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Storms were present along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. A few lightning crashes were heard during the evening but it was never problematic. High noise levels were reported in the northwestern US in spite of a lack of storm in the area. Storm activity was more wide spread than in previous sessions across parts of the UK and central Europe into the Mediterranean region. Central Japan is experiencing isolated lightning-rich storms and storms in Oceania have decreased in eastern Australia while a few storms appeared on the North Island of New Zealand.
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet. The Bz is pointing to the North this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 325 km/s. DST values are at positive levels on both presented indicators and are trending upward this morning.
Domestic propagation was better during this session and the band was better earlier in the evening with a lull mid evening followed by improvements on some paths overnight. Trans-Atlantic openings were very good and QSO’s may have been possible but antenna icing impacted operating for some stations in the Northeast. Like the previous session, reports favored EU -> NA but storms in Europe may have limited some reporting of North America. Trans-Pacific paths were average to below average.
Reverse beacon network reports follow:
Jim, W5EST, submitted the following screen capture of his WSJTx console showing JT9 activity observed at his station in Little Rock, Arkansas:
Mal, G3KEV, indicated that he received JT9 reports from W8CDX and N1BUG. He added that “Some reports last nite were good, stronger than usual TA”
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!):
Tom, WB4JWM, completed JT9 QSO’s with KC3OL, WB3AVN, WA3ETD, W8CDX and K9SLQ. Using FT8, Tom worked K0KE and K9KFR.
Keith, K0KE, reported that he “Worked W0YSE and then N4WLO on JT9 for state # 22 on 630m. Then a quick flurry of activity on FT8, working WB4JWM, KC3OL and K9KFR and then all went quiet..”
John, WA3ETD, completed a JT9 QSO with W8CDX and WB4JWM.
Ted, KC3OL, completed two first-time JT9 QSO’s, one with N4WLO and another with WB3AVN. He completed a JT9 QSO with WB4JWM and also K9KFR but its not clear whether he was using FT8 or JT9 while working Bob. I suspect the latter.
Al, K2BLA, reported that he was “Only active this AM. Had rain last night and insulators and ropes on the antenna are soaked. The SWR is elevated and therefore running about half power. Heard 10 and heard by 44; two about 4000 km on WSPR. Lightning noise high due to very slow moving cold front over the Gulf for the last couple of days.”
Neil, W0YSE, successfully worked WSQ with two stations during this session and he offered this report:
“On WSQ last night I was receiving on two systems and also transmitting on one of them. The vertical was used as TX/RX while the second system was using the E-probe. I started picking up soundings from John VE7BDQ shortly after 6 PM (PST) on the E-probe, but I was not in the shack at that time to respond. By the time of our 8 PM sked he was much weaker and I saw him briefly at -18 snr, still only on the E-probe, not on the vertical. The vertical was picking up a lot of QRN. But then Ben N1VF showed up on both systems but weaker on the vertical. Ben and I continued for about an hour and even tried the faster 1 bd speed (about 10 wpm) with good results. After finishing with Ben, John came back in and we had a short QSO before I had to QRT. SNR’s had been between -13 and -20 for most of this activity.
I will be switching my main TX system’s T/R switching so that the E-probe is back on that system again. The Vertical was ok during November, December and probably January, but now it is picking up too much noise and I need to get the E-probe back on the TX/RX system on 630m. I was surprised how clean the waterfall on the second system last night.
On WSPR I was spotted by 40 stations. Here are the DX over 3000 km:
…and I heard these 7 stations: K4SV, K5DNL, KL7L, KR6LA, N1VF, N6PIG, W1IR”
Rik, ON7YD / OR7T, reported that he “…transmitted WSPR this morning for 1 hour (06:30-07:30 UTC and got good results (taken into account my ERP):
Maybe 5-7 UTC is a good timeslot to try transatlantic QSO’s? It seems also “reasonable” at both sides of the pond (late evening in NA, early morning in EU), nobody has to stay up all night.“ Rik is seeking operators in North America to make an attempt.
Ken, K5DNL, operated WSPR during this session, reporting 23 stations including KL7L, DK7FC and G0MRF. He received reports from 91 unique stations including PA0RDT, G0VQH, G3KEV, G0LUJ, KL7L, GM4AOS and seven Canadian stations.
