Last evening the central US was curiously noisy. The lightning map did not indicate a source but apparently it was also heard in Oklahoma by Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM. Nevertheless the band was very strong with single digit and positive S/N reports starting very early. Mike, WA3TTS, reported at 2314z that my signal was being heard near Pittsburgh at -33 db S/N prior to my local sunset. Aside from the noise, the band was very good.
Geomagnetic conditions were generally quiet and stable with the Bz component hovered at or near zero through the session. Solar wind was still high but less than it had been, now in the mid-400 km/s range.
The Kyoto DST appeared to recover from the previous session, which is interesting as the JA reports of WH2XCR were more prolific when the band was more active.
Band activity was dominated by WSPR and while I did not get a formal count of stations for the session as normal, participation was healthy. The regional and continental breakdown follows:
Daytime WSPR activity from WG2XIQ yielded persistent reports from Iowa and Tennessee:
In the Atlantic, VP9GE returns with many nice reports of US stations near his latitude. Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, indicated 33 reports from Ed, with -19 db S/N as best.
In the Caribbean, Roger, ZF1RC, and Eden, ZF1EJ, both have good sessions. Roger’s best distance was WH2XGP in Washington state. Eden indicated in the ON4KST chat/logger that he was listening with the 160-meter top loaded vertical, where he had nine decodes of WH2XCR, compared to twelve using the magnet loop during previous sessions. Propagation was very good:
Trans-Atlantic reports continued with reports by WA3TTS and WD2XSH/17:
In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, has a session similar to the previous, with reports limited to the west and Pacific:
Similarly, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had a night much like the previous with the addition of VK3ELV being reported and reports from ZF1EJ, who was listening on the 160-meter vertical.
Doug. K4LY / WH2XZO, indicated that conditions were very strong, with four reports of WH2XCR and eleven reports of WH2XZO by WH2XCR. Doug also reported a best ever seven decodes from W7MY and a +10 db S/N report for WG2XIQ, with reciprocal reports from WG2XIQ at a best +2 db S/N.
Joseph, NU6O (Pending WI2XBQ), indicates that WH2XCR was reported at his station at -13 db S/N, just outside of normal CW levels and went on to say that the other active stations were strong.
A scheduling SNAFU this morning resulted in no CW session from WG2XIQ.
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