ANOTHER CME IS COMING: As predicted, a CME struck Earth’s magnetic field on Feb. 26th (1925 UTC), sparking a G2-class geomagnetic storm. Another CME is following close behind. A second impact in as many days could intensify the ongoing storms to category G3 (Strong) on Feb. 27-28. https://spaceweather.com/
Radio Pakistan is enthralling its listeners through its running commentary and analyses of Pakistan Super League cricket matches.
Thirteen Medium Wave stations of the national broadcaster are airing ball to ball commentary right from the stadium. Besides, video podcast of Radio Pakistan presents a live show of the cricket matches that can be accessed on Facebook and YouTube at Sports FM-94.
All FM networks of Radio Pakistan, including FM-93, FM-94 and FM 101 are also running special PSL transmission with live updates, analyses, gossips and chitchat to amuse listeners.
Former test cricketer Hassan Raza, ex-first class cricketer and commentator Kashif Shabbir, and other sports celebrities present running commentary and their expert opinion live on Radio Pakistan Podcast.
The Cincinnati Reds and iHeartMedia have renewed 700WLW as the flagship for the Reds Radio Network through 2027.
“Listening to Reds games on 700WLW has been an inherent part of a Reds fan’s experience for generations,” said Karen Forgus, Reds senior vice president of business operations. “We are extremely proud to continue this tradition with 700WLW through iHeartMedia, whose innovation has kept 700WLW the powerhouse go-to in the region for news, traffic, and sports.”
GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH: Earth’s magnetic field is about to receive a double blow–first from a solar wind stream, then from a CME, both arriving around Feb. 27th. The solar wind stream is flowing from an equatorial hole in the sun’s atmosphere. The CME was launched by yesterday’s “chain reaction” explosion, described below. Their arrival could spark category G1 (Minor) to G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic storms with auroras in northern-tier US states.
A “CHAIN REACTION” EXPLOSION ON THE SUN: A magnetic filament connected to sunspot AR3229 erupted on Feb. 24th, producing a chain reaction of events that could lead to a geomagnetic storm on Earth. The action began at 1949 UTC when the filament rose up and sliced through the sun’s atmosphere: https://spaceweather.com/images2023/24feb23/slice.gif
The violent liftoff destabilized sunspot AR3229, sparking a long duration M3-class solar flare (2030 UTC). Radiation from the flare, in turn, ionized the top of Earth’s atmosphere, blacking out shortwave radio transmissions around the Pacific Ocean: map. Mariners and ham radio operators may have noticed loss of signal at frequencies below 25 MHz for as much as an hour after the explosion.
Next, a CME emerged from the blast site. Coronagraph images from SOHO show a lopsided halo with an Earth-directed component:
Type II solar radio emissions from the leading edge of the CME suggest a departure speed of 1200 km/s (2.7 million mph). The flank of the fast-moving cloud could reach Earth on Feb. 27th. NOAA analysts are modeling the CME now, so stay tuned for a refined forecast.
There’s more: Shock waves inside the CME accelerated protons to nearly light speed, and they have already reached Earth. Our planet’s magnetic field is funneling the particles toward the poles where a second type of radio blackout is underway–a polar cap absorption (PCA) event. Airplanes flying over these regions may find that their shortwave radios won’t work due to the ionizing effect of infalling protons: map. https://spaceweather.com/
Pro-Russian / anti-Ukrainian radio is actively broadcasting on MW in the Washington DC area. 1390 khz WZHF from Capitol Heights MD identifies as “Radio Sputnik“. ID heard with a good signal, here in Damascus MD 2/25/2023 around 1600 UTC (11:00 AM local time). RSPdx with beverage antenna.
Marshall Reel to MWDX – The National Radio Club FB group (2023-02-25)
WDFB-1170 DX test I wasn’t set up to record, so I won’t be seeking a QSL. But thanks to the CPC folks I’ve added WDFB to my logbook, using a barefoot Tecsun PL-330. Noted Morse code starting “VVV de” at 2306 CST, into low- to high-frequency sweep tones at 2307, more CW, then what sounded like straight 1-kHz tone at 2308. (Seemed more continuous than code, anyway.) All weak/fadey under KTSB Tulsa with Fox Sports Radio and a jumble of other signals. Slightly stronger CW by 2313-14, but faded under Tulsa.
Again, the work of Les and the gang to get this set up is much appreciated!
Randy Stewart Battlefield MO to irca iog (2023-02-25)