The details for March 29, 2016 can be viewed here.
Good afternoon all…
Many of us have already experienced crazy weather very early this Spring. Normally here in the Dallas area we experience really severe storms in May but this week has already brought softball sized hail and some of the worst winds observed here in about six years. I “dodged a bullet” with the big hail on Sunday night but didn’t fare so well last night with the wind. The good news is that the vertical “noodle” is still vertical and it remained vertical through the storms. How that happened, I have no idea. Big trees and big branches came down all around it yet not one guy rope was damaged. The 90+ foot trees supporting the asymmetric top loading wires, however, didn’t do so well, in fact, both trees are on the ground now. This creates a bit of a quandary for me but also its a bit liberating as these trees resided off of my property so now I am forced to work with what I have available to support the top loading wire and no long have to worry about a “nosey neighbor” seeing the wires and making inquiries. The good news is that since the experimental service is regulated by radiated power rules and my amplifiers have enough head room to make up for the loss, I will be just fine and there probably won’t be much observable difference.
So the antenna system is resonated and matched on 630-meters and 160-meters and a quick sweep of 137 kHz with the analyzer suggests that the system is “close” down there. Things on my property are back to normal. I was fortunate to have power to run power tools to make the repairs today. At one point something like 300,000 people were down.
Due to a lack of sleep and just feeling worn out in general I’m going to provide a very much abridged report today. A lot of guys took the time to send reports and I thank you for that. I’m not sure I am up to aggregating those reports and proof reading today so instead I will post a few images from the session that I gathered while waiting for the sun to come up this morning in addition to maps for Merv and Laurence. Make no mistake, it was an awful night, maybe one of the worst that I have seen since becoming active on 472 kHz in 2012. There were no trans-Atlantic reports and very few trans-Pacific openings. How those openings are occurring under these conditions, I have no idea. I guess some of you guys are living right or something.
I will get back to normal reports tomorrow so my “phoning it in” today is a single day affair. Thanks for understanding.
The images for the overnight session follow:
See you tomorrow!