I would say the best way to make it through this session was to just survive and move on. It really was less than stellar as the storm system that moved through my area yesterday continued to make a lot of noise, even for stations that are located across the country. Fortunately the storm mostly dissipated by morning, leaving low to moderate QRN. Propagation continues to be impacted by the unsettled levels seen through much of the previous session and it seems that what ever damage was done is lingering. Bruce, K1FZ, made astute observations about 160-meters that seems to to be tracking on 630-meters during this session as well. He posted the following on the Topband reflector:
“I’m in mid-coast Maine….. W1AW is in Newington CT. On a good low angle night I can see over 20DB front to back on their signals. Tonight I see 6db at best. This can be from aurora,……. or when 10 meters is”hopping” with signals…. most of them North-South,160 meters is not so good. (or Maybe an opening to CE, LY, PY……… For me at least, tomorrow at sunrise is a good morning to sleep in. hi”
I probably should have slept in as well…
It’s been almost twelve hours since the last unsettled geomagnetic conditions were reported. Elevated quiet conditions persist as the solar wind has decreased below 375 km/s and the Bz is now pointing to the North after extended periods of pointing to the South and impacting higher latitudes. The DST has leveled off from the downward trend reported yesterday:
Mal, G3KEV, reported that he was QRV on JT9 during the afternoon and evening. No additional reports have been filed at this time.
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reports that the path from South Carolina to VE7 remains missing although he received reports from VE6JY. Doug decoded nine WSPR stations and was decoded by 27 unique stations in addition to two-way reports with WH2XZO.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported that he decoded eight WSPR stations and was decoded by twenty unique stations during this session. His report details showing unique stations can be viewed here.
Phil, VE3CIQ, reports that he decoded eight WSPR stations including WH2XXP and WH2XGP on transcontinental paths and was decoded by fifteen unique stations. He supplied the following comments:
“Noisy storm out in Atlantic until 7am local, which seemed to disappear in an instant once sunrise crossed the storm.( about two hours east of me). Counts are down a bit, but still hearing across the continent, and best range was being heard by XIQ”
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported a night of ionic fog with these comments and statistics:
Roger, VK4YB, operating as VI4SEA, responded to a message in the previous session posted on the VK/ZL 600m yahoo group about where to find VI4SEA on JT9. Roger explains:
“Yes I am using USB with JT9 operation. The rig is set to 474.2 kHz USB, just the same as normal WSPR. On WSPR, VI4SEA uses an audio frequency of 1425 Hz, which comes out as RF on 475.625 kHz. On JT9, VI4SEA uses an audio frequency of 1100 Hz, which comes out as RF on 475.300 kHz. VI4SEA transmit JT9 in the even minutes. That is at 10:10, 10:12, 10:14 UTC etc, also at 11:10, 11:12 etc. Hope you can find us now.”
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, received fourteen decodes from VI4SEA on what was otherwise a poor session:
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received decodes from 52 unique stations including VI4SEA, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK5ABN, and ZL2BCG. Those report details can be viewed here.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he was decoded by 42 unique stations including VI4SEA at a distance of 13454 km. Ken also reports that he received 98 WSPR decodes from WH2XCR at 6007 km, bet S/N at -3 dB S/N.
The evening CW session was late to start due to a late rain shower here that was a holdover from the storm system that was supposed to have exited the area by noon. Best laid plans. I was only fifteen minutes, however, but the noise was elevated as expected and when Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, called me at 0100z I was left digging to pull his signal from the noise. He would have been plenty strong had it not been for the QRN. I believe that the QSB was a minimal factor. It was nearly impossible to null the local storm QRN during this session, almost as if it was falling straight down out of the sky. Doug reported that I was “…peaking arm chair 559, but QRN and QSB took you to Q4 at times when I was calling.” Like me, Doug was switching receive antennas trying to find the right combination at the time: “Sometimes you were better on loop (higher angle I think) and some time (lower angle I think)es on the KAZ.” I transitioned to WSPR shortly after that. Overnight report totals were down as were S/N levels that were reported, both on transmit and receive. This morning’s CW session was quieter but as I write this with almost 40 minutes remaining before I will likely QRT, it has been lackluster at best. As they say, you better be in the seat every day and night or you WILL miss something good. I continue to hold my vigil on 472 CW. My WSPR transmission reports can be found here and my WSPR reception reports can be found here.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Ken, ZS6KN, was not transmitting during this session but WSPRnet reports that he was listening. Hopefully a few big signals in Europe will give Ken the best chance to decode a signal.
Eden, ZF1EJ, decoded a few stations in the South in addition to WH2XGP overnight:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, in spite of the ionic fog, registered a few stations, including two-way reports with WH2XCR, which can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, cornered the market during this session, being heard by most of the active JA’s and many of the northeastern VK’s. He also heard JA1PKG. The East / West path seems to be largely in tact but any sense of deviation very far North or South appears to be compromised. Merv was decoded as far East as WG2XJM and shared two-way decodes with WH2XZO. Whatever you are doing Merv, keep doing it!
Merv provided the following additional comments:
“Early signals again but different propagation: XBQ – 204Z, XXP – 224Z.
So XBQ 2 hours before sunset here. Then big JA opening and less VK. If you look at weather map, you can see the season of storms has now shifted to the path from our north west to east. Opposite of summer which tracks east to north west. And a stack of storms out there to our north now. big wave season also has started with the surge from the storm hitting us today.”
His VK and JA reports can be viewed here.
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