New SFI record for the new solar cycle


Today 17th. of November I saw that we have a new record regarding the SFI. The old record for this solar cyle was 91 and at the moment it is 92 !! Let's see what happens. The next couple of days. I will make updates here.


On February 21th. 2011 the SN=103!!!
On March 5th. 2011 the SN=104 and the SFI = 127 !!!

I saw that we have a X-class Flare today (March 10th. 2011). This is the first X-class flare of solar cycle 24 !! On November 4th. 2011 we have the second X-class flare of this solar cycle.

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SFI   sunspots   new solarcycle   SN   
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X-Class Solar Flare on August 9th. 2011


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Radio/TV Tower Hooger-Smilde crashes...


The radio/tv tower in Hooger-Smilde (Netherlands) is collapsed on 13:30 UTC. This tower is about 40 km's from my QTH and it was more than 300 meters high. This videos are showing the event. The top of the tower comes down.


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EI9KC
Just made a QSO with EI9KC on 10 meters. Band conditions were not very well. Reports were 55 from him to me and I gave him 57. Here are some QSL examples of him.




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QSO's on 10 meters
The SporadicE season has begun and I am enjoying making QSO's on 10 meters. Nothing 'earth moving' yet, but some interesting QSO's. Here you see a QSL-card (not send to me, but from QRZ.COM) of SV2MAP who I worked today on 10 meters.


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'Super' Moon - Only 356,577 km's
Today, 19th. of March 2011, a rare occasion will happen: lunaire perigeum. The moon will be very near to our planet. It was 1993 when the moon was so close to our earth for the last time. The sky object will be only 356,577 km's away of us.

Some astrologes think that this 'Super Moon' will cause disaster for our climate. Other scientists have no worries about it.

De Aarde mag zich 19 maart 2011 opmaken voor een vrij zeldzame gebeurtenis: lunaire perigeum. De maan bevindt zich dan zeer dicht bij onze planeet. Sinds 1993 heeft de maan niet zo dicht bij de Aarde gestaan. Het hemellichaam zal op ‘slechts’ 356.577 km van ons verwijderd zijn.

Volgens sommige astrologen zou deze ‘supermaan’ rampzalige gevolgen kunnen hebben voor ons klimaat. Andere wetenschappers maken zich nergens zorgen om.


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SDR-14 available for remote use

I bought a secondhand SDR-14 a couple of weeks ago. This is my first serious SDR-receiver. It is hooked up at the moment with a minibeam for 20/15/10 meters, but also some other bands are suitable to listen too. If I am not using it and my computer is turned on you can access it by remote control. Here is the guide how to do it:

  • Download SDR-Radio at www.sdr-radio.com
  • Install the software
  • Run the software and select by Input Source ->Remote
  • My URL is pd5dp.no.ip.org , Username is Guest and the password is FortKnox
  • If the connection is established you have to click on the play button by Input Source


This is all you have to do. After this you can control the radio if it is at your home. It can be that the radio is already in use by me of others. If that is the case the connection will be refused. Be patient.


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My friend Julian (VK4CMV) making music


The first video shows Julian (VK4CMV / ZL2CV) making music with his friend.The second video shows VK4ZL making a QSO with a station in Croatia working mobile from the home of VK4CMV (Julian). His home was just not finshed yet. You can see it in the background for a brief moment.


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Largest solar flare since December 2006


The largest solar flare to erupt on the sun since December 2006 has sent plasma streaming toward Earth, a usually benign but sometimes troublesome phenomenon that's being monitored by a sophisticated satellite instrument developed by UC San Diego.

Such flares can disrupt telecommunications on Earth, in addition to setting off the wondrous aurora borealis.

"The plasma from the flare contains ionized particles that could cause an aurora borealis in the northern latitudes," said Bernard Jackson, a research scientist at UCSD's Center for Astrophysics and Space Science. "The plasma should hit Earth's magnetosphere on Thursday."

The flare erupted on Feb. 15th, producing plasma that was imaged today (Wednesday) by the Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI), an instrument that Jackson designed at UCSD. SMEI is traveling aboard Coriolis, a satellite that's in polar orbit around Earth.



"This is one of the largest flares of the current solar cycle," Jackson said on Wednesday night. "It is exciting because the sun is really waking up and coming to life. We're now able to forecast the arrival of the ejecta in a pretty robust way."


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PD5DP on Youtube
I got a guestbook message from a fellow Ham that he enjoyed listening to me during the Ballon Fox Hunt. He wondered about the equipment used. I will make this information available soon. He made a Youtube movie (recording) of me making a QSO with someone from England.


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