For comparison the report from January 22, 2016 can be viewed here.
It sounded like July in the US southern region and probably wasn’t a lot better in other areas around North America. I and a few other stations decided early on to ride this session out a long as it was safe to do so. There was a large number of QRT stations during this session, however. Receiving was going to be a problem and our only hope was likely going to be outbound signals. As bleak as all of this might sound, it wasn’t a complete bust. Trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific reports were present and stations like VE7SL, ZF1EJ, WG2XJP and WG2XKA were able to take advantage of transcontinental openings. This session was all about one ability and luck to manage noise.
Unsettled geomagnetic conditions were observed in the late afternoon and early evening in North America but have since returned to elevated-quiet levels. The Bz bounced around quite a bit for much of the session but is currently pointing slightly to the South. Solar wind velocities are generally averaging in the high 490 km/s range with a few excursions above 500 km/s. DST values have transitioned further to negative levels this morning.
Trans-Atlantic openings did not seem to mind the noise or the unsettled geomagnetic conditions, although all openings during this session were localized to the New England region. The following list contains trans-Atlantic stations and who heard them:
G8HUH –> N1BUG
WG2XKA –> EI0CF, F59706, G0LUJ, G3XKR, G8HUH, PA0RDT
WG2XPJ –> F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G3XKR, G8HUH, OR7T, PA0RDT
WD2XSH/17 –> DF2JP, DH5RAE, DK3SML/RX2, DL0HT, DL0LU, DL4RAJ, EI0CF, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G3XKR, G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA3EQ/LW, LA3EQ/MW, ON7ZO, OR7T, PA0RDT, PA3ANG, PA7EY, PE1OPK/RX2, PE1RKT, PI4THT
Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, submitted these additional comments about his overnight activity in Vermont:
“A generally strong session to report with most of the country spotting. Highlights include the return of Finbar EI0CF to 630m the past two sessions after a long absence from the band. Also reporting were F59706, PA0RDT, G8HUH, G3XKR, and G0LUJ. Two way activity with VE7SL and WH2XGP was also present.”
John, VE7BDQ, reported that as of 0935z, he had received nine unique WSPR stations. He was “receive-only” on 630-meters during this session.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported an average night, decoding five WSPR stations and receiving reports from 22 unique stations.
Paul, N1BUG, reported a “Surprising result using 80m inv V: Heard 11 including G8HUH, ZF1EJ, VE7SL, WH2XXP. Have not heard anything beyond XIQ in past attempts with that antenna.” Sometimes the dumb-luck antenna works.
The Pacific region was depressed but it was not a total loss as Roger, VK4YB, reported that as of 1317z, he had one report for WH2XXP (he ended up with two by the sunrise in Arizona so thats a plus!). Roger also received a report from W7IUV on a path that has been closed for several days. Roger reports that QRN was high, making listening difficult and that it may be sometime before his JA antenna is repaired so he will be using the the Northeast antenna for transmitting and listening until further notice. Roger adds that he also received a report from WE2XPQ but that WH2XCR QRT’ed by 0900z so no reports were exchanged on that path by that time.
Phil, VK3ELV, received reports from JE1JDL and JH3XCU.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 59 unique stations including VK4YB.
Trans-Pacific report details for these stations, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
An early evening storm at my stations meant a late start for me. Once I began it was obvious that I wasn’t going to get much of a chance to be an operator. QRN was extremely high and my selection of receive antennas did not offer much improvement given the geometry of the storms. I finally opted to listen overnight with the resonant loop which I could orient broadside to the storm system in the late evening. It provided reasonable results and dropped my noise from S9 + 20 dB to about S7 on peaks. It was a highlight to receive reports from WE2XPQ once again. Today is going to be very windy here which may mean another late start but time will tell how tonight’s operation will develop. This year’s weather is really making life hard on medium wave. My WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.
A record number of stations were active with 131 MF WSPR stations reported by VK4YB at 0158z. This level of activity was consistent through the evening and was likely driven by uncharacteristically high activity in Europe.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for seven WSPR stations, with good transcontinental coverage to British Columbia. He received reports from fifteen unique stations including WH2XCR. I am confident that QRN was very high and Merv had QRT’ed by the time that noise began to abate this morning so reports were not two-way.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided four reports for VK4YB as well as sharing two-way reports with WH2XCR. Coverage of the western US was above normal and Laurence provided reports for my station for a second night so he was hearing well. Laurence’s report details for VK4YB and WH2XCR can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, was reported to have QRT’ed by 0900z as reported by VK4YB so Merv’s reports were localized to North America. Merv did a nice job hearing WG2XPJ in Vermont and ZF1EJ in the Caribbean and shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ. Report details for ZF1EJ and WE2XPQ can be viewed here. UPDATE: Merv indicates a power outage that resulted from high winds took him off air this morning. He expects to be back tonight if the winds allow.
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