Is it wrong to get comfortable with these great conditions? Will we all be disappointed when the band changes for a few days (and it will change!)?
We have been very fortunate to have very stable conditions recently and a tremendous amount of participation as we transition into periods of longer darkness in the northern hemisphere. Lets all hope that this continues.
As there was some pollution of the WSPR map by a German station overnight that did not switch bands properly, I will not post a 24 hour map today. Doing so would give an inflated picture of overnight activity. The last 24 hours have been very good, however.
No trans-atlantic was reported but Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, posted the following comment on the 600mrg this morning:
“Conditions continue to be quite good, at least out here in KH6,
Had 16 decodes of VK3ELV from 1104Z until 1602Z, and one
decode of VK5ABN,
Of course the mainland and Alaska were booming in with some decodes
in the plus 3 range.
VK5 is using a 40 ft tall vertical with about 170ft top load wire and a
base coil of 208uh, 2 watts, only 7 short radials, shows what can be
Its really great to see a small station doing so well on 630-meters and just goes to show what can be done with a little effort.
We are all seeking an active station in JA. If you know of one or speak Japanese, perhaps you could ask one to give 630-meter transmit a try!
Data for the period follows:
Finally, I had the good fortune to have a nice CW QSO with Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM, this morning while waiting for Steve, KF5RYI / WG2XIQ/1. Band conditions were very good as sunrise approached Eric’s QTH in Western PA and noise levels were very reasonable, making Eric’s signal armchair copy here at RST 549. I look forward to more CW QSO’s with Eric, Steve, and others as we progress towards winter. It was a very good morning for good radio.