Utility Planet is the official blog for the column of the same name in The Spectrum Monitor. It replaces Utility World in the discontinued Monitoring Times magazine. Utilities are all VLF/LF/MF/HF (and sometimes low-band VHF) radio communications except broadcasting, CB, and non-emergency amateur. If you understood the last sentence, you know enough to read this blog.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Low-VHF F2 Skip is Back!
After hearing a solid signal from the 29620 kHz FM repeater in New York State, I checked higher up. Indeed the first VHF skip of the season was coming into California from the New York City area, with the usual NYC taxi dispatchers. These were also good signals.
Since this time, Bz has moved south, and the Kp index is around the storm threshold at 4. Radio conditions are deteriorating somewhat. Still, the season is coming......
kHz UTC Tone Traffic 30620.0 1902 210.7 LOUD carriers, SS dispatcher
30660.0 1814 77.0 Huge carrier
30720.0 1822 ? Weak carrier, longer xmsns than rest
30740.0 1901 107.2 Taxi, probably NYC, usual fast
30800.0 1919 88.5 Taxi, probably NYC, usual fast
30820.0 1902 151.4 Carriers, OM and YL dispatchers
31360.0 1910 CSQ Weak EE/OM, "right next door to your