Reports through this session were mixed as a few strategically-place storms produced enough lightning to impact S/N pretty significantly. The East coast of Australia continues to see lots of storms that have impacted reporting to and from WH2XCR although Roger, VK4YB, seems to be finding a way to maintain two-way reports with Merv. CW levels were not common, at least for reports of my signal. Several station reported weather stoppages during the evening as well so it was a bit of a juggling act. Even so, John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicated that new station W4BCX in Florida decoded his signal overnight. John had a pretty good night for July 1 and provides the following comments:
Here is the 12-hour North American lightning aggregation from Blitzortung:
Even if you were “in the clear”, probably anywhere else that had active operators would have separated you by a wall of noise!
Geomagnetic activity was quiet but elevated ahead of predicted G1 storm levels this weekend. The Bz has pushed to the South and while solar wind was mostly in the low category through the session, it has now pushed above 400 km/s. Elevated protons were observed once again during the late afternoon in North America.
Roger, VK4YB, reported very high noise levels in northwestern Australia, peaking 40 dB over S9 40% of the time. Hardly seems like Winter down under! Roger also indicated in the ON4KST chat/logger that he “Worked Rick, VK2RR, Hugh VK4BM, Grant VK3HP on 2xSSB tonight. Last night chatted with Phil VK3ELV for 25 minutes, 59 both ways.” Good to see guys in VK taking advantage of the long Winter nights and operating in spite of weather conditions.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, was one of the lucky stations that was “in the clear” but was surrounded by noise:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, shared a great way to enclose a E-probe! He reports that he used this probe to decode Rudy, N6LF / WD2XSH/20, from Cancun, Mexico a few years ago. This may have been the same trip where he decoded me and Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, also:
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-African, trans-Atlantic, or trans-Equitorial paths. UA0SNV was present during the session but no reports have been filed at this time.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, reported my station during the session:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports thunderstorms in his area over night but managed to report WG2XSV, WH2XCR, and WH2XGP:
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had success with the boys of Summer in North America and even shared two way reports with Roger, VK4YB, where noise is intense as a result of offshore storms in Australia:
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