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What a difference a day makes! Geomagnetic conditions show some improvement and trans-Atlantic path responds; Pacific openings returns with VK -> JA, WE2XPQ -> JA1NQI, JH3XCU; WH2XXP -> VK4YB; Elevated QRN in parts of North America; WH2XCR returns!

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

This session showed a significant turnaround after the previous session which was impacted by a geoeffective coronal hole.  This session wasn’t perfect but it was more consistent with what we typically expect for this time of year.  QRN was high in many areas which is atypical for this time of year at the levels that some of use are experiencing, however.   I noted distant lightning crashes near the noise floor during the evening but the impact was much more pronounced in the East.

12-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions ranged from quiet to quiet-elevated during this session.  The Bz is currently pointing to the North with solar wind velocities averaging 540 km/s.  DST values represented below are in negative territory but have rebound from the recent lows.

 

 

 

Trans-Atlantic openings were once again a very prominent part of this session with F5WK receiving numerous reports from WA3TTS, VE2PEP, WG2XKA, K3RWR, K4RCG, WG2XPJ, and WD2XSH/17.  G8HUH also received a number of reports including those from  WD2XSH/17, K4RCG, K3RWR, WG2XPJ, WA3TTS.  DH5RAE was also reported by WD2XSH/17.  WG2XXM received reports from F1AFJ and F59706.  WG2XKA was reported by DL4RAJ, G0LUJ, PA0RDT, PA3ANG, and PE1OPK/RX2.  WG2XPJ received reports from a very diverse group, including DH5RAE, DL4RAJ, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G3XKR, G8HUH, LA3EQ/MW, PA0RDT, PA3ANG, PA7EY, PE1OPK/RX2, and PE1RKT.  Report details for these stations can be viewed here.

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, provided additional comments from his perspective in Vermont:

“An evening free of freezing rain resulted in a strong session here while running lower than normal power.  Most of the usual domestic stations were logged, including the return WH2XCR.  The T/A path was open – XKA received reports from  PA0RDT, PE1OPK/RX2, PA3ANG, G0LUJ and DL4RAJ.  F5WK was spotted here.  VE3DZV was spotted here for the first time.  RX noise was at nominal levels here.”

WG2XKA session WSPR activity (courtesy WA3ETD)

 

It’s been quite a while since we have heard about someone using an earth-probe antenna but Jan, LA3EQ, reports successful decodes of Roger, G3XBM, who has done quite a bit of work with this antenna design for a number of years.  Jan offered these comments and screen capture on the RSGB-LF reflector:

“G3XBM Roger with his earth probe antenna is coming in here on 630m wspr-2 mode several nights now!  I copied him using only a tiny Miniwhip antenna.  Here is a screen dump showing his signal.”

G3XBM WSPR while using an earth probe antenna as reported at LA3EQ

 

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, indicates that he provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including ZF1EJ and he was decoded by 66 unique stations  including WE2XPQ, WH2XCR, F59706, and F1AFJ.

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, was using reduced power once again due to wet conditions and while he did not experience another record night, he was not far off, decoding ten WSPR stations and he received reports from 31 unique stations.

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported more QRN and loud static crashes (see lightning map above) followed by early morning rain.  He indicates that he QRTed at 4 AM, “but still nearly best ever with 12 [WSPR stations received] and 45 [unique stations reporting WH2XZO] during 6 the hours of operation…”

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported a very different night where his reports were not localized as in previous sessions, instead covering the eastern region as a whole including the Northeast and Southeast.  Rick provided reports for six WSPR stations and was reported by thirty unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV,  found success on the transcontinental path to the Caribbean and provided these statistics and comments:

“…I was heard by ZF1EJ for the first time in awhile, and also by more continental “dx” than usual.  I had 28 spotters this session with these 10 being over 2000 km distance. “

 

 

Mike, WA3TTS, found trans-Atlantic success overnight and provided these comments and statistics:

“John: Continued T/As and one XCR decode overnight.  I had a few light traces from F5WK in the 0000~0100 hour but no decodes. I did not think to switch to a single IF radio (I was monitoring for WH2XND at the time on 2200m), which could have added enough signal margin to make those earlier F5WK decodes.  All he captures below on my NW EWE antenna (hearing T/As off the East lobe of the antenna pattern) for best low noise reception.”

 

Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, reported that he decoded WH2XCR for the first time during this session:

KC4SIT session WSPR activity

 

Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, are aggregated here.

Roger, VK4YB, reported this morning in the ON4KST chat that “Propagation improved but storms still a problem in VK and the Western Pacific all the way to Japan. WH2XCR and WH2XXP were in the rx log again.”  Roger received reports from JA1NQI, WH2XCR and WE2XPQ.

Phil, VK3ELV, received reports from WH2XCR and JH3XCU, the latter of which continue and additional reports from this session will be included in tomorrow’s report.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 63 unique stations including VK4YB.

The early portions of this session (late afternoon, daylight) were different from the previous session, which offered daytime reports within about 700 miles.  This session did not yield reports until much closer to sunset which seems to suggest a holdover from the previous session’s propagation conditions.  Domestic openings were very good in spite of elevated QRN and observations by WA9ETW suggest a very active evening as he reported opposite and variable behavior between my signal and signals from WG2XKA in Vermont.  At 0130z I called CQ on 474.5 kHz CW and Mark reported that I was weak but copyable, probably RST 429 and by 0329z, an hour an a half after returning to WSPR, he indicated that my WSPR CW ID was at least RST 569 while reports of WG2XKA had steadily decreased into the low to mid -20 dB S/N range.  My WSPR transmission report details can be found here and my WSPR reception report details can be found here.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

There were 105 MF WSPR stations QRV at  0051z as reported by the WSPRnet activity page.  VE3DZV was reported as a likely new stations during this session.  Welcome aboard!

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

African 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Central / Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Australian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

NOTE:  the ZL stations presented above do not appear to have been QRV on 630-meters during this session.

Eden, ZF1EJ, experienced what has become a relatively typical night, with coast-to-coast reports in addition to a return of two-way reports with WH2XCR. Eden also received reports from VE6XH, relatively far North in Alberta, Canada.  It makes me wonder if reports at WE2XPQ near Anchorage might be possible before the days begin to lengthen significantly again.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced improved propagation with reception reports of VK4YB.  The path to JA was good enough for reports from JA1NQI and JH3XCU.  Coverage of the North American mainland was typical although WG2XXM in Oklahoma was heard by Laurence and WH2XCR returned for this session, sharing two-way reports with Laurence.  Report details for Laurence’s Pacific decodes can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, returned during this session, receiving reports from JA1NQI and VK2XGJ, as well as sharing two-way reports with VK4YB, ZF1EJ and WE2XPQ.  Merv also provided late reports for VK3ELV whose first appearance was on the approach to sunrise.  Coverage of North America was very good, with many eastern reporting stations and many stations in the East providing reports of Merv.  KH6 may be one of the best locations for consistent DX openings with active stations.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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