Sunday, March 17, 2019

With the K-index of 5 earlier in the day we found distant signals weak as expected. WW8II on CW was detectable during several transmissions at W4DEX but not copyable. Typically that 510 mile path with WW8II's big signal is much stronger.

The most distant contact we're aware of was 216 miles between AB4AM and W4DEX. The path wasn't that strong and the contact could not have been made without AB4AM's new BOG receive antenna. AB4AM also worked WA4LDU.

WB4EZ at 202 miles was a bit better than recently peaking S3 which is still way below the S6 signal we have seen on that path several times. WB4EZ could hear activity to his north but not good enough to copy an ID.

New on the log was K4KPT in Kingsport, TN. His 28 watt signal was good S2 copy at W4DEX. Also active today was K4DBK, N3EIO and KD4RLD. 

Space Weather Message Code: ALTK05
Serial Number: 1261
Issue Time: 2019 Mar 17 0248 UTC
ALERT: Geomagnetic K-index of 5
Threshold Reached: 2019 Mar 17 0245 UTC
Synoptic Period: 0000-0300 UTC

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