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Propagation Forecast Bulletin 16 ARLP016
From Tad Cook, K7VVV
Seattle, WA April 17, 1998
To all radio amateurs
SB PROP ARL ARLP016
ARLP016 Propagation de K7VVV
Solar activity has remained fairly high over the past week. Average sunspot numbers were up almost 30 points, and average solar flux was about that same, at 122. Average solar flux for the previous 90 days went up another two points from 102 to 104, and flux values were above these levels on every day, indicating a good upward trend.
April 9 saw a new high in sunspot number for the current cycle, when it reached 192. The sunspot number has not been that high since October 26, 1992, when it was 193.
Solar flux for this weekend, April 17-19 is predicted to be 100, 100 and 95. Through the end of the month look for solar flux to bounce around between 95 and 108, then rise above 110 after May 2, peaking around 125 about a week later. Geomagnetic indices may be unsettled today and also around April 24 and 25.
Higher solar activity has extended long distance 20 meter openings well into the evening. From the author's home in Seattle, New Zealand and Australia are strong on 20 meters even as late as midnight. Look for openings on higher frequencies as well, although on 10 and 12 meters the openings tend to be over north- south paths.
Next week this bulletin will be written by KH6BZF while the author is on Maui. Listen for us at KH6X until April 25.
Sunspot Numbers for April 9 through 15 were 192, 145, 132, 111, 82, 83 and 79 with a mean of 117.7. 10.7 cm flux was 139.7, 129.7, 128.3, 117, 114.8, 111.9 and 112.7, with a mean of 122, and estimated planetary A indices were 9, 11, 12, 9, 5, 8, and 4, with a mean of 8.3.
Here are some path projections to Hawaii from the continental United States;