CME IMPACT: As expected, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field on August 3rd. The impact, which occurred around 1730 UT, sparked a polar geomagnetic storm. At the time that this alert is being written, sky watchers in Europe as far south as Germany are reporting red and green Northern Lights. If the storm sustains itself for a few more hours, people in North America might see a similar display. Sky watchers in Alaska, Canada, and northern-tier US states such as Wisconsin, Minnesota and Maine should be alert for auroras.
The Sun's activity generally rises and falls on an 11-year cycle: the last peak occurred in 2001, but since then the star has been going through an unusually prolonged calm spell. We've been overdue for some more action for several years, and Golub and his colleagues consider that Sunday's outburst may be a sign that the Sun is "waking up"
The Perseids are coming. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. They can be seen all across the sky, but because of the path of Swift-Tuttle's orbit, Perseids are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere. As with all meteor showers, the rate is greatest in the pre-dawn hours, since the side of the Earth nearest to turning into the sun scoops up more meteors as the Earth moves through space.
I was listening with FSK441 on 2 meter for meteorscatter. I heard LA/DL1RNW from JP77fg (1716 km) and PA2CHR and PE1GPN. My equipment is not suitable for MS, but with my low profile station I tried to see if I can receive something. In the early morning of August 12, it’s worthwhile to listen with FSK411 on 2 meter. 6 meter is also a possibility, but then I use JT6M.
There is low activity on HF. Looks like a black out. I do hear almost no phone stations on 20 meter and 40 meter. A few weak CW stations. Even with JT65A is nothing to hear. I only worked 3ZØLH with SSB on 40 meter.