Conditions were fair to strong for stations in North America during the overnight session. At WG2XIQ there were many CW-level reports including positive S/N numbers from KU4XR in Tennessee. Strong storms in New Mexico, Mexico and West Texas created a significant level of noise through the session, however, and no doubt limited S/N reports to a degree. As with previous sessions, participation did not disappoint.
Of note was the first-time operation of Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, in Inman, South Carolina. Doug is using a 65-foot tall inverted-L with additional toploading provided by a 75-meter full-wave loop that is tied into the top of the system. He generates a signal with a Kenwood-590 driving an NJDTechnologies amplifier currently throttled back to approximately 19W using the power supply on hand that only provides 12-volts. Once the power supply is upgraded, he will be on the air at 100+ watts.
Doug made a very good first showing, reporting 27 dbm ERP. Its only a matter of time before he is heard by Merv on KH6.
Well done, Doug. Its only a matter of time before we make regular CW QSO’s. Doug sent a few comments about his system as well as several pics, of which I selected two to share here:
“I’m on the side of a hill near the top so like you, I have a better than average location (especially for VHF) and with an almost 200′ by 200′ lot, I have more room for radials than many, but no where near enough room for 16 x 0.1 WL radials which I think would be pretty minimal for a vertical. When you take out the footprint of the house and keep radials 50′ or more away from the 75′ triangle of Hi Z receive antennas, there’s not a whole lot of space left for radials!
Also of note is the appearance of a new station in ZF1. Roger, ZF1RC, reported WG2XIQ, through the session. This appears to be Roger’s first outing on 630-meters. Welcome aboard and thanks for the reports!
Generally speaking the band was normal over night. While trans-Pacific appears to have ceased for the moment, activity to KH6 continues to be strong.