So I will just come out and say it – I thought it was a pretty good night overall. The band was not as strong over such a wide area as earlier in the week but I tend to classify those sessions as anomalous. S/N numbers were a little lower and more sporadic than previous sessions but the band was plenty strong to support QSO’s of some variety. It is my feeling that what we are seeing right now is pretty typical for this time of year. Perhaps the conditions from earlier in the week are a sneak-peek into what we can expect in December.
Of course there is always a “but”. A proton event peaked around 0900z. Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, in Alaska indicates that the event immediately deteriorated any chance of an open polar path to Europe while the path to the west coast of the US remained somewhat open and actually better than the previous session. Laurence suggests that it usually does not happen like that, at least not often, however. Laurence was running WSPR2 on 630-meters and DFCW on 2200-meters.
Daytime conditions were very poor compared to previous sessions and it was obvious that absorption was significantly higher. In fact the earliest daytime spot that occurred in the afternoon was sometime near 2300z, not long before local sunset here in Texas. Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, indicates that he was reported 20 minutes before his local sunset in Washington state by Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM, in western Pennsylvania.
Activity worldwide was extremely high as noted by the screen shots below.
Trans-Atlantic activity was present once again and with a few stations not seen in the previous few sessions.
Jan, LA3EQ, sent me a note indicating that he was running 100-watts and a double inverted-L with top sections that were each 25-meters long. This antenna sounds almost like a Marconi-T that is only tied together at the feedpoint. Well done, Jan and Daryl!
Other trans-Atlantic reports include:
In the Caribbean, ZF1RC and ZF1EJ appear to be hearing well in spite of elevated QRN from coastal-Atlantic storms.
Reported earlier, WE2XPQ operated both 137 kHz and 475 kHz running DFCW and WSPR2 respectively and had reasonable success under the circumstances.
Probably the big news of the session was in the Pacific where Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR reported JA1PKG, VK3ELV, and WH2XZO which was Doug’s first 630-meter excursion to KH6 at a distance of 7357 km. Congrats to all involved!
In Oceania, VK3ELV was reported by TNUKJPM and JA1PKG/5. It is my belief that the spot by JA1PKG/5 occurred in the previous session but occurred so late that I am including it in this report.
I am not aware of any two-way QSO’s during the evening session here in North America although Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, indicated at 0230z that he thought he heard me CQing on 474.5 kHz CW through the noise. I had cancelled my 0200z CW sked due to some work that I needed to complete before bed time so it was not me. My 1000z CW session did not yield any additional QSO’s other than my daily sked at 1030z. At 1115z I returned to WSPR2 for the day.
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