In spite of a CME that made a glancing blow on the earth’s geomagnetic field a few hours earlier than predicted, conditions appear to be strong. The Kp index never really got above 4 throughout the event in spite of forecasts for storm levels. On-air reports were consistent with generally good conditions. Perhaps the worst is yet to come as solar wind spills in.
Participation was high although there was a station in the Midwest of the US that seems to have polluted the MF map with 160-meter data. This map is not a truly accurate representation of what actually happened as a result.
Trans-Atlantic was experienced in the north east by the VE1VDM, WD2XSH/17, and W1TAG/1 in virtually the same proportions as the previous session.
In the Caribbean, both ZF1RC and ZF1EJ were hearing well.
In the Pacific, WH2XCR continues to hear Oceania and most of the usual suspect in the mainland US and WE2XPQ in Alaska
There has been a tremendous amount of activity in Asia and Oceania and VK3ELV is also heard by Japanese SWL TNUKJPM once again.
Weather here in the south central US has been stormy over the past weekend. While WG2XIQ was QRV for a few hours of darkness during this session, the decision was made to not take any risks. I hope to be QRV through the session tonight as the storms have moved off to the south. In fact, I should be QRV again by 1900z today. If the forecast holds true, this coming weekend might be challenging as well as storms spawned by Hurricane Patricia may have an impact here. I do expect that I will return to my normal CW QSO schedule starting at 1030z on Monday.