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  • 12/04/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Recent sunspot activity -- which ended on November 22 -- pushed up the moving average we've been tracking for several years. Because we have all the data for November, we now have the most recent 3-month average of daily sunspot numbers, which centers on
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  • 11/13/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Sunspot region 1029 disappeared after October 30, but not because it faded away -- it was transiting over our Sun's western horizon on its trip around the back side. Six days after it was gone, a new region -- region 1030 -- appeared for several days, Nov
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  • 11/06/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    In addition to the sunspot group 1029 that graced us from October 23-30, a new Solar Cycle 24 spot -- 1030 -- just emerged on Thursday. It is currently in a maximally geo-effective position (in other words, in the center longitudinal meridian as viewed fr
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  • 10/09/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Sweet memories of that 11-day run of sunspots ending on the second day of this month will eventually fade. So far, the number of spotless days is seven -- or perhaps eight by later today -- with the last sunspot seen on October 1. A peek at the latest STE
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  • 09/18/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    The STEREO mission (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) Web site shows a new display, where the Sun is visible via an animated image that rotates to show the whole Sun. The small portion on the Sun's far side -- which is not yet visible to the spacec
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  • 08/28/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Sunspot numbers for August 20-26 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 0. The 10.7 cm flux was 67.6, 66.4, 66.6, 67.3, 67.6, 67.1 and 67.3 with a mean of 67.1. The estimated planetary A indices were 11, 8, 5, 5, 3, 3 and 4 with a mean of 5.6. The est
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  • 07/02/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    It was a perfect Field Day weekend from where I stood. The weather was warm, skies clear, the space weather was calm and there was enough propagation to make a domestic contest interesting. I had no plans, so on Saturday I went to the ARRL Field Day Stati
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