Geminids meteor shower imminent

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daveB
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Geminids meteor shower imminent

Post by daveB » 11 Dec 2017 21:07

The Geminids meteor shower should be making an appearance about now - once again it is supposed to peak in the early hours of the 14th. The Geminids make their appear from 1600 to around 1130 UTC

Last year most of my reception came from the East - from 0100 - 0600 and in the early evening from 1900 - 2200. Tropo reception is total rubish at the moment - so won't interfere. But whether I will get anything this year depends on how bad the interference is. I will be restricted to the upper part of the FM Band and if reception is a wash out I will seriously re-consider whether it worth pursuing this hobby outside the SpE season!
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Re: Geminids meteor shower imminent

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 12 Dec 2017 11:38

Thank you for this alert. Once again I had overlooked this shower. Will be recording overnight.

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Re: Geminids meteor shower imminent

Post by daveB » 12 Dec 2017 14:22

It's only the most prolific meteor shower of the year with 120 per hour! Next one on the scale is the Quarantids - at the beginning of January at 100 meteors per hour.

Nothing showed up in the early hours of this morning at the top half of the band - just a few pings.
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Re: Geminids meteor shower imminent

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 13 Dec 2017 14:07

A good improvement in meteor scatter overnight. Very regular pings and with decent strengths. One or two slightly longer bursts. Could bode well for the next 24 hours.

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Re: Geminids meteor shower imminent

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 13 Dec 2017 23:11

A quick update.

Not seeing the same kind of strengths and frequency of MS activity this evening as I did around the sunrise period this morning. Perhaps it's just a temporary lull. Or maybe things won't lift up again until sunrise, but there were LOTS of bursts on this morning's files. Hoping for a repeat of that again tomorrow morning.

Now to start going through the files.

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Re: Geminids meteor shower imminent

Post by daveB » 17 Dec 2017 21:38

The early hours of the 14th gave loads of short burst and pings - short term over 120 ZHR. But only tiny tiny percentage were worth checking for RDS as they were just not strong enough (or background interference was higher than previous years).
SDRPlay, AirSpyMini, RTL dongles, SB920s, Yamaha TX930. 5 ele compact yagi on rotator at 18ft agl. FM5 facing east, FM5 facing south, FM3 facing NE, OIRT dipole, 3-ele Moxon vertical facing east.

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