In spite of geomagnetic storm levels, the WSPR2 path to Oceania once again did not disappoint. Ron, WH2XND / NI7J and Ken, WG2XXM / K5DNL were both reported by David, VK2DDI and John, VK2XGJ. This event marks Ken’s first reports in Oceania via WSPR. Screen shots of the Berry Mountain Grabber also show a ghost of WG2XIQ at 1120z but a WSPR decode opportunity was missed with a transmit cycle that was too low.
Details and summary follow:
High absorption appears to have prevented the flame-throwers in the Pacific Northwest from making the trip. It is my hope that as we move into next week, the additional darkness will allow these reports to continue to improve. Lets hope for stable solar conditions and good weather on both ends of the path.
In addition to absorption, probably one of the biggest occupational hazards that stations face on both sides of the pond are the large number of stations that are consecutively on the air, each competing for a coveted clear channel to try to make it across interference free. It can be a challenge but we all pay the same entry fee in this game and we all have an equal chance to put a signal on the air. A lot of it is dumb luck and a little brute force. Here is one shot of local QRM that David, VK2DDI, experienced:
I think I described it in one venue as being like watching a defensive driving video. You do your best to avoid the other drivers and hopefully you get to your destination without incident. Lets all be careful out there and have a good time getting to the other side…