SCARS Weekly Update – Winter Solstice Edition – December 22, 2014

There’s a typical lull in local News in the SCARS family, but many things going on all around the Amateur Kingdom. Click the links for the full stories.

Six Meter F2 Propagation Sunday morning. How about now?

It’s still one hour from sunrise here on the west coast but the 6m fireworks have started on the east coast….Cycle 24 F2 !  Will it reach us today?? …fingers are crossed.


Large, rotatable loop for Broadcast Band

It’s great getting back to my radio “roots” although DXing on the BCB has changed so much over the years, with fewer stations regularly identifying and no longer signing-off at midnight. Using the Perseus SDR has also made catching idents much easier, with the ability to record the entire band for hours at a time…or as long as one’s hard-drive will allow.

‘Tis the season!


Special Event Stations OF9X, OH9SCL on the Air from the Land of Santa Claus

The Santa Claus stations, OH9SCL (“Santa Claus Land”) and OF9X (“Old Father Nine Xmas”) are on the air! As Santa is busy loading up his sleigh preparing for his journey around the world, his elves will be at the controls of Santa Radio and can tell you Santa’s whereabouts. Stop by and say hello. Santa’s journey starts from Finnish Lapland, continuing through the dangerously narrow Baltic airspace to end up on Christmas Day in the US.


The K7RA Solar Update

Solar activity made a strong comeback this week, with the average daily sunspot number on December 11-17 rising 57 points to 145.4 from the previous seven days, while average daily solar flux was up 28.1 points to 167.7.

But then toward the end of the week, activity made a large jump, with solar flux at 213.2 on Thursday.


Active Sun Unleashes Massive Solar Flare

The sun fired off a massive solar flare late Friday (Dec. 19), after days of intense storms from our nearest star.


Ancestors of the Internet

That’d be US!


Fence Fan Dipole

(this is translated, so excuse the sometimes odd sentence structure – I didn’t translate it, no siree…)

A DIY antenna YOU can build and includes some great links at the end of the write-up!


Best Tweet of the Week

Wish someone would have warned me about having to fight off all the ladies that come flocking in droves once you become a HAM Radio operator


Lots and lots of different techniques to isolate, reduce, and eliminate RF noise.


Wishing all of you new DX, new Ham friends, and quiet bands will be found under your tree on Christmas morning!

73 de Gary, WB5ULK …_._

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