Stefan, DK7FC, reported a strong night of trans-Atlantic reports, as detailed later in this report. He indicated that “There were several decodes better than -10 dB by VE9GJ, so the late hours, just before the sunset in EU seems to be the best time for a QSO indeed. It is more healthy anyway to stand up early instead of keeping awake the whole night :-)”
Robert, KR7O, reported:
“Very quiet conditions, with only a few static crashes. Last night I ended up off frequency after testing on QRSS, so only a very limited report. Conditions and activity were very low prior to 0300Z. On JT9, I copied KL7L and K9SLQ. On WSPR copied KL7L and TC stations W9XA, K4SV and W1IR.“
Arliss, W7XU, reported that “Last night was my best night so far for decoding KL7L.’s WSPR signal. Normally I don’t copy his station, but I decoded him 12 times between 0742 and 1312 UTC this morning. Signals ranged from -22 to -27 dB. Sunrise here is at 1330 UTC these days. My location is in EN13lm, in southeastern South Dakota.“
At KB5NJD, reverse beacon reports from WZ7I were early and at levels that were just above the noise floor. Later calls resulted in no additional reports and listening for historically strong stations like K4EJQ, who was also reported by RBN at the same time, resulted in no signals here in North Texas. Lightning crashes were not too problematic here. I am working towards a QRSS QSO in the near-term.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
W4BCX -> F6GEX
K4SV -> GM4OAS
EA4GHB -> AA1A
PA0LSB -> AA1A
DL3NDR -> VE9GJ
EA6FG -> VE9GJ
IW4DXW -> VE9GJ
ON7ZO -> VE9GJ
OR7T -> W1IR, VE9GJ
EA7HPM -> AA1A, VE9GJ
EA7HPM -> AA1A, VE9GJ
F1AFJ -> AA1A, W1IR, VE9GJ
F4DTL -> AA1A, W1IR, VE9GJ
LA8AV -> AA1A, W1IR, VE9GJ
DF2JP -> W1IR, VE9GJ, AA1A
G4GIR -> AA1A, W1IR, VE9GJ, N1BUG
G8HUH -> AA1A, W1VD, N1BUG, VE9GJ
DH5RAE -> VE9GJ, AA1A, W1IR, N1BUG
PA0A -> NO3M/3, VE9GJ, AA1A, W1VD, N1BUG
EA5DOM -> VE9GJ, N1BUG, AA1A, W1IR, N3FL
K5DNL -> G0LUJ, G0VQH, G3KEV, GM4OAS, PA0RDT
G3KEV -> VE9GJ, N1BUG, AA1A, W1IR, W1VD, N3FL
AA1A -> F59706, G4GIR, G8HUH, GM4OAS, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, PA0RDT
W1IR -> DL4RAJ/2, EA2HB, EI8JK, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G0MRF/P, G3KEV, GM4OAS, LA3EQ, PA0RDT, PA7EY, PI4THT
DK7FC -> W9RAN, K3SIW/5, SWL/K9, K5DNL, N1DAY, K4LY, K4LY/P, N3FL, N2HQI, VE3CIQ, WA9WTK, W1VD, AA1A, AB1KW, W1IR, VE2PEP, N1BUG, VE9GJ
G0MRF -> AA1A, AB1KW, K3SIW/5, K4SV, K5DNL, KC3OL, N1BUG, N1DAY, N2HQI, N3FL, SWL/K9, VE2PEP, VE3CIQ, VE3IQB, VE9GJ, W1IR, W1TAG, W1VD, W3LPL, W4KZK, WA3TTS, WB3AVN
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
KL7L -> JA1PKG
VK4YB -> JA1PKG, K1YQP, KJ6MKI, KL7L, KPH, N6KOG, TNUKJPM, VE6XH, W1CK
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Pascal, FR5DH, reported WSPR from G3KEV and DK7FC:
Eden, ZF1EJ, operated in a receive-only capacity, reporting six WSPR stations.
Laurence, KL7L, had a spectacular night on the path to the eastern areas of the “lower 48”. Laurence noted some interesting propagation features over the past few sessions:
“Last night fairly early into the night spotlighting to Ken [K5DNL] which then wandered off NW up in to the Midwest. Spotlight to Ken has been strong for past two night. Early morning E/F faded quite early with No JA resurgence”
Using WSPR, he reported seven stations including K4SV, KE7A, K5DNL and VK4YB. He received reports from 26 unique stations including JA1PKG, K0OD, K5DNL, KC3OL, SWL/K9, W0DJK, W0JW and W9RAN. He shared two-way reports with K5DNL, KR6LA, N1VF and W0YSE. Laurence also noted that an upcoming trip to KH6 where he was planning to have 630 meter transmit capabilities won’t happen this time but he plans on being receive-capable as of this report.
Roger, VK4YB, reported “Flat conditions. QRN was lower. Outside of VK, only KL7L was visible at times but no decode. Usual three stations decoded my JT9 (KL7L, VE7SL, VE6XH). No progress with antenna repair as I got home late from work.” Using WSPR, Roger reported one Australian station and he received reports from sixteen unique stations including JA1PKG, K1YQP, KJ6MKI, KL7L, KPH, N6KOG, TNUKJPM, VE6XH and W1CK.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), was off air during this session.
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