On many of the DX sites, one will find many variables for solar weather to include flux, A, K, sunspots, etc… I’d like to know how to read those and know what to look for. As I understand it, the sun’s activities affect the ionosphere which affects HF propagation in so many ways. I also hear of interplanetary magnetic fields, solar winds, terrestrial conditions, etc… more than I know what to do with.
What I’d like to be able to do is factor for myself what the band conditions are like, or will be like at a future time and know what conditions to take into account, aside from the general practice of knowing what bands are good at what times of the day or night. There’s also the fact that it takes me some effort to get my antenna’s out.
I realize this can be pretty broad and too much to put in a single post, and I’m also sure it will likely take considerable practice and time to learn, so I’m hoping for a summary about the process overall (i.e., how to make the decision that at X time, conditions will be great to GOTA), and I’ll break it down and study each topic individually from there.
Any help much appreciated.