Due to local stormy weather I was only a bystander through this session but noise was reported to be significantly higher than previous sessions which was having an impact on some paths. Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reports that from South Carolina, the path to the north east was down 10db or more, negatively impacting reports to and from WG2XKA in Vermont as well as stations in VE1. Doug went on to say that paths east and west as well as reports from the Caribbean were near normal. Mike, WA3TTS, reported that the path across the northern US was good, reporting WH2XGP at -17 db S/N at 0328z with his EWE pointed to the north east and Europe. Mike indicates that signal off of the sides of the antenna are down 6db so some signals were quite strong.
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet, although elevated compared to previous sessions.
Additionally the Kyoto DST reports generally stable conditions through the session, with only a few minor negative excursions.
WSPR was very active once again worldwide, however, fewer stations were present in Australia, probably due somewhat to the Spring weather and noise transition. In Japan numerous receive stations were active by no transmitting stations were observed. Subsequently there was no trans-Pacific activity to report.
Trans-Atlantic was active again with reports being recorded in both directions, including the return of WE2XGR/3 who was reported by G3XKR. John indicates that the loop is still working after being away for the summer.
Reprising yesterday’s report between DK7FC and FR5ZX on Reunion Island, Stefan does it again.
It was reported on the RSGB “blacksheep” reflector that Michel is using a PA0RDT E-probe and Winradio. Perhaps this will continue or perhaps tomorrow we will see multiple reports during a session. Michel has indicated an interest in setting up a transceiving station on 630-meters so it will only be a matter of time before someone makes a QSO on some mode with him. Think about how many guys would like to have FR5 on a higher ham band and imagine doing it on 630-meters. Its my belief that getting more active DX on the band with stations that are capable of long haul communications will drive more QSO activity, not just beaconing, and particularly with larger, more competitive stations. This will be a positive thing for everyone in the end.
In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported that he was running DFCW and WSPR on 2200-meters simultaneously with WSPR on 630-meters. Laurence indicated that proton levels were still somewhat elevated so there were not high hopes. The screen shot below seems to suggest things were “OK”, being heard on the west coast of the North America as well as hearing Merv, WH2XCR, on KH6.
In the Caribbean, ZF1RC and ZF1EJ continue to hand out coast-to-coast reports.
In the Pacific, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, continues to do very well in spite noisy conditions, being heard last night as far east as Ken’s, K5DNL / WG2XXM, QTH near Oklahoma City.
Merv reports that he is still running at 10-20 watts TPO as he has not had time to work on improvements to the impedance matching and that WSPR4 shut down after 1300z so he missed some activity as a result. This was Merv’s first session using WSPR4 so there will be an adjustment period.
I am preparing my station to return to air as we begin to dry out and hope to be QRV in a few hours. A report received from the Space Weather Prediction Center indicates a warning has been issued for G3 storm levels. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens tonight.
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