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Earlier this year a rather large E layer of ionisation developed following nine M class flares.   3576 appears to be very active in m class and if it keeps this up today ( Sunday Feb 4 2024) we may again see our six metre ( 50 mhz) band open again after local sunset along our southern tier states.  Maybe even 144 if there is sufficient ionisation.  I am hoping that @Drax Spacex  and @KW2P are around to see the event unfold or fizzle like SC 24.  Hahaha. 

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25 minutes ago, hamateur 1953 said:

Earlier this year a rather large E layer of ionisation developed following nine M class flares.   3576 appears to be very active in m class and if it keeps this up today ( Sunday Feb 4 2024) we may again see our six metre ( 50 mhz) band open again after local sunset along our southern tier states.  Maybe even 144 if there is sufficient ionisation.  I am hoping that @Drax Spacex  and @KW2P are around to see the event unfold or fizzle like SC 24.  Hahaha. 

@hamateur 1953 Exciting that you may get another opportunity to observe the impact of sustained flaring!
The last barrage of M class flares showed a notable impact on E layer ionisation, suggesting promising conditions for HF and VHF communication.
If the current solar activity continues  enhanced opportunities for radio enthusiasts may ensue.

Fingers crossed for a lively Sunday evening on the airwaves!

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24 minutes ago, Newbie said:

@hamateur 1953 Exciting that you may get another opportunity to observe the impact of sustained flaring!
The last barrage of M class flares showed a notable impact on E layer ionisation, suggesting promising conditions for HF and VHF communication.
If the current solar activity continues  enhanced opportunities for radio enthusiasts may ensue.

Fingers crossed for a lively Sunday evening on the airwaves!

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Here’s hopin’. Otter likes agin doggone it!! 🤣🤣🤣Edit:  we just got whacked again.  Hahaha 

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Im seeing spots showing it moving west. Already some reports as far north as WV although I don’t hear anything yet. My grid square shows a contact.   Edit:   I’m at CN87vs 

I mostly am an experimenter and project builder.  It’s been a long time since I have viewed live activity on any of our bands other than being an active participant. @Drax Spacexand @KW2P are probably much more aware of the software available to us these days. The reverse beacon network was the last thing I recall.  Haha. Looong time ago….

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Anyway I saw where a Colorado Ham worked New York state and three others.  Probably Texas will have a shot at North Dakota or into Canada soon if not already.  

Well the event was brief.  Too bad however 28 mhz is now open into Victoria Australia via F2 haha. Newbie needs to get herself a Ham license. Haha. 73. Mike/Hagrid   May still be active. A tx ham KV5W just worked our state of Georgia….

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14 hours ago, hamateur 1953 said:

Earlier this year a rather large E layer of ionisation developed following nine M class flares.   3576 appears to be very active in m class and if it keeps this up today ( Sunday Feb 4 2024) we may again see our six metre ( 50 mhz) band open again after local sunset along our southern tier states.  Maybe even 144 if there is sufficient ionisation.  I am hoping that @Drax Spacex  and @KW2P are around to see the event unfold or fizzle like SC 24.  Hahaha. 

The average flux over the last 24 hours is not far from C5, currently at C4.5; not quite where it was last time, but maybe you'll still get something. Looks like it's calming down a bit now though.

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Yeah, noticed this also on solar soft too. However I thought the event had passed, yet someone in Tx grid square EM 22 just worked illinois on 50 mhz interesting. But may have been meteor scatter which is done by a lot of us too. He didn’t list his mode.  This AR is probably the huge sucker that we have been waiting for. Shame it isn’t lower in latitude for a longer visit!  Haha.   Oh yeah a New Mexico ham evidently worked over the pole into Russia on 28 mhz too. Pretty cool. Probably a e to F2 hookup 

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https://www.dxmaps.com/spots/mapg.php?Lan=E    
I ran across this Ham site yesterday speculating on whether ionisation was sufficiently advanced to allow nighttime DX on 50 mhz from flaring that had occurred earlier.  This am the e layer is already supporting communication in several areas of our lower 48 as can be seen.  The sun isn’t even up yet here!  Haha. 73 Mike N7ORL 

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