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OFF AIR; QRT Thursday night but back Friday morning by 1100z

Great domestic openings around North America with a few trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific openings; Midwinter 630-meter Activity Night coming Saturday night, February 4, in North America!

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The summary from January 29, 2016 can be viewed here.

This session was really quite good on domestic openings, for certain at my station here in Texas but also around North America after reviewing data for a number of stations.  Band activity was high and that helps, with 121 MF WSPR stations observed on the WSPRnet activity page at 0350z.  The numbers were relatively consistent through the evening.  One station in the southeastern US reported a noisy evening but that must have been something local.  The noise floor was very low and very smooth through the evening here and that meant a lot of big reports.  The lightning map was clear in North America but a few storms near the Yucatan and the mid-Atlantic regions during the evening may have contributed to the noise reports.

12-hour North America lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions continue at quiet levels and the Bz continues near unity with solar wind below 500 km/s, averaging at 450 km/s.  DST values reached the centerline again, in some cases pushing positive.  Solarham reports that the next geoeffective coronal hole will begin impacting the magnetic field sometime on January 31 so any improvement may be short-lived.




Trans-Atlantic openings were very similar to yesterday, down from recent sessions but still producing results. WG2XXM received reports from G3XKR and WD2XSH/17 received reports from F1AFJ, F59706, G3XKR, LA3EQ/MW, and PA0O.  Report details for these stations can be viewed here.

John, VE7BDQ, reported  that he was transmitting WSPR three times each hour.  After ten hours of operating, he received reports from 38 unique stations while receiving seven WSPR stations.  John indicates that he would continue to operate until about 1600z.

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported a bit of noise during the evening which dissipated by morning, leaving quiet conditions.  He decoded eleven WSPR stations and was decoded by 36 unique stations. Al add that, “Since there is very little to my east to hear me I guess that is pretty good.”

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported that the session was good but had nothing unusual, decoding fourteen WSPR stations and receiving decodes from 51 unique stations.

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports “It appears that conditions were good this session. A wide coverage of the US and into the Caymans again is good to see. Can’t ask for much better conditions than that from this corner of the world.”  Rick received reports from 39 unique stations and provided reports for eight WSPR stations.  His unique report details for the session can be viewed here.

Jay, KA9CFD, reported that his best DX was a few reports of Merv, WH2XCR, on KH6.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he decoded fourteen WSPR stations and was decoded by 71 unique stations including G3XKR, WH2XCR, WE2XPQ,  and VA7JX.

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported good results overnight with two-way reports at WH2XCR.  Phil is working on an amplifier project this morning using available parts.  More details on this as it progresses.

Mark, WA9ETW / WI2XHJ, reported very strong signals with decodes of fourteen WSPR stations.

Mike, WA3TTS, sent this note with detailed statistics for the session:

“John: A few more XCR decodes than the prior evening. NW transcon path seems to be there but SNRs are below average. Continued   daylight propagation on the 137kHz path to WH2XND.”

“234 decodes from WH2XND on 2200m in 24 hours.  Path was open most of the day yesterday, losing the XND signal for a few hours after sunrise transition and then again losing the XND signal for the sunset transition….”

“A similar daylight  path may have been present on 630m. For example, when WG2XXM signed off for the morning, signal margins were fairly good”

Trans-Pacific report details for this session, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.

Roger, VK4YB, reported that “Static was not too bad considering storms were all around, but propagation was well down. Only one decode of WH2XXP at -28. The session was saved by WE2XPQ with several spots of my signal later. JA3TVF was also receiving.”

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 74 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, and JA3TVF.

David, N1DAY, has filed an application for a part-5 grant for 465 – 480 kHz.

The Midwinter 630-meter activity night will be this coming Saturday night, February 4.  It is only a 24-hour event and most of the activity will occur Saturday night into Sunday morning.  The ARRL has this information incorrectly reported in the ARRL letter and on the ARRL news section.  It seems that 500kc.com also has the date incorrect, suggesting that the event ends at 2359z on the 6th.  That’s less of a problem but the start day is the primary issue.  Please spread the word.

Quiet conditions and good openings meant big signals around North America.  CW would have been easy on a number of paths.  My WSPR receive numbers are just shy of 1000 decodes for the session and my transmission numbers were more than twice that.  The band really was open around the continent and nights like this will mean good things once the band opens to the general amateur population.  My WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


European 24-hour WSPR activity


Central / Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR activity


Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for fifteen WSPR stations and was decoded by 38 unique stations.  He also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and continues to be watching for opportunities to work JT9 QSO’s with Canadian stations.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, received reports from JE1JDL and JH3XCU while providing reports for VK4YB.  Reports were mixed once again along the West coast of North America in addition to reports from VE6XH in Alberta and reports for WG2XXM in Oklahoma.  Laurence’s report details for JA, VK and KH6 can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, looks to have QRT’ed early, probably to work in the CQWW 160-meter CW contest that was this weekend.  He had a good night to VK and ZL, with reports from VK2XGJ, ZL2BCG, and two-way reports with VK4YB.  He also shared two-way reports with VE3CIQ, WE2XPQ and ZF1EJ.  The path to JA was cut off again although openings may have occurred after he QRT’ed.  Coverage along the East coast of North America was also very strong.  Report details for the VK, ZL, and ZF1 reports can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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