Propagation in North America spread to the East as the first trans-Atlantic openings in quite some time were reported. Noise was high here during the evening and may have been the result of evening storm, although very little lightning was reported. A few uncharacteristically noisy storms were located about 120 miles to my West, which complicated evening operating. The distribution of storms around North America was less than it has been recently, however:
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet. The Bz has once again been variable but is currently pointing to the South. Proton concentration is elevated to moderate levels and solar wind velocities are averaging near 350 km/s.
I inadvertently fell asleep shortly before 0400z although with the local noise I don’t think I missed any excitement. The ON4KST chat/logger suggests that Larry, W7IUV / WH2XHP, and Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, completed a JT9 QSO at 0414z but they too reported rapidly evolving noise conditions.
This morning I called CQ on JT9 shortly after 1000z and received reports from Ken, SWL-EN61, in Indiana:
My morning CW session yielded a QSO with Steve, WG2XIQ/1 / KF5RYI, across town. His signal is improving as seasonal changes have had a positive impact on his system impedance. A small amplifier may be in the cards for him shortly if he can improve his receiving a bit more. No use having more power if receiving is limited.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reported seven WSPR stations during the session, including VK4YB and Larry was decoded by thirty unique stations including VK2DDI, VK2XGJ and EJTSWL. Larry indicates it was a noisy night and while activity was high in the eastern US, interaction with the West was limited during the evening.
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, scored the first trans-Atlantic WSPR report of the pre-season. He was decoded by Tom, G8HUH three times. We were just talking days ago about the typical date of the first trans-Atlantic report, which was determined to be in September so this may be a sign of good things to come. He was also decoded here, which is another sign of significant seasonal change and he decoded WH2XGP on the transcontinental path. John provided the following comments:
“Another good session last night – WG2XKA heard eight, including WG2XIQ and WH2XGP under robust noise. XKA was spotted by G8HUH for my first T/A event of the season, also heard by twenty unique stations as the conditions rapidly improve.”
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, had a good night as he performed experiments, detailed below:
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports that his pursuit of noise abatement is on going and provided the following statistics of his session:
Phil, VE3CIQ, reports that he was decoded 24-times by VE4XC and notes that propagation appears to be holding on for extended periods.
Steve, VE7SL, reports that he decoded seven WSPR stations and was decoded by 21 unique stations overnight.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-African or trans-Equatorial paths. UA0SNV was present but no reports were filed during the session. 8P6EH was also reportomg present but I suspect his receiver was actually set for another band. Jack, AA3GZ / WH2XNG, (actually listed as WH2XGN due to typo when he was changing call signs in the software), was also reporting another band, probably 160-meters, as 630-meters.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, operated two receivers and two antennas again during the session and found success on one receiver reporting both WE2XGR/3 and WG3XKA:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, added a receiver/antenna combo to the mix for a total of five. Laurence had good results once again, reporting VK4YB and hearing me all the way down in Texas. Laurence provided the following comments: “additonal decoder we2xpq/2 wspr2.1 10ft loop beaming 235degT to VK – noisy from dog fences….”
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, continues to see a large number of reports from mainland North America, Australia and Tasmania. When will see see another Japanese station?:
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