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Offline ChrisSmolinski

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Auroral Conditions Possible This Weekend
« on: April 12, 2013, 1257 UTC »
The solar flare that occurred on Thursday generated a CME that is likely to hit Saturday evening. A geomagnetic storm is likely, with forecast Kp between 6 and 8. This will likely cause auroras in the northern US.

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Re: Auroral Conditions Possible This Weekend
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 1433 UTC »
It will probably, but not certainly wipe out HF broadcasting. Last night I had good visual aurora and still had pretty good copy on Red Mercury Labs. Several times I had similar aurora conditions and could hear Blue Ocean and True North. Signal strength is lower and noisier with aurora but it can still happen.
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Re: Auroral Conditions Possible This Weekend
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2013, 1332 UTC »
The last aurora caused weird AM band conditions, but no new logs from the south... maybe this one will be fruitful.  One aurora last spring bagged me a Mexico City station on 1500 -- it was even readable barefoot on my boombox.
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