I have heard of it and I've tried googling but I don't see much that is tied in with the outlook on propagation. Can anybody please explain in dumb guy language whether we will have better propagation in the year or two to come? Thanks in advance.
What makes you think that?Sadly for anyone just getting interested in radio we may be headed into whats called a "Maunder Minimum". Kind of a dormant period for the sun that could last a long time. Google it.
I have my reloading bench set up now so I have another expensive hobby to empty my bank account into while Mr. Sun gets over it. I hope I live long enough to see another solar peak like the first two when I was a new ham.
I only saw one sentence in that whole article;There has been a lot of discussion regarding the possibility of us entering into a Maunder Minimum period.
I only saw one sentence in that whole article;
"All of these features, and many other statistical rules-of-thumb, lead to predictive schemes of one kind or another, but they generally fail to produce accurate and detailed forecasts of the ‘next’ sunspot cycle."
One of the reasons they got it wrong was the weird things that were happening on the sun. Maunder Minimums have happened in the past and like all things cyclic they will happen again. Maybe not in my lifetime but maybe it will. Each of the last couple cycles have been worse than the previous.I've also been doing this a long time.. and in all that time I've yet to see really good predictions. The old charts they used to print in the back of QST were good about a month out some of the time but years? Other than the cycle peak, which they even got wrong last cycle (remember the double peak that was, then wasn't , then was again?) the prop predictions are getting better but still just not there. As far as a minimum, at this point it's just guessing.