I was at ground zero for noise and bad weather during this session and it seemed to impact many others around North America as well. In spite of the noise, many stations took advantage of good trans-Atlantic openings. Domestic openings were impacted by noise although southern stations generally fared better than northern stations overnight. A number of Midwest stations struggled early in the evening to hear the few stations that were able to transmit. The trans-Pacific path returned as noise shifted to the West in Australia.
Geomagnetic conditions are very similar to the previous session at very quiet and stable levels. The Bz continues very near unity, ranging between +1 and -1 nT, Solar wind velocities are extremely low and almost 75 km/s lower than the previous session, averaging near 285 km/s. DST persists at very good levels, in spite of a brief decrease reported on the Australian measurement.
Trans-Atlantic openings reached higher latitudes for a broader group of stations, probably the result of the on-going extremely quiet conditions. Like the previous session, ZF1EJ was reported by LA2XPA. WG2XKA and WG2XPJ was also reported by LA2XPA and WG2XPJ also received reports from F5WK, G0LUJ, G0MJI, G3XKR, and G8HUH. N1BUG reported poor band conditions in Maine with only one transcontinental station reported (WH2XGP) but he managed reports for F5WK (first time report for Paul) and G8HUH. WD2XSH/17 was receive-only for a second consecutive evening and also provided reports for F5WK and G8HUH. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, provided the following additional comments:
“A good session to report with the exception of the storm induced hole in the middle of the country. The PNW was well represented, and a rare spot from N6SKM was received. LA2XPA provided a spot, and WG2XPJ (80 miles due N of me) was also heard by LA2. Noise nominal here, and was running a somewhat less than normal 160W TPO.”
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported great propagation in spite of “awful QRN”. Doug started the evening listening for NDB’s with good results. He decoded eleven WSPR stations and was decoded by 44 unique stations, including two-way reports with WH2XCR.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported that he was decoded by eighteen unique stations and provided reports for six WSPR stations. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that he was decoded for the first time by John, N7IW, about 32 miles South-Southwest of his QTH. Neil indicates that four stations were decoded by John in the Pacific Northwest region. Neil also reported that he is enjoying his new FT891 which has good filtering and drops his QRM to zero.
Mike, WA3TTS, reports, “…Some limited enhancement to the NW and T/P path overnight on 630m wspr2, sort by distance shows:“
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, are aggregated here.
Roger, VK4YB, reported another night of storms in northern and western Australia although some trans-Pacific openings were possible. As of 1315z Roger had no reports in JA but the path to KH6 and the West coast of North America was open. Roger received reports from VA2JX, W7IUV, WI2XBQ, WW6D. Roger provided reports to WH2XGP.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, received reports from 49 unique stations including VK4YB and provided reports for twelve WSPR stations. As W7IUV and using the western receive antenna, Larry provided reports for six WSPR stations including VK4YB.
It was another surprising session with 119 MF WSPR stations reported on the WSPRnet activity page at 0139z. KB1WEA and VA1XH were reported to be new receive stations during this session. The latter station was reporting the old frequency of 503.9 kHz and had no reports so its possible that this station was actually listening on the wrong frequency (if using CAT to control his receiver and using WSPR 2.x). If anyone has contact with this station, please direct him to this blog post so we can ensure that this station is listening on the correct frequency.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, made the long trip to LA2XPA once again as previously reported. Realizing that Rolf is using a number of beverage antennas in a very quiet location I am curious to see if Rolf’s signal will be heard at ZF1EJ on the same path. It’s a pure salt water path so will there be any reciprocity? Eden provided reports for eleven WSPR stations and was reported by 27 unique stations. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported that he was splitting time during this session with activity on 137 kHz that would likely disrupt his operating on 472 but found a combination that would allow thirty minutes of activity per hour for WSPR. Laurence was heard pretty well and as far South as southern California. He also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and those details are bundled with Merv’s reports. Laurence indicates heavy snow but so far no problems have been observed with respect to antenna or system operation.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, put on a show during this session, taking advantage of good band openings to Australia which allowed reports for VK3ELV, VK3HP, VK4YB and VK5FQ. Merv was reported in Australia by VK2XGJ, VK3ELV, VK4YB, VK5ABN and VK7TW. Its been a while since such a distribution of stations have been observed on this path. Don’t forget that it’s Summer in the southern hemisphere. I know those guys down under have not forgotten! Merv shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ, WH2XZO and ZF1EJ and coverage in the eastern US that was missing yesterday returned for this session with the prominent hole in stations in the central US. Merv’s DX report details can be viewed here.
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