Last night was my first full session back after almost a week of poor terrestrial weather conditions and the band was in much better shape than when I last left it. The noise level this morning during my daily CW “rag chew” was very low, surprisingly so given that there were storms in the Gulf of Mexico in addition to pockets of lightning around North America.
Geomagnetic conditions were elevated, on some indicators to unsettled levels. These reports are ahead of forecast storm conditions where the Kp is estimated to reach 6. Things seem to be ramping up as the solar wind has now pushed above 400 km/s and the Bz is pointing strongly to the South. Proton levels have been elevated with numerous spikes into the high category with persistent levels greater than 24 protons/cc. Note that the Kyoto DST shows the peak before the drop off which is seen at the onset of storming conditions.
Phil, VE3CIQ, reports slight improvements in Ontario:
Steve, VE7SL, had another strong session, being reported by WG2XJM in Pennsylvania. Steve reports that he decoded five WSPR stations and was decoded by nine unique stations:
WG2XSV provided some additional statistics on Steve’s behalf:
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he decoded three WSPR stations and was decoded by 21 unique stations.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports that he decoded five stations and was decoded by 17 unique stations, noting that conditions were holding to the East with the usual WSPR suspects QRV.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, is hearing well as more stations return to air:
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, has been working on his receive antennas recently and provides this update on his progress and testing:
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-Atlantic, trans-African, or trans-equitorial paths. UA0SNV and PY2TI were present during this session but no reports have been filed by those stations at this time.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, reported WG2XXM and WG2XIQ:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, has had to take down his antennas from borrowed forest land adjacent to his home that is being bulldozed this week for a new development. Laurence expects to have his station back on the air in some capacity shortly, probably starting with his receive capabilities and then following with his transmit antenna. The biggest concern for Laurence is the increasing noise level due to the increasing level of development in his area. Laurence reported that yesterday’s recovery work yielded ground mat in addition to nearly a mile of radial wire to be redeployed at the new transmit antenna location. More details as they become available.
Conditions may not have been very good during this early session for Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, in the Pacific, which is very atypical. I noticed when I sat down at the operating position to prepare for this morning’s CW sked that Merv had no current reports in spite of being on the air. It seems that band conditions generally favored earlier opening in the East and later opening in the West. Late two-way paths were established with VK4YB and VK2XGJ reported Merv. VK3ELV made a late showing in Hawaii on the approach to sunrise in KH6 and even reported Merv during this same time frame. Storm-related noise may be a continued issue in Oceania as they have seen large-scale flooding storms over this past week.
Jim, W5EST, will be taking a short break as he attends to some non-radio related business but will return in a few weeks with more discussions and commentaries.
This is a reminder that I am still looking for participants for this year’s Field Day outreach event. Details and the current station list can be seen here. More publicity will be submitted after this coming week.
Keeping with Field Day, I received a belated recording and report from Tony Mendina, NT5TM, the president of the Dallas Amateur Radio Club, of my Field Day message that was transmitted in 2015. The Field Day site is located about 35 miles North East of my station and was easy armchair copy. The message, which I believe was recorded on an IPhone sitting on the receiver, can be heard here in its entirety (6.4 MB M4a):
On June 10 and 11 several colleagues will be presenting MF and LF content at Hamcom 2016 here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Details can be found here. Note that there will be no formal reports posted that weekend but if a noteworthy event occurs, a special report will be issued as time allows.
Additions, corrections, clarifications, etc? Send me a message on the Contact page or directly to KB5NJD gmail dot (com)!