The band may have turned a corner. While activity in North America continues lower than normal, band openings appear to exist. Even the trans-Atlantic path was represented from the high latitudes. So while the Kpp has been varying through the session and the Bz was generally pointing south, solar wind velocities remain in the lower category and the band seems to be trying to recover. Of course Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported visual aurora in Alaska so recovery may lag a bit for him compared to many of the other operations.
South central storm QRN has now moved to the East and will begin to have a major impact on stations like Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, and Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV. This pattern is one that is likely to persist through Spring in North America. All we can do is fight through it and be on the air when we can in support of 630-meters.
Roelof, PA0RDT, reports drastically better band conditions while copying Joe, VO1NA, on CW.
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, reports a generally flat session where all reports are east of the Mississippi river. Ironically, John has the honor of being reported by DL4RAJ, the sole trans-Atlantic WSPR report for this session. It’s funny sometimes how a seemingly lame band can yield good, interesting openings.
WSPR activity was lower than normal in North America but worldwide 82 MF WSPR stations were observed on the WSPRnet activity page at 0345z. BD4OS was present from China for the first time and ZS1JEN returned. Neither station had reports in the WSPRnet database but their participation is appreciated. We know that the trans-African path exists so its only a matter of time before reports are found. Al, W5LUA / WH2XES, was also receiving during this session after a long hiatus. Its my understanding that Al’s 630-meter collaborator, Dave, WW2R / G4FRE, is in town for a few days so these activities and operations may be related.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdown’s follow:
There were no reports from the trans-African path. UA0SNV and EA8/DJ9XJ were both present but no reports were found in the WSPRnet database.
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported a number of stations in the southern and eastern US during this session:
In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced improved conditions in spite of visual aurora. Its expected that recovery in Alaska will be slow and conditions will generally be poor for some time to come.
In Hawaii, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced a return of the path to Japan with reports from JH3XCU. John, VK2XGJ, reports elevated noise levels in Australia which might explain the recent, apparent one-way path of signal from Australia being reported in KH6.
In Australia, Phil, VK3ELV, and Roger, VK4YB, receive reports from WH2XCR and Phil receives additional reports from 7L1RLL_4 and JH3XCU. The path persists!
Additional anecdotes, statistics, information and comments:
Jim, W5EST, provided the following pre-Friday puzzle fun to take our minds off of the recent poor band conditions (Answer at the end of this report):
Clue: These associated things affect SNR.
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Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported fair conditions while decoding five unique stations and being decoded by 43 unique stations. He also notes 56 decodes at WH2XCR, with the best at -9 dB S/N.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports heavy rain tripping the SWR protection on his system. He will be QRT until the weather abates.
Mark, WA9ETW, reports that he has made an end-run around his WSPR problems on his Mac by bringing a PC into the ham shack. Mark has been able to upload his first reports to the WSPRnet database. Welcome aboard!
ANSWER to Jim’s puzzle (backwards): noitaidarralosrotanimret
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