Not a lot to report today. The band was in pretty good shape through the night. Early reports were slow to develop, however. Normally terrestrial weather conditions might have been suspect and while there was a winter storm system in progress in the northeast, it seems the only instances of lightning were in Mexico. These bizarre conditions were probably related to the continued recovery of the geomagnetic field.
In the last 24-hours there have been two small M-class flares as well as a disturbance to the GMF at 1205z where Kp spiked to 5. Conditions since have been quieter but the chance for more flaring and solar wind are a possibility.
Participation was good in spite of winter weather in the northeast, the Stew Perry Topband DX Challenge, and a few stations splitting time on 2200-meters.
WD2XSH/17 reported DK7FC and PA3ABK/2 for the only trans-Atlantic reports during the session.
While it may sound like I am minimizing the session, conditions were very good with reports making it to CW levels persistently overnight, including positive S/N numbers to WG2XJM and others in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. It was a very good night, but a busy night and stations were spread thin. Hopefully we won’t see much negative impact from the solar wind event that upset the GMF at 1205z.