• Effective immediately we will be deleting, without notice, any negative threads or posts that deal with the use of encryption and streaming of scanner audio.

    We've noticed a huge increase in rants and negative posts that revolve around agencies going to encryption due to the broadcasting of scanner audio on the internet. It's now worn out and continues to be the same recycled rants. These rants hijack the threads and derail the conversation. They no longer have a place anywhere on this forum other than in the designated threads in the Rants forum in the Tavern.

    If you violate these guidelines your post will be deleted without notice and an infraction will be issued. We are not against discussion of this issue. You just need to do it in the right place. For example:
    https://forums.radioreference.com/rants/224104-official-thread-live-audio-feeds-scanners-wait-encryption.html

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Wayne and others, please consider adding a "Space Weather and Radio Propagation" group topic (forum?) for threads related to space weather and radio propagation.

My request derives from this http://forums.radioreference.com/hf-mw-lw-general-discussion/235279-solar-flare.html#post1719668 post that cuts across many forums including HF/MWLW, Amateur Radio, and Skip/Tropospheric Ducting and probably more. Where to put it?

Such breaking news gets lost in the threads. My post above, theoretically, could have been cross-posted in multiple forums and threads.

It was wild to watch the day unfold. The three flares since this afternoon @1922 UTC have played havoc with virtually everything. It was so bad that only 2m and 70cm repeaters close to me were audible, aircraft (108-132 MHz) were gone, and the only HF propagation was trans-equatorial. NA hams could only work the Caribbean via Sporadic E, European hams were working South America (primarily Brasil) via F2.

My experiences with solar cycle maximums goes back to the IGY of 1957-58 and I've been at a radio when the ionosphere gets played with. The afternoon blackout today was unique for me; I can't remember the last time when VHF/UHF groundwave was affected.

What say you all? Thanks for "listening."
 
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Severe weather, as I understand it, is terrestrial. That would be quite different than space weather dealing with the sun's burps and spots that affects the ionosphere, satellites, broadcast, ham, CB, utility, VHF and UHF radio, cutting across a number of forums and threads on RR. There was another upset earlier today: 3-day GOES X-ray Flux Monitor. It turned the daylight section of the Near-Real-Time MUF Map red, something I haven't seen recently. Does this help?
 
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