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Very tough conditions today 17/APR/2021

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A real pain today, not copying many of the activators and the few being copied with very poor signals and deep QSB.

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:Product: Geophysical Alert Message wwv.txt
:Issued: 2021 Apr 17 0905 UTC

Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center

Geophysical Alert Message

Solar-terrestrial indices for 16 April follow.
Solar flux 77 and estimated planetary A-index 19.
The estimated planetary K-index at 0900 UTC on 17 April was 5.

Space weather for the past 24 hours has been minor.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level occurred.

Space weather for the next 24 hours is predicted to be moderate.
Geomagnetic storms reaching the G2 level are expected.

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The thread title and my initial post might sound a bit discouraging for those thinking about going out to activate SOTA and those willing to chase, but that wasn’t my intention at all and let me show you how despite the very poor propagation conditions, with good work and determination of the activators and chasers a populated log like the one I’ve got this morning is still possible:

Cheers,

Guru

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Yes not so easy today but chasing is quite good on my side.
And day isn’t over
73 Roger

2021-04-17 07:18 F5LKW OE6FEG/P OE/ST-418 Haneggkogel 5MHz CW 4 5791 SM1997 Effacer
2021-04-17 07:48 F5LKW LA1ENA/P LA/TM-032 Ramsås 10MHz CW 1 5792 LA/TM-032 Effacer
2021-04-17 07:51 F5LKW HB9CRY/P HB/SG-065 Benkner Büchel/ Oberwald 7MHz SSB 1 5793 HB/SG-065 Effacer
2021-04-17 08:17 F5LKW HB9CYV/P HB/AR-002 Hochhamm 5MHz CW 2 5795 HB/AR-002 Effacer
2021-04-17 08:23 F5LKW EA2LU/P EA2/NV-109 Elosta 5MHz CW 2 5797 EA2/NV-109 Effacer
2021-04-17 08:34 F5LKW DL3TU/P DM/BW-695 Teck 5MHz CW 8 5805 DM/BW-695 Effacer
2021-04-17 08:38 F5LKW EA5IYL EA5/AT-008 Despenyador 7MHz CW 4 5809 EA5/AT-008 Effacer
2021-04-17 08:49 F5LKW SP9MA/P SP/BZ-058 Zębalowa 7MHz CW 6 5815 SP/BZ-058 Effacer
2021-04-17 08:50 F5LKW EA5INS/P EA5/CS-044 Sant Vicent 7MHz SSB 2 5817 EA5/CS-044 Effacer
2021-04-17 09:00 F5LKW LZ1GJ/P LZ/RO-123 1059 14MHz CW 4 5821 LZ/RO-123 Effacer
2021-04-17 09:05 F5LKW IN3ADF/P I/AA-196 Cima di Campo / Kampelespitz 7MHz SSB 8 5829 I/AA-196 Effacer
2021-04-17 09:05 F5LKW EA2BD/P EA2/NV-109 Elosta 7MHz SSB 0 5829 EA2/NV-109 Effacer
2021-04-17 09:15 F5LKW DL6GCA/P DM/BW-115 Kaiserstuhl/Totenkopf 7MHz CW 4 5833 DM/BW-115 Effacer
2021-04-17 09:19 F5LKW SP9MA/P SP/BZ-058 Zębalowa 10MHz CW 0 5833 SP/BZ-058 Effacer
2021-04-17 09:21 F5LKW SV1RVI/P SV/AT-014 Platy Vouno 14MHz SSB 4 5837 SV/AT-014 Effacer
2021-04-17 09:31 F5LKW HB15SOTA HB/NE-006 Gros Crêt 14MHz SSB 2 5839 HB/NE-006 Effacer
2021-04-17 09:34 F5LKW YO6PIB/P YO/MC-174 Domogled 14MHz SSB 6 5845 YO/MC-174 Effacer
2021-04-17 09:40 F5LKW EI3KA/P EI/IW-027 Corcog 10MHz CW 8 5853 EI/IW-027 Effacer
2021-04-17 09:45 F5LKW OE5EEP/P OE/OO-434 Zeckertkogel 10MHz CW 2 5855 OE/OO-434 Effacer
2021-04-17 09:48 F5LKW EA4DON/P EA1/SG-007 Muela, La 7MHz CW 10 5865 EA1/SG-007 Effacer
2021-04-17 09:55 F5LKW OE5YYN/P OE/OO-091 Roßmoos 7MHz SSB 4 5869 OE/OO-091 Effacer
2021-04-17 10:14 F5LKW S53AAN/P S5/TK-027 Korada 10MHz CW 4 5873 S5/TK-027 Effacer
2021-04-17 10:16 F5LKW OE7RDI/P OE/TI-688 Zunteregg 7MHz SSB 6 5879 OE/TI-688 Effacer
2021-04-17 10:22 F5LKW EA1CBX/P EA1/PO-013 Galiñeiro 10MHz CW 2 5881 EA1/PO-013 Effacer
2021-04-17 10:49 F5LKW OE6FEG/P OE/ST-371 Gschieskogel 10MHz CW 4 5885 OE/ST-371 Effacer
2021-04-17 11:05 F5LKW EA5M EA5/MU-042 Los Odres 7MHz CW 8 5893 EA5/MU-042 Effacer
2021-04-17 11:17 F5LKW RM2D/P R3/CF-004 Raevo 10MHz CW 1 5894 S559 / R599 Effacer
2021-04-17 11:21 F5LKW HB9CRY/P HB/SZ-040 Buechberg/ Dunkelboden 7MHz SSB 1 5895 HB/SZ-040 Effacer
2021-04-17 11:31 F5LKW HB9CYV/P HB/AR-012 Risiwald 7MHz CW 2 5897 S559 / R559 Effacer
2021-04-17 11:40 F5LKW HB9AFI/P HB/VD-039 Dent de Vaulion 7MHz CW 2 5899 HB/VD-039 Effacer
2021-04-17 11:47 F5LKW SP9MA/P SP/BZ-057 Koskowa Góra 14MHz CW 6 5905 SP/BZ-057 Effacer
2021-04-17 11:48 F5LKW LZ1GJ/P LZ/RO-113 Samantepe 14MHz CW 6 5911 LZ/RO-113 Effacer
2021-04-17 11:50 F5LKW OE2ADE/P OE/SB-427 Tannkoppen 7MHz SSB 6 5917 OE/SB-427 Effacer
2021-04-17 11:53 F5LKW HB9GUX/P HB/BE-123 Frienisberger/ Chutze 7MHz SSB 1 5918 HB/BE-123 Effacer
2021-04-17 12:09 F5LKW S57MS/P S5/RG-045 Veliki hrib 7MHz SSB 2 5920 S5/RG-045 Effacer
2021-04-17 12:16 F5LKW IK5MEL/P I/TO-217 Conca – Quota 203 7MHz CW 1 5921 Effacer
2021-04-17 12:39 F5LKW EA8/HB9HCS/P EA8/LA-010 Montaña Negra 14MHz SSB 1 5922 EA8/LA-010 Effacer
2021-04-17 12:45 F5LKW HB9FUE/P HB/TG-009 Rooset 7MHz SSB 1 5923 HB/TG-009 Effacer
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Wow, Roger!!!
Amazing log!
Bravo!!!

