Like a lot of you in other places, we’ve been on a bit of a temperature roller coaster lately. Last weekend, after Christmas, it was up in the mid 50s (12C) here in New Jersey. This weekend, after New Year, we went as low as -3F (-19C) and our high for the day on Saturday was about 20F (-6C). That was just two days ago.
This morning, when I drove into work, it was 54F (12C). Now, after lunch, it is 38F (3C) and the temperature continues to free fall. By the time I leave to go home, I am sure that the temperature will be somewhere around the mid-20s (-4C). And over the next 24 hours, we’re supposed to get some of the coldest weather we’ve had here in over 20 years. The temperatures are expected to go below 0F (-17C) at night again, but this time with wind chills way lower than that. Tomorrow’s high is supposed to be only somewhere around 11F (-11C). But then, later towards the upcoming weekend, it’s supposed to warm up again to more like springtime temperatures.
Stop the roller coaster, I want to get off! I am NOT a big fan of the cold, but I sure wish that it would already stay one way or the other for a while. It’s winter time, so even though I don’t like it, I can deal with the cold for a bit. This teasing of Spring, and then the plunge back into the deep freeze is just cruel.
On a radio note, I was looking at the solar conditions yesterday and I was licking my lips. High SFI, a goodly number of sun spots and low A and K values. Having some free time for a change, I got on the air, expecting to hear a lot, and for a while I thought ALL my antennas were on the fritz! Nothing much heard yesterday, and nothing much worked. What a let down. At first I thought maybe everyone was working the ARRL RTTY Roundup, but even RTTY signals seemed sparse to me. In a major RTTY contest, we often get interlopers all the way down to the lowest of the low part of the bands. Yesterday, all the RTTY stations that I heard seemed to be staying way above the .060, QRP Watering Hole areas.
Maybe all the RF is freezing from the cold air and is just dropping out of the sky.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!
Good evening Larry, funny thing I too checked out the SFI numbers and was happy to see the positive sign. I put the Alexloop on the balcony and called CQ and nothing. I did check RBN and was not really heard by all that much. So it was good to read that I was not the only one with not so great results.