Monday, September 30, 2019

Good propagation again today between WW8II and KGØVL.  Good enough to support a Q5 SSB QSO over the 444 mile distance.  WW8II was also good CW copy at W4DEX peaking 579 but solid Q5 during a full 2 minute transmission.  WW8II could detect CW from W4DEX.

K5HFG had light SSB copy on AB4AM.  AB4AM copied SSB form W2AZQ on a peak.

AB4AM was Q5 SSB at W4DEX, W2AZQ, and WA1AC.  KGØVL and K5HFG were not heard by W4DEX or WA1AC.  However, W2AZQ detected some keying during transmissions from both KGØVL and K5HFG.  

Local signals were a bit above what has been a recent average.  

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Propagation between KGØVL and WW8II was very good today on the 443.72 mile east<>west path.

Signals were good enough for a solid SSB contact.
  WW8II also had CW and SSB contacts with KE8GC at 130 miles.  
WW8II at W4DEX was barely detectable today.  Signals between WA4LDU, AB4AM, and W4DEX exhibited more than normal QSB with some very deep fades.   

Saturday, September 28, 2019

WW8II was good copy again today at W4DEX but not as strong as yesterday and with more QSB and QRN.   WW8II has a solid 130 mile QSO on both CW and SSB with KE8GC.

On the other short paths WA1AC was about a normal S7, WA4LDU S5 with QSB and KD4RLD S5 at W4DEX.  

Friday, September 27, 2019

WW8II CW was RST 589 at 510 miles today at W4DEX.
 The signal was fairly stable during a two minute transmission.  WW8II also copied W4DEX on propagation peaks.
AB4AM CW was 599 at 217 miles at W4DEX and nothing was heard from K5HFG.  WA4LDU was initially S5 on SSB but QSB took the signal into the noise at times.  

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The 218 mile path between AB4AM and W4DEX was a bit better than normal today.  Good enough to support SSB QSO.  AB4AM was also able to copy KP2AE running 100 watts over that 167 mile path.  WW8II on CW was RST 329 at W4DEX which is much weaker than yesterday.  WW8II reported hearing no one.  K5HFG also heard no one.  AB4AM may have detected CW from K5HFG but not enough to confirm.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

CW from WW8II was detected by KP2AE and W4DEX at 1635UT.  On a second CW transmission about ten minutes later WW8II was 439 RST at W4DEX and again detected by KP2AE.  K5HFG was not heard and reported hearing no one. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Today WW8II on CW was 439, weak but readable with practically no difficulty, at W4DEX. WW8II was able to detect the 3 dB less power signal form W4DEX. This is a 510-mile path. On the less than 100-mile paths, conditions were good between KW4DE, KP2AE, WA1AC, and W4DEX.

Monday, September 23, 2019

K5HFG may have been heard by W2AZQ today.  Carl isn't absolutely sure it was Don's signal he heard but there was very weak keying that coincided with Don's 2 minute CW transmission.  This 463 mile path is very close to being an exact east/west route with K5HFG at 34.28N and W2AZQ at 34.10N.  WW8II has indicated before he thinks daytime DX propagation between two stations closer to the same latitude seems to occur more frequently than on a  north/south path.  

WW8II was not heard by K5HFG, W4DEX, KP2AE and W2AZQ nor did WW8II hear those stations.  The shorter paths between W2AZQ, KP2AE and W4DEX was fairly good with little QSB.  

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Present today for the test was WW8II, K4DBK and W4DEX.  K4DBK on SSB was good copy at W4DEX.  WW8II on CW was weak with no noticeable QSB for the 2-minute transmission at W4DEX.  WW8II reported detecting W4DEX on CW briefly at 1638:30 UT.  

Saturday, September 21, 2019

No signal detected from WW8II at K5HFG, AB4AM and W4DEX today.  Yesterday's signal from WW8II at W4DEX was very strong.  The only difference in the charts below is in the Interplanetary magnetic field polar angle (phi).  Yesterday phi was steady at about 180 while today phi was near zero and variable.  We need to keep watch on phi to see if this may be an indicator of near mid-day 160 meter propagation.  

AB4AM was also much weaker today with fades into the noise at W4DEX verses very strong and stable yesterday.  

Friday, September 20, 2019

Propagation has been improving recently.  Initially today KGØVL heard WW8II weak on CW at 1641 but copy was very good on a repeat at 1649.  WW8II initially detected CW from KGØVL then the signal peaked to good copy for about 10 seconds at 1653.  WW8II also detected CW from AB4AM.  AB4AM heard WA1AC and WA4LDU on SSB and he was good copy at those two stations.  No one heard at K5HFG and he was heard by no one.  

