FT5GA all over again. We are very much at rock bottom, and I expect that conditions will suck in 2019 and…

DXpeditions and Cycle 25: Last Man Standing?

I recently read a comment by several DXpeditioners who have said they either have or will retire after Cycle 24. There is no doubt that the pool of those capable and willing to pull off a Mega DXpedition will start to diminish – and I’m talking now – if it hasn’t already happened. Looking at the best site for DXpedition listings: https://www.ng3k.com/misc/adxo.html There are…

Solar Cycle 24 Bottom 1.5 years Earlier Than Predicted?

I’ve believed for some time that the bottom of Cycle 24 would start in 2018 – probably not long after 3Y0Z, and that they would get the “last gasp” of propagation before we get back into the days where even 20M doesn’t open much. This article also says something similar: https://watchers.news/2017/12/20/solar-activity-cycle-falls-to-the-bottom-1-5-years-earlier-than-expected/ I have noticed that the lower bands have been even better than just…