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|LEM346 25OCT2014 - 06NOV2014|
Hannu Niilekselä (HN) and Hannu Asikainen (HAS)
In spite of the huge threats from sunspot 12192 we are still on the right track towards improving conditions. Even if flaring has been immense with 6 class X-flares and -at its "best"- almost hourly M-flares, all of them have so far been "dry" without earth directed CME´s. The threat is not over, but we keep our fingers and toes crossed all the time, knock on any wood found nearby, etc ...
Monday started surprisingly well: "standard midwest" NA throughout the night. No specific highlights, but we cannot remember when there would have been so many stations throughout the night - the "night conditions" have just not been there for quite some years.
Still, morning was a bit of a disappointment with the cx becoming weak, very unstable an directed to the upper rockies-west coast area. Some of the common stations fading in and soon disappearing totally, with lots of atmospheric noise killing the signals only too often. By noon UTC the path directly due north opened up with lots of the common AK and HI stations with occasionally very nice signals, e.g. WQLE259-1610 Prudhoe bay with its 10 watts of power booming in from time to time. However, especially the lower end of the MW spectrum did not offer too much of anything - just bruises from the still disturbed conditions, most likely the lingering effects from CH640.
Stations from the westerly and northerly directions were heard all the way past 13 UTC. Also asia opening up around then, but nothing interesting, except a ferw Philipinos and the first sign of AUS on the X-band with Vision Radio Network identified on 1611.
Tuesday began the same way as Monday with stations from NA heard throughout the night. This time from a bit more easterly directions, but not really the east coast. This was quite surprising considering that at midnight we experienced K-indecies up to 4 !
Signals in the morning were more stable than on Monday, but in the morning and throughout the day still westerly directed and varying very much: at one point 10 minutes strong to MEX, but only to disappear completely very shortly.
Very strong at times due north in the upper half of the spectrum. Interestingly CBC low power stations from NT still noted on 1150 and 1230 with "The Trailbraker" originating from Yellowknife later in the afternoon.
A couple of most common Japanese stations in the afternoon, but otherwise uninteresting Asia.
The threats have not subsided yet... As AR2192 approaches the sun's horizon, it is no longer facing Earth. However, the odds of an Earth-directed radiation storm are higher than ever. The reason is, the western limb of the sun is well-connected to Earth. Solar magnetic fields springing out of that region spiral back to our planet (see picture below). If a sunspot passing through the area explodes, those spiralling magnetic fields can funnel energetic particles in our direction.
We arrived at Lemmenjoki a little after 08 UTC, found the cottage tidy and warm after PÄ and JEÖ, who had headed south about an hour earlier. There was no hurry to get to DX´ing, since the AM band was completely blank due to lingering Coronal Hole effects, which had been there practically all the time with the LEM345 crew.
The largest sunspot of this cycle was directly facing the earth with daily class X flares, which at any moment could spoil the cx for a long time... As of writing this we have survived them, since all of the 5 X-flares so far have been "dry", e.g. without any earth directed CME effets or p..... (we do not even wish to mention the word).
The effects from large CH640 - which more or less spoiled the conditions for the second week of LEM345 - are gradually easing up. So already upon our day of arrival, e.g. on Saturday, we had a brief encounter with some of the most powerful U.S. West Coast stations, as well as with 1570 and 1500 Hawaii. No great signals, but a good thing to happen. Later Asia opening up to the direction of China and Thailand.
At night some BRA and ARG and by 05 UTC fairly nice VEN - COL accompanied by a hanful of Puerto Ricans and most common NL. The Latin American stations disappeared very rapidly just in front of 06 UTC and never returned. However, with the 320 degree antenna, just 5 minutes later we experienced a 5 minute opening to the upper prairies. The very interesting item about this extremely short lived peak was that it took place exactly at 06 UTC - something that very seldom tends to happen. Not many decent signals, but very nice ID´s from KREL-1580 and KWBE-1450.
Soon again the MW band was empty, but a little bit of Britain emerged for while, together with the most common West Coast, AK and Hawaii for short moments. Asia opened up in front of 13 UTC, but never brought anything of interest.
