Its good to be back after a few days away from reporting as I focused on 630-meter presentations at Hamcom here in the Dallas-Fort worth area. The last two days represent the first time in nearly a year that there were no published reports. I can’t believe we are keeping this thing going!
A few days ago, we were flirting with pretty good conditions, particularly on the transcontinental path. The bottom has evidently dropped out, with elevated geomagnetic activity hurting the guys up North in addition to storm noise that is the primary detractor for those of us in the South. The Kp saw a few periods that were elevated but this rarely has a major impact this far South when such events are so isolated. The Bz was pointed mostly to the North but solar wind velocities are elevated to the moderate category above 400 km/s.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports a pretty good path to WH2XCR in Hawaii with reports that continue to come in as this report is developed:
Steve, VE7SL, reports a poor night from British Columbia, decoding four WSPR stations and being decoded by eight unique station but he was decoded 23 times by WE2XPQ and thirteen times by WH2XCR. Steve and Toby, VE7CNF, are talking about playing with a few QSO modes like JT9 so stay tuned!
Ken, SWL/EN61, in Indiana reports that band conditions started off great until QRN set in, even reporting Phil, VE3CIQ, prior to the noises arrival.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports poor conditions from his station in rural Washington state.
Phil, VE3CIQ, reports that he decoded WG2XXM, WH2XGP running WSPR and was heard by SWL/K9, W1TAG/1, WI2XFI, and WI2XHK.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-Atlantic, trans-Equitorial, or trans-African paths. ZS1JEN was present from South Africa but no reports have been filed at this time. With the high-level of activity from EA5DOM, who was a regular station reported in the Indian Ocean during the earlier portions of the season, its possible that the path to ZS1 is significantly different, crossing more African land mass which may be creating problems being heard in ZS1 or it could simply be that we need to continue watching and the path will spring open eventually. We were all surprised when the path opened from Europe to FR5ZX and then became a regular fixture for several months. Thanks to ZS1JEN for his diligence and for all of the noise warriors who continue to fight through the increasing noise levels in the northern hemisphere as we approach Summer.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, reports WG2XXM and WG2XIQ:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, has a working transmit antenna once again and has been testing, making his maiden voyage over the past few days running CW and WSPR as he makes sure he doesn’t burn the forest down. I would say for the poor conditions in KL7 at the moment, his tests suggest that the station is working:
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had a very strong night in KH6, with numerous two-way WSPR reports with VK3ELV and VK4YB and reception reports from VK2XGJ and EJTSWL in Tasmania. Its nice to see this type of action return. Seems out of place given the conditions in North America. VK2XGJ also reported Merv after sunrise in KH6:
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