Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports:

The long string of days with no sunspots continues, with spots last observed nearly a month ago, on May 18. Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 70 on June 13 – 20, and 68 on June 21 through July 27.

The predicted planetary A index is 12 and 8 on June 13 – 14; 5 on June 15 – 23; 8, 12, and 8 on June 24 – 26; 5 on June 27 – July 5; 10, 8, 10, and 8 on July 6 – 9; 5 on July 10 – 20; 8, 10, and 8 on July 21 – 23, and 5 on July 24 – 27.

Scott Avery, WA6LIE, wrote to report his experiences during the ARRL June VHF Contest last weekend. ”During the day, expecting sporadic E, we were influenced by a lot of meteor scatter caused by the Beta Taurids, a daytime event that is not advertised, as it is not seen and only radio astronomers and hams would be interested,” he said. ”I spent a lot of time on 6 meters, FT8 mode [and a] little SSB/CW, and the same with 2 meters. I was bombarded with pings [of] CQ TEST, and that station was gone. This happened for most of the daylight hours with [few contacts].” Avery said an opening to Japan yielded a few contacts. A Sunday multi-hop sporadic E opening to the east coast also occurred, he said.

Sunspot numbers for June 6 – 12 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 0. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 68.9, 68.9, 68.4, 68.4, 68.9, 69.7, and 69.5, with a mean of 69. Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 4, 18, 6, 3, 3, and 4, with a mean of 5.9. Middle latitude A index was 4, 6, 14, 8, 4, 3, and 5, with a mean of 6.3.

ARRL News Letter on June 13, 2019