Night one was great. The band sounded like a flock of seagulls on Friday night as a significant number of Part 5 experimental stations ran CW for CLE191.
My first report came from Ben, KD5BYB, in Alabama. Signals were great.
Next was from Brandon, WA4230SWL, in TN. Brandon reports:
“Hi John! I am hearing you beacon well here just east of Memphis in EM55gc, broadcasting on 474.5 kHz 0010 tune-in on 21 Feb 2014. Your beacon text is as follows:
‘QST QST QST DE WG2XIQ GREETINGS FROM NORTH TEXAS AND WELCOME NDBLIST CLE SWLS = WG2XIQ IS 10 WATT ERP FROM DUNCANVILLE TX EM12MP = RECEPTIONS REPORTS TO KB5NJD AT ARRL DOT NET ARE APPRECIATED = 73 QST QST QST DE WG2XIQ K'”
A few minutes later, Ken, SWLK9EN61, in EN61 sent this screen shot:
Ken notes that the noise level is up and conditions seem unstable and probably much of this is the result of the storms in Missouri at the time.
Mark, AB0CW / WG2XNI in Colorado, reported nice loud signals before he set up shop on 468. Mark sent this audio of my transmission:
Mark headed down to 468 to begin transmitting, which is outside of the range of my grabber so I took short excursions from my frequency to listen for him. I was trying to use Mike, WD2XSH/12, as an indicator of conditions to Colorado and when he would peak, I would move down to listen for Mark between my transmissions. This yielded a very light trace of Mark:
Around 0300z, WG2XJM showed up on 477 with a very potent, armchair copy signal. Here is a shot of WG2XIQ (me!) at 474.5, WG2XJM at 477, WE2XGR/2 at 475.5 and WG2XXM on WSPR around 475.7:
Conditions were certainly getting better and culminated with a shot of most of the guys on the air last night. These include WG2XKA on 473, WG2XIQ on 474.5, WD2XSH/12 on 475, WE2XGR/2 on 475.5, WH2XND and WG2XXM on WSPR near 475.7 and WG2XJM on 477:
Around 0530z, shortly before I went to bed, I had easy, armchair copy, on WE2XGR/2 in Burlington, CT.
This morning, Mike, WD2XSH/12, reports that I was Q5 copy an hour before sunset on Friday. I will take it!
Also amazing was the fact that I was still decoding WSPR during my RX periods. WSPR’s ability to decode partial signals never ceases to amaze me. I recall reporting WG2XXM, WH2XND, WH2XGP, and WD2XSH/15. Many of the cycles that decoded did so with 30-45 seconds of signal.
I am running WSPR during the day today and, weather permitting, I will be back on CW starting around 2200z or 2300z. Hopefully tonight is equally as good. I may run a different message tonight so stay tuned! Thanks to all the reporting stations and guys who took them time to send me screen shots and audio. Its always very much appreciated!