Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Good local propagation again today between KP2AE, WA1AC, WA4LDU and W4DEX.  Also at times, AB4AM was Q5 SSB copy.  On the longer paths, WW8II on CW was weak but readable for about half of the 2-minute test transmission at W4DEX.
  That's the first positive reception we've had in several months on the 510 mile path.  KGØVL detected WW8II's signal but it wasn't copyable like it was yesterday.  

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Today we had the best propagation we have seen in many months.  WW8II on CW was good copy at KGØVL.  Click for audio file:
        WW8II received by KGØVL
WW8II was also detected by W4DEX and KP2AE but too weak to copy.  Local signals were very good between WA4LDU, KP2AE, W2AZQ and W4DEX. K5HFG was also on but was not heard and reported hearing no one.  

Monday, July 29, 2019

Today we had WW8II, KGØVL, K5HFG, KP2AE, WA1AC, KW4DE, WA4LDU, W2AZQ and W4DEX.  Close in propagation between KP2AE and W4DEX at 51 miles was very poor.  Out a bit farther signals between WA1AC, WA4LDU, KW4DE, W2AZQ and W4DEX were fairly good with little QSB.  

On the DX paths, KGØVL was again able to copy CW from WW8II at 443 miles.  This now seems to be normal due to WW8II running close to legal limit and KGØVL's low noise location and receiving capability with the single apex loop antenna. 

At about 5 seconds into K5HFG's CW transmission, a weak but very detectable dash was heard by KP2AE and W4DEX.  These brief receptions have been occasionally reported by multiple stations.  If these brief signals are actually from the distant station the mode of propagation has not determined.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Today KGØVL got enough CW from WW8II for positive identification.  WW8II did not hear KGØVL, AM4AM or W4DEX.  WW8II and KGØVL were not heard by AB4AM and W4DEX.  The path between AB4AM was very weak on SSB but useable on CW with very noticeable QSB.  


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Present today for the propagation test was WA4LUD, WW8II, KGØVL and K5HFG.  WA4LDU detected CW but the source was not known.  No other receptions reported.

Friday, July 26, 2019

KGØVL got a positive ID on WW8II's CW transmission today at 443 miles.  The signal was also visually detected at 510 miles by W4DEX.  K5HFG on CW was heard by AB4AM.  AB4AM on both SSB and CW was heard by KP2AE, WA4LDU, W2AZQ, WA1AC and W4DEX.  AB4AM copied W2AZQ on SSB and W4DEX on CW.  Signals at the 50 to 200 mile range were overall good with both quick strong peaks and deep fades.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Best DX reception again today was WW8II on CW received weak by KGØVL at 443 miles.  Short-range propagation was down considerably from the past few days.  AB4AM on SSB was barely detectable at W4DEX and only 559 on CW.  Both WA4LDU and KP2AE though readable most of the time would fade into the noise at W4DEX.  WA4PGI was present but was not heard and reported hearing no one.  

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Best DX for the day was WW8II on CW detected by KGØVL at 442 miles.  KP2AE was Q3 copy, WA4PGI Q5/S3 and WA1AC was Q5/S6 at W4DEX. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Present today for the test was WW8II, KGØVL, AB4AM, WA4LDU, and K5HFG.  Again today KGØVL received some CW from WW8II during two different CW transmissions.  AB4AM and WA4LDU made an SSB exchange.  

Friday, July 19, 2019

The first positive reception this summer over 250 miles occurred today. KGØVL heard WW8II at 443 miles.

KGØVL: "Heard Bruce (WW8II) on cw today from Iowa during the 160 meter midday prop test. Was copied right on 1.899, using a 300hz roofing filter, mid level NR and APF."

WW8II as heard by KGØVL

Also WW8II detected KGØVL's signal.

WW8II: think I hear distortion on the signal most interesting.. INDEED that is what I heard when I thought I heard KG0VL .. I was using a700 hz filter and then a 250 hz filter

A 160 mile SSB QSO was made between AB4AM and WA4LDU

K5HFG reported hearing no signal and was heard by no one.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Fairly good local propagation out to at least 103 miles.  WA4LDU S5, KP2AE S2 and WA1AC S7 peaks at W4DEX with moderate QSB never taking the signals into the noise.  Still, no DX signals detected at, from and between WW8II, KGØVL and the local group listed above. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The only significant report today was from WA4LDU:

6:44 WA4LDU-JOE: hearing K5HFG for a very short time barely in the noise.

That is about 477 miles on close to an east to west path.

No reception of WW8II at AB4AM, W4DEX, KP2AE, K5HFG and WA4LDU.

WW8II reported hearing no one.

At W4DEX AB4AM was Q5 on SSB about half the time. His CW signal was from 529 to 579. Both WA4LDU and KP2AE on SSB was Q5 copy most of the time with large QSB swings.

KGØVL was QRT due to thunderstorms.  

