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Parts of North America experienced active lightning conditions which were localized in the south central US and South through the Gulf of Mexico into Central America. The western Mediterranean remains active into northern Africa but much of Europe was lightning free. Northern Japan experienced a few coastal storms during the session but was largely lightning free while Oceania experienced much of the same with activity spreading across the population centers of Australia in the Southeast and Southwest. The north and south islands of New Zealand experienced isolated storms containing lightning earlier in the session.
Geomagnetic conditions continue at elevated-quiet levels. The Bz is pointing to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 430 km/s. DST values are variable and generally trending downward.
This was an excellent session with many strong signals, transcontinental openings that led to QSO’s and a number of one way reports. Like the previous session, QSB was moving at a very rapid pace early in the session, particularly on longer paths, while settling down later in the evening. While trans-Atlantic openings were numerous, they generally favored higher latitudes in the East compared to more southerly reports in recent sessions. Trans-Pacific reports remain status quo.
Reverse beacon network reports follow (note that reports for W1AJT were phantoms caused by overload at W3OA):
Jim, W5EST, submitted the following screen captures of his WSJTx console showing JT9 activity observed at his station in Little Rock, Arkansas:
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!):
Bunky, K4EJQ, completed CW QSO’s with K3MF and KB5NJD. Bunky noted that in the previous session he completed CW QSO’s with K1RGO, W3TS and WB3AVN.
Dave, AA1A, reported an early CW QSO with K3MF. Dave went on to work WB3AVN on CW at RST 579, who is a new station using an Inverted L and about 30 watts TPO.
John, WA3ETD, completed JT9 QSO’s with K2BLA, N3FL, K0KE, K3MF, K9MRI, WB4JWM, K9KFR and KB5NJD.
Bob, K9KFR, completed JT9 QSO’s with WB4JWM, WA3ETD, K5DNL, KB5NJD and VE7SL. He also completed a FT8 QSO with WB4JWM.
Tom, WB4JWM, completed JT9 QSO’s with K2BLA, WA3ETD, K9MRI, K9KFR, N3FL, KB5NJD and K5DNL. He completed an FT8 QSO with K9KFR and N3FL.
Fred, N3FL, completed a FT8 QSO with WB4JWM. According K3MF, Fred also completed a JT9 QSO with KA1AL in Connecticut. A number of stations have reported attempts with this station but many of the QSO seem to be cut short before completion in prior attempts. Fred was also reported by K4EJQ to have been calling me, KB5NJD, on CW, but no QSO was completed.
Steve, VE7SL, completed a JT9 QSO with K9MRI, KB5NJD and K9KFR. Steve also reported CW from KB5NJD and W0YSE.
Sal, K1RGO, reported that he was hearing me on CW last night but I only had detection of a signal so no QSO was completed. Sal added that he is “…looking for VO1NA on 477.7, QRSS10 but no luck yet. I run QRSS10 and my CW beacon at times on 476.2 kHz.”
Neil, W0YSE, was heard on CW at my station during the evening and had a strong session overnight including a nice surprise this morning. Neil offered the following comments and statistics for the session:
“As I walked into the shack around 5:15 PST this morning I saw KL7L’s JT9 tracks coming down the screen. He was -24 but building in strength as we QSO-ed. Laurence’s best was -16 before we finished. He continued with CQ’s and some of his traces were as good as -14 and -13. KL7L is about 1500+ miles from me.
Last night I listened a bit for CW on 474.5 kHz and also CQ-ed some. Steve VE7SL said on chat that I was pretty strong. I think a few of my “squeaks” got thru to Texas even. I was running ~2w EIRP.
On WSPR I was heard by 34, down a bit from the previous session. Here are those over 3000 km…
…and I decoded these 10 WSPR stations: K5DNL, KA7OEI, KJ6KO, KL7L, KR6LA, NU6O, VE7BDQ, W1CK, W7IUV, and ZF1EJ ( 1x at -29).“
Ken, K5DNL, completed JT9 QSO’s with K9KFR and WB4JWM. Using WSPR overnight, Ken reported 21 stations and received reports from 82 unique stations including F59706, PA0RDT, YV7MAE, ZF1EJ and eight Canadian stations. Ken indicated that he operated an abbreviated session due to a frontal system moving through his area overnight.
Keith, K0KE, reported that he worked a new one, adding that “Condition seemed very good last night. WA3ETD was an easy early qso, peaking -19 for state #21. Other qsos were WB4JWM and K2BLA peaking -12. Should have hit the shack early this morning instead of dozing…KL7L was in solid for 15 minutes peaking -27 between 1330z and 1345z. Sunrise was at 1411z.”
Al, K2BLA, was active during the evening, taking advantage of good openings and reporting that “Other than lightning activity from the Houston/New Orleans area good conditions on 630m. Worked WA3ETD, K9KFR, K0KE, WB4JWM AND KB5NJD last night and K9SLQ this AM on JT9. VE day on WSPR. Heard by 61 including VE1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7. No one listening in VE5 so I missed that one. Heard 19.”
Robert, KR7O, reported that his radio ended up off frequency for much of the evening and the situation was not corrected until 0530z. Following that time, he offered the following reports and comments:
“On JT9, I copied both sides of the KL7L/W0YSE contact this morning. One decode of K2BLA completes the overnight reception. On WSPR I copied W1CK (DM13) for the first time. This is the first SoCal station that I have seen transmitting. W1CK was reporting 200mW. Antenna unknown. Copied 22 total, including TC stations N4WLO, K4LY, K2BLA, W3LPL, W1IR, AA1A, N1BUG and ZF1EJ. Conditions to New England appear to have improved over the previous session.