Evidently conditions have slightly improved in the past five hours

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http://dk0wcy.de/magnetogram/

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The numbers might be improving but real conditions are not so good.
I haven’t heard a European SOTA activator in 2 weeks. I do hear
some of the chasers from Europe calling the USA activators. Most of
my contacts with activators have been on the lower bands and from the western USA the last few days. I sure hope things improve soon !
73,
John, K6YK

Hi all,

Yes condx are not so good but you can work a couple of SOTA :wink:

No yagi’s and only 100w (no remote and no WebSDR) - All in an IC7300 and Windom FD4 + fan dipole

73 Éric

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Bonjour Éric,
I find your chasing log simply amazing!
It’s very interesting in order to see how different things can be depending on the geographical location.
Congrats!
73,

Guru

My working conditions are very similar when I chase SOTA in the morning because my rotator is broken and my yagi is stuck always beaming West to America, so not usable for chasing European activators.
My morning chases were all done with an inverted vee multiband broadband folded dipole and a home made inverted vee 40m band bazooka dipole. 100W out from my IC-706MKI working remotely.
Now I have just chased VA2EO on 20m CW with my yagi but having big difficulties and extremely low signal + QSB. I needed several attempts to complete the QSO and I gave him RST 219, so you can have an idea…
But all this is part of the ham radio fun, isn’t it?

73,

Guru

hi, 47 qso today, and there is day left
73

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Amazing, José!
Congratulations!!!

Now 48, I heard you work @va2eo,
Un abrazo

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WOW ! It’s not that good here. I have 8 today, all western
USA, most real weak. A lot more out there but can’t hear them.
The ones near me (100-300 miles) are on 20 or 40 meters, can’t hear them, they are too close, and a lot of them won’t come down to 60 or 80 meters. I think the most I have ever got in one day is maybe 25.
73
John

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And I was sending with ~3w into a trapped efhw with a key that had a mind of its own :slight_smile:The contacts need a clean I think.

Tnx for the contact Eric, it wasn’t a great day but you were an easy copy for me. Best dx for me was ~ 1750km

Alex

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That explains it then! I was camped on G/LD-009 last night, listening to nothing but S8 noise and static crashes.

It was a little better this morning and managed a few S2S.

Thanks for the post explaining.

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That’s often my problem. Several activators are too far away for 40m and too close for 20m.
The 30m band is just the perfect band, but not all activators work this great band unfortunately.
73,

Guru

Yeah, not the best conditions today. But any day I can activate a SOTA summit is a good day. :slight_smile:

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18/04/2021 06:15

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