Dave Hancox - 10/3/2011 12:56
Bazmundo - 10/3/2011 11:48 A great idea for a reports thread Dave! So I take it we're looking for radio interference and GPS wobbles in association with known flares? It is startling to think of the number of GPS dependent activities there are these days, and how the upcoming solar max is going to affect them.
†Yeah i thought it would be interesting to see if we could monitor any reported problems and post them here. I did see one last week not directly related but TV was meant to have been knocked out for a short time about a week ago, due to a†satellite†being in between the Sun and Earth. Can't find the link now.
Yes, I saw the link myself. That's one problem with equinoxes when the sun is right behind the satellite as you look at it, the EM radiation from the sun swamps the signal - which is why the satellites are positioned there as the Sun changes position more rapidly through this phase than solstices. If the satellite had a lower or higher angle these TV blackouts would occur frequently during midday.
I've noticed a few problems with my mobile broadband (dongle) over the last month, possibly due to an active Sun or an appalling level of service, but I'm switching to home wireless soon. I wonder if mobile phone reception is affected, or more importantly if we could distinguish SW effects from ordinary issues? Ham radio is a better yardstick, as long-range reception can be affected by the ionosphere - the Australian Space Agency folk are good at picking up on this: http://www.ips.gov.au/HF_Systems/6/1/1
Edit - this is a much better page on their website, links to European Ionospheric pages as well as global: http://www.ips.gov.au/HF_Systems/9/3