There I was. 0900 UTC (0 Dark Thirty local), the morning after the big March 17 St. Patrick's Day Coronal Mass Ejection Impact. Solar Flux Index: 116. A Index: 117! I'd never seen the A Index that high. When I got home from work on March 17, I had turned on the BITX 20 and heard nothing but white noise. No signals. Nada. Zilch. So the following morning my expectations for 20 were quite low. I tuned across the whole band, again hearing nothing. But wait... there was one signal. And he was calling CQ. With an Australian accent. VK6MV! The only signal on the band. I called him with my recently fixed BITX20 (with .12 kW amp) and a dipole. No problem. We had a nice contact. A look at Roy's QRZ page shows that he is a fellow homebrewer. Clearly, the radio gods were making a statement here.
In response to popular demand, "SolderSmoke -- Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics" is now available as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle.
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For the print version:
For shipping from a printer in the U.S. (probably better for N. American buyers) Click here: SolderSmoke USA Version
For shipping from a printer in the UK, Spain, or the USA (probably better for UK and other European buyers)
Click here: SolderSmoke EU Version
The two versions are identical, except for a minor difference in the paper used. That's why the prices are a bit different.
Bill's OTHER Book (Warning: Not About Radio)
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