Propagation was much improved over the previous session as the geomagnetic field is once again quiet. Participation was very high although there seem to have been fewer reports near CW levels (better than -10db S/N in a 2.4 kHz bandwidth). There are always exceptions to the rule, including a number of CW level reports for WG2XIQ at WH2XCR in KH6. That’s generally not an everyday occurrence. Where CW levels were present, the path was much longer, for example between WG2XIQ and WH2XGP. Unfortunately the band did not stretch out enough for trans-Atlantic reports over the session.
It should be noted that we have two new Part-5 grants that became active yesterday. Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, in South Carolina, and Julie, AC0WN / WH2XZM, of Oregon. Welcome aboard. A report from WG2XKA indicates that Julie is currently in the station building process, putting in a radial field and building a variometer. Doug is already QRV at the time of this writing and is running 20 dbm at 20% using WSPR and doing the initial shake down. Both of these grants were processed very quickly. If you are considering filing for a grant so you can get your feet wet prior to Part-97 implementation, read this post and lets have a conversation. The process is really pretty easy once you have all of your information gathered. I do think there is still time to get a grant and be active this season.
Also of note, Steve, KK7UV / WH2XNV, of Missoula, MT, has been reported by Neil, W0YSE / WG2XSV, and Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP. Neil provided the following screen shot of Steve’s CW beacon:
Neil indicates that Steve’s signal actually got stronger in the last 10-minutes of his transmission (QRT at 0230z) and was ear-copy at RST 549.
Larry indicates that Steve was strong on all of his receive antennas over the roughly 350-mile path.
Congrats to Steve on a fine achievement of getting a station on the air and welcome aboard!