This session had slightly less activity than previous sessions due to weird weather in the US. I QRT’ed my station far earlier than I had planned when a storm system arrived earlier than had been forecast. I believe that Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, QRT’ed not too long after due to the same storm system. Receive stations in the central US and western portions of the Midwest were certainly impacted as well. The main weather event, which may contain very high winds – always a concern – will arrive late this afternoon, into the evening and the overnight, assuming we can trust the forecast. I expect several active stations will be QRT tonight also.
Propagation appears to have been pretty good, with generally quiet geomagnetic conditions. There was a single reporting period where the Kp spiked to 4, however.
The Kyoto DST dipped slightly through the session but was generally near what has been recently reported. The Space Weather Prediction Center indicates that the Bz was pointing only slightly to the south.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports that while activity was down somewhat, the northern transcontinental path appears to be returning.
While preparing this report, Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM, reports that he is hearing the CW beacon of Brian, WA1ZMS / WD2XSH/31, in Virginia, some 488 km away. Eric was using an HRO5 with a modified coil set that is giving him 10-times band spread he had previously.
Daytime WSPR activity included noontime reports from WG2XJM and early afternoon reports from the eastern US and Midwest at WG2XIQ.
WSPR activity was high worldwide once again, including the addition of Carlos, PY2VM, who is listening from near Sao Paulo. Hopefully we will continue to see more activity from Carlos. Thanks to Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, for contacting Carlos about joining the action. Below is the regional and continental WSPR breakdown for the session.
RA0CEN appears to have his WSPR software set to 503.9 kHz, which is the old frequency that was the default in the old version of the software. The newer distributions have been updated to 474.2 kHz. Its unclear whether his dial frequency is incorrect as well and running CAT to control his rig would result in him listening on the wrong frequency. If someone is in contact with him it would be helpful to determine where he is listening. I suspect that he might hear Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, when running full power on a quiet night.
WD2XSH/17 reported DK7FC three times through the session at levels that are good enough for a JT9 QSO.
VP9GE reported a few stations overnight including WG2XXM before he had to QRT for weather.
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported that he was QRT for this session also for stormy weather on Cayman but Roger, ZF1RC, was active for a portion of the session, which netted a report of WG2XJM.
WE2XPQ in Alaska is reported for what is believed to be the first time by Steve, KK7UV / WH2XNV, in Montana. Laurence also saw the usual reporting stations in the west and Pacific.
In Hawaii Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR is reported across the west, including by KK7UV in Montana, and reports hearing WG2XJM in western Pennsylvania and VK3ELV in Victoria, Australia.
The path between VK and JA has yielded a new reporting station for this season, JH3XCU/1.
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