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Storms were more numerous around North America during this session and it was evident on the air with the presence of storms on the West coast in addition to the Gulf coast. Central America remains active and a cluster of storms at sea no doubt impacted parts of eastern Canada and the northeastern US. Central Europe continues to experience overnight storms as well. Japan was finally lightning free and some of the Australian population centers in the East were lightning free but given the number of regional storms I have my doubts about listening through this session like so many others recently.
Geomagnetic conditions reached elevated-quiet levels with unsettled conditions possible over the next 24-hour according to Solarham. The Bz is pointing to the North this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 360 km/s. DST values peaked during the session and have trended downward in step with the elevated K-indices. A coronal hole is currently geoeffective and a solar wind stream is likely to reach Earth during this session.
Domestic propagation was subject to strong QSB during this early evening but apparently improved significantly as the evening progressed, particularly in the West which might signal enhancements associated with the onset of elevated geomagnetic conditions. Trans-Atlantic openings remain very strong. Daytime openings have also been noted by several suggesting that it may be worth a few CQ’s at local noon if possible during the coming weeks. This is the time of year when long haul daytime openings tend to manifest.
Reverse beacon network reports follow:
The following stations provided reports of their two-way QSO’s and/or any additional activity that might have occurred during this session (this is not necessarily a complete list – only what was reported!):
Wayde, K3MF, reported a CW QSO with K9MRI. He also completed a JT9 QSO with WB4JWM.
Tom, WB4JWM, completed a CW QSO with K4EJQ for a new state and a JT9 QSO with K3MF. Tom also attempted QRA64 with KC3OL but they were unsuccessful during this session. I expect that they will try again in the coming nights.
Rob, NC0B, appears to have completed JT9 QSO’s with NO3M, which was a second hand report, and W0YSE.
Neil, W0YSE, reported that it was a night of “Good outbound, not so good inbound.” He explains:
“Had a late night here cuz i just could not get to sleep. Finally gave up trying and went to the shack.
I saw a JT9 trail coming down the top of my screen. It was Laurence, KL7L. I called him several times to no avail, so I gave out a CQ and Rob, NC0B answered. He was -11 and he gave me a -13.
Then 2 more CQ’s by Laurence and he came back to me with a -26, and I gave him a -24.
This morning I found VE7CNF on my JT9 screen. Toby had been calling CQ about a half hour after I went back to bed. No other JT9 activity appeared here this session.
On WSPR however I was surprised to be decoded by 43 stations. Thats a marked increase from recent results. Many were over 3000 km plus 12 decodes from KL7L who is “only” 2467 km from me. Here is my DX for the session:
…but I heard only these 6 WSPR stations: K9FD, KA7OEI, KL7L, KR6LA, NU6O, W7IUV.“
Al, K2BLA, reported that he “Worked K8TV, WB4JWM, and KA9OKH on JT9. Also worked K9SLQ and N9RU on JT9 for new 2018 grids. WSPR: heard by 57 including EA8BFK. Heard 20 including K9FD and EA5DOM. Running reduced power, about -2dB, because of a number of issues due to unusually cold weather for central Florida. (low temps in the mid 20’s last three days)”
Robert, KR7O, reported quite a bit of activity including daytime openings in this report:
“W7IUV copied throughout the day along with a few spots of KR6LA. The evening started off quiet, but lightning crashes picked up around 0300Z. Much quieter this AM, but still occasional strong bursts. Quite a bit of JT9 activity last night, K9KFR, K9SLQ and KL7L were in for extended periods along with several western stations. Called K9SLQ for some time during the 05Z hour with no response. He returned much stronger around 0830Z. K2BLA popped in for one sequence at 1153Z.
On WSPR, I was heard by 18, with K9AN being the best DX. Heard 21, including TC stations WD8DAS (4/-27), K2BLA (2/-21), W3LPL (8/-24), W4BCX (18/-22), W1IR (20/-20), N1BUG (3/-24) and ZF1EJ. Good CDX overnight despite the noise.
