Lots of activity on 630-meters over night even with a few stations that were listening for WG2XXM on 137 kHz WSPR2. Conditions were very quiet, more than they have been in weeks.
Most of the regular stations that receive on the trans-Atlantic path were on 137 kHz so nothing to report there. The number of stations on the air and the low noise levels suggest that trans-Atlantic would have likely been possible.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, reported WG2XIQ and WG2XJM:
In the Pacific Northwest, Larry, WH2XGP was heard by Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ. This is good news as it shows some improvements for signals near or under the auroral oval. The recent solar storm has made this a mess. Perhaps the ring currents are diminishing more quickly than in past events.
In the Pacific, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, has had nice conditions to both Oceania and Japan, in addition to hearing the usual stations from the lower-48, including WG2XJM in western PA.
It should be pointed out that many of the S/N levels reported for VK and ZL in KH6 are at or near levels that would allow for 2-way QSO’s using modes like JT9.
Also of note are the number of JA stations that are beginning to show up on 630-meters.
It is my hope that in the near future we will see many additional stations in JA transmitting and receiving. As I have chronicled in past articles, 630-meters does not necessarily require a large antenna. It requires intelligent installation and a determination to get the signal on the air. Good work JA’s and keep it up!