April 17, 2024

This Week in Amateur Radio

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Two Rare Powerful X-Class Solar Flares Just Days Apart Cause Radio Blackouts

Two massive X-class solar flares released over the past few days have caused radio blackouts across the Pacific Ocean.

The first flare, on August 5, was measured as being an X1.6-class solar flare, and was released from sunspot AR3386, which also resulted in a coronal mass ejection being flung out into space. The second, released on August 7, was an X1.5-class flare.

The flares hit the Earth and caused shortwave radio blackouts, with mariners and ham radio operators around the Pacific experiencing signal loss at frequencies below 30 MHz.

Read more – Newsweek: https://bit.ly/3ONcGd4