Was truly amazed this weekend, by the amount of propagation on 10M, and the way the signals are coming in. No more E-layer stuff for 10M, it is all F-layer bounces, with the SFI up to 190.
The atmosphere, as we understand it, are made up of several layers, the highest being the F-layer. the F-layer is made up of two layers, being F1 and F2. Usuall on 10M we bounce signals off of the E-layer, called Sporadic-E. As you can imagine, you never know when their will be enough iionization in the E-layer to allow for propagation, which is why it is called "Sporadic-E". The last few days, with all the SOlar activity that has been happening, the F layers have been Ionized enough, to allow frequencies up to 28-29MHZ to bounce off of this layer. When this happens, contacts across the polar cap, into Europe are easily accomplished.
Ok, enough of the technical stuff. The last few days, I have been hearing and working stations into Europe, as well as into Asia, S pacific and Indian Ocean, all on 10M.
Does all this activity signal the end of the world in 2012 ? I dont know, but if the world has to end, I cant think of any better way than to be sending morse code, working some exotic station, and a big smile on my face. More info here at http://goo.gl/fgd6c