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ARRL Propagation Bulletin ARLP051 (1997)

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ARLP051 Propagation de K7VVV

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Propagation Forecast Bulletin 51  ARLP051
From Tad Cook, K7VVV
Seattle, WA  December 19, 1997
To all radio amateurs

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ARLP051 Propagation de K7VVV

Solar activity was down last week.  Not only was the solar flux
below the average for the previous 90 days on six out of seven days,
but the 90 day average actually dropped one point.  Average solar
flux last week dropped nearly 12 points when compared to the
previous week.  Solar flux was also lower than expected for the 10
meter contest last week.

Solar flux is expected to stay below 90 until December 22, then rise
above 100 around December 27, and drop below 100 again around
January 1.  A recurring coronal hole is expected to increase
geomagnetic instability resulting in higher K and A indices around
December 21 and 22.

Sunspot Numbers for December 11 through 17 were 99, 64, 70, 66, 56,
43 and 42 with a mean of 62.9.  10.7 cm flux was 96.4, 92.5, 89.3,
90, 89.1, 84.7 and 85.6, with a mean of 89.7, and estimated
Planetary A indices were 13, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, and 3, with a mean of 4.
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