The band was definitely open last night and there was plenty of activity. Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reported 0137z that my signal was decoded, which is about 10-minutes before his sunset. The primary limiting factor seems to be the frontal system that pushed across Oklahoma. Lightning noise was like what is seen in the middle of summer, in fact, I believe Larry actually made this comment. A mid-evening attempt at a JT9 QSO with Larry, which has generally been pretty easy all season, was not possible due to increased noise levels on both ends of the path.
The good news is that the geomagnetic field remains quiet with a mostly stable Bz and only slightly elevated solar wind levels, below 400 km/s and considered to be in the low category.
Stefan, DK7FC, experienced a very good session and provided the following comments on the RSGB-LF reflector:
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported great conditions to the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii from South Carolina. Many stations in the East shared that sentiment.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported on the 600-meter research group email reflector and the ON4KST chat/logger that he would be operating JT9 after 0400z. It was apparently a pretty good session. Neil provided the following comments and edited transcript from the chat:
John, VE7BDQ, sent along the following comments and statistics for his time on the air:
Peter, VK4QC, noted that he and Roger, VK4YB, would be operating CW and phone during the session. There are no reports of their success but I suspect they did well. A lot of stations noted on the VK 600-meter reflector that they saw the message too late.
WSPR activity was also high, with 78 MF WSPR stations observed at 0330z. There were a few new or newer stations over night, including KG5TGT, KF3BH, and VE7EHP. Welcome aboard!
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-Africa path. UA0SNV was present but no reports were found for Vasily in the WSPRnet database.
Stefan, DK7FC, as previously reported, had a strong session of trans-Atlantic reports from numerous stations:
EA8/LA3JJ was providing medium wave reports from the Canary Islands for DK7FC and EA5DOM. EA8/DL9XJ’s reports are excluded as there was an apparent band selection error:
Eden, ZF1EJ, and Roger, ZF1RC, were present from the Caribbean, providing reports for a number of North American stations and WH2XCR in addition to a first time report by ZF1EJ of DK7FC. Eden reports that he has been listening with the ALP-6-30-48 log periodic antenna over the previous few sessions with obvious great success. Well done and congratulations to all involved.
In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, was briefly listening to WSPR2 but spent the bulk of his time listening for JT9, where he had good success reporting Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, Toby, VE7CNF, and John, VE7BDQ, between 0502z and 1404z. There is a transcript of these reports but they are numerous and formatting would be difficult. The information is available on request.
In the Pacific, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced the return of the path to Japan and notes that VK4YB’s reports have been ceasing about an hour prior to sunrise. This morning those reports continued until sunrise. Merv also commented that there was a new VE7 station as well as a possible first time decode from VE3CIQ, which may be the first time KH6 has been reported in VE3. There were numerous two-way reports between Merv and the eastern US including WH2XZO, WG2XJM and WG2XKA.
Phil, VK3ELV, received the following reports from Japan and Hawaii:
Additional statistics, comments, anecdotes and information:
Jim, W5EST, who has been researching blog content for his discussions and contributions to these reports over the last several months, provides a nice list of useful keywords that he has found while using the search feature of this site. Perhaps these are useful to others:
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<Ham Call Sign> <Part 5 Call Sign> <Operator First Name>
Absorption Activate Africa Alaska Allocation Amplifier Anchorage Antenna
Altitude Antenna Current ARGO ARRL Atlantic ATU Aurora Average
Back Bandplan Bandwidth Baseline Beacon Beijing Better Beverage
Blacksheep BOG British Columbia BC Bz
Cage Canada Cayman Changing Frequency China Coax Coil Cross-band CQ CW
Data Delay Dial D-region D-layer Daytime Decrease Difference Dip Direction
Disbelief Display Distance Diversity Doppler Downconvert Ducting
dB dBm Dst DX
Earth Eclipse E-region E-layer E-hop Elevation Emcomm Emergency Equation
Europe Event Exceed Experiment Explain Explanation EA8 EIRP ERP
Fall Fantastic Faraday FCC Forcing France Frequency Front F-hop F-region
Geographic Geomagnetic Germany GMF GPS Grabber Graph Greater Grid
Ground Rod Ground Wave
HamWSPR Hat Hawaii Heading Height Hellschreiber Hertz High
High Voltage Hump
Iceland Image Improve Inactive Increase Inequality Interpretation Ion Ionosphere
Japan JARL JT9 KHz Kp KSM KV
Lateral Latitude Less Lightning Load Loading Location Longitude Loop LF/MF
Magnetosphere Match Median Mode MF/LF Midpath Mobile Mountain
Multihop Multipath Mystery Mysterious ms mA
Network N.Am.-VK NDB New England Newfoundland Nighttime Noise
Northern path Northeast Northwest Nova Scotia NPRM
Ontario Open Opening OPERA Operator Oscillator Oval
Pacific Path Peak Perimeter Phasing Pole Position Power Prediction Profile
Propagation Potential Pre-Sunrise Pre-Sunset Propose Protect Protection
Proton Puzzle PLL PNW
Quality QRM QRN QRSS QRT QSK QSL QSO QSX
Radial Radio Rain Random Ratio Receive Reference Reflect Resonant Resonate
Ring Current Rotate RotatableRussia RF RLC RSGB
Safety SDR Season Sequence Shack Signal SIQ Scatter Scatterplot Ship Side Siemens
Skew Sky Wave SNR Smith Chart Snow Solar Solar Noon Solstice Sort Southeast
Southwest Space Weather Spain Spreadsheet Spring Stability Stable Station Statistics
Steady Storm Summer Sunrise Sunset Surprise Surprising SWR SR/SS SSTV
Table Thunderstorm Time Zone Tophat Tstorm TA TI TP Transcontinental
Transmission Transmit Trans-Africa Trans-Atlantic Trans-Pacific
UK/EU Ultraviolet United States USA UV
Variable Variometer Vertical Visualize Voice Volt VE VHF VK
Wavelength Wind Winter Worse WSJT-X WSJTX WSPR WSPRnet WWLLN
X-ray XXP:XGP ratio ZL”
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