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Solar Cycle 24

By Darrel Bird


Copyright 2012 by Darrel Bird

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"Imagination will often carry us to
worlds that never were. But
without it we go nowhere."
- Carl Sagan







Part 1: The signal



Robert Packwood had been an Amateur Radio operator since he was thirteen years old; he had inherited his grandfather’s transceiver and amplifier and had become fascinated with it as he listened in on the digital and voice signals coming in on the aged earphones.


He had to pass a Morse code test that went from 5 words to 20 words a minute plus the technical exams.

He kept at it until he got his coveted extra class ticket, and he was on his way.

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