We are crossing our fingers and toes, so that this huge sunspot would continue with only dry flares until it is behind the limb again in a few days time. Should that happen, we might stand a chance for some decent cx in the coming days ...
|LEM345 11OCT2014 - 25OCT2014|
Pertti Äyräs (PÄ) 11OCT2014-25OCT2014 and Jan-Erik Österholm (JEÖ) 16OCT2014-25OCT2014
Totally useless TA-cx these days. Nothing to report from these days. Very depressing indeed.
Morning cx more or less lousy and only the 05 TOH was reasonable, After that the cx disappeared completely and have not returned for several days. Maybe some loggings of Iranians could have been made but for some reason they have not been of interest to us.We still have one week to go so we hope something will appear ...
In the morning may be the so far best NA cx. Stations such as WJRW 1340, KLIK 1240, KGIW Alamosa CO 1450 and KQYX Galena KS also on 1450. Around noon PÄ picked up JEÖ from Ivalo airport and after some food etc. shopping we returned to the HQ around 13 UTC only to find the band almost empty. Later in the afternoon some X-band Aussies emerged as did ABC on 729 and 891. If we are lucky som other Aussies can be found from the recordings. Early in the evening lousy cx from Brazil. Recordings on and to sleep!
Nothing during the evening and night. During sunrise some Brazilians and X-band Argentinians. A weak an short East Cost NA opening during sunrise. The rest of the day was silent as golden.
During sunrise pretty much the same East Coast stations as the day before. WSAN Allentown PA was new for me. KGOW 1560 was heard as almost the only NA throughout the day. Some X-band Aussies appeared again in the evening as did some common East Coast NAs around 22 UTC. A solar storm distroyed the rest of the day.
Hardly anything during night hours. At sunrise some East Coast NA turning pretty rapidly towards the Mid West with stations such as WILS 1320 and WIBA 1310. A little later a better one, namely KTOP Topeka KS 1490. In the evening Asian stations as usual and some weak X-band Aussies.
Saturday 11OCT2014 - THE NEW SEASON HAS STARTED
To keep the things simple I pick the opening text from my pedition last autumn 2013 since the starts of the two peditions were practically the same. Like this: "Greetings from the Lemmenjoki Headquarters in northern Finnish Lappland. I have a "solo" DXpedition for the next two weeks and try to report on what's going on here. Arrived here Saturday evening, Oct. 12th after spending a night in Oulu as a guest to Jari Ruohomäki. Thank you Jari very much, for providing a bed and company (not in the bed!) after driving some 700 kms from my home QTH in Kaarina to Oulu. Way up north some other 600 kms brought to me to Lemmenjoki the next day.
The house was clean and in good conditions but the antennas were disconnected for safety reasons (thunder storms etc during the summer...) so there was a lot of work to do. During the first evening I managed to fix some 5 aerials for operation. Connecting the aerials to the receivers and putting them into work is always a high tension moment ... do they work or not. This time all went OK and good signals were received from the very start, but only on 5 of the 10-11 antennas. Any extra electrical noise was not observed."
The next day, on Sunday, I went through the rest of the aerials and connected them to the "boxes and coxes". One of the aerials was broken and lying on the ground, it is the 30 degrees antenna (pointing to Japan) and will be fixed on Tuesday I guess.
The first evening provided Brazilian stations and later some Spanish speaking ones from Argentina, Uruguay etc. In the morning then stations from the North American Continent took over. Huge signals from States like Colorado, North Dakota, Idaho and so on. The conditions lasted until 2-3 local time PM. In the Sunday evening also some more common Australians were noted, like 729 and 891 plus some X-band Aussies.
Sunday night started again with about the same Brazilian stations as the previous night but the European stations were too strong this time. On the monday morningside the NA stations started to be heard, with good signals again.
This time the conditions favored more the Central and Eastern Parts of the Continent. Again the conditions lasted to late afternoon but at 15 local time the signals were very weak and, of course, only the strongest dominants were audible. Later stations from Japan etc. bopped in and out in an interesting way until the Europeans conquered the AM- band. X-band Aussies were again noted but weak compared to the previous evening.
It seems likely that the prevailing good conditions will continue. Luckily then, I have 7 Terabytes hard disc space available for my recordings.