Did Cycle 25 Just Start? (and LA1MFA on 40M!)

Possibly exciting news, that Cycle 25 may have just started. We won’t really know for a while – but it sure would be nice if we didn’t have to wait another year. From SpaceWeather.com (Friday, November 8, 2019) – https://www.spaceweather.com/ SIGNS OF LIFE FROM SOLAR CYCLE 25: Big things have small beginnings. Years from now, observers may look back from the perch of a new Solar…

Will 2020 Be As Devoid of Sunspots as 2019?

Waiting for Sunspots . . .  This year has been brutal sunspot wise, but I have worked plenty of DX on 40M, and occasionally 30, 20 and 17M. Spotless Days Current Stretch: 1 day 2019 total: 229 days (74%) 2018 total: 221 days (61%) 2017 total: 104 days (28%) 2016 total: 32 days (9%) 2015 total: 0 days (0%) 2014 total: 1 day (<1%)…

End of Cycle 24: Beginning of Cycle 25

I don’t know why – but it just seems like the bottom of Cycle 24 is not – and will not be as long and as bad as the bottom of Cycle 23 The bottom of Cycle 23 was downright brutal. It was zero and went that way for a long time. It seemed like nothing much was happening above 40M – but it…

SSN=49 (!!!)

WOW – it seems like a while since we have had an SSN this high. In fact, VK0EK had really crummy luck – just after they started on the air – the SSN dropped to something like 11. VK0EK was not all that loud most of the time – but were always workable from the West Coast. There were a few times when they…