Friday, April 5, 2019

Today we experienced much lower than normal short range signal reports with some reporting higher background noise levels.  A few of the <100-mile paths were unusable at times.  Several times over the past 15 months when the Space Weather alerts, like the one below, are sent we have seen poor local propagation but better DX signals levels.  That was somewhat true today.  The DX propagation levels was a bit better than it has been recently.

On a two minute CW transmission at 1632 UT WW8II was initially just detectable but near the end, the CW was almost copyable at W4DEX.  That is a 510-mile path.  KGØVL also had a partial copy at 443 miles.  A second CW transmission by WW8II the signal was noticeably better at W4DEX and was detected on peaks by KP2AE. 

Solar Storm Forecast 04-04-2019 

Space Weather Message Code: ALTEF3
Serial Number: 2925
Issue Time: 2019 Apr 05 1432 UTC
ALERT: Electron 2MeV Integral Flux exceeded 1000pfu
Threshold Reached: 2019 Apr 05 1400 UTC
Station: GOES-15

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