Propagation through this session actually seemed quite good here in Texas. While local noise was elevated from what it had been and grew steadily through the evening, several stations were being reported including CW ID’s at aural levels and WG2XIQ was heard by the typical number of stations ranging from coast-to-coast until QRT for overnight storms at 0500z. The geomagnetic field has been quiet but consistently more active in the previous two sessions than in the previous six. There were no trans-Atlantic, Atlantic, South American, or trans-African reports through the period.
The Kyoto DST was relatively stable with mostly positive values through the period. The Space Weather Prediction Center indicates that the Bz component remained southerly through the session.
WSPR activity dominated the session again with 63 active MF stations reported on the WSPRnet activity page at 0400z. The continental / regional break-down follows:
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, showed reports consistent with the previous session, where stations were QRV.
In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, continues to run simultaneous receivers with different antennas designated as WE2XPQ and WE2XPQ/1. The latter is the east-west facing active loop with the other is the probe. Laurence’s reports are consistent with the previous session.
In the Pacific, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had a very good session, with consistent reports from Japan in the west and the east coast of the US mainland. The path to VK appears to have been choked off for the moment and only by additional sessions will we know if it is gone for the season.
Mike, WA3TTS, indicated in the ON4KST chat/logger that he had reports of WH2XCR while listening to the northwest on his EWE antenna, which is typically 3-4 db down from the southwest direction. Mike indicated reports at 0644z and 0650z at -27 and -30 db S/N, respectively.
Phil, VK3ELV, continues to see an open path to JA though this session. Note that because of the international dateline, these reports are technically from the previous session but because they were excluded from yesterday’s report I am including them now. I try to make screen shots at the same time each day so as to not miss any activity, although its possible that the content could be a day late.
Other anecdotes and statistics from the session:
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, operated MFSK16 on 474.2 kHz + 1000 Hz using MultiPSK. Neil switched back to WSPR2 at 0415z.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, may be QRT for up to a week as his antenna is currently covered in ice. This weather may also impact his receive abilities as well.
Luis, EA5DOM, posted the following on the RSGB “blacksheep” reflector:
So it seems that we may soon have a permanent receive outpost somewhere in XE. The last time we received reported from XE was when Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, took a vacation in 2014 where he setup a temporary, portable receiver on the beach. If you would like to make a donation to the effort, Luis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Finally, with recent reports of JA1PKG in KH6, it begs the question of why he was also not heard by UA0SNV. The distances are comparable with the path to KH6 and well within the range of JA, even when operating over land (similar to east coast / west coast reports in the mainland US). Could there be a noise issue in UA0, or sufficient directivity in signal toward the dominant salt water in the east at JA1PKG, or some other anomaly? I have emailed Vasily to see if it was something as simple as the receiver being turned off or tuned to another frequency. I think more activity from transmitting stations in JA will provide data that might help us understand what is going on here.
Rain rages on here in Texas. At least nothing is frozen as in other areas not too far away. Perhaps with this coming week a normal operating schedule can resume.
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