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Trans-Atlantic openings return for WD2XSH/17 as the southern US is engulfed in noise and the wait continues for the missing G1 storm; Strong session for WE2XPQ in spite of auroral conditions

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

It was a stormy night for the central US and it probably means another stormy night for the southeastern US tonight.  No doubt this system meant a lot of stations were off air overnight.  Perhaps the good news from this session was the return of trans-Atlantic openings.  Could this be a signal that the G1 storm that has yet to really manifest is about to increase solar wind or was it just a fluke?  It’s too early to tell but its good to see the return of European reports for North American signals and hopefully this propagation will remain for a while.  Trans-Pacific opening from North America persist but some of the paths to Asia were down compared to previous session while others experienced improvements  It won’t be long before we in North America will be begging for small openings on these long haul paths.  It pains me to already be saying that.

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12-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions continue at quiet to elevated-quiet levels and additional periods of unsettled conditions have not been observed.  The Bz continues to point just slightly to the South although solar wind velocities have returned to low levels, averaging 375 km/s.   Is it possible that this most recent storm made an appearance but was less robust than expected?  Maybe.  DST values continue to show that conditions may be disturbed as both indicators presented here continue at negative levels with a relatively high degree of instability.

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WD2XSH/17 received trans-Atlantic reports from F1AFJ, G3XKR, and PA0RDT.  Report details can be viewed here.

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported S9 + 20 dB QRN and shut down early as a result.  He decoded two stations during the session.  Hang on Al, it may be the same in the morning!

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported summertime QRN and rain.  He decoded eight WSPR stations and was decoded by 34 unique stations.   Doug adds, “Managed to transmit all night in rain and fog.”

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports cold temperatures that are anticipated to get even colder.  Rick had an opportunity to show off the station to a local ham and we may gain another listener.  One operator at a time… Rick received reports from 21 unique stations and decoded seven WSPR stations during the session.  His unique report details can be viewed here.

Trans-Pacific report details for this session (excluding KL7 and KH6) are aggregated here.

Roger, VK4YB, reported “A lot of storms in Queensland, but nothing like the intensity of those in the southern USA. Many stations understandably threw in the towel. TP propagation held up yet again. but the path to Japan was down a little.”  Roger has recently been having quite the run with JA stations and the fact that the North/South path was down from Australia may provide further evidence that no additional enhancements are going to be seen from this most recent geomagnetic event.  Roger received reports from CF7MM (VA7MM), JA3TVF, VE7CA, W7IUV, WW6D and shared two-way reports with WI2XBQ.  Roger provided additional reports for WH2XGP and WH2XXP.

Phil, VK3ELV, returned during this session after a hiatus with reports from JH3XCU and TNUKJPM.

Ward, WH2XXP / K7PO, received reports from 61 unique stations including VK4YB and VK2XGJ.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, received reports from fifty unique stations including VK4YB and VK2XGJ.  He provided reports for nine WSPR stations using the eastern receive antenna.  As W7IUV and using the western receive antenna Larry provided reports to eight unique stations including VK4YB.

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

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North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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Central / Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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Australian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for VE3CIQ, VE3EFF, WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, and WH2XZO.  Report details for these stations can be found here.  Eden also operated ZF1EJ/1, utilizing the new transmit antenna at his stations.  He provided reports for VE3CIQ, VE3EFF, WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, and WH2XZO.  Report details for these stations can be viewed here.

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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ZF1EJ/1 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported a 15-degree auroral arc in the northern sky overnight.  Even so Laurence provided reports for VK4YB and received reports from JA1NQI and shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  Stations along the West coast of North America experienced reasonable conditions to and from KL7 in spite of the “more active” geomagnetic conditions which typically do more to hinder than help.  DX report details can be viewed here.  UPDATE:  Laurence indicates a late report from VK4YB that is likely due to pre-dawn ionospheric tilt.  That additional report can be viewed in this supplemental file located here.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, received reports from JH3XCU and VK2XGJ and shared two-way reports with VK4YB.  Merv also reported VK3ELV, who has been absent since before noise began to take hold in the southern hemisphere.  DX report details for this session can be viewed here.

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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