CLE 198 Results

As is usually the case on CLE weekends, the propagation gods seem to ensure that the monthly activity never escapes a solar flare or CME event. Saturday evening, just as propagation was starting to look really nice, a fast-moving CME arrived one day earlier than expected, pretty much shutting down propagation for the night. With Friday night being very poor as well, it was hoped that Sunday night would see a return to better conditions. Unfortunately, Sunday was very noisy with heavy lightning crashes, although overall propagation seemed improved. Sunday night provided one new catch, VVV-332 kHz, not heard here before.

For those looking to log Hawaii on the NDB band, 'POA' on 332 kHz is a good bet as it had a strong signal here on all three nights and was heard shortly after sunset in Hawaii.
DD UTC    kHz     Call       mi   New Location

19 11:00  323     HJH        1393      Hebron Municipal Apt, NE, USA
19 10:00  325     YJQ        312       Bella Bella (Campbell Island), BC, CAN
19 12:00  326     XJ         522      Fort St. John, BC, CAN
19 09:00  326     MA         1594     FARLY - Midland, TX, USA
20 04:00  326     FO         1531     'Riply' Topeka, KS, USA
19 10:00  326     DC         131       Princeton Municipal Apt, BC, CAN
19 12:00  328     LAC        133      'Lacomas' Fort Lewis, WA, USA
19 12:00  328     5J         564      Coronation, AB, CAN
20 05:00  329     YHN        1730     Hornepayne, ON, CAN
19 12:00  329     YEK        1414      Arviat, NU, CAN
19 12:00  329     X2         590      Athabasca, AB, CAN
19 12:00  329     TAD        1240     Trinidad - Hoehne, CO, USA
19 10:00  329     PMV        1437     Plattsmouth, NE, USA
19 12:00  329     PJ         920      Robinson (Whitehorse), YT, CAN
21 09:00  329     HMA        1851     Hondo Municipal Apt, TX, USA
19 08:00  332     XT         442      Terrace, BC, CAN
19 08:00  332     XH         565      Medicine Hat, AB, CAN
19 08:00  332     WC         25       White Rock (Abbotsford), BC, CAN
20 04:00  332     VVV        1280     Ortonville Municipal Apt, MN, USA
19 08:00  332     POA        2681      Pahoa - Hawaii Island, HWA
20 05:00  332     FIS        2794     Fish Hook - Key West, FL, USA
19 08:00  333     STI        540       'Sturgeon' Mountain Home, ID, USA
19 08:00  334     P2         514      Wetaskiwin, AB, CAN


As usual, all stations were heard using the Perseus SDR.

Hopefully CLE 199 will see the return of quieter band conditions and better propagation ... if the sun can calm down long enough.
Steve McDonald, VE7SL, is a regular contributor to and writes from British Columbia, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

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