Incomplete DX report:
ZF1EJ – 3 spots, -27
KL7L – 43 spots, -5
VK4YB – 1 spot, -27“
Roger, VE7VV, reported that “WSPR receptions showed strong signals last night in the 0630-0800 time frame including several stations on the east coast and one decode of ZF1EJ, which might be my first. However I saw no JT9 activity in that time frame.“
Doug, K4LY, reported that “Last night noisier than previous. My resurrected umbrella antenna was almost 6 dB better than the INV L based on data comparisons and my power should be corrected to 2W EIRP. 70 spots, including YV of K4LY running 25W TPO to umbrella. 23 unique spots by K4LY/P loop antenna.”
This was a surprisingly good session at KB5NJD. After a few nights of poor propagation and overall band conditions, things turned around as I received a report of my CW from Ike, KW7T, who indicated “Very unusual propagation tonight. It is about 4 minutes before sunset here and I’m already hearing your CQ!” We don’t observe enough sunset enhancements and it may be due to timing of activity. There have been times this season when eastern stations had very good signals at or well before local sunset here in North Texas but those occurred during sessions where activity was high. We rarely experienced this behavior as experimental stations when activity was already relatively low on modes other than WSPR.
At 0030z I received a report of my CW from Bill, K5GTI, located about 20 miles to my southwest. He indicated that I was RST 599 and added that his “Setup is a 200 foot longwire, par electronics low pass filter and SDR Play RSP2 Pro…” My hope is that in the future Bill will be able to join us on the air.
A few minutes later, Paul, KD5BDO, reported my JT9 using an FT-450 and noted that he “…was scanning the world down under on the radio and found you at 475.63 with fidgi. Of course you were 599 and you only live 25 mile away.“
I received a report from Ron, WA4JNX, who indicated that I was RST 589 to 599 off of the null end of his 55 foot long wire about 20 foot off the ground. These reports came between 0235z and 0240z.
I completed JT9 QSO’s with K2BLA, WA3ETD, K9KFR, WB4JWM and VE7SL. I also completed a nice rag chew with Bunky, K4EJQ. He was a strong RST 599 and remained strong through the 13-minute chat with only a brief dip on his last transmission. Bunky indicated that K1RGO and N3FL had been calling me earlier. I detected stations calling me but signals were not strong enough to identify. K3MF also noted earlier that he heard K1RGO calling me. In an email received this afternoon, Sal, indicated that he heard me “…working K3MF and your CQ last night on 474.5 kHz around 20:05 and later local time. I tried to contact you and called several times , you were 539 here, and later QSB consumed all.”
Reverse beacon reports were solid on the East coast through the evening in addition to VE6 later in the session. It was nice to hear CW from W0YSE, who is rarely heard here..
We had showers this morning and since I was up late I slept in. I should be on the air tonight but question whether the band will be as good for a second consecutive session. Its usually not. This session was certainly in the top five for this season.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
W3LPL -> GM3YXM
K5DNL -> F59706, PA0RDT
LA8AV -> VE1YY, AA1A
DL6TY -> AA1A, VE1YY, W1IR
PA3ABK/2 -> AA1A, VE1YY, VE3CIQ, W1IR
F5WK -> AA1A, KA1R, KJ4YBS, N1BUG, N2BJW, N2NOM, N3FL, VE1YY, VE2PEP, VE3CIQ, W1IR
G0MRF -> AA1A, K9AN, KA1R, KU4XR, N1BUG, N2BJW, N2HQI, N2NOM, VE1YY, VE2PEP, VE3CIQ, W1IR, W4KZK, WA3TTS, WQ5O
W1IR -> DG3LV, DH5RAE, DK7FC, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, DL5XL, EA2HB, F1AFJ, F59706, F59706/1, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G4FFC, G4ZFQ, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, M0NKA, OK1RXX, ON5TA, PA0LSB, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PI4THT
N1BUG -> DG3LV, DH5RAE, DL1KAI, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, F59706/1, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G0MRF/P, G4FFC, G4ZFQ, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, LA3JJ, M0NKA, ON5TA, PA0EHG, PA0LSB, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PC1Z, PI4THT, PI9ESA
AA1A -> DG3LV, DH5RAE, DL1KAI, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, EA2HB, EA8BFK, EB1LO, F1AFJ, F59706, F59706/1, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G0MRF/P, G4FFC, G4ZFQ, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, LA3JJ, LA8AV, OK1RXX, ON5TA, PA0EHG, PA0LSB, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PI4THT, PI9ESA
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
W7IUV -> VK4YB
KL7L -> 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA8SCD5, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM
VK4YB -> JA1PKG, K6SRO, KJ6MKI, KK6EEW, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, TNUKJPM, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, W1CK, WB7ABP
K5DNL indicated at 0420z that the WSPRNet activity page was reporting 173 MF WSPR stations. Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported seventeen WSPR stations and he received reports from 54 unique stations including YV7MAE.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported nine WSPR stations including three stations in New England.
Laurence, KL7L, completed a JT9 QSO with W0YSE this morning and was reported but missed by K0KE. JH3XCU also reported JT9 from Laurence:
Laurence reported six WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from 22 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA8SCD5, JE1JDL, JH3XCU and TNUKJPM. He shared two-way reports with KA7OEI, KR6LA, VE7BDQ, W0YSE and W7IUV.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), remains off air as he attends to a number of matters but he will return.
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