It was a mostly lightning-free night in North America but the precipitation static was quite high this morning at my station from a fine mist that was in the air. Propagation was very good, particularly around North America and seemed to favor East / West and transcontinental openings. I suspect we will see these openings turn-around to favor North and South paths as the next geomagnetic storm begins to take hold. High winds were reported by a number of stations once again, impacting operating through the evening.
Geomagnetic conditions have begun to show signs of deterioration with elevated Kp. The Bz spiked significantly to the North and has recently shown a change to the South. Solar wind velocities are currently averaging 460 km/s, up significantly from the previous session and DST values have shown characteristic increases followed by decreases, leading the changes in Bz slightly in time.
Paul, W0RW / WA2XRM, received a single report during this session, from Steve, AA7U, located in the desert of Arizona. Steve copied Paul’s CW at 0131z but reports were down from the previous session. Paul added that K6BZZ Dick AZ, W2VU Rich NJ, KC4SIT Ernie NC, and W0YSE Neil WA reported that they were listening but had no copy. I listened in that direction for a bit in the mid evening but historically the best openings in that direction for weak signal DXing occur later in the evening, even over such a short range. Paul was subsequently not heard here.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports that he decoded six WSPR stations and was decoded by 25 unique stations. Rick’s unique report details for this session can be viewed here.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports that he was heard in Florida during this session which is just about as long of a transcontinental opening that can be seen between two stations in the US. He also received reports from WA3TTS in Pennsylvania and ZF1EJ on Caymen:
Trans-Pacific report details for this session (excluding KL7 and KH6) are aggregated here.
Roger, VK4YB, indicates that the diode effect may have been in effect early in the session: “Very active storms in Northern Australia are making receiving difficult. Even so, decoded WG2XXM 12 times, best -20, and WH2XXP 27 times, best at -12. At 11:40 WG2XIQ was a good trace but no decode. Must have been a good opening into that area, but no reports of my signals, despite no T storms on radar.” Roger received late reports in the previous session from a number of JA stations which may show some overlap here in reports today. Those stations include JA1NQI, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM. Roger also received reports from W7IUV, WI2XBQ, and WW6D. He provided reports for WG2XXM, WH2XXP, and WH2XGP.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, received reports from 64 unique stations including twelve decodes from VK4YB, best report at -20dB S/N at a distance of 13442 km. Ken also received 83 decodes from WH2XCR, best report at +8 dB S/N at a distance of 6007 km. Ken also continues to receive broadcast quality numbers from KD0S. Examination of the data over several sessions suggests he may be modifying his receiver bandwidth but that is not confirmed as emails have not yet received a response.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 67 unique stations including VK4YB and ZL2BCG.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, received reports from 57 unique stations including VK4YB and ZL2BCG. Larry provided reports to twelve WSPR stations and as W7IUV listening with the western receive antenna, he decoded twelve WSPR stations, including VK4YB.
Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, reported at 0727z that “XCR spotted me @+8, may be good TP tonight…A spotlight into EMxx, 5 stations spotting me in that grid.”
More testing of the KX3 receiver was in order during the evening CW session. QRN was elevated, likely from precipitation static, but the receiver continues to be quiet aside from desired signals. I am curious to see how the KX3 performs during noisy Summer conditions. I did not operate morning CW today due to continued sinus headache problems but noise was elevated following a quick check at 1100z. I simply left WSPR running which was advantageous as Roger, VK4YB, reported that my signal was visible on his WSPR waterfall at 1140z in spite of no decode being registered. Overnight the band seemed strong and Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, reported me near 0400z at positive S/N values. It was noisy here so I could not reciprocate quality reports. My receive numbers were up after a few days of decline which says more about the quality of propagation than the noise. My WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for VE3CIQ, VE3EFF, WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XIQ, WG2XKA, WG2XSV, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, WI2XBQ, WI2XBV, and WI2XJQ. Report details for these stations can be viewed here. Using the new transmit antenna that is designated as ZF1EJ/1, Eden provided reports for VE3CIQ, VE3EFF, WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, and WI2XBV. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced some improvements during this session with reports for VK4YB. Its possible that this opening developed as an enhancement ahead of the coming geomagnetic storm conditions. Laurence also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR. Report details for WH2XCR and VK4YB can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, reported this morning that he believed band conditions have taken a hit. This report seems to correlate with the change in DST observed earlier this morning. Merv’s DX reports were down during this session, receiving WSPR decodes from JA1NQI and VK2XGJ and sharing two-way reports with VK4YB. The openings to the North American mainland were numerous and might be explained as occurring mostly prior to “the bottom falling out” as sunrise approached KH6. Reports along the East coast of North America were numerous with Merv sharing two-way reports with WI2XBV and receiving reports from WA3TTS and ZF1EJ and providing reports for VE3CIQ and WH2XZO. Merv’s VK and JA report details can be viewed here.
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