Last night was not very good on a lot of levels. Severe storms lined up from Ohio to Mississippi leaving tornadic destruction and chaos in their wake. Its bad enough when it happens in the Spring but its particularly heartbreaking when it happens at Christmas. Please keep those affected in your thoughts and prayers.
For those fortunate enough to not be physically impacted by these storms and actually enjoy some radio time, the noise was intense and generally propagation seemed poor in the early evening. Something is clearly not right at the moment as propagation should start picking up in the late afternoon to points east but it feels more like early spring conditions where the days are getting longer and the band opens later. The band did get a little better, returning to communication quality sometime after 0700z. S-meter reading during the evening were peaking 20db over S-9 here in Texas.
The geomagnetic field was generally quiet although it was somewhat agitated near sunrise here in Texas. Solar wind was also elevated, exceeding 500 km/s.
The Kyoto DST continues to meander in the negative region with no clear trend.
The Australian DST saw a return to positive values but no stable trend is apparent.
WSPR activity was slightly below average through the session, probably a result of the storms mentioned earlier and Christmas preparations. At 0230z, 71 MF WSPR stations were reported on the WSPRnet activity page.
Regional and continental breakdowns follow:
There were no trans-Atlantic or trans-African reports during this session.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, and Roger, ZF1RC, offer the following reception reports on a very noisy night:
In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had a better session than previous with reports along the western US and Hawaii, plus reception of Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR. The reports from Merv aexceed recent previous session reports.
In Hawaii, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had another nice night, being reported by JA1NQI-1 and breaking through the noise to be heard by Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM. Merv actually heard more stations last night than I did here in Texas, where I am significantly closer to those transmitter.
In Australia, Phil, VK3ELV, was reported by JA1NQI-1 and JH3XCU:
Brian, WA1ZMS / WG2XFQ, has the following on air special event:
Because of Christmas activities I will conclude this report here. Like today, tomorrow’s report will be produced later in the day or in the evening.
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