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    11/22/2011 | Reach for the Top in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest

    While Solar Cycle 24 is making the high bands the focal point for HF operators, 160 meters -- often called “Top Band” -- is still chock-full of DX. There’s no better time to explore this fun and exciting band than the ARRL 160 Meter Contest, running the w
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    12/10/2010 | The K7RA Solar Update

    The average daily sunspot numbers for the week were up more than nine points to 35, and average solar flux rose more than six points to 87.3. These differences compare the dates of December 2-8 with the previous seven days. The average planetary A index d
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    12/01/2010 | Soar High in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest

    The highest of the HF bands will be the central operating focus of many amateurs in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest, December 11-12. During the event, many propagation modes will be available: Sporadic-E will help you work stateside stations, a touch of meteor
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    11/24/2010 | The 2010 ARRL 160 Meter Contest Will Warm Up Your Chilly December

    The ARRL 160 Meter Contest -- an all-CW event -- is tremendous fun! As the object of the contest is for DX stations to contact American and Canadian stations (and vice versa), everyone will be seeking you (especially if you live in a rare section like Nor
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    12/11/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    Finally! A sunspot appeared on Wednesday, December 9, giving us a daily sunspot number of 13, following 16 days of no sunspots. And on December 10, the sunspot number was 13. The new group is number 1034, and it is a Solar Cycle 24 spot, as all sunspots h
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  • 12/01/2009 | From One End of HF to the Other: The ARRL 160 Meter and 10 Meter Contests

    Both MF and HF offer a lot of breathing room for all interests in Amateur Radio. As the 2009-2010 Contest Season continues, two single-band events in December will highlight the magic of the opposite ends of the shortwave spectrum: the ARRL 160 Meter Cont
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  • 08/21/2009 | The K7RA Solar Update

    The quiet Sun continues to baffle us. If there are no sunspots today -- and I don't expect any to emerge -- this will be the 42nd day in a row with no sunspots; July 10 was the last day we saw any spots. There is really no way to predict when the next sun
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