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A number of operators reported high noise last night and this morning in North America as storms were present along the eastern seaboard through the Caribbean and into Central America. It seemed relatively quiet here during the evening in south central US but there are quite a few lightning crashes this morning. Europe is relatively storm free except for parts of the UK and Ireland. A few storms remain over Japan and eastward into the Pacific and a few more storms were present in the eastern areas of Australia that have otherwise been clear in recent sessions. Lightning persists in southeastern Australia through the West to points North. Central Australia is relatively storm free at this time. A few storms were also present in New Zealand but appear to have been short lived.
Geomagnetic conditions were very quiet. The Bz is pointing to the South this morning, however, and solar wind velocities are averaging near 345 km/s. DST values are trending upward with both presented indicators residing above the centerline at positive levels this morning.
The band was open early in a number of areas but noise was also high for some which probably impacted activity a bit. The path between Alaska and the lower-48 was reported to be open early in the session. Trans-Atlantic openings remain solid but were not as wide spread as previous sessions.
Reverse beacon network reports follow:
Joe, VO1NA, reported that he would be QRV with 12 wpm CW on 477.7 kHz for a few night. PA0RDT reported, “Aural copy around local midnight and at dawn, but not overly strong.”
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!):
Second hand evidence from W5EST suggests that a JT9 QSO may have occurred between WB4JWM and N9RU.
Phil, VE3CIQ, completed JT9 QSO’s with WB4JWM, K9MRI, WA3ETD and WA1OJN.
Joe, WA9CGZ, completed a JT9 QSO with K5DNL.
Mark, VA7MM, completed a CW QSO with W0YSE.
Ken, K5DNL, completed a JT9 QSO with WA9CGZ. Using WSPR overnight, he reported 23 stations including KL7L. He received reports from DX including KL7L, PA0RDT, YV7MAE, EA8BFK, F5WK, ZF1RC, ZF1EJ and nine Canadian stations. Be sure to check out Ken’s website, K5DNL.com, for a number of products that he has for sale to help you get on the air.
Neil, W0YSE, reported a strong evening of activity, submitting the following comments and statistics:
“…Had a JT9 Q with Bill, N6PIG. We were both a bit weak. I had to repeat my report to him a couple of times, partly because my WSPR 4.0 went into TX mode in the middle of our JT9 QSO. I forgot to move the slider to 0%.
A bit later, Robert KR7O posted that someone was on 473, so I moved down to listen and found Mark VA7MM calling cq. We had a QSO thru some QSB that took both of our signals between 559 and 229 (and sometimes a bit weaker even).
Mark went on to CQ more after that. Dont know if anyone else contacted him, altho Robert was copying both of us apparently. Thanks to Robert for giving us a heads up on KST chat.
During the past hour I have had 24 stations pick up my WSPR: Here are the DX ones…
Pretty good for this early in the evening from out west.”
Al, K2BLA, reported that “Band conditions and activity both lousy last night and this morning. Heard only a few on JT9 last night and nothing this AM. WSPR: heard by 44 including YV7MAE, ZF1RC, (first time spotted by that call), best DX was VE7BDQ @ 4153 km. Heard only 13 and nothing over 1882 km; an unusually bad session. Hearing quite a bit of lightning but nearest storms are in the Bay of Campeche but is quite active this AM.”
Robert, KR7O, reported that he is “Still plagued by noise, but it has subsided a bit revealing good TC propagation. No JT9 activity noted before 03Z and very little after, but did catch K9KFR and quite a few decoded from KL7L. VE7CNF was -70dBm on QRSS. Copied a traditional CW QSO between VA7MM and W0YSE after 05Z. Very strong QSB during their QSO taking them both from 559 to in the noise. On WSPR copied KE7A (EM12) which I believe is a new station. TC stations logged, WD8DAS (3/-23), N4WLO (-28), KC4SIT (56/-17), K2BLA (3/-21), W3LPL (19/-23), W4BCX (13/-24) and W1IR (6/-22).
KL7L – 77 spots, -4
VK4YB – 3 spots, -25″
The evening was quiet at KB5NJD. A number of JT9 stations were heard around 00z but that activity disappeared pretty quickly. I made a few calls on 474.5 kHz CW but didn’t receive my first reverse beacon reports until almost two hours after sunset from WZ7I. K4EJQ was light on 473.8 kHz and I did not call him. This morning I called CQ on CW again and received a number or reverse beacon reports in addition to NO3M, who indicated that I was RST 579. Eric was “RX only” this morning so no QSO occurred. I listened for W3TS, who was reported to be calling on 473 kHz, but I never saw him on any antenna or even while watching on a waterfall for just a trace of a signal. Propagation was good this morning but stations were lean.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
PA0A -> AA1A
F1AFJ -> AA1A
F4DTL -> AA1A
G0MRF -> AA1A, G0MRF
DL6TY -> W1IR, N1BUG
EA4GHB -> AA1A, N1BUG
G3KEV -> N1BUG, AA1A, W1IR
EA5DOM -> W4BCX, AA1A, N1BUG
W4BCX -> EA8BFK, G0LUJ, PA0RDT
K5DNL -> EA8BFK, F5WK, PA0RDT
F5WK -> AA1A, K4RCG, N1BUG, N2BJW, N3FL, W1IR, WA3TTS, WA9WTK
W1IR -> DH5RAE, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, F1AFJ, F59706, F5WK, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G3KEV, GM3YXM, M0NKA, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PI4THT, PI9ESA
AA1A -> DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, F5WK, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G0MRF/P, G3KEV, GM3YXM, LA3EQ, LA3JJ, M0NKA, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
KL7L -> 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM, VK4YB, ZF1EJ
VK4YB -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, KJ6MKI, KK6EEW, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, NU6O, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported sixteen WSPR stations including KL7L and he received reports from 37 unique stations including YV7MAE.
Roger, ZF1RC, reported nine WSPR stations.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported eight WSPR stations.
Laurence, KL7L, indicated that his CQ’s on CW resulted in his first reverse beacon reports at VE7AB. He also made a few CQ’s using JT9 but his receive window was otherwise clear. Laurence reported six WSPR stations and he received reports from 33 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM and ZF1EJ. He shared two-way reports with K5DNL, KR6LA, NU6O, VK4YB, W0YSE and W7IUV.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), was not on the air during this session.
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