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If you thought the previous session was great, this one may have been better with many reporting record nights in North America; Trans-Pacific openings rebound a bit; Midwinter 630-meter activity night this coming Saturday night!

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The summary from January 31, 2016 can be viewed here.

It was another night of “wow” as trans-Atlantic openings in the eastern and central US peaked ahead of forecast elevated geomagnetic conditions.  Domestic activity was also very high and the lightning map was basically clear in North America.  These were perfect conditions for a night of record setting reports.

12-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions reached unsettled levels as a coronal hole became geoeffective.  The Bz reached its low point at -10 nT but in recent reporting periods has turned around to the North again.  Solar wind velocities are currently in excess of 700 km/s.  DST values have begun to show sharp decreases from the previous session highs which were positive.  The Kyoto DST seems to have been rescaled on it’s positive range after peaks during the previous session that approached one complete grid square unit.  As storm conditions set in, we will have to wait and see what the impact is.  Maybe I’m being hopeful, but the impact doesn’t have to be that bad although history says it might be.

 

 

 

Trans-Atlantic reports were huge – there is no other way to characterize it.  The list of stations and who they were heard by follows:

EA5DOM –> WH2XZO, K4RCG, WD2XSH/17, N1BUG,

G3KEV –> N1BUG, WG2XPJ, WA3TTS

ON5TA –> N1BUG

ZF1EJ –> F1AFJ, LA2XPA/2, LA2XPA/3, LA2XPA, PA0O

WG2XIQ –> G3XKR, G3XKR/7, PA0RDT

WG2XXM –> F1AFJ, F59706, G0LRD, G0LUJ, G3XKR, G3XKR/7, PA0RDT, PA7EY

WG2XKA –> DH5RAE, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G0MJI, G3XKR, G3XKR/7, LA2XPA/2, LA2XPA/3, LA3EQ/MW, LA3EQ/V, OR7T, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA7EY, PE1RKT

WG2XPJ –> DF1VB/2, DH5RAE, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LRD, G0LUJ, G0MJI, G3XKR, G3XKR/7, G8HUH, LA3EQ/MW, LA3EQ/V, OR7T, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA7EY, PE1OPK/RX2, PE1RKT

WD2XSH/17 –> DL4RAJ, DH5RAE, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LRD, G0LUJ, G0MJI, G3XKR, G3XKR/7, G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, LA3EQ/MW, LA3EQ/V, LA8AV, OR7T, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA7EY, PE1OPK/RX2, PE1RKT

Report details for these stations can be viewed here.

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, reported record conditions and offered these additional details and perspectives from his station in Vermont:

“January slipped away with an explosion of DX spots here at XKA.  WH2XCR was working both ways, and WG2XSV was back and forth for the first time this season.  A new record for this station was set, being spotted by 16 unique stations in Europe.  Here’s the list: DH5RAE, PA0O, F59706, OR7T, PA7EY, PE1RKT, F1AFJ, PA0RDT, LA3EQ/V, LA3EQ/MW, LA2XPA/2, LA2XPA/3, G0MJI, G3XKR, G3XKR/7, G0LUJ.”

WG2XKA session WSPR activity (courtesy WA3ETD)

 

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he decoded twenty WSPR stations and was decoded by ninety unique stations including WE2XPQ, OR7T, PA7EY, G0LUJ, G0LRD, PA0RDT, F59706, G3XKR, G3XKR/7, and F1AFJ.  Ken reports a power outage for a few hours overnight.

WG2XXM session WSPR activity (courtesy K5DNL)

 

John, VE7BDQ, reported that he decoded fourteen WSPR stations, including ZF1EJ who, John reports, rarely decodes on his receive system in British Columbia.  John received reports from 46 unique stations by 0953z while transmitting only three times each hour.

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports that the recent very strong conditions seem to be continuing from the Pacific Northwest.  Rick provided reports for twelve WSPR stations and was decoded by forty unique stations.  His unique report details can be viewed here.

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported a record night with these comments and statistics:

“More FB conditions.  New record 20 unique stations decoded and 65 decoding WH2XZO which breaks the old record by 9!   I was using the TX antenna again for receive, but did some listening experiments early this morning and found my WSW favoring Delta was a little better on western NDBs than the TX antenna.”

