A big part of being successful with amateur radio communications, is understanding what’s going on with the Sun. Since the sun is responsible for propagation here on Earth, it might be a good idea to pay attention.
I often hear operators sharing their frustration about the solar minimum. Others are wondering why their GPS isn’t working, or the terrible noise on their favourite band. Many of us understand propagation isn’t luck, it’s about knowledge. The solar storm forecast might give you a heads up about what to expect, when you turn on your radio.