• 2 The ARRL Letter for December 7, 2017

    From mark lewis@1:3634/12.73 to all on Fri Dec 8 05:11:42 2017
    December YOTA Month is Under Way: December is Youngsters on the Air Month (DYM)
    in IARU Region 1 (Europe and Africa), sponsored by Youngsters on the Air (YOTA). Each December, young radio amateurs and prospective hams get on the air
    from stations throughout the region bearing YOTA call sign suffixes. The idea is to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the younger generation and to encourage young people to become licensed and active on the air. More than 35 stations with a YOTA suffix are registered and on the bands. December YOTA Month is not a competition; it's all about having fun.


    The K7RA Solar Update

    Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Over the past 2 weeks, the average planetary A index increased from 6.7 to 11.6, while the average mid-latitude A index rose
    from 5 to 8.1.

    Predicted solar flux is 68 on December 7-10; 70 on December 11-14; 75 on December 15-16; 74 on December 17; 73 on December 18-20; 74 on December 21-22; 76, 74, 72, 73, and 72 on December 23-27; 70 on December 28-January 8; 72 on January 9; 75 on January 10-12; 74 on January 13; 73 on January 14-16, and 74, 74, 76, and 74 on January 17-20.

    Predicted planetary A index is 12 and 8 on December 7-8; 5 on December 9-10; 12
    on December 11-12; 8 on December 13; 5 on December 14-16; 8, 25, and 10 on December 17-19; 8 on December 20-21; 5 on December 22-26; 10 and 8 on December 27-28; 5 on December 29-30; 32, 48, 18, 12, and 8 on December 31-January 4; 5 on January 5-6; 12, 15, 12, and 8 on January 7-10; 5 on January 11-12; 8, 25, and 10 on January 13-15; 8 on January 16-17, and 5 on January 18-20.

    A new sunspot group (AR2690) emerged on December 6, after a period of no sunspots, but Spaceweather.com reports that, early on December 7, it was already fading.

    This weekend is the ARRL 10-Meter Contest. There is a good chance for sporadic-E propagation.

    Tamitha Skov released "A Mini-Storm Launch & a Fast Wind Chaser: Solar Storm Forecast 11-29-2017" last week.

    Send me your reports and observations.


    Just Ahead in Radiosport

    * December 9-10 -- ARRL 10-Meter Contest (CW, phone)
    * December 9-10 -- SKCC Weekend Sprintathon (CW)
    * December 9-10 -- International Naval Contest (CW, phone)
    * December 9-17 -- AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party (CW)
    * December 10 -- QRP ARCI Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint (CW)
    * December 10 -- CQC Great Colorado Snowshoe Run (CW)
    * December 11 -- 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint (CW, phone)
    * December 13 -- NAQCC CW Sprint (CW)

    See the ARRL Contest Calendar for more information. For in-depth reporting on Amateur Radio contesting, subscribe to The ARRL Contest Update via your ARRL member profile e-mail preferences.


    Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions

    * December 8-9 -- West Central Florida Section Convention, Plant City,
    * January 6 -- New York City-Long Island Section Convention, Brookville,
    New York
    * January 13 -- Georgia ARES Convention, Forsyth, Georgia
    * January 19-20 -- North Texas Section Convention, Forest Hill, Texas
    * January 20 -- GARS TECHFEST Convention, Lawrenceville, Georgia
    * January 21-27 -- Quartzfest Convention, Quartzsite, Arizona
    * January 26-27 -- Delta Division Convention, Jackson, Mississippi

    Find conventions and hamfests in your area.


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