It was a very busy night in spite of the geomagnetic storm currently in progress. Conditions were OK but large amounts of auroral activity persist and it does not appear to be letting up any time soon (sorry Laurence, Oklahoma awaits!). I received two email alerts from the Space Weather Prediction Center indicating that the K-index was in excess of 6 and Solarham reports an extended warning. Locally the noise level was elevated due to storms that have persisted in the south west for what seems like over a week now.
I did not check the activity levels but the map seems to indicate quite a bit of participation:
Stefan, DK7FC, had a very busy night, being reported by five stations in North America, which seems to have included nearly every ham on Nova Scotia (Thanks John, WG2XKA for pointing that out!).
VE1HF reported three stations:
VE1YY had reports for Stefan:
VE1VDM also reported Stefan:
So did Dave, WD2XSH/17:
And so did John, W1TAG/1:
I am pretty sure the only person that didn’t copy Stefan was Merv, WH2XCR, who was busy reporting VK3ELV (Yes, that is comical hyperbole):
Its interesting because the previous few sessions have yielded only single reports of VK3ELV in KH6 so perhaps the geomagnetic storm is pushing signals away from the regions of electron density, which would be north from VK. Or perhaps Merv just has less noise than the previous sessions.
Merv also heard many of the usual suspects on the mainland US. Eden, ZF1EJ, also had some success at hearing many of the usual 630-meter crowd.
Merv reports on the ON4KST chat/logger that he is making power into a dummy load and is doing the check-out at the transmit antenna.
Everyone else “did their thing” and conditions seemed to be descent for almost everyone to somewhere using some mode.