Propagation was quite good overnight in North America at the mid and lower latitudes to be certain. Band noise seemed high prior to sunset which is usually not a very good sign and Mike, WA3TTS, was the first station to decode my signal about 20 minutes after local sunset. As storms around the US began to subside with loss of daytime heating, the QRN decreased and this morning noise levels were comfortable, with a noise floor of S3-4.
I’ve been able to remain QRV with WSPR a little longer in the mornings this past week due to several events that prevented my normal CW routine. This morning was no exception but it turned out to be a good thing as David, VK2DDI, provided me with a single report at -31 dB S/N, right at the edge of the detection limit, during a time that I would normally be on CW. This coming week there will be no planned 1030z CW activity, at least not at the moment due to my sked partner functioning on a different schedule over the next ten days, so perhaps there will be room for a repeat. As David notes, this is a good sign that Fall in North American is approaching when some of the most prolific trans-Pacific openings occur.
Geomagnetic activity persists at quiet to unsettled levels. We have not seen a consistent decrease in activity as we normally might and Steve, VE7SL, noted yesterday that this event may have been more than we realize (paraphrasing). I tend to agree. It’s certainly not going away quietly. The Bz has been variable ranging from North to South and solar wind velocity persists above 600 km/s with some excursions below 600 km/s. The DST continues to suggest impacted band conditions, particularly at higher latitudes:
Phil, VE3CIQ, was transmitting overnight and was reported by the usual suspects in the East. Phil provided the following details:
“I turned the station on at 2am, and see WG2XIQ at -23. Great start, but no other stations heard all night.. My transmit results last night were typical, managed to hit all the east stations that were on line.”
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, reports that he was off air due to workers uprooting part of his radial system yesterday. Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, continues to rebuild his station and Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, indicated a few days ago that he had visitors in town this weekend and would be QRT. Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, had a few storms in his area during the evening and overnight.
Mal, G3KEV, operated QRSS3 at 476.170 kHz for a few hours during the European evening.
Steve, VE7SL, provided a link and details of the newly released for sale VK4YB transverter. Details can be found here.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-Atlantic, trans-African, or trans-Equatorial paths. UA0SNV was present but no reports have been filed at this time.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, operated two receivers, ZF1EJ and ZF1EJ/1. Historically Eden has operated in this configuration with “ZF1EJ receiving on Elad Duo and Log antenna and ZF1EJ/1 receiving FTDX-3000 and Mag Loop.”. Unless otherwise noted, this configuration is the same.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, performed the same test as the last session but this time reversed the antennas and receivers. See yesterday’s report for details. Laurence reports that the higher, in the clear, probe (KL7L) was about 1 dB better than the lower antenna (WE2XPQ) that was located among tree branches and foliage:
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, heard fewer stations since fewer stations were on the air but his signal seems to have done a good job on the path to Australia, even being reported by EJTSWL who is currently operating portably:
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