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Bryan Wadsworth
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WB9MCW Ham Since 1972
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IN 1976 I WAS A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR STUDENT AT BARRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL. I WAS VERY FORTUNATE THAT THEY HAD A HAM CLUB AND OFFERED THE DEVRY ELECTRONICS CLASS. I ENDED UP WITH MY ADVANCED BEFORE I HAD MY DRIVERS LICENSE. I WAS VERY ACTIVE ON THE HF BANDS BACK THEN WITH MY DRAKE TR3 USING AN HY GAIN 18AVT VERTICAL AND A TH3JR YAGI. I WENT OFF TO THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE AN ACTIVE CLUB SO NO HF FOR THE TIME BEING UNTIL AFTER GRADUATION FROM KU. I HAVE BEEN ACTIVE ON 2 METER & UHF FM SINCE 1982. I RECENTLY BOUGHT A ICOM IC-7000 AND DENTRON 160-10L LINEAR AMP. MY CURRENT ANTENNAS ARE 1)ANTRON A99 + GP4 VERTICAL (10-12 METERS ONLY) 2)MOSLEY TA-33M TRI-BAND YAGI 3)FAN DIPOLES 75/40 METERS. LOOK FOR ME ON THE TEN METER BAND (29.6 FM)(29.0-29.1 AM) & 20 METER USB (14.178 & 14.183) & 75 METERS (3.913 & 3.850)

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ICOM IC-7000
DENTRON 169-10L AMP
FAN DIPOLES 75/40/20 METERS
MOSLEY TA-33M
KLM 22C 2 METER BEAM
DUAL BAND VHF-UHF OMNI
ALINCO 605TQ DUAL BAND VHF-UHF
AND MANY MORE RADIOS AND TUNERS ETC.

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ONCE THE SUNSHINE SHOWS UP I GO MARINE MOBILE, ON TWO METERS, OUT ON MY BOAT "BAD ATTITUDE", A TWENTY EIGHT FOOT WELLCRAFT SCARAB WITH A 650 HP, SUPERCHARGED 502" MOTOR OR CORVETTE MOBILE IN MY 1992 ZR-1.

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Say Goodbye to Sunspots?

From WB9MCW

7/23/2011 12:35:37 AM (0 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment


Say Goodbye to Sunspots? (More science on what is going on with our sun).

Scientists studying sunspots for the past 2 decades have concluded that the magnetic field that triggers their formation has been steadily declining. If the current trend continues, by 2016 the sun's face may become spotless and remain that way for decades—a phenomenon that in the 17th century coincided with a prolonged period of cooling on Earth.

Sunspots appear when upwellings of the sun's magnetic field trap ionized plasma—or electrically charged, superheated gas—on the surface. Normally, the gas would release its heat and sink back below the surface, but the magnetic field inhibits this process. From Earth, the relatively cool surface gas looks like a dark blemish on the sun.

Astronomers have been observing and counting sunspots since Galileo began the practice in the early 17th century. From those studies, scientists have long known that the sun goes through an 11-year cycle, in which the number of sunspots spikes during a period called the solar maximum and drops—sometimes to zero—during a time of inactivity called the solar minimum.

For the whole story click the link: ( http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/09/say-goodbye-to-sunspots.html )


Will 2013 really bring a good Sunspot Cycle?

Guess we will have to wait and see.

But if it doesn't then Ham Radio will be in the doldrums for a long time.



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