Recent Poor Reception

Recent Poor Reception

Post by Davi » Fri, 05 May 2000 04:00:00

Anybody out there know why the Reception in Eastern North America have been
poor for the past week?  No Sunspot? Solar Storms?  Any ideas?
 
 
 

Recent Poor Reception

Post by Adam M. Dubi » Fri, 05 May 2000 04:00:00



>Anybody out there know why the Reception in Eastern North America have been
>poor for the past week?  No Sunspot? Solar Storms?  Any ideas?

I'm in the midwest. It's been better recently than it was a few weeks
ago, with that intense solar storm (remember when *no* stations were
audible one lonely evening?).

Adam

 
 
 

Recent Poor Reception

Post by yachtboy » Fri, 05 May 2000 04:00:00

im in so. mo. and the reception has been pretty good, i even
started hearing am stations...

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Recent Poor Reception

Post by eh.. » Fri, 05 May 2000 04:00:00

I'm in the Northeast United States and have not notices any change in
reception.
 
 
 

Recent Poor Reception

Post by Dan » Fri, 05 May 2000 04:00:00

David:
see the following:
             Aurora expected/will affect SW reception?
        Date:
             03 May 2000 12:20:44 GMT

See: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_733000/733591.stm


> Anybody out there know why the Reception in Eastern North America have been
> poor for the past week?  No Sunspot? Solar Storms?  Any ideas?

 
 
 

Recent Poor Reception

Post by King Pineappl » Fri, 05 May 2000 04:00:00

The aur***activity has been quite high this week (since
Sunday). I check this once a day at 0000 UTC (which is
approximately sunset in my location) and the past 4 nights the
aur***activity has always been 8 or better.

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Recent Poor Reception

Post by Mark S. Holde » Fri, 05 May 2000 04:00:00

Reception in CT has been good.

Have you checked your antenna?


> Anybody out there know why the Reception in Eastern North America have been
> poor for the past week?  No Sunspot? Solar Storms?  Any ideas?

 
 
 

Recent Poor Reception

Post by Dan » Sat, 06 May 2000 04:00:00

Reception in my location  is spotty;
at 02:30 UTC was able to pick up Radio New Zealand
playing a staticy version of "Girl From Ipanema";
sort of an inconguous song from that area...
 
 
 

Recent Poor Reception

Post by King Pineappl » Sat, 06 May 2000 04:00:00



Quote:>Reception in my location  is spotty;
>at 02:30 UTC was able to pick up Radio New Zealand
>playing a staticy version of "Girl From Ipanema";
>sort of an inconguous song from that area...

That sounds better on Radiobras, at leats it *did* before they
pulled the plug...

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Recent Poor Reception

Post by Davi » Sun, 07 May 2000 04:00:00

Yes I have.  Antenna and receiver has been checked.  During the evenings, I
can usually hear Radio New Zealand loud and clear on 17675 from 2:00 UTC and
on.  But on the past few days I Radio New Zealand was barely audible.
Radio Australia's signal on 21740 was barely even heard at all at about
22:00 UTC.  I could usually hear some of it during the early evenings.



> Reception in CT has been good.

> Have you checked your antenna?


> > Anybody out there know why the Reception in Eastern North America have
been
> > poor for the past week?  No Sunspot? Solar Storms?  Any ideas?

 
 
 

Recent Poor Reception

Post by leonar » Mon, 08 May 2000 04:00:00

  For what its worth, we have had some heavy sunspot
activity...week before last...once the solar flare hits our
atmosphere we see it in terms of aurora activity...however,
I think it has some long term effects on radio reception...
..my reception in the SE USA has been very dead on the
amateur frequencies...75/80mtrs. I suspect it has a bad
effect on the "E" layer that bounces radio signals back to
earth...with no bounce, we are stuck with ground-wave
signal strength only...thus: low signal strengths for longer
periods of time. I await the return of the "hey-day" of the
middle '50's...Supposedly we are nearing that kind of
cycle..but, not yet!

