Thursday, April 23, 2020

23 April 2020
DST -7 nT

There was a small spike in solar x-ray flux about 50 minutes prior to the daily prop test.

The test today started with a 52 to 53 SSB QSO between KGØVL and KØAWU.
WW8II on CW was 329 copy at W4DEX for the first minute of his two-minute transmission.
WW8II's CW was detected by K5HFG and KGØVL copied WW8II's call twice during the near the end of his transmission.  
W4DEX on CW was detectable at WW8II and K5HFG but was Q5 copy at WY3T reporting 539 to 549 copy.
WY3T at W4DEX was fairly stable copy at 549 for the full two minute CW transmission.  WA4LDU had a brief period of copy on WY3T.  
CW between KGØVL and KØAWU was good with a few deep fades.
WY3T copied K4FI Q4 during part of the two minute transmission.  

At the start of the half-hour test session local signals, around or less than one hundred miles, were below normal but good copy.  By the end of the session, only one-half hour later, local signals were much weaker while fading comply into the noise at times.  Probably the worst local propagation we've experienced since last summer.

16:26 W4DEX-DEX: Small spike in solar x-rays less than an hour ago

16:26 WW8II-BRUCE: 47 degrees F damp

16:28 WW8II-BRUCE: hoise today SAL antenna N.E. -125db S.E. 1-26db S.W. -126db N.W. -128db inverted V -124db

16:29 K5HFG: 69 F 86% H windy with rain 15 mph/W

16:30 K0AWU-BILL: 48deg thin overcast Noise floor S4-5 SSB S2 CW Inverted Vee

16:30 WA4LDU-JOE: W4DEX S4 with an S3 noise level and 10over lighting crashes

16:31 WY3T-TIM: 86 deg storms on the way by 1600 noise is S4 SSB / S2 CW with static crashes to S8

16:31 WA4LDU-JOE: W4DEX S9 now - strong

16:32 WA4LDU-JOE: Strong QSB

16:32 K0AWU-BILL: KG0VL 52-53 SSB short test

16:33 WW8II-BRUCE: Lightning massive from Brownsvill TX across the Gulf to southern LA and southern MS to Mobile ALto most of S.E. AL through most of central GA I HEAR NO STATIC CRASHES FROM ANY OF IT IN EN82

16:33 WY3T-TIM: Hearing W4DEX in the noise taken out by QSB and static crashes

16:33 WW8II-BRUCE: The noise is a soft sound today

16:34: *** K4FI is now online ***

16:34 W4DEX-DEX: WA4LDU from S7 to near the noise

16:34 WY3T-TIM: Heard you W4DEX call once and then QSB/Static crashes

16:36 W4DEX-DEX: K4FI S7 to noise

16:36 WA4LDU-JOE: Lightning is starting to move into SC

16:36 WW8II-BRUCE: 2 min CW WW8II 1640 - W4DEX 1642 - WY3T 1644 - K5HFG 1646 - K0AWU 1648 - KG0VL 1650 - K4FI 1652

16:37 WW8II-BRUCE: So far I have heard NO SSB signals today

16:39 WW8II-BRUCE: Switching to CW mode

16:41 W4DEX-DEX: WW8II 329 first 60 sec then noise

16:42 WY3T-TIM: WW8II cw no copy

16:42 K4FI-DOUG: WW8II No Copy

16:42 K5HFG: WW8II very light trace on scope, no copy

16:42 K0AWU-BILL: WW8II Nothing detected or copied

16:42 WA4LDU-JOE: WW8II cw no copy

16:43 K4FI-DOUG: W4DEX 5 x 7 some light QSB

16:43 KG0VL-JEFF: WW8II: Signal detected, no copy. Heard two complete calls at 1 min 24 seconds then back to detection only

16:44 WA4LDU-JOE: W4DEX cw 559 with QSB

16:44 K5HFG: W4DEX very light trace on scope, no copy

16:45 WW8II-BRUCE: w4dex start nil 1 min 35 sec can just detect for about 8 to 10 sec then gone

16:46 WW8II-BRUCE: WY3T nil no copy no detect

16:46 K5HFG: WY3T no copy

16:46 W4DEX-DEX: WY3T initially 549, very little if any QSB noticed until last few seconds, still Q5 eot

16:46 WY3T-TIM: W4DEX 539 to 549 at 30 sec then back to 539 at 1 min faded to 429 to EOT

16:46 WA4LDU-JOE: WY3T cw detectable in and out of noise but no copy - short burst of letters at 16:45:40

16:46 K4FI-DOUG: WY3T No Copy, hear somewhat deep in noise, just a tone no letters.

16:48 WW8II-BRUCE: K5HFG nil no copy no detect

16:48 K0AWU-BILL: W4DEX - WY3T - K5HFG None copied or detected

16:48 WY3T-TIM: K5HFG cw no copy

16:48 WA4LDU-JOE: K5HFG cw no copy

16:49 W4DEX-DEX: K5HFG cw no copy

16:49 KG0VL-JEFF: KØAWU 529 at start, weak but Q5. Took a dip into the noise at midpoint and now back up to around 519 at EOT


16:50 WA4LDU-JOE: K0AWU cw no copy

16:50 K4FI-DOUG: W5HFG No Copy.

16:50 K4FI-DOUG: K0AWU No Copy

16:50 K5HFG: K0AWU no copy

16:50 WY3T-TIM: K0AWU cw no copy

16:51 K4FI-DOUG: KG0VL No Copy

16:52 W4DEX-DEX: K0AWU, KG0VL nothing detected

16:52 WA4LDU-JOE: KG0VL cw no copy

16:52 K0AWU-BILL: KG0VL at start 18db, 15sec 20db, 30dsec 20db, 45sec 13db, 1min 17db 1min 15sec 20db, 1min 30sec 12db 1min 45sec 6db, end 7db

16:52 WY3T-TIM: KG0VL cw no copy

16:52 K5HFG: KG0VL no copy

16:52 WA4LDU-JOE: K4FI cw 599++

16:53 W4DEX-DEX: K4FI Only 559 peak with fades to 529. much weaker than normal


16:54 K5HFG: K4FI no copy


16:54 WY3T-TIM: K4FI cw 539 faded to 429 briefly at 1 min for 20 sec then faded out to noise at eot

16:55 WW8II-BRUCE: OK all good data jeff I will send one more time for 2 min at 1656

16:55 KP2AE-JOE: well not good today k4fi 529 then gone then 549 then gone

16:56 WA4LDU-JOE: Dex your SSB is very weak here...S5 wtih an S3 noise level.

16:56 WA4LDU-JOE: KP2AE is detectable but not sure what he is saying

16:56 KG0VL-JEFF: No Southern Stations heard today

16:57 WA4LDU-JOE: Dex you faded to noise

16:58 W4DEX-DEX: Just about lost the short paths!

16:58 WA4LDU-JOE: going QRT as lighting is getting close

16:58 WW8II-BRUCE: ok enough will copy AIM log

16:58 K5HFG: WW8II second Tx- possible trace but not sure, Too much static now

16:59 WY3T-TIM: I have nothing but static crahes here so 73s to all

16:59 KG0VL-JEFF: Could only detect your signal Bruce, no copy and weaker this time around.

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