ZF1EJ – 3 spots, -27
KL7L – 53 spots, -14
K9FD – 102 spots, -6“
JB, VE3EAR reported that he decoded JT9 from K8TV, K9SLO, WA9CGZ, K2BLA, W4KZK, WA3EDT, KA9OKH, NO3M, K3MF, WB4JWM, W3XY, K0KE, KC3OL, K9KFR, NC0B, W0YSE, and N9RU. He added that he added that he was “…Using a PA0RDT mini whip at 7 metres AGL, connected to my TS-440S…”
Ken, K5DNL, operated WSPR overnight, reporting 25 stations and receiving reports from 87 unique stations including EA8BFK, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, KL7L, K9FD (/KH6), YV7MAE, ZF1EJ and eleven Canadian stations. Check out Ken’s website for a list of 630-meter products that he has for sale – K5DNL.COM.
KB5NJD was not on the air for very long during this session due to prior commitments but I made a few CQ’s on CW, receiving a call from K8RYU who was a legitimate RST 549 at the start but disappeared almost immediately following the initial exchange so we signed off pretty quickly. I wish I had been able to operate a bit more later in the evening when the band seemed to really open up.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
K2BLA -> EA8BFK
W4ZKZ -> LA2XPA
DH5RAE -> W1IR
GM3YXM -> AA1A
EA7HPM -> N1BUG, W1IR
W3LPL -> EA8BFK, LA2XPA
F1AFJ -> W1IR, AA1A
G0MRF -> AE2EA, AA1A
G8HUH -> AA1A, N1BUG, N2NOM
K5DNL -> EA8BFK, GM3YXM, LA2XPA
W4BCX -> EA2HB, EA8BFK, G0LUJ, LA2XPA
AA1A -> DL4RAJ, EA5KK, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G3XDV, G8HUH, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, LA3EQ
EA5DOM -> AA1A, K2BLA, KA1R, N1BUG, N1DAY, N2NOM, N3FL, W1IR, W4BCX, WA1GPO, WA9WTK, YV7MAE, ZF1EJ
W1IR -> DH5RAE, DJ0ABR, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G3WCB, G4ZFQ, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, M0NKA, PA0RDT
N1BUG -> DH5RAE, DJ0ABR, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, EA5KK, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G3XDV, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, PA0RDT
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
NU6O -> JA1PKG
W7IUV -> VK4YB, JA1PKG
KL7L -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, K9FD, VK4YB
K9FD -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, KL7L, VK4YB, ZF1EJ
VK4YB -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, K1YQP, K9FD, KJ6MKI, KK6EEW, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, SWLCN74XP, VE6JY, VE6XH, W7IUV
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported nineteen WSPR stations including EA5DOM and K9FD and he received reports from 49 unique stations including LA2XPA.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported seven WSPR stations including EA5DOM, which likely represents the first WSPR report between South America and Europe on 630 meters.
Laurence, KL7L, indicated during his JT9 session overnight that he “…had high hopes this evening as early sounded pretty good on the drive home – but listening now to the Northern Arctic coast NDBs they are weak.” He completed a JT9 QSO with W0YSE reported and indicated that this morning he found reports for two stations:
0823 -23 0.0 1175 @ CQ VE7CNF CN89
1126 -22 -0.2 1100 @ CQ VK4YB QG62
Laurence noted this morning that he was receiving JT9 reports from VE7SL, presumably via PSKreporter or Hamspots websites.
Using WSPR overnight, Laurence reported nine stations and he received reports from 27 unique stations including JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL and JH3XCU. He shared two-way reports with KA7OEI, KR6LA, NU6O, VE7BDQ, W0YSE, W7IUV, K9FD and VK4YB.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported thirteen WSPR stations. He shared two-way reports with K5DNL, KA7OEI, KL7L, KR6LA, N1VF, NU6O, VE7BDQ, VK4YB, W0YSE, W1IR, W3LPL, W7IUV and ZF1EJ. Merv received reports from 44 unique stations including JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL and JH3XCU.
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