Well, it is an election year.
My guess is that we will see some big changes come
Besides, we don't need no stinking sunspots.
I managed to work a JA station at the minimum with a home brew antenna in a
small tree with 174.365 watts from a 40 year old Swan 350 that you helped me get
up and running! On SSB to boot. With a mike from a CB radio and an
adaptor contained in a 35mm film canister.
When the election is over the spots will appear
with a vengeance allowing us to work the world with 5 or 10 green watts and the
President elect will get all the credit as has been planned.
I really don't see how we can lose with both
candidates being at least part Irish. How about we come up with a design
for a shamrock dipole using green wire and eating bland food and listening to
loud Celtic music to celebrate. If I don't show up trust me, I will have a
very good excuse. Like having to fold the laundry or collecting election
signs from the neighborhood to burn for heat in our fireplace.
Change, good or bad, is indeed just around the
corner but no matter what I am quite confident that hams will circumvent the
world regardless of the circumstances.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Subject: [W8ZHO] Quiet sun
NASA reports that as of
09/27/2008, the sun has been totally void of sunspots for 200
days. The last time that happened was in 1954. I
wasn't a ham then, but this period was what the old timers
call the greatest 11 year DX cycle on record (Cycle 19)
which began in 1954 and ran for 11 years ending in
1965. There are records of sunspot minima lasting longer
than the One in 1954, but this was before "radio". Is
history repeating itself??? When this cycle wakes up , will it be
as intense as Cycle 19 ??? We shall
see........ This is not a prediction,
just a historical observation. Who was it that
said " You can't know where you are going if you don't know where
you've been ????
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