Leonard...
__________________________________________


> Yes I have.  Antenna and receiver has been checked.  During the evenings, I
> can usually hear Radio New Zealand loud and clear on 17675 from 2:00 UTC and
> on.  But on the past few days I Radio New Zealand was barely audible.
> Radio Australia's signal on 21740 was barely even heard at all at about
> 22:00 UTC.  I could usually hear some of it during the early evenings.



> > Reception in CT has been good.

> > Have you checked your antenna?


> > > Anybody out there know why the Reception in Eastern North America have
> been
> > > poor for the past week?  No Sunspot? Solar Storms?  Any ideas?

 
 
 

Recent Poor Reception

Post by King Pineappl » Mon, 08 May 2000 04:00:00



>Yes I have.  Antenna and receiver has been checked.  During the
>evenings, I
>can usually hear Radio New Zealand loud and clear on 17675 from
>2:00 UTC and
>on.  But on the past few days I Radio New Zealand was barely
>audible.

I was having the same problem here in NH, but Saturday RNZI was
booming back in.

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Post by Dan » Mon, 08 May 2000 04:00:00

FYI:
Saturday night, in the middle of rural Conneticut I was picking up RZNI on the
whip antenna of my 606A ; Guess It was a generally good night for SW



> I was having the same problem here in NH, but Saturday RNZI was
> booming back in.

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Recent Poor Reception

Post by Davi » Tue, 09 May 2000 04:00:00

thanks for the info Leonard,  I'm glad I wasn't the only one expericing poor
reception.

David


>   For what its worth, we have had some heavy sunspot
> activity...week before last...once the solar flare hits our
> atmosphere we see it in terms of aurora activity...however,
> I think it has some long term effects on radio reception...
> ..my reception in the SE USA has been very dead on the
> amateur frequencies...75/80mtrs. I suspect it has a bad
> effect on the "E" layer that bounces radio signals back to
> earth...with no bounce, we are stuck with ground-wave
> signal strength only...thus: low signal strengths for longer
> periods of time. I await the return of the "hey-day" of the
> middle '50's...Supposedly we are nearing that kind of
> cycle..but, not yet!

> Leonard...
> __________________________________________


> > Yes I have.  Antenna and receiver has been checked.  During the
evenings, I
> > can usually hear Radio New Zealand loud and clear on 17675 from 2:00 UTC
and
> > on.  But on the past few days I Radio New Zealand was barely audible.
> > Radio Australia's signal on 21740 was barely even heard at all at about
> > 22:00 UTC.  I could usually hear some of it during the early evenings.



> > > Reception in CT has been good.

> > > Have you checked your antenna?


> > > > Anybody out there know why the Reception in Eastern North America
have
> > been
> > > > poor for the past week?  No Sunspot? Solar Storms?  Any ideas?

 
 
 

Recent Poor Reception

Post by Ross Arche » Wed, 10 May 2000 04:00:00




> >Yes I have.  Antenna and receiver has been checked.  During the
> >evenings, I
> >can usually hear Radio New Zealand loud and clear on 17675 from
> >2:00 UTC and
> >on.  But on the past few days I Radio New Zealand was barely
> >audible.

> I was having the same problem here in NH, but Saturday RNZI was
> booming back in.

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Low-band (60 meters and below, especially) has been propagating very
poorly lately.  Can usually pick up Radio Rebelde on 5025 with a decent signal
and NBC Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 4890 before local sunrise with
a readable signal.  Lately, even Rebelde has been very marginal, even late into
the evening, and NBC is plain gone.

Yet high band seems as good as ever.

Higher sunspot numbers means more ions in the ionosphere, which means higher
frequencies
can skip.  I think I read somewhere that the flip-side of increasing ionization
is higher
absorbtion of low-frequency signals, so the same effect that enhances
propagation at 20 Mhz
hurts it down at 5.

That, plus as summer approaches, thunder-based static levels tend to increase.

So perhaps the bad propagation is mostly below 7 Mhz?

-- Ross