Last night’s noise level was significantly lower than the previous session here in Texas. Most of the storms that plagued North America have moved out to sea and are no longer a real issue for many in North America. Many stations were commenting about the slow start to the session and how they were not hearing many stations in the early evening. The geomagnetic field was forecast to be slightly more active and the turbulence may have actually helped what turned out to be a very good session. I suspect that the fact that we thought the session was starting slow was that it actually was starting slow and good openings will continue to occur later and last for shorter periods of time. Its Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and will be Summer soon but don’t just off the bandwagon just yet.
Mike, WA3TTS, experienced a nice surprise during the session and provided the following report and statistics:
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, also had a good night and reports that the seemingly good performance of the recently added radial may result in further additions at his station in Vancouver, Washington. Neil decoded five WSPR stations during the session but was heard by 17 unique stations during the session, including WG2XJM in Pennsylvania.
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, was testing a new “Hans Summers U3S” beacon platform at 250 mW TPO with very good results. I don’t have detailed statistics for his session because I don’t know if John operated in this configuration for the entire session. It seems he was heard throughout New England at this TPO and if he did operate at this level overnight, he was heard here in Texas. I hope to get a clarification.
Ron, NI7J / WH2XND, received WSPR reports from Roger,VK4YB, once again during this session:
WSPR activity dominated the session and 87 MF WSPR stations were observed at 0300z on the WSPRnet activtiy page. WZ9B was observed receiving for the first time during this session. I met Al for the first time last year at Hamcom here in the Dallas Fort Worth area and had a chance to speak to him one-on-one about 630-meters. Its nice to see that he provided some WSPR reports last night and I do hope he returns often to the band.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-African path, however ZS1JEN was present during the session. UA0SNV was also present but no reports were found in the WSPRnet database.
Trans-Atlantic reports were significant during this session and Josef, DH5RAE, sent a note this morning detailing the activity from his perspective. Trans-Atlantic session reports will follow his report below.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, and Roger, ZF1RC, both experience a good session with reports across North America including reports by both stations of WH2XCR in Hawaii.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, continues to be on assignment in VE6 and reports that he was able to “push the fishing rod a little higher out of the cell window last night.” It seems to have helped, with reports across North America once again, plus WH2XCR in Hawaii.
From his stations in Alaska, Laurence continues to receive stations in the Pacific Northwest, American Southwest and Hawaii.
In Hawaii, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, reports that he QRTed early to chase the VK0 on 160-meters but still experienced a very good session with two-way reports with VK3ELV and VK4YB in addition to reports for both stations in the Cayman Islands and into the eastern US. This included first time reports for Merv by K1UTI in Florida.
In Australia, Phil, VK3ELV, and Roger, VK4YB, had a good session of two-way WSPR reports with WH2XCR. Phil went on to “corner the market” on JA-stations, receiving reports from four stations.
No content from Jim, W5EST, today in observance of Easter Sunday. Jim’s content will return with tomorrow’s report.
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