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Storms were present on the West coast of North America and parts of the Caribbean during this session. It was noisier this morning than last night in the south central US, probably due to storms in Mexico and Central America. Most of Europe remains lightning free although the United Kingdom continues to be plagued by Atlantic storms. Japan is mostly lightning free while storms in southeastern Australia are spreading Northward along the eastern coast. New Zealand has active storms on both the north and south island.
Geomagnetic conditions reached unsettled levels. The Bz is pointing to the South this morning with quite a bit of variability during this session and solar wind velocities are averaging near 400 km/s. DST values peaked at nice positive levels before decreasing significantly with the onset of unsettled band conditions. The trend continues slightly downwards.
Propagation was pretty good during the evening after dark. Signals were relatively strong and QSB was less pronounced than recent sessions. Openings began earlier than recent sessions and seasonal daytime openings were not uncommon. Trans-Atlantic openings were were similar to the previous session, good openings but off recent highs. Trans-Pacific WSPR openings extended into the Midwest. Activity was more distributed through the evening and there may have been a bit of midweek activity slump which is common.
Reverse beacon network reports follow:
Jim, W5EST, submitted the following JT9 activity observed at his station in Little Rock, Arkansas:
0240 -25 0.6 1352 @ NU6O K0KE -24
0246 -25 0.8 1688 @ N9RU K0KE -23
0248 -26 0.8 1688 @ N9RU K0KE 73
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!):
Keith, K0KE, reported JT9 QSO’s with VE7VV, W0YSE, NU6O, N9RU, K5DNL and KC3OL. Keith added that band conditions were poor but he continues to seek new stations.
Roger, VE7VV, reported that “Last night, JT9 QSO’s with K0KE and NU6O at 0230. PSK Reporter showed my JT9 CQ at 0649 was decoded by NO3M and N9RU so there was good EW prop at that time.”
Dave, AA1A, reported an early CW QSO with K1RGO. Dave indicated that Sal was RST 589. Dave also noted that he was hearing VO1NA on 477.7 kHz but it was only a beacon at the time.
Al, K2BLA, reported that he was “…Only active a couple of hours this AM. Saw no activity on JT9. Transmitted about 3 WSPR transmissions but was heard by 41. Heard 16. No real DX. A couple of west coast and that was it. Noise was quite low but so were signals.“
Robert, KR7O, reported that this was “Pretty much a repeat of the previous session. Noise seems to have subsided a bit this morning. A little bit of regional JT9 activity. Copied N9RU working K0KE. Called N9RU for a while with no response. Single captures of WA9CGZ and K9SLQ. Four captures of VK4YB CQing (-23) just prior to 12Z. On WSPR copied 22, including N1DAY (9/-25), KC4SIT (49/-18), K2BLA (2/-22), W3LPL (4/-25), W4BCX (23/-21), W1IR (17/-20), N1BUG (3/-25) and ZF1EJ.
ZF1EJ – 9 spots, -22
KL7L – 73 spots, -8
VK4YB – 16 spots, -21“
Ken, K5DNL, indicated that while operating WSPR overnight, he heard 22 stations including G0MRF. He received reports from 86 unique stations including KL7L, EA8BFK, G8HUH, ZF1EJ and twelve Canadian stations. Check out Ken’s website, K5DNL.com, for a few products that he has for sale to help you get on the air.
Noise was elevated during the evening at KB5NJD but was manageable. VE7SL reported that he was hearing CW on 474.5 kHz and we decided that it was me that he was hearing. I heard a station calling during this episode but Steve indicated that it was not him. The signal was very light and from the West and it was early for western signals. Ike, KW7T, was on the air a bit later and he was heard at my station but a few revelations became clear including that his transmit and receive frequencies were not the same. That’s OK if you know the offset but it was only discovered during our experiment last night and may explain why others have not heard him. Ike was at workable levels in spite of noise but I was busy trying to figure out what was going on so no QSO was completed. He is going to check his system out and we will try again on a quiet night. It was good to hear his signal at QSO levels, however. Shortly after that episode and just prior to my QRTing for the night, I heard NO3M calling CQ at very loud levels. I executed a quick “drive by”, offering a comment and then 73. Eric sounded great and the band was obviously in good shape. I was QRT this morning.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
ZF1EJ -> LA2XPA
EA4GHB -> AA1A
F1AFJ -> AA1A
GM3YXM -> AA1A
ON5TA -> KA1R
W3LPL -> G0LUJ
EA5DOM -> AA1A, VE1YY
PA3ABK/2 -> AA1A, N1BUG
DL6TY -> KA1R, N1BUG
K5DNL -> EA8BFK, G8HUH
F5WK -> AA1A, KA1R, N2BJW, N3FL
W4BCX -> EA8BFK, G0LUJ, G8HUH, LA2XPA
G3KEV -> AA1A, KA1R, N1BUG, VE1YY, W1IR
G8HUH-> AA1A, KA1R, N1BUG, WA9WTK, WB3AVN
G0MRF -> AA1A, K5DNL, KA1R, N1BUG, N2BJW, N3FL, VE1YY, W1IR, W3LPL, WA3TTS, WB3AVN
AA1A -> F59706, F5WK, G0LUJ, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, M0NKA, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2
W1IR -> DH5RAE, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G3KEV, G4ZFQ, GM3YXM, LA3EQ, M0NKA, OR7T, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA7EY
N1BUG -> DH5RAE, DK6UG, DL1KAI, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, EA8BFK, EB8ARZ/1, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G3KEV, G3WCB, G4ETG, G4FFC, G4ZFQ, G6AVK, G8HUH, GM3YXM, ON5TA, OR7T, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PI4THT, PI9ESA, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, LA3JJ, M0NKA
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
KL7L -> VK4YB
VK4YB (AX4YB) -> 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, K6SRO, KC3OL, KJ6MKI, KK6EEW, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, NU6O, SWL/K9, TNUKJPM, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, W7IUV, WB7ABP
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported twenty WSPR stations and he received reports from 55 unique stations including LA2XPA.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported two WSPR stations.
Laurence, KL7L, reported eight WSPR stations and he received reports from twenty unique stations. He shared two-way reports with KA7OEI, KR6LA, NU6O, VE7BDQ, VK4YB, W0YSE and W7IUV. Laurence indicated that there was a “…quick fall off here and Japan shut out – band closed early.“
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), was not on the air during this session.
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