I restarted my 6500 to be sure and went to 20m. Totally dead. Virtually zero signals. I went to 40m. Same thing.
I figured ok my antenna is a message. Went outside and it's a up and in ok shape. I gave it 10w of RF and got a good SWR.
I have a subscription to RHR that I really don't use but I logged in to one of the systems there and tuned up and down 40m CW. Pretty much dead.
Is today a world wide "don't send any RF day?" Did Trump sign an executive order to ban Ham Radio? What is going on?
-- feeling rather alone... Mark WS7M
Product: Geophysical Alert Message wwv.txt
:Issued: 2017 Apr 02 1800 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Geophysical Alert Message
Solar-terrestrial indices for 01 April follow.
Solar flux 101 and estimated planetary A-index 16.
The estimated planetary K-index at 1800 UTC on 02 April was 2.
Space weather for the past 24 hours has been moderate.
Radio blackouts reaching the R2 level occurred.
Space weather for the next 24 hours is predicted to be minor.
Radio blackouts reaching the R1 level are likely.
you can scribe to this.
Suddenly about 30 minutes ago there was a break on 20M and I worked W0S in the Missouri State QSO Party, SSB. JT65 opened up on 20M.
Then just as suddenly, while I watched, the entire band went to zero. Absolutely flat in space of a couple of minutes.
Looks like I'll be spraying weeds in my yard today.
Space Weather Message Code: ALTXMF
Serial Number: 265
Issue Time: 2017 Apr 02 2034 UTC
ALERT: X-Ray Flux exceeded M5
Threshold Reached: 2017 Apr 02 2032 UTC
NOAA Scale: R2 - Moderate
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I really do not know what you guys are complaining about
I was operating JT65/JT9 remote from LAX all day via La Jolla CA
Plenty of DX on JT65 ALL DAY
The problem was that you were using the wrong modes (CW and SSB) for the current propagation conditions.. Digital modes such as JT65 and JT9 always seem to get thru when CW is DEAD
In fact, lately there are far more DX stations live on the JT modes then ever were on CW.