While the Auroras' effect on MW/SW may be true, MW DXers in the far north of Finland, Sweden and Norway seem to do OK. So it may depend on the strength of it. Not living in Aurora territory, I wouldn't know. I am aware, however, of 'auroral' MW conditions, living in the northern tier of states. Kills the regionals, and signals from the southern regions (California, Nevada, Arizona, Mexico, etc.) come in well. But that's the effect of the auroral radio zone on the middle latitudes, I'm sure it is probably quite different at 70-80 degrees north.One thing that does not encourage taking an HF radio with us is that auroras and M/HF radio don't mix well --But there does seem to be a radio club in Longyearbyen, where we will be staying, and maybe if we run across any 2 metre activity we will try to visit the locals.
I have no real agenda- my life seems to run smoother that way .