A solar storm is currently ongoing, according to AS.com and silive.com. The storm, stoked by a coronal mass ejection, ranges from minor interference in communications systems to causing blackouts. While they may be a minor inconvenience, and in some cases can cause problems, most famously being the Carrington Event of 1859. they’re also a welcome sign that we’re coming out of the solar minimum. With most of these, amateur radio operators can take advantage of the conditions for much stronger propagation conditions on HF as we cover in the RTO Course. The more solar activity we have, the more active the ionosphere becomes, meaning a much better ability to communicate regionally and even globally via HF.

So, enjoy the propagation this weekend if you get the chance.

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