It was very noisy in North America during the evening as storms approached my QTH. I opted to remain QRT with the station and antennas secured. Its gotten too difficult to make quick transitions the first time lightning flashes are seen. Many stations in the East reported high noise prior to sunset, likely due to the storms in the central US. This pattern will continue here for a few more days before a cold front pushes the system towards the East coast and out to sea:
There was an unexpected spike in Kp this morning, pushing geomagnetic indices to storms levels for one reporting period. The Bz remains pointing to the North and solar wind velocities remain low, averaging near 375 km/s. DST values have decreased:
WD2XSH/17 reported DK7FC, G8HUH, and PA3ABK/2 for the sole trans-Atlantic reports from the session:
Stefan, DK7FC, reports very high activity in Europe over the previous 24-hours and presents a new station from EA4 in the following comments posted on the RSGB-LF reflector:
Roger, VK4YB, reports extremely noisy conditions in Australia but good propagation allowing WSPR reports and even a JT9 QSO attempt with VE7SL. Roger provided these statistics:
“Rx 8*WH2XGP (-22) 14*WH2XXP (-16) 7*WI2XBQ (-22) 13*WH2XCR (-14)
Tx 3*WH2XGP (-13) 3*VE7BDQ (-23) 1*WI2XJQ (-24) 4*W6XY (-20) 1*WD2XSH/20 (-21) 10*WE2XPQ (-20) 8*WH2XCR (-23)”
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, reports that trans-Pacific openings were down but he still managed 48 unique stations decoding his signal, two of which were in Japan. Ward indicates that the East was pretty good during this session:
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, shared two-way reports with VK4YB and was decoded once by EJTSWL in Tasmania who indicated that it was remarkable that Larry’s signal could be decoded in the high noise that was present during the session.
Edgar, EJTSWL, provided the following screen capture of Larry’s signal in addition to the noise:
Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, was decoded by VK4YB this morning and reports in the ON4KST chat/logger that “vk4yb @-22, 4QR 612Khz @+30. Very good correlation between the BC signal and spots from Roger.”
Phil, VK3ELV, was reported by JH3XCU and JH1INM late during the previous session:
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports that WSPR4.0 crashed after 0544z when he went to bed so his reports were limited to prior to that time:
Hearing 7: VE7CNF, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XJQ
Heard by 10: AL7RF, VA7MM, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, VE7KPB, W6XY, W7MY, WD2XSH/20, WH2XGP, WI2XJQ”
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports “Very interesting evening here — several new stations where spotted or spotted me. The most exciting for me is 55 spots of WH2XCR and VK4YB (previously detailed).” Rick adds that quite a bit of work has been done to reduce noise at his station this weekend and he is getting results from it:
Halldor, TF3HZ, provided this nice link to K-indices from a number of sites around Iceland after yesterday’s remarkable high latitude reports of WH2XGP (Thanks Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ).
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-African path.
Eden, ZF1EJ, was limited to WH2XZO and WH2XXP during this session due to massive storms in the central US:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had a very strong night with decode at JH1INM and JH3XCU in addition to decodes for VK3ELV and VK4YB:
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, also had a strong night, with reports from JA1NQI-2, JH3XCU, and VK4YB. Reports from Australia were largely noise limited during this session, much like reports from the central and eastern US:
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