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THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER: Perseid meteor rates are swiftly increasing as Earth approaches a dense stream of debris from parent Comet Swift-Tuttle. If forecasters are correct, the shower will peak on Aug. 12-13, almost perfectly coinciding with a Full Moon. Bright moonlight will overwhelm many faint meteors, but there should still be plenty of Perseid fireballs. Enjoy the show:observing tips, photo gallery.

A NEW FORM OF SPACE WEATHER ON BETELGEUSE: You’ve heard of a CME, a “coronal mass ejection.” They happen all the time. A piece of the sun’s tenuous outer atmosphere (corona) blows off and sometimes hits Earth. Something far more terrible has happened to Betegeuse. The red giant star produced an SME, orsurface mass ejection.”

On July 9, 1962, the US military detonated a thermonuclear warhead 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean–a test called “Starfish Prime.” What happened next surprised everyone. Witnesses from Hawaii to New Zealand reported auroras overhead, magnificent midnight “rainbow stripes” that tropical sky watchers had never seen before. Radios fell silent, then suddenly became noisy as streetlights went dark in Honolulu.

  • Cosmic Rays Solar Cycle 25 is beginning, and this is reflected in the number of cosmic rays entering Earth’s atmosphere. Neutron counts from the University of Oulu’s Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory show that cosmic rays reaching Earth are slowly declining–a result of the yin-yang relationship between the solar cycle and cosmic rays.

SUNSPOT SUNSETS: Solar Cycle 25 is changing the way sunsets look. It is adding some spots. “Active sunspot complex AR2993-94 was visible yesterday at sunset,” says Marek Nikodem, who sends this picture from Szubin, Poland:


QCWA Silver State Chapter #190

Hi everyone,
Per the suggestion and the vote the name has now officially reverted to Silver State.
You can see it on the QCWA website under members….

The bimonthly meeting of the Silver State Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) Club #190 is coming up on Saturday, 10 Sept. 2022, 11am at Famous Dave’s, 4925 Kietzke Ln, Reno. For this meeting, after talking with a few of you, I thought we would try something different. We all enjoy the same hobby but in many cases found our way into it in different ways. Ham Radio convention dinners quickly turn into story time where you might find the guy next to you had the same first radio, for instance. I know the stories of some of you and others I don’t even,  though we see each other at various Northern Nevada events regularly. So with that said, I’m looking for maybe two or three volunteers to tell us your ham radio story, props are welcome, don’t everyone jump up at once, but we might make this a regular feature of the beginning of the meeting if you all enjoy it.

Drop me an email , call , text so I can coordinate this if you are interested in sharing your story, I know everyone loves to talk..

You do not need to be a member to attend. And remember, Show and Tell is encouraged.

Chuck Farnham 




QCWA Reno Chapter #190