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The Gulf of Mexico was extremely active with lightning-rich storms increasing the noise floor significantly for many parts of North America. A few storms were present in New England that impacted a few stations and increased their noise levels a well. Storms remain active in the western Mediterranean but appear to be significantly diminished from the previous session. Japan experienced a few late coastal storms but was mostly lightning-free while Australia and New Zealand continues to deal with storms near population centers. Roger, VK4YB, reported that the forecast for the coming days will likely make receiving at his location in Brisbane virtually impossible.
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet. The Bz is mostly neutral this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 355 km/s. DST values have stabilized some and remain at or slightly above the centerline at positive levels.
Domestic propagation was good through the evening but noise levels were elevated for many. Like the previous session, trans-Atlantic openings were good but most of the North American openings were reported at higher latitudes. Trans-Pacific openings remain consistent from session to session. The path between Australia and North America seems only limited by noise.
Reverse beacon network reports follow:
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!):
Bob, K9KFR, reported a JT9 QSO with Ted, KC3OL, and an FT8 QSO with Wayde, K3MF.
Phil, VE3CIQ, completed a JT9 QSO with Wayde, K3MF.
Al, K2BLA, reported that he “Worked N3FL, KC3OL, K0KE, K8TV, K5DNL and K9SLQ on JT9 last night/this AM. On WSPR heard by 58. No TA but quite a few west coast and VE7. Heard 23. Of the 23 heard, 8 are stations I have never heard on JT9 or CW. I know you can transmit so come on down a few hundred Hz and try JT9 or CW. Low noise but still a lot of lightning crashes. Slow moving front heading this way later today.”
Matt, KA1R, reported that he completed a JT9 QSO with Fred, N3FL.
Ken, K5DNL, completed a JT9 QSO with Al, K2BLA. Overnight using WSPR, Ken reported 26 stations and he received reports from 92 unique stations including 2E0ILY, YV7MAE, EA8BFK, ZF1EJ and ten Canadian stations.
Neil, W0YSE, reported that he was using his revamped amp, using two parallel FETs that are running cold. He is currently performing a low power “shakedown” to ensure that the amp remains stable. On the air using WSPR, he indicate that he “Only hrd by 22 this session including AK TX KS VE4…” He also decoded a number of JT9 stations, including “…K0KE, VE7VV, KJ6KO, K5DNL, and KL7L (-18) this session.“
Robert, KR7O, “The night started off quiet, with some TC to the SE, but lightning crashes increased as the night went on. Activity appeared to be very low. Only a few western stations copied and a couple of decodes each from K2BLA and K9SLQ on JT9. On WSPR, I was heard by 10 regional stations with limited tests. Heard W5CGC for the first time and TC stations N4WLO, N1DAY, KC4SIT, K4LY, K2BLA, and W4BCX. Pretty decent cdx to the SE. KL7L (75 spots, -8), was the only DX copied this session.“
Propagation seemed pretty good at KB5NJD but noise was brutal even before local sunset. I heard a few stations calling me to the East at least three times during this session that I could not resolve. I suspect that two of those stations may have been K1RGO and N3FL. Openings to those regions appeared to be pretty good based on reverse beacon network reports but its going to take a really quiet night and a well-timed lift for those QSO’s to be realized. No one said this was easy. Openings were briefly present in the later evening to VE6. I was not QRV this morning.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
LA8AV -> VE1YY
F1AFJ -> AA1A
PA0A ->AA1A, VE1YY
EA4GHB -> AA1A, VE1YY
G8HUH -> AA1A, VE1YY
PA0A -> AA1A, VE1YY
PA3ABK/2 ->AA1A, W1IR
DL6TY ->W1IR, WE1YY
F5WK -> AA1A, VE1YY
K5DNL -> 2E0ILY, EA8BFK
W4BCX -> DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, EA8BFK, LA2XPA
G0MRF -> AA1A, KA1R, N1BUG, VE1YY, VE3CIQ, W1IR, YV7MAE
AA1A -> 2E0ILY, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, LA3JJ, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY
W1IR -> 2E0ILY, AA1A, AB1KW, DH5RAE, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G4FFC, G4ZFQ, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, M0NKA, ON5TA, OR7T, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY
N1BUG -> 2E0ILY, DH5RAE, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G4FFC, G8HUH, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, LA3JJ, M0NKA, OR7T, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
KL7L -> 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM, VK4YB
VK4YB -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, K1YQP, K6SRO, KJ6MKI, KK6EEW, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, SWLCN74XP, TNUKJPM, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, W1CK, W7IUV, WB7ABP
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported nineteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 37 unique stations including YV7MAE.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported ten WSPR stations including G0MRF.
Laurence, KL7L, reported six WSPR stations and he received reports from thirty unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU and TNUKJPM. He shared two-way reports with KA7OEI, KR6LA, VE7BDQ, VK4YB, W0YSE and W7IUV. Laurence made calls on JT9 during the late evening but no decodes have been reported at this time. Its possible that he will receive JA reports later. Those reports will be appended as necessary. Laurence reported decodes of VK4YB and K0KE this morning:
1258 -26 -0.1 1099 @ CQ VK4YB QG62
1308 -26 0.5 1020 @ CQ K0KE DM79
Roger, VK4YB, reported very high noise in Australia which made reporting KL7L a surprise but the path to North America remains open even during the very short Summer nights in Oceania. Roger received reports from 22 unique stations including JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, K1YQP, K6SRO, KJ6MKI, KK6EEW, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, SWLCN74XP, TNUKJPM, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, W1CK, W7IUV, WB7ABP.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), was off air during this session.
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