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Present today for the test we had AB4AM, KGØVL, KP2AE, K5HFG, WW8II and W4DEX.  KP2AE on SSB was Q5 only about half the time at W4DEX.  About the same copy on AB4AM.  No CW detected on the DX paths between KGØVL, WW8II, AB4AM and W4DEX.  AB4AM on CW ranged from 529 to 589 at both KP2AE and W4DEX.  K5HFG signed out early due to thunderstorms.

Space Weather Message Code: ALTEF3
Serial Number: 2955
Issue Time: 2019 Jul 16 1316 UTC
CONTINUED ALERT: Electron 2MeV Integral Flux exceeded 1000pfu
Continuation of Serial Number: 2954
Begin Time: 2019 Jul 10 1230 UTC

Monday, July 15, 2019

Local signals today ranged from good to below the noise at times.  Paths tested were between WA1AC, W4NUS, KP2AE and W4DEX.  The most distant path being only 76 miles.  No signal detected on the DX paths to, from and between WW8II, KGØVL, K5HFG and W4DEX.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Fairly good local propagation today.  At W4DEX, AB4AM (216 miles) was S2 SSB and 559 on CW.  WA4LDU (103 miles) was S5 with moderate QSB.  Still, no DX signals detected to, from and between WW8II and KGØVL.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Present for the daily test was WW8II, KGØVL, AB4AM and K5HFG.   No signal was detected between any station present.  However, the shortest path, AB4AM to K5HFG is about 310 miles. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Very good and fairly stable local propagation today between KW4DE, WA4LDU, KP2AE and W4DEX.  Much different than yesterday when the KP2AE / W4DEX path was unusable.  No DX receptions from WW8II and KGØVL nor did they hear a signal from W4DEX.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Propagation today was about the worst we've seen in a long time.  KP2AE was barely detectable at W4DEX.  WA4PGI on CW hit 589 on one quick peak but at times his signal went into the noise.  W2AZQ who had a great signal yesterday was only S2 at best with dips into the noise.  No signal was heard from K5HFG, WW8II and KGØVL.  Also, those stations reported hearing no one.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The geomagnetic field was unsettled and the solar wind speed was close to 600 km/sec.  That may have contributed to the lower local signal levels and deep QSB fades.  AB4AM was weak but Q5 copy only part of the time at KP2AE, W4AZQ and W4DEX.  KP2AE at only 51 miles would go from into the noise to S3 at W4DEX.  The 175 mile path to WA4PGI was slightly better.  The best most consistent signal at W4DEX was from W2AZQ at 98 miles.  Carl's signal was averaging S5 above the noise with very little QSB.  On CW AB4AM had partial copy on WA4PGI at 328 miles.   Still no receptions to or from the most distant stations, WW8II and KGØVL.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Poor local propagation today.  KP2AE ranged from no signal detected to S1 peaks above the noise at W4DEX.  WA4LDU's signal was slightly better running from S1 to S3 at times.

No DX receptions from WW8II, KGØVL and W4DEX.

Monday, July 8, 2019

AB4AM on SSB today at W4DEX was heard just on peaks.  His CW ranged from 519 to 579.  AB4AM reported weak SSB from W4DEX.  KP2AE at W4DEX was only copyable about half the time over the short 51 mile path.  Nothing heard on the more distant paths to, from and between WW8II, KGØVL.  K5HFG checked in late but was not heard.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The only local path tested today was between AB4AM and W4DEX.  The signals were much weaker than during the past few days.  No receptions reported on the DX paths between AB4AM, WW8II, KGØVL and W4DEX

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Local signals today were not as good as the past two days.  QRN was still a problem but not as much so as yesterday.  WA4PGI was unable to copy SSB from W4DEX primarily due to QRN.  The most interesting observation was the drastic signal change on KP2AE at W4DEX.  The signal ranged from near S9 down close to the noise at times over the short 51 mile path.  WA4LDU was fair copy at both W4DEX and KP2AE.  No signal was detected at or from KGØVL.  K5HFG joined in reporting no signal heard in Mississippi.

Friday, July 5, 2019

QRN made even local signals difficult to copy today.   However, signals appeared to be as good as yesterday.  The real surprise was WA4PGI on SSB at 175 miles was as strong as KW4DE at only 16 miles.  Both were S9, well above the QRN.  W2AZQ, WA4LDU and AB4AM were barely Q5 most of the time over the noise.  WW8II and KGØVL reported nothing heard.  Also, no one reported hearing the CW transmissions made by them over the 500 and 800 mile paths.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Propagation out to at least 216 miles was the best we have seen in months.   AB4AM was S5, good SSB copy at W4DEX.  WA4LDU was averaging S6 and W2AZQ was approaching S8 at times.  Some slow QSB was noticed but never taking the signals down more than an S unit or so.  Still there was on DX signal detected from and between WW8II and KGØVL.