Interesting Amateur Radio Sites

I've been maintaining the same links here and on the KSU Amateur Radio Club site. I decided I can do a better job with the links in one place. Click here to have a look.


My amateur radio activities in Manhattan, Kansas...

  • shortwave listener since 1964
    -- started with a Sentinel 305 5-tube receiver from 1948
    -- used a Heathkit GR-54 general coverage receiver beginning in 1968
    -- both still working just fine!
  • received novice license on October 24, 1980
  • received extra license on December 31, 1985
  • volunteer examiner since 1986
  • member: ARRL, KSUARC, Manhattan Area ARS, 10-10 International, Heard Island DX Association
  • operating awards: 5BWAS, RCC, WAZ, DXCC (4 bands confirmed)
  • 261 HF countries confirmed
  • working on: 75m DXCC (6 to go -- maybe some day)
  • primary interests: DX, HF propagation
  • monitoring the KSØMAN repeater, 147.255+ and the WØQQQ repeater, 145.41-
  • antenna farm: Butternut HF-6VX and Cushcraft A147-11 up 65 feet
  • equipment: Icom IC-2AT, Kenwood TR-7800, Kenwood TS-930S, Ameritron AL-1200 amplifier
  • trying to restore old broadcast radios
    Here's my collection of antique radio links.


I've used a Butternut HF6V or HF6VX HF vertical antenna for 22 years. I recommend that anyone using or interested in a vertical antenna read the following essays on verticals and radials. (The Butternut product line now belongs to Bencher).

Dirty Little Secrets    Dirty Little Secrets 2    Ground/Radial Systems    Why Radials?   


What's the sun up to?  Sunspots?  Flares?  See for yourself.

Extreme Ultraviolet He II
NASA - Goddard

Extreme Ultraviolet Fe IX
NASA - Goddard

Soft X-Ray Telescope
NASA - Goddard
These are today's images, direct from NASA. Click for enlargements.
If the image says CCD Bakeout, click here to learn about that process.


HF Propagation Indicators
(NOAA / Space Weather Prediction Center)

Planetary A Index of Geomagnetic Activity

  • The above link should take you to the right place in the page. Look for:
    V. GEOMAGNETIC A INDICES
    OBSERVED AFR/AP date 3 digits / 3 digits
  • OBSERVED is as opposed to estimated
  • AFR is an African reading (represented by the first 3-digit number)
  • AP (after the slant / -- the second 3-digit number) is the planetary average.
  • A and K indices represent the current effects produced by solar particle radiation.
  • A < 10 indicates a quiet ionosphere (good).
  • A > 30 indicates a disturbed ionosphere (bad news / high signal absorption).
  • The Boulder A index is also available from radio station WWV hourly at :18 on 2.5, 5 and 10 MHz.

Planetary K Index of Geomagnetic Activity

  • This bar graph shows the most current indicator of geomagnetic disturbance.
  • The A and K indices are related, but the K index will be a more up-to-date indication.
  • For the K index, lower is better and zero is great.
  • A K index of 5 or above indicates storm-level geomagnetic activity.
  • The Boulder K index is also available from radio station WWV hourly at :18 on 2.5, 5 and 10 MHz.
  • K Index basics from NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center
  • K Index basics from Wikipedia

Solar Flux (X-Ray wavelength) graph

  • Updated every 5 minutes, this graph shows flares (represented by X-Ray flux) and their classes (C, M, X, etc.).
  • Orders of magnitude of solar flares are represented by the letters A (lowest), B, C, M and X (highest intensity).
  • Big spikes in the graph = flares = big trouble 18 to 36 hours later (ionospheric storm likely).
  • This graph cannot be displayed as part of this page (URL changes 120 times per day).


HF Propagation Links - By Source

AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE  

DX LISTENERS' CLUB  

IONOSPHERIC PREDICTION SERVICE (IPS) - AUSTRALIA  

NASA  

NATIONAL EARTH SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION  

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL CANADA  

NOAA  

NORTHWEST RESEARCH ASSOCIATES  

QSL.NET's PROPAGATION SITE  

RICE UNIVERSITY SPACE INSTITUTE  

SPACE WEATHER CANADA  

SPACE WEATHER.COM  

SUNSPOT CYCLE.COM  

UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH  

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA  

WIKIPEDIA: PROPAGATION CONCEPTS  

WM7D's SOLAR RESOURCE PAGE  


OTHER RESOURCES

If you would like to learn more about HF propagation, predictions and interpretation of the data you can find above, I recommend The NEW Shortwave Propagation Handbook. CQ magazine offers the book for about $19.95. (Link). It's written by George Jacobs, W3ASK and Dr. Ted Cohen, N4XX. George Jacobs has for several decades written the monthly propagation column in CQ.



dyoder@ksu.edu

modified 8/07/10