It was noisy last night here and across the South. Its my feeling that propagation was “OK” for the most part but the band was slow to open once again and this may have been a byproduct of the amount of noise that was impacting receiving stations. As the path to Oceania did not develop any for any stations in North America, it is easy to conclude that the session was probably not as good as the previous two or three. Reports for WH2XCR on the path to VK were diminished compared to recent reports as well.
I had an antenna mishap just before bedtime and I am very glad that I checked the station before calling it a night. It seems that an animal attacked the feed point while trying to pursue dinner. While the 630-meter and 2200-meter networks have their own enclosures, the 160-meter network and vacuum relays exist in the open. Security camera footage is inconclusive although brilliant fire is seen as the feeders short and relay control wires arc. The power supplies detected a fault condition and shut the station down fairly quickly and I was able to bend the leads back into position so I could get back on the air before bedtime. As of this morning, the system is repaired and working normally. Whatever it was is probably neither in good shape nor too happy this morning.
Geomagnetic activity continues at quiet to unsettled levels and while periods of unsettled conditions persisted through the session, the time between each event is getting further apart. Solar wind velocities have decreased below 500 km/s but were generally above 500 km/s through much of the session. The Bz continues to point to the South and Solarham is reporting another forecast storm to begin any time:
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports very high noise levels at his stations. He decoded seven WSPR stations and was decoded by seventeen unique stations. Larry also has transitions to WSJT-X v1.7r7005 which adds a few additional modes and fixes a few bugs from previous releases. I have also transitioned to this version and it works well.
Phil, VE3CIQ, decreased power to 60-watts TPO and continued to see good results. He reports that he only decoded WH2XGP and WG2XKA:
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, was hearing better than he was transmitting in spite of reported high noise levels and he submits the following statistics and comments:
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-Atlantic, trans-African, or trans-Equatorial paths. UA0SNV was present during the session but no reports have been filed at this time.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, operated a single receiver during this session and reported my signal:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had a power outage overnight resulting in data loss. Laurence did successfully report several stations, however, in spite of very high QRN:
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, shared two-way reports with Roger, VK4YB, and was decoded by many of the usual suspects in Australia and North America. The path to VK was not as robust as it has been over the previous sessions.
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