Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Propagation was better than yesterday but still far from good.  WW8II's CW was detectable at W4DEX.  AB4AM on SSB was copied at W4DEX for about 10 seconds out of a 120-second transmission.  The short 73-mile path between WA1AC and W4DEX was back to about a normal level with very little QSB.  WA4LDU checked in late with a much better signal that has been recently seen on that 103-mile path.   None of the solar charts seem to explain why local propagation was very poor yesterday.  Maybe it was due to more D-Layer absorption, weaker F2 Layer ionization or a combination of both.    

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