The K7RA Solar Update

The big event this week was multiple sporadic-E linkups on 6 meters yesterday (June 8). The average daily sunspot number rose this week from 15.6 to 19.3. This was largely due to the fact that there was one zero-sunspot day last week, and no days with zero sunspots this week. The average daily A index, planetary and mid-latitude were both 5.6 this week. Last week they were 13.3 and 10.6. Predicted…

Hamvention Improvements Already in the Works for 2018!

Even before Hamvention® 2017 had wound down at its new Xenia, Ohio, location, plans were on the drawing board to enhance next year’s show. Hamvention 2017 “went reasonably well,” spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI, allowed, but he acknowledged that there are still a “lot of things to work on” for 2018. Kalter, who lives in Xenia, made the remarks in a video interview with DX Engineering’s Tim Duffy…

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“The Mystery of Sporadic E” is the topic of the new (June 8) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen…and learn!   Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like! Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor…