Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

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Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK6OX » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:29 pm

Conjecture, some science, doomsayers, keyboard experts. Even Amateurs have put forward when Sunspot Cycle 25 will happen!! :lol:

It is alleged from certain circles (probably concentric! :P ) that the next upturn towards peak will commence some time in 2019 with an alleged peak around 2022.

Regardless of when it actually happens, how old will u be, and will you still be at all interested in what it may or may not bring? :crazy:

In '22 I'll be 73....that's 6 yrs from now. Whether I'm still interested in things AR then, only time will tell. :?

What about you?
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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK4WDM » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:45 pm

I will be 78. My interest in AR hasn't really wayned ( :mrgreen: ) since I was first licensed in 1963 and provided I am in good enough health and still have enough marbles in the bag I am sure that I will be still interested then.

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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK2DUX » Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:19 pm

A cruel question Andy but I will fess up 72.

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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK4GJW » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:01 pm

Dam you ! Didnt want to think about it, but what the hell! I will be 66 and still in AR! :om:
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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK3DXE » Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:35 am

I won't have reached retirement age, so regardless, I won't have lazy days to enjoy it, unless I win lotto in the meantime...
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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK2MUS » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:28 am

I will be getting nearer to 80 however as you get older the years go quicker - its a scientific fact - so I will very much less time to wait then a 20 year old just getting his first radio. We are only looking at 6 years that should go as fast as 3 to 4 years at my age.
Currently you can still make contacts however yesterday I could see some 20 spots around the world that picked up my signal and I could hear about 20 spots on the radio - the problem is the 20 I can hear can't hear me and the 20 that can hear me I can't hear. They should change the law so that propagation is reciprocal would make life easier.
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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby ZL3ADC » Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:09 pm

I will be in my late 60's and hopefully will still be interested in my hobby, especially working 6M DX. :om:
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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby ZL2WHO » Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:57 pm

Your all making me feel like a bit of a whipper snapper. Ill be planning my 60th with pole dancing and strippers... :popcorn: :beer:
I left this 6m game too late so have missed all the US prop that you could work on a whip and 10w. ( I think that part is made up ).
So yes ill be here giving it a nudge and hopefully the beacons are still blasting out there CW too.. One thing you can count on, everything changes.

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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK3MEG » Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:15 pm

i'll be late fifties early 60's i should be around especially 6m and 10m i only need 140 dxcc for honour roll on 10m (thats will be a focus 190 worked)only been in the hobby 4 years.
the lower bands have higher numbers for me but my main interest has always been these 2 bands.
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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK3KCX » Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:27 pm

I don't want to be a wet blanket but some sources are predicting that the next two cycles will be fizzers.

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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK2EFM » Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:24 pm

Ah well, 55. Will there anybody to talk with? Might have my HB amplifier finished by then..... :crazy:
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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK4CZ » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:12 pm

Will still be well short of being able to claim 'seniors moments' by then...

So Allan... I should still be available (will be the same age as you).

It's sad that when I got my licence 30 years ago I was considered a 'youngster' ... and based on this thread in 6 years I still will be.

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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK4WTN » Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:36 am

Got my wheelchair ordered complete with remote control for the 6 meter gear.Complete with computer generated CW (because I wont be able to remember CW by then).
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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK2EFM » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:31 am

Hi Scott,

I know what you mean... I had my Novice License in 1982, when I was 14 and the Full call when I was 15, and I remember being one of the youngsters :shock:

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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK2AVR » Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:26 am

Who cares about the solar cycle, the DX is still there.

Adapt your techniques!
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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK5BC » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:24 pm

Health permitting I will be in late seventies, I was hoping for more from cycle 24 as I thought that would be my last chance but a fizzer.

I'm sure I will still have interest in radio & 6m but whether I will be living at a property that will allow me large antennas etc, who knows.

Whatever its been fun over the years and hopefully cycle 25 will be somewhat better than 24.

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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK3HY » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:45 pm

This thread reminds me of Sid Bryant, VK3CI (SK) from Nagambie who was a keen six metre operator. Year after year, Sid was heard to say 'this will probably be my last Sporadic E season'. Sid's annual prediction eventually came through and his familiar voice disappeared from the six metre band.

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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK4GHZ » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:23 pm

Edit. I cannot be bothered with this anymore.
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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK4WDM » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:54 pm

"Who cares about the solar cycle, the DX is still there"

Agreed. The sunspot cycle is why hams, like the military, aviation and maritime services, have bands throughout the HF spectrum. Choose the frequency and the mode (and we have much more efficient ones that we used to) to suit the stage of the cycle.

At this stage of the cycle there is no F2 on 6m but still sporadic E and TEP. 10, 12 and 15m are poor. 17 and 20m are unstable but still producing good contacts at times especially on CW and digital. I just looked at my 20m JT65 screen. There are nine different countries on it (vertical antenna only). 30m and 40m are getting much better as we swing towards the bottom of the cycle and 80m will follow.

Having said all that, I am looking forward to having good propagation again on 6 and 10m.

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Re: Solar Cycle 25...how old will u be?

Postby VK4WDM » Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:19 pm

Adam

We used to have class distinction between CW and phone ops because only CW is "real" AR. I, and many others find that attitude offensive and hopefully it is well behind us.

Now you appear to be saying that digital modes are not "real" AR and that my 40m digital modes DXCC which took a bloody lot of hard work, long hours and heaps of skill is a "pseudo DXCC." If that is your position I find that comment also offensive. :thumbdown:

Hopefully you will either retract the comment or provide a clarification

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