BIG SUNSPOT: The sudden emergence of big sunspot 1045 over the weekend has caused a sharp uptick in solar activity. The active region has produced three M-class and almost a dozen C-class solar flares since it appeared on Saturday. The strongest blast, an M6-class eruption on Feb. 7th, may have hurled a coronal mass ejection toward Earth. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras in the nights ahead as a result of this activity. Also, ham radio operators are picking up strong solar radio bursts using shortwave receivers. Sample sounds and images may be found at http://spaceweather.com.
At 10.00 o'clock UTC I heard calling PE4BAS, I was just taking my coffee, and was about calling Adam M6RDP. I didn't hear Adam but Bas was very strong 59+10db. Suddenly a strong QSB came up, so we lost each other. Signals were dropping into the noise. Bas was at home because he was not feeling well today. I worked on 20 meter EA3DUM Pere from Granollers, Spain with PSK31 and with 5 watt SSB GØUUT Elan from England. With CW I worked Z3ØV Zoran from Macedonia on 40 meter.