Just a quick update of 20m band conditions, into VK/ZL
At about 0630z, yesterday morning, I was set up and ready to go from GW/NW-070 Great Orme. However, the 20m band was not right.. A major solar storm was manifesting itself, so the K index had jumped from zero the previous night, to three.
Nevertheless, I pushed on and the very first call into my log was John ZL1BYZ, he was a much better signal than last week. My third call was Warren ZL2AJ once again an easy copy....Cheers Warren. The path to VK, was not so forgiving and at 0727z I finally snagged Ernie VK3DET. Ernie had to work hard for this one, but signal reports were exchanged. Then John ZL1BYZ came back to me only this time he was an easy copy. It has been four or five months since I've been able to have a decent natter with ZL. Once again, many thanks, to John.
Frantic efforts were made between Great Orme and VK7, with two stations trying to make the trip, however, it wasn't to be. Then as I was about to go QRT, John, VK6NU called in for my final bit of DX of the morning.
To sum up. A solar storm changes things somewhat, and dosen't really give a proper insight into the underlying band conditions, therefore, more work needs to be done next week. I've just been sent an image of the space wx and the K index has just hit seven, very bad news for the Dx'ers.
So, it looks like another alarm call at 0400, next week