27 Aug 2009

Sunspot "Maunder Minimum" continues

It goes on and on and on and on - still not a sunspot in sight and if anything the solar flux is dribbling downwards. See http://www.solen.info/solar/ from where the attached image is extracted (slightly edited). When, if ever in my lifetime, is the sun going to get moving again?


Paul - PC4T said...

Hi Roger, I think next year, half way the year 2010. Yesterday evening the 40 meter was crowded. Good conditions on 40 and 80 meter. Sounded like the old days. On the higher bands is nothing to do. 73, de Paul PC4T

Dick said...

An unpleasant thought is all the world's amateur radio operators confined to 80 and 160 meters. QRM here we come!.

Roger G3XBM said...

LF conditions are often helped in the current low sunspot years. Radio amateurs are resourceful, so even if the spots never return (I expect they will before too long) then there will still be plenty to do - even 10GHz rain scatter if all else fails :-)