I was away last night so rather than being a first-person witness to band activities I am having to back track and figure out what observations I might have had if I had been at the operating position with headphones on.
A review of my data suggests that the band was very strong, with several periods of spot light propagation that yielded many strong S/N numbers only to be followed by major decreases. I enjoy nights like this because they usually turn out to be pretty good.
The geomagnetic field continues to be reported as unsettled but conditions are much quieter than they were. Perhaps this turbulence is the reason for the major shifts seen overnight. Solar wind speeds have decreased below 400 km/s.
The Kyoto DST indicates some instability following a peak near 0 nT but was generally headed toward positive values once again.
The Australian DST shows similar variability.
Paul, W0RW / WA2XRM, operated a CW beacon on 480 kHz at 15 wpm through this session. Paul provided the following post-session report:
Jim, W5EST provided a number of screen shots as well as good commentary. The following was taken from 0911z to 0920z:
I do not have WSPR statistics for the evening but spots were plentiful through the session. Daytime activity showed a stable, consistent path to W0JW from WG2XIQ.
The regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Trans-Atlantic activity was limited to reports of DK7FC by WD2XSH/17.
EA8BVP continues to report DK7FC and EA5DOM.
Eden, ZF1EJ, had a nice night of reports, including several for WH2XCR.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports no visual aurora but I am certain it is forthcoming after an increase in his local K-index, as reported on the ON4KST chat/logger. He still managed to achieve reports along the west coast and pacific.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, continues to enjoy very strong propagation into the mainland US as well as VK and JA. Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported that Merv was some 30 db down from where he normally is reported but still being decoded. It seems that even without visible aurora, the poles are still struggling.
Phil, VK3ELV, has a solid session in progress, being reported by three JA’s.
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