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strongest solar flare of the year so far

EARTH-DIRECTED SOLAR FLARE: On Feb. 13th at 1738 UT, sunspot 1158 unleashed the strongest solar flare of the year so far, an M6.6-category blast. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded an intense flash of extreme ultraviolet radiation, circled below:

Just one day after the PACC contest 
Propagation looks totally different
Sun is very active.
10m seems good !
I let WSPR mode running today and last night  ..every night
0.495891 WD2XSH/17 2x decoded but propagation was not good enough for  WD2XSH/6  in EM31  i hope one night it will.. 

 2011-02-14 08:48  PA0O  28.126069  -21  0  JO33hg  5  VK2KRR  QF34mr  16351  73 
 2011-02-14 08:56  PA0O  28.126069  -17  0  JO33hg  5  VK2KRR  QF34mr  16351  73 
 2011-02-14 09:24  PA0O  28.126070  -17  0  JO33hg  5  VK2KRR  QF34mr  16351  73 
 2011-02-14 09:32  PA0O  28.126070  -20  0  JO33hg  5  VK2KRR  QF34mr  16351  73 
 2011-02-14 09:36  PA0O  28.126070  -19  0  JO33hg  5  VK2KRR  QF34mr  16351  73 
 2011-02-14 10:40  VK6ZRY  28.126098  -19  0  OF78wd  5  PA0O  JO33hg  14032  316 
 2011-02-14 10:44  PA0O  28.126189  -18  -1  JO33hg  5  VK6ZRY  OF78wd  14032  96 
 2011-02-14 08:38  PA0O  28.126161  -21  2  JO33hg  5  OY1OF  IP62oa  1254  326 
 2011-02-14 11:44  PA0O  28.126164  -19  0  JO33hg  5  OY1OF  IP62oa  1254  326

15 was already good last Saturday  with  Westcoast  CA  contacts  
Sunday  28MHz i was fruitless  CQ -ing
Just one day later  the band opened
How about some more WSPR activity in ZL and Oceania?


I do not know  how to organize  this BLOG    much more must be possible
But i just don't understand Blog language  its Chinese for me...
I try to add a simple menu-bar  / link / picture / audio on the right side but I can not find anything in the menu to do this. Adding a gadget  yes.



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