It was a busy session in spite of continued solar activity that resulted in flaring and continued solar wind that has been impacting the geomagnetic field. Solar wind speeds remained high through the session although the Kp began to stabilize a bit through the course of the night. Once again the Bz stayed close to zero, with only brief significant positive and negative variations. The Kyoto DST continues to remain slightly negative.
Daytime conditions from Texas were better than the previous session, with reports in the east and Midwest in the mid to upper -20’s db S/N through the day. No stations were received at WG2XIQ through the daytime period, however, unlike previous sessions where WH2XXP in Arizona was persistently reported.
At 2258z, Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, in South Carolina reported that early S/N reports were better than the previous session from his location. This morning he reported that while 10/27 and 10/28 were both quiet, strong sessions, last night fell into the category of very good from his location, especially the east-west path. Doug reported 10 stations received through the session that were at or near all time high S/N, 6 of which were on the west coast. Doug also noted that he was reported by N6SKM and KK6EEW for the first time, and was heard in Indiana, by Ken, SWL-K9, at 1304z, after his local sunrise.
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, had similar good, quiet receive conditions in Vermont early in the evening, but those conditions deteriorated as the session progressed. John added that signals to the southwest were very strong but that the path across the northern regions to the Pacific Northwest was non-existent.
Its been reported that VP9GE was receiving and decoding WSPR signals last night from the east coast but that he has an upload problem that he was trying to debug. Its unclear just who was being received at the time but it sounds like he will be back soon.
WSPR activity from around the world broke down as follows:
There were no trans-Atlantic or Europe to Reunion Island reports through the session. Presumably the auroral activity has impacted the high latitude path by way of increased absorption, which is consistent with earlier reports.
In the Caribbean Eden, ZF1EJ, reports that he is still QRT due to bad weather. Roger, ZF1RC, is apparently off-island and his station was still on the air. As of last evening when I QRTed due to local storms, Roger’s station was still receiving so luckily no ill effects due to the stormy weather in ZF1.
The increased absorption appears to have taken a toll on Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, over the session.
Laurence indicates that the K-index jumped from 1 to 5 and there was nice aurora at his QTH.
In the Pacific Merv K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR had 55 reports from 6 stations, down from previous sessions but he did see the return of VK3ELV’s signal. Merv was hearing very well, also reporting WH2XXC in Maryland.
The big news of this session was Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, being reported in Japan by JA1NQI-2. Not a single report, but seven spread over several hours.
It is believed that this is the first time a North American station has been reported in Japan on 630-meter WSPR since being done by WE2XPQ in October 2015 when the report had an upload error. The previous report of a North American station in Japan was also with WE2XPQ in March 2015.
Larry reports that while he has been hearing JA’s on 160-meters, none of them have been strong enough to expect something like this on 630-meters.
Larry also reported that he was still being spotted to WH2XCR at 1526z, about 1/2 hour after local sunrise.
During the evening portion of the session in North America, Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM, called CQ on 474.5 kHz CW and while not having any QSO’s, he was reported by W4OP in North Carolina and AC2EU in New York who emailed signal reports of RST 579 and 599, respectively. There was some discussion on the QRP-L reflector.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported receiving 10 stations on an otherwise very noisy night and being heard by 40 stations.
I QRTed around 0200z due to impending heavy rain and storms overnight. There was no CW session from WG2XIQ as advertised. There were a few flashes overnight so it was the right decision. My hope is to be QRV again late tonight or tomorrow morning after this storm system moves out.
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