Today’s report will be abridged as it is ARRL Field Day here in North America. For details on MF and LF activity during the weekend, please click HERE.
The session started early at my station in Texas as WD2XSH/15 was decoded using WSPR before sunset. This is a fairly rare event in the grander scheme of things but has been more prevalent this Summer than in previous years.
Geomagnetic activity is quiet but elevated and the Bz is pointing slightly to the South. Solar wind velocities are in the moderate category exceeding 400 km/s. DST values are worse in the southern hemisphere. On the surface, geomagnetic and solar conditions are better than they were at this time last Field Day. If we can keep the noise “in check” it may be a good weekend. Time will tell if it holds.
On Friday, Drax, KB3X / WI2XJW, of North Carolina was granted and is currently preparing his station for air. John, K5VGM, of Houston submitted his application for a Part-5 license on 630-meters. OET has been keeping pretty close to a three-week turnaround on grants so we are hopeful that this continues.
We have had no contact with our brothers and sisters in Oceania after strong winds and storms toppled many trees and antennas along the East coast of Australia. I hope all are doing well down under and can recover from these severe weather conditions.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, trans-Equitorial or trans-African paths. UA0SNV was present but no reports have been filed at this time.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, decoded WG2XXM and WG2XIQ. The bogus hybrid phantom, WG2XOC, also made its way into the database:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had no reports on 630-meters from the session and discussions on the ON4KST chat/logger suggest that he was searching for Ron, NI7J / WH2XND, as he made his maiden voyage on 75.660 kHz WSPR.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, appeared to be receive-only through this session but he was hearing pretty well with reports in western North America and the central US. UPDATE: Merv apparently reported a few of the usual suspects in VK closer to Sunrise but not data is available at this time:
Jim, W5EST, is taking the weekend off for Field Day but will return on Monday with a short presentation before taking a few weeks off for Summer activities.
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