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported an amazing night of transcontinental reports and offered these comments and statistics:

“Wow, John, I thought the previous session was so good, but last night beat even the previous night’s record for me. I have never had so many stations spot me before. I think we need to start thinking about a “band-plan” pretty soon. 630m is getting pretty popular.   I believe the WI2XBV and WI2XQU  decodes of my 2w (EIRP) is a first for me.”

Paul, N1BUG, reports that he decoded eighteen WSPR stations including EA5DOM, G3KEV, and ON5TA, who was a new stations for Paul. VE7CNF and VE7BDQ were also decoded.  All of this was accomplished using his 80-meter dipole.

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported good results at reduced power as he continues to evaluate his new junk box power amplifier.  He provided the following comments and statistics:

“Deep freeze here, -27c. , which probably helped the eirp rise, and really good conditions. Decoded by 50 stations, This was the highest count I’ve ever been decoded.  Used the new converted power supply rewired as a class B power amp mentioned in yesterday’s report- at 50 watts output. Surprisingly was heard by WH2XCR”

 

The trans-Pacific path between North America, Oceania, and Japan was improved over the previous session.  Report details, excluding KH6 and KL7, can be viewed here.

Roger, VK4YB, received reports from VE6XH and VE7SL.  He provided reports for WH2XXP.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 85 unique stations including VK2XGJ, VK4YB, ZL2BCG, JA1NQI, and JE1JDL.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity

 

Ken, SWL/K9, located in Indiana, reported that WH2XXP’s last report this morning came at 1412z at -28 dB S/N.

Mike, WA3TTS, reports that  band conditions continue to improve as he listens on the Northwest EWE antenna.  Mike provided the following detailed statistics:

 

Mark, WA9ETW / WI2XHJ, reported that he received sixteen unique stations but had nineteen bogus reports as well.  Living in the central US can be tough in that both coasts and everyone in between are equally loud.  Mark also reported that WH2XCR continues to be missing from his log.

Toby, VE7CNF, reported that “Last night on 630m WSPR heard 17, heard by 60. Best DX ZF1EJ , WI2XBV, WI2XRM, WI2XRM, WH2XCR.  Also DX to N1BUG over 4000 km.”

Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, reports that he will take his maiden voyage starting at 2300z today using WSPR after spending a few days working out system problems.

WI2XQU loading coil and antenna feed point

 

The Midwinter630-meter activity night is this coming Saturday night.  Check out VE7SL’s blog for details.

I started the session with WSPR at 2218z and found that reports were a little slow to begin but once they did, prior to local sunset, it was off to the races.  Reports around North America were strong on transmit and receive although my receive numbers were down a bit from the previous session.  The band was in very good shape all night and overnight.  I operated unannounced CW for about fifteen minutes around 0100z.  The band was plenty good but there were no reports.  Do guys running SDR’s often leave their volume turned down?  I’ve noticed recently that a number of stations have somehow segmented their receivers so they can “listen” to multiple chunks of spectrum so I can see how that would be a problem to listen to unless the audio streams were somehow isolated.  That’s a completely different skill set to which I am not privy.  I returned to WSPR for the night by 0130z and was pleased to receive reports from G3XKR, G3XKR/7 and PA0RDT, who was using his very small E-probe antenna.  Two-way reports were registered at WH2XCR and ZF1EJ.  My WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Band activity was extremely high, possibly higher than the reported 137 MF WSPR stations from the previous session.  Is it possible that we surpassed 150 stations overnight?  At 0030z there were 113 stations and at 0142z there were 122 stations.  There were certainly a large number of new reporting stations.  Welcome aboard!

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 and New Zealander 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, had a great session, providing reports to eighteen WSPR stations and receiving reports from 53 unique stations including F1AFJ, LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, LA2XPA/3, and PA0A.  Eden also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  He also operated JT9 at one point during the session in hopes of completing a QSO with VE7CNF although at the time the path did not exist.  It seems to have improved later in the evening and into the morning.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced a strong night again with reports from JA3TVF, JA1NQI, JH3XCU, and ZL2BCG.  He also shared two-way reports from WH2XCR and received WG2XXM in Oklahoma.  Laurence’s JA , ZL, and KH6 report details for this session can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, continues his reign in the Pacific, with reports from JA1NQI, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, ZL2BCG, VK2XGJ and two-way reports at VK4YB.  Merv also shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ and ZF1EJ as well as several stations in the eastern portions of North America.  It was a strong night.  Merv’s KL7, JA, VK, ZL, and ZF report details for this session can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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