In spite of the seemingly good propagation that had been observed in Europe as they progressed through darkness, much of North American experienced a bit of a slow start with S/N reports more depressed than previous sessions in the early evening. Fortunately the session improved dramatically as the evening progressed. The geomagnetic field had been at storming and active levels through the session but the Kp-index was beginning to settle down by sunrise in the central US. Solar wind remains above 600 km/s and the Bz component had generally remained between + / – 5 nT though the session.
The Kyoto DST remained in negative territory through the session with a gradual increase through the session before levelling off.
WSPR activity was very high, with 86 MF stations reported during the evening in North America on the WSPRnet activity page. There was at least one new (newer) reporting station through the session: W7GGS. I believe K7WLF is also new as I do not have him listed but the call sign does sound familiar.
The region and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
On the trans-African path, Michel, FR5ZX, on Reunion Island along with several European stations, had a very strong night with numerous stations receiving reports. This is interesting because it has been several weeks since the path has been open for large scale reports from Europe.
The trans-Atlantic path was equally as good. Not only were numerous Europeans reported in North America but John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, was reported by three stations in Europe – DH5RAE, DJ0ABR, and G8HUH. John indicates that there was some kind of bubble that developed with both German stations, which were located 11 km apart, reporting his station during the same cycle.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, and Roger, ZF1RC, report almost identical stations through the session.
In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had a rough night as he was victim to significantly elevated K-indices and visible aurora:
In the Pacific, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had a nice session, with reports into the Midwestern US and Japan.
Phil, VK3ELV, continues to see reports from JA stations which leads me to believe that the path to KH6 may not be closed for the season.
Other anecdotes and statistics:
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, has reported some type of transmit antenna failure and will be QRT until he can get a chance to troubleshoot and repair.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, indicated that he was reported by 50 unique stations and heard 8 stations.
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, indicates that reports out to 1000 km were very good through the session.
Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, of Eureka, CA received his 630-meter grant this morning. Welcome aboard Joe!
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