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High latitude trans-Atlantic openings return for western areas of North America; WI2XRM maiden voyage yields good first night results; More JT9 at ZF1EJ; VO1NA CW reported again at PA0RDT

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The summary from January 26, 2016, can be viewed here.

For a night with elevated QRN it was a very good night.  Both domestic and DX propagation were amazing, particularly for high latitude paths near the polar region for mid and lower latitudes.  Two types of noise were observed here in Texas.  The first was a constant static buzz, which is often observed during the summer prior to the transition to darkness.  The second was lightning crashes from storms in Mississippi and Alabama.  Listening was not ruined but it should be a lot quieter this time of year.

12-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions were quiet with a Bz that is pointing solidly to the North.  Solar wind velocities continue to creep upward, averaging near 380 km/s and a couple of peaks above 400 km/s into moderate territory.  DST values have pushed to positive numbers for persistent periods and likely explains some of the high latitude openings.

 

 

 

Openings to Europe from VO1NA’s CW on 477.7 kHz were reported by PA0RDT:

“Your signal was a bit weaker than yesterday.  Propagation has turned to the north; I could even hear NDB PVQ-376, Put River / Deadhorse on Alaska’s north bank in the Netherlands! 73, Roelof”

VO1NA CW at PA0RDT

 

It was trans-Atlantic openings gone wild during this session as WSPR reports of stations in the western and central areas of North America were plentiful.  The most western reports are likely skirting the edge of the auroral oval as great circle paths would in many cases be directly through the polar region.  The follow list details stations and who they were reported by across the Atlantic:

EA5DOM –> NC3Z, WD2XSH/17

VE7SL –> LA2XPA

WH2XGP –> LA2XPA

WH2XXP –> LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2

WG2XIQ –> G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2

WG2XXM –> G0LUJ, G3XKR, G3XKR/7, G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2

WG2XKA –> G0LUJ, G3XKR, G3XKR/7, LA2XPA, PA0O

WD2XSH/17 –> F1AFJ, G0LUJ, G3XKR, G3XKR/7, G8HUH, LA2XPA, PA0O, PA0RDT, PE1OPK/RX2

Report details for these stations can be viewed here.  Its interesting that LA2XPA/2 was only reporting stations in the South central and Southwest.

There was more JT9 activity from ZF1EJ overnight.  It seems VE3CIQ was in the mix but it doesn’t look like a peak occurred during their QSO attempt.  Another QSO appears to have occurred between VE7SL and ZF1EJ.  Ken, SWL/K9, located in Indiana provided a screen capture of ZF1EJ and VE3CIQ calling CQ on JT9.  Ken was in a good location to observe these reports.

JT9 ar SWL/K9 in Indiana

 

The maiden voyage for W4BCX / WI2XRM was a good one.  He decoded twelve WSPR stations and was decoded by 33 unique stations.  The distribution looks similar to what was observed s at ZF1EJ a few weeks ago.

WI2XRM 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported high noise in South Carolina and provided these session comments:

“Surprising results.  When I went to bed at 10:30 PM local, the band was noisy.  My evening NDB DXing, a recent endeavor, ended almost immediately.  Too much QRN despite indications of good conditions. When I got up this morning, I had decoded 18 unique stations- an all time record so my WNW favoring, amplified Delta antenna (a modified KAZ) was working well despite the QRN and line noise.  The 18 decodes included 4 VE7s.

 Five VE7s (and one VE6) also decoded XZO.  The 50 stations who decoded XZO was the most since I reduced power 2 dB a couple months ago, switching from about 100W TPO to about 66.

It was good to see first timer WI2XRM have such a successful maiden voyage, and I look forward to neighbor WI2XQU transmitting soon.”

 

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, returned to air  after a few days of fighting Winter weather to find good results:

 

“After three straight days of freezing rain/sleet which required all antennas to be completely lowered, this session was very strong.  The entire mainland was active, and DX reports were received from WH2XCR, PA0O, LA2XPA (best -21), G3XKR, G3XKR/7, and G0LUJ.  N6SKM also reported multiple times.  Overall, XKA heard 17 and was spotted by 50 stations.”

WG2XKA session WSPR activity (courtesy WA3ETD)

 

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded sixteen WSPR stations and was decoded by 76 unique stations including the previously reported LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, WE2XPQ/1, WH2XCR, G0LUJ, G3XKR, G3XKR/7, and G8HUH.

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for eighteen WSPR stations and was reported to have received WSPR decodes from 57 unique stations.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports to twelve WSPR stations and received reports from 38 unique stations, covering the entire US and parts of Canada and the Caribbean.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

 

Mark, WA9ETW / WI2XHJ, reported that conditions were good with many big signals.  Mark decoded fourteen WSPR stations.

 

Jay, KA9CFD, reported, “Several VE7’s decoded and Hawaii last night on 630m wspr”

 

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported that his wandering noise is gone for the moment.  Al decoded fourteen WSPR stations and was decoded by 37 unique stations including WH2XCR and VE7SL.

 

Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, submitted the following comments and statistics:
“A most interesting night in Flat Rock NC with hopes that I had crossed the Pacific but the N41USZ was a phantom. I did however spot WH2XCR in Hawaii, which has not happened often enough for me. I am operating under my 630 call sign now, WI2XQU. Taking out the N41 I still spotted 19 uniques as shown below. Hopefully finally parts arrive tomorrow and I will be on the air this weekend. 73 to all,WI2XQU/KC4SIT.”

