This is not a DX Club. However,
many of us are very interested in working DX...thus this page.
Why are the HF bands dead?
Here's the October 31, 2008 status of the Solar Cycle... it's very, very low , but note the small up-tick at the end! If you can't hear 'em, you can't work 'em!
That's why we start with propagation. (click to enlarge)
How low can you go?
19 August 2002
There are 2 tiny spots
Sunspot Number = 308
(the "good old days")
Sunspot Number = 25
(7 years later)
Having said that and seen
how bad the HF bands are, try 6 meters! "Es", or
Sporadic E is still around...sometimes even on 10 meters.
üSolar Flux Index - SFI (daily 2800 MHz radio
energy readings from sun) Correlates to SSN (60 - 300)
K Index(0 - 9) Measure of Geomagnetic Stability
(solar storms) or
(low numbers - K <2)
ü A Index(0 - 400) 24 hour averaging of K Index showing amount of disturbance of the