I have been so bored I have been receiving pictures from the International Space Station as it passes over.
But the neighbours like them. Shows them what all those awful antennas and masts are for.
There was a small aurora yesterday and today (13-14 April 2016). Nothing worked from here but I thought you might like to see the GB3NGI 2m beacon as seen from here via the auroral curtain.
Usually I have to beam 260 degrees (almost West) to find the beacon, because that is where Northern Ireland is from here, but during an aurora I beam at 30 degrees (just East of North) and the beacon signal, though loud, has no tone and sounds raspy.
Here is an unusual view of the SpecJT graph of the beacon's signals via aurora:-
The wide distorted signals on aurora are very difficult to copy. That is why CW is so good, as the presence or absence of a signal is easier to observe. Despite that, I do make SSB contacts, but data, as you can see, is impossible.
Those images were taken with the FSK mode waterfall, which scrolls left to right. I switched to the JT65 waterfall which goes downwards.
Here are two more images, this time the top one shows the direct path, and the bottom one shows the auroral path. (To keep you on your toes I am swapping them round from the images above). I will not bother showing the decode results on the auroral one, because as you can imagine, there was nothing to decode. The multiple traces on the direct carrier (higher waterfall) are due to aircraft reflections - though the signal decoded perfectly. The wide splodge on aurora waterfall (lower) has no chance of decoding.
Believe me, if it looks odd, it sounds WEIRD.