Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Meteors and Sporadic E season

METEORS FROM HALLEY'S COMET: A radar in Canada has detected radio echoes coming from the constellation Aquarius. This is a sign that the annual eta Aquarid meteor shower is underway.

In the days ahead ahead our planet will cross a network of debris streams from Halley's Comet, producing a drizzle of eta Aquarids numbering 10 to 30 meteors per hour in the northern hemisphere and perhaps twice that number in the southern hemisphere. Usually, the eta Aquarid shower peaks around May 6th. This year, there might be an additional enhancement on May 4th or 5th.

Check today's edition of Spaceweather.com for more information and observing tips.

Also the Sporadic E season has started. Nice contacts are possible on 10, 4, 6 and 2 meter band. Modes: CW and SSB but JT65 is also in use. I hope that JT9 will be used on 6 meters. New mode is MSK144 for Meteor Scatter and Es.

Especially MSK144 would be a great mode for Sporadic E. The last few weeks I spotted 17 DXCC with MSK144. For 6 meter I use only 5/8 vertical.

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