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Status: ALL MAP PAGES ARE UPDATING NORMALLY! The computer PSU replacement was successful.

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This is the new version G7IZU Radio Reflection Detection website. I’ve rebuilt the site using a new and responsive WordPress template, so it should work very well on mobiles and tablets as well as full sized screens. Please replace any bookmarks to individual pages as any old bookmarks will no longer work.

Update: Most caching issues have been resolved. On mobiles or desktops, opening the site in an incognito browser will stop any caching you may still be getting.

Further updates are in my blog pages (scroll down the left info bar to find them).

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The page links have now moved to the left-hand sidebar if you’re using a large screen, or touch the menu tab at the top right on mobiles. Tapping the cog on the left opens the information sidebar which contains live propagation warnings and my Twitter feed. On larger screens the sidebar is always visible.

The map size on the propagation map pages have been reduced slightly, but clicking on the map will open it in a new tab for a detailed view in full size.

Various other tweaks have also been made to the information pages. Note the addition of a new HF propagation map for N America, and rolling archive maps for the past 24 hours.

The Sporadic-E Phenomenon

Sporadic-E, or simply “Es”, is mostly a summertime phenomenon, peaking between May and September in the northern hemisphere, and October and March in the southern hemisphere.

The causes of Es are not well understood and there and many theories, although it’s known that high levels of ionisation in the E-layer (80-120km altitude) cause radio waves to refract over long distances. A single hop can be somewhere between 400 and 1800km. Multiple hops are possible and in combination with F2 propagation, global communication on the 50 MHz band is know to occur. The Es “clouds” are sporadic in nature and can happen anywhere and at any time, although they are most common in the local summer with a late morning peak and a late afternoon peak. Extreme events can last several days and span the globe, or be localised to continents. Small isolated Es clouds can add to the magic, providing surprise contacts between specific locations.

As always, if you have any problems using the site or have any suggestions for things you would like to see, please get in touch.

Andy Smith, G7IZU
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  1. Hi Kees, thank you for your kind comments. I’ll email direct with help on Spectrum Lab. Andy.

  2. Hello Andy, I was reading to’ the book “the Radio Sky” and their the writer mentioned your…

  3. Thank you Ken. Your comments are very much appreciated! Andy.

  4. Very impressed with your new web site. Worth waiting for . I’m just getting my head around all pages …thanks…