 

WI2XQU 24-hour WSPR activity

 

 

 

Mike, WA3TTS, had a strong session with reports for several transcontinental stations. He provided these detailed statistics and comments:
Robust signals from VE7NDQ and VE7CNF…
“More rain last night so the ground is very saturated with water here and the power lines are wet as well  73 Mike wa3tts”

 

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that he was testing Opera during this session and provided these comments:

 

“Hi John, I was RX only with OP8 this session:Rcvd XPQ several times on OPera8 on 477 kHz, best at -15 dB. Also BDQ “boo coo” times on OP8, best at +2, My OP8 tracks were seen by KU7XR but no decode. Will try TXing again when I figure this pgm out….hi”

 

 Andy, KU4XR, was listening for OPERA overnight and submitted the following comments on 600-meter research group:

 

“Nice to see an increase in activity over the 1/25 – 1/26 overnight period .. The band was very cooperative, yielding my first OPERA OP-8 TA reception of EA5DOM … The reception was a Deep Search detection, and has been confirmed by local decodes at EA5DOM by time frame, along with other stations decoding him, and my Spectrum Labratory screen captures showing his signal..

John – VE7BDQ was booming in here, peaking at -13 SNr, and clearly audible then..

Laurence – WE2XPQ was on, but quit transmitting early, and I did not spot him during the period..

Neil – WG2XSV sent a transmission but bumped heads with VE7BDQ in frequency and didn’t decode here..  I clearly see his signal on the local capture until the VE7BDQ beacon transmission started..

Below is my spot tally for the period: latest to earliest:

12:28    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1499.8 Hz -30 dB
12:09    477 VE7BDQ Op8 Deep Search -35 dB 1500.0 Hz
11:48    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.5 Hz -26 dB
11:28    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1501.0 Hz -28 dB
11:09    477 VE7BDQ Op8 Deep Search -35 dB 1500.2 Hz
10:29    477 VE7BDQ Op8 Deep Search -34 dB 1500.0 Hz
10:09    477 VE7BDQ Op8 Deep Search -35 dB 1500.0 Hz
09:48    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.2 Hz -25 dB
09:28    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.0 Hz -15 dB
09:08    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.0 Hz -22 dB
08:48    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.0 Hz -23 dB
08:28    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.0 Hz -16 dB
08:08    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.2 Hz -23 dB
07:48    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.0 Hz -13 dB
07:28    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1499.8 Hz -23 dB
07:08    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.0 Hz -21 dB
06:48    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.0 Hz -21 dB
06:28    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.0 Hz -15 dB
06:08    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.0 Hz -20 dB
05:48    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.0 Hz -20 dB
05:28    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.0 Hz -23 dB
05:08    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1500.0 Hz -21 dB
04:48    477 VE7BDQ Op8 1499.5 Hz -21 dB03:59    477 EA5DOM Op8 Deep Search -35 dB 1465.1 Hz
01:23    477 EA5DOM Op8 Deep Search -36 dB 1465.1 Hz73: Andy – KU4XR”
Trans-Pacific report details for this session, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.

 

Roger, VK4YB, reported that “Summer static continues. Propagation also down with only Steve, VE7SL providing decodes in NA. The special prefix AX is for Australia Day. At midnight (14:00z) I reverted to VK4YB.”  Roger provided reports for WH2XXP this morning.  He also received a few reports as AX4YB from JE1JDL and JA3TVF.

 

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 71 unique stations including JA3TVF, VK4YB, and VK2XGJ as well as the previously mentioned LA2XPA and LA2XPA/2 reports.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Steve, VE7SL, provided reports for eighteen WSPR stations including AX4YB (VK4YB).  He was reported by 53 unique stations including three reports from LA2XPA, with his best report at -20 dB S/N.

Claudio, IK2PII, shared a document on the RSBG-LF reflector that was produced by the US Navy on the topic of MF, LF, an VLF propagation.  The document can be viewed here.

 

Band openings started prior to local sunset here in Texas with full-sun WSPR reports of my signal from WH2XZO and WA3TTS almost from the start.  I called CQ for a bit on CW around 0100z but the noise floor was cluttered with the constant static that I noted at the start of this report.  I was not going to hear any truly weak signal this night.  The lightning crashes were not a real problem during this CW activity, however.  Mark, WA9ETW / WI2XHJ, reported that at the start, my signal was only RST 439 but peaked shortly to RST 569.  Overnight WSPR yielded reports from G8HUH, LA2XPA and LA2XPA/2 in the East and WE2XPQ/1 and WH2XCR in the West.  Domestic coverage was very good and signals were strong.  My reception reports continue to rebound with many more than the previous session.  My WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Activity was consistently high on 630-meters, with 106 MF WSPR stations observed at 0020z, 119 stations at 0140z and WG2XXM reported that 120 stations were active on the WSPRnet activity page at 0200z.  There were numerous stations that I think were new on first glance including W5UXH in far West Texas.  Welcome aboard!

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

South 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

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, completed another QSO with VE7SL based on reports posted on the ON4KST chat.  Eden provided reports for eighteen WSPR stations and was reported by 38 unique stations.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, was splitting time during this session with multiple modes but indicate that VE7SL was decoded in Alaska while Laurence was simultaneously transmitted OPERA.  That’s a testament to clean signals and good receivers at Laurence’s stations and good signals from VE7SL.  I was hoping that Laurence was going to receive a report from LA2XPA during this session but interestingly enough even the JA path, which has been good recently, was shut down.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

WE2XPQ/1 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, continues to experience consistent reports including two-way decodes with VK4YB (AX4YB),WE2XPQ, ZF1EJ, WI2XBV, and WH2XZO.  The path to JA continues to show results with reports from JE1JDL and VK2XGJ in Australia.  Merv’s ZF1, JA, KL7, and VK report details can be viewed here.

WG2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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