Radio amateurs know that sunspots affect VHF as well as HF propagation, and the solar cycle has a direct bearing on the prevalence of radio auroras. The extent and usefulness of this mode of propagation is perhaps still not widely known, though. Radio Auroras sets out to explain this phenomenon in an easy to understand and useful way.
Radio Auroras tells the fascinating story of the radio amateurs who discovered this mode of propagation and how they made use of it. Through the following pages there are descriptions of how auroras are caused, how they can be forecast and perhaps most importantly how best to use them to work DX. Whilst auroras are often thought to be a VHF effect, this book also describes radio auroras at 28MHz as well as outlining the effects of auroras on the other HF bands. Occurrences of Sporadic E can also accompany auroras to provide Auroral E propagation and this too is covered in Radio Auroras. If you are interested in radio propagation Radio Auroras is a unique guide to this topic, but for those studying and experimenting, or those keen to work DX on VHF, it is a real ‘must have’ book.
The late Charlie Newton, G2FKZ, who wrote the core material of this book, was acknowledged as one of the leading experts on radio auroras and his material is judged as the definitive guide to this fascinating topic. He was for many years a leading light in the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) Propagation Studies Committee. His work has been updated and supplemented with a new chapter compiled by well-known VHF DXer Neil Carr, G0JHC. Using contributions from a number of the UK's leading VHF DXers, Neil Carr looks at the major radio aurora events that took place during the last solar cycle and in the first part of the new cycle.