The new year rang in with elevated noise and Kp values but those elements didn’t seem to result in significant differences from the previous session. The lightning map was significantly more active overnight and forecasts suggest that this trend may continue across the southern US for several days to come.
Geomagnetic conditions reached unsettled levels but the forecast G1 storm has yet to manifest. History suggests that the storm is late and will eventually have an impact. The Bz is variable, having recently turned slightly to the South. Solar wind velocities are averaging 480 km/s. DST values remain on a roller coaster but are currently near nominal values.
Olaf, DL4HG, reported on the RSGB-LF that he “…will be qrv tonight on 472.75 CW, 2000 UTC until 2100 UTC. 60 Watts, inv.L, 15m up and 25m topload. Hope to manage some QSOs.”
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, indicates that high latitudes were improved during this session but QRN continues to be a problem. Doug decoded seven WSPR stations and was decoded by 37 unique stations including WH2XCR and VA7JX.
Rick. W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported that he decoded seven WSPR stations and was decoded by 22 unique stations as cold weather nd snow take hold once again. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reported that Toby, VE3CNF, was operating with a special call sign, CG7CNF, to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial. This change is permitted through the year.
Trans-Pacific report details for this session (excluding KL7 and KH6) are aggregated here.
Roger, VK4YB, reports, “Very similar conditions to yesterday, despite the higher K. No sign of a break in the QRN for the next week or so.” Roger received reports from JA1NQI, JA3TVF, JH1INM, TNUKJPM, W7IUV, WW6D and two-way reports were shared with WI2XBQ. Roger provided reports for WG2XXM and WH2XXP.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he was decoded by 65 unique stations including VK4YB and ZL2BCG.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 66 unique stations including VK4YB, JH1INM, VK2XGJ, and ZL2BCG.
I operated WSPR through the afternoon and received word from KC4JIT in North Carolina that he decoded me earlier than ever before (2334z). Shortly after this report I transitioned to CW for the remainder of the session for periodic calls on 474.5 kHz in the Straight Key Night event. I worked Steve, KF5RYI, who was operating as WG2XIQ/1 and subsequently had a nice test of the KX3 in a CW QSO on 630-meters. As expected, the noise remained low and his signal popped out of the noise without any problems. Further testing is required but I really think I am going to continue using the KX3 for CW receive until I find that it is no longer better than the receiver in the FT-1000. As I was splitting time between SKN on other bands, my calls were not constant on 630-meters. Rain and storms prevented further activity this morning and may impede my activity over the next couple of days.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for CG7CNF, VE3CIQ, WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XKA, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, and WI2XBQ. Report details for these stations can be viewed here. ZF1EJ/1, which was configured for the listening with the new transmit antenna, provided reports for WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XKA, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, and WI2XBV. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported visual aurora as fire works were being viewed. Absorption is never a good thing at his high latitude. He managed two-way reports with WH2XCR:
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ and received reports from JA1NQI, VK2XGJ, and ZL2BCG. Merv continues to perform well with stations located along the East coast of North America. Report details for this session can be viewed here.
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