• 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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I got clear faxes from London to Kodiak to Hawaii tonight. Some look like they are just on plain paper. It really didn't matter what the band, just seemed the propagation gods were finally happy. Sunspots???
 

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More like no sunspots. With the flux levels this low, you just happened to catch the ionosphere when it's relatively quiet and a nice opening popped up. Nothing more than that.

There are so many sites on the web for getting this information, it's almost ridiculous. However if you want a quick way to see if the sun is acting up, it's hard to beat SpaceWeather (although it should be noted they cover other astronomical and weather related stuff, too).

73 Mike
 
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Yeah, I agree with Mike. About a month ago the solar index was in the high 70's and low 80's and I thought we were heading in the right direction. But the last week or so it's been back down to the upper 60's.....yuck.
Happy Monitoring,
Jim
 
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