Noise is just a reality this time of year but as Phil, VE3CIQ, notes, the band is hanging in there. Phil decoded WSPR signals from WE2XGR/3, WG2XIQ, WG2XKA and his own WSPR signal was decoded by SWL/K9, VE2PEP, WA3TTS/2, WD0AKX, WE2XGR/3, WG2XJM, WG2XKA, WI2XFI. Phil has a new homebrew amp that he was running during the session and apparently having great success.
Here in Texas I was just happy to be back on the air after a series of strong weather systems kept my station QRT. As the session proceeded the noise intensified as storms along the gulf coast became more active. This morning’s CW sked was difficult because the station I was working is actually located in the direction of the storms so a lot of filtering supplemented the slight improvement that the receive antenna was providing.
Geomagnetic activity was quiet but elevated with a variable Bz that is currently pointing to the South. Solar wind velocity was below 400 km/s. Protons were elevated through the session.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, wonders if we have finally hit the dog day’s of summer propagation and he provided the following report and detailed statistics:
Roger, VK4YB, spent some time operating at QRP power levels and had a great experience during the session. It doesn’t hurt to have a great antenna. Roger offers these comments:
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-African or trans-Atlantic paths during this session.
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported my station through the noise during the session. His first reports were just prior to dark here in North Texas.
Now home again, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, was active from Alaska, reporting stations in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had a strong night with reports to and from Australia. I made the mistake of not switching to the western RX antenna at bedtime and subsequently missed Merv in all of the noise.
In Australia, Phil, VK3ELV, and Roger, VK4YB, continue to exchange two-way reports with WH2XCR who also reported Berndt, VK5ABN, for a second consecutive session. Phil also received reports from JH3XCU.
Jim, W5EST, is taking Sunday off but will return tomorrow with a new discussion.
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