After being QRT for a few days due to bad weather, it seemed like the first night back was going to be rough. Noise levels were high all over the US in the evening and reports early seemed to be somewhat down. John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicated that Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, was reported in Vermont earlier than normal on his east/west oriented loop, however. Similarly, I was hearing John and being heard myself in Vermont relatively early in the evening.
The geomagnetic field remained quiet through the session with the Kp remaining at or below 3. There were no trans-Atlantic, Atlantic, South American or trans-African reports filed during this session, however.
The Kyoto DST generally trended upward with a rapid decrease near the end of the reporting period. The Space Weather Prediction Center reported that the Bz was oriented slightly southerly though the session.
WSPR activity was very high once again with consistently more than 80 stations listed on the WSPRnet activity page as of 0400z. Regional and continental breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, had a nice surprise this morning, with another early morning report of Merv, K9FD/KH6 /WH2XCR. Eden also had reports spanning the continental US of Toby, VE7CNF, Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, and John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA.
The other big news was WE2XPQ, WH2XGP, and WH2XCR being reported by JA1NQI/2.
No doubt that JA1NQI’s coastal region location helps. If anyone know what his receive set up is, please send me a message on the Contact page with that information.
Similarly, it wasn’t all bad in Alaska, as Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had quite an increase in who he heard and who heard him. Laurence was reported across the Pacific, all along the west coast of the US and heard stations as far away as Oklahoma, like WG2XXM. Laurence was also heard in Oklahoma at WG2XXM, a fact that I initially missed.
In the Pacific, it is clear that Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, is once again operating at full power. While the map does not report it at this time, there was a late report from John, VK2XGJ, of Merv’s signal. This also happened yesterday as apparently John’s WSPR PC has a WiFi problem, which is complicating the upload process.
Merv was reported as far to the east as ZF1EJ, N3CXV (WH2XRR), and VE3IQB, JA1NQI-2 in the west, WE2XPQ in the north and VK2XGJ in the south.
Other anecdotes and statistics from the session:
Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM, reported good results using his HRO5 receiver with WSPR in spite of a slight amount of drift. Eric also noted that S/N reports for WG2XIQ and WD2XSH/15 were the same as with the K3 and transverter arrangement.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported 40 unique stations receiving his signal through the session with two reports by WE2XPQ in Alaska.
Larry, W7IUV / WG2XGP, reported that Joe, NU6O, has filed for a Part-5 grant and has been assigned the call sign WI2XBQ. Amazing that we are already into the WI prefix! Any interesting Wisconsonites, now is your chance! Joe now just has to wait for the final grant, which have recently been issued pretty fast.
I also note that the application of Al, K2BLA, is in a holding pattern. I believe Al was having to go through the user registration process with the General Accounting Office so that he could make his payment. I don’t recall the process but I had a password already set up for one of my commercial licenses so that expedited my process. For parties considering filing a Part-5 application, it might be wise to look into the registration process as part of your pre-filing information gathering. I don’t stress that in the application guidelines posted on this site.
My morning CW session yielded no additional random QSO’s but I did complete my morning CW sked. I took the option during the evening last night to watch propagation rather than engaging in a CQ session given that the noise level was high.
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