W4DEX was not present to transmit but was recording the activity.  WW8II was perfect Q5 about 589 copy for the entire 2 minute CW transmission.  A sample of the 510 mile reception at this link:

AB4AM was strong on three modes, SSB CW and AM at W4DEX.  WA4LDU and WA1AC was also above a recent average signal level. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

A solid 559 443 mile QSO was made today between WW8II and KGØVL.  WW8II was Q3 copy for about 30 seconds at W4DEX, 510 miles.  K5HFG reported hearing no one and no one reported hearing his signal.  The 103 mile path between WA4LDU and W4DEX was fairly good with the typical taking signals down QSB but not into the noise.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Today AB4AM was copied Q5 using AM, SSB and CW by WA1AC, KP2AE and W4DEX.  AB4AM heard KP2AE on SSB and detected CW from K5HFG.  WW8II was heard Q5 by KGØVL during part of a 2 minute CW transmission and was detectable at W4DEX.  The less than 100 mile paths were weaker than normal.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

WW8II's CW was detectable again today at KGØVL and W4DEX but weaker than yesterday.  WW8II did not detect CW from KGØVL or W4DEX.  The 130 mile KE8GC / WW8II path was 599 both ways.  KW4DE was S9 as usual at W4DEX.

Monday, September 16, 2019

The East / West 443 mile path seems to be improving between WW8II and KGØVL.  Today KGØVL had Q5 copy on WW8II during a full 2 minute CW transmission.  WW8II's signal was detectable, no copy, for a while at W4DEX.   The WA1AC / W4DEX 73 mile paths was good with a few deep fades.  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Today WW8II and KGØVL made a 443 mile QSO:
WW8II was almost readable at W4DEX but nothing heard from KGØVL.
The 216 miles path between AB4AM and W4DEX was weaker than usual with AB4AM barely readable on SSB and only about 559 on CW
The WA4LDU to W4DEX path was useable but below what we have recently seen. 
AB4AM was good copy at WA4LDU.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Present today for the test was K5HFG, KGØVL, and W4DEX.  No signal was detected between the three stations.  

Friday, September 13, 2019

WW8II on CW was solid copy for a brief period at KGØVL (443 miles).   WW8II was 529 at W4DEX (510 miles) for the full 2 minutes TX period.  WW8II detected CW from W4DEX for about 30 seconds of the 2 minute CW TX cycle.  Nothing heard at K5HFG nor was K5HFG heard.  The 73 miles path between WA1AC and W4DEX was extremely good today with signal running over S9 at times.  

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Today WW8II on CW was heard by KGØVL at 443 miles but copy was difficult due to QRN.  WW8II CW was detected at W4DEX but to weak to copy.  WW8II detected CW from KGØVL but had no copy.  K5HFG was not heard and reported hearing no one.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Good turnout today for the test.  Stations present were WW8II, KGØVL, WG3FU, K5HFG, KP2AE, W4DEX, WA4LDU and WA1AC. Short range propagation was very good again today with strong signals between KP2AE, WA1AC, WA4LDU, and W4DEX.   As we have seen several times, when local propagation is good there is no receptions over a few hundred miles.  The only over 100 mile reception today was by WG3FU hearing CW from WW8II at 185 miles.   

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Today WW8II was weak, no copy at both KGØVL and W4DEX.  No other DX receptions reported.  K5HFG was also present for the test.

 The short hop between KP2AE and W4DEX was amazingly good with signals S9+ at times with very little QSB. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Propagation seems to be improving on the more distant paths while the less than 200 mile paths still has its ups and downs.  WW8II on CW was good copy today at W4DEX (510 miles) during most of a 2 minute CW transmission.  WW8II was able to detect CW from KGØVL and KGØVL copied WW8II between static bursts (443 miles).  AB4AM on CW was 599 at KP2AE, 589 at W4DEX and good signal at WA1AC.  KP2AE also reported receiving an excellent SSB signal from AB4AM.  K5HFG reported hearing no one.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Right at 1630Z KGØVL heard someone on SSB but was not able to copy the call sign.  The unknown station being right on 1899 KHz indicates it may have been someone aware of the daily propagation test.  WA1AC copied AB4AM on SSB at 200 miles.  No signal was detected between KGØVL and AB4AM or WA1AC.  

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Today WA4PGI was S8 on SSB and 599 on CW at W4DEX (175 miles) and 519 at WA4LDU (273 miles).  WA4LDU / W4DEX 103 miles path was noticeably better than yesterday.  W4SC listening from the QTH of W4OP reported hearing WA4LDU 5x6 (138 miles), W4DEX 5x5 (160 miles) and hearing an occasional word from WA4PGI (254 miles).  

On the DX paths, nothing was detected between KGØVL, K5HFG and more local group listed above.