The summary from February 2, 2016 can be viewed here.
In spite of geomagnetic storm conditions, useful and interesting openings persist through the session. It was a mostly quiet night although evening storms continue in the Atlantic and now in Mexico. I did not noticed any increases in the noise floor during the evening and lightning crashes were not a problem here in Texas.
Geomagnetic conditions continue at unsettled to storm levels through the session. The Bz has been variable but is currently pointing to the North and solar wind velocities are averaging near 675 km/s. DST values continue in negative territory but so far the impact has been minimal.
Roelof, PA0RDT, reported that Joe, VO1NA, was loud overnight while operating CW on 477.7 kHz. He provided a screen capture from the Perseus receiver as well as an audio sample and a capture from the Linrad SDR showing the signal as it varied through the night:
VO1NA at PA0RDT
Trans-Atlantic WSPR activity was slightly depressed but several openings were reported. These reports are amazing given the level of geomagnetic activity. The follow stations made it across:
F1AFJ –> WD2XSH/17
EA5DOM –> VE2PEP, N1BUG, WD2XSH/17
WG2XPJ –> F1AFJ, G3XKR
WD2XSH/17 –> DH5RAE, DK7FC/p, DL4RAJ, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G0MJI, G3XKR, G8HUH, PA0O, OR7T, PA0RDT, PA7EY, PE1RKT
Report detail for these stations can be viewed here.
Luis, EA5DOM, posted the following comments about the session and his trans-Atlantic reports on the RSGB-LF reflector:
“This nights my first TA openings to WA2XSH/17 in Massachusetts took place as early as 21:48 utc Normally this starts working at 01utc or later. But that ended last night, were my first TA openings to USA East coast started at 00:48 utc. No low lattitude spots last night. Amazing conditions party seems to be ending.”
Paul, N1BUG, reported that 630-meters, was “Well depressed from previous several sessions with only EA5DOM for TA and no transcon. Note that EA5 is on the southerly end of TA paths, lower latitude than others. This is as I would expect for 630m or 160m considering recent geomagnetic activity.”
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported relative good band conditions in spite of attenuated high altitude paths and more noise. He decoded thirteen WSPR stations and received reports from fifty unique stations including two-way reports with WH2XCR.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports, “Band conditions were just OK, this session. The spotlight was pretty much pointed all over but the umber of stations reporting seemed a bit less than the previous sessions this week. Now cold again at 17degrees with wind chill much colder. Maybe snow tomorrow. ” Rick provided reports for ten WSPR stations and was decoded by 27 unique stations. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Toby, VE7CNF, reported that he was beaconing in CW on 476.5 kHz during the evening. He transitioning to WSPR with JT9 reception between transmissions overnight.
Ekkehard, DK2CH, operated JT9 during the evening in Germany, completing a QSO with DL6II.
Trans-Pacific openings improved a bit for this session. The lightning map shows that weather conditions may have improved over the previous sessions, with lighting-rich storms in the West and Northwest, away from the activity centers in the East. Report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, reported that he was experiencing “Less QRN tonight allowing some TP decodes. Traces from VE7BDQ and WE2XPQ were visible in the waterfall but no decodes so far. CF7MM joins VE6XH, VE7BDQ and W1CK as RXers tonight. Dan, VE6XH tells me he is using a Wellbrook ALA100LN and a 21m delta loop orientated for max at 20 and 200 degrees. Not far off my heading!” Roger also reported WH2XXP and WG2XXM.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded seventeen WSPR stations and was decoded by 69 unique stations including VK4YB, ZL2BCG, KL7L, and WH2XCR.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, indicated this morning that it was “not a bad session from SW US, good VK-ZL with a -11 spot from VK4YB and 1 decode from JA3TVF.” He received reports from 73 unique stations. He also received reports from VK2XGJ and ZL2BCG.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, posted the following proposal on the 600-meter research group and is requesting input:
“Most of you are receiving (and some are TXing) WSPR on 630m. We are all hoping (and expecting) being granted Part 97 amateur privileges there soon. When that happens I think JT9 will be one of the most used QSO modes as far as weak signals are concerned, especially for DX. I usually have TWO programs running nightly on 630m, WSPR 4 and WSJT-X (for JT9) running side by side on my screen. I would love to see many others do the same so that we could send out JT9 beacon signals occasionally to see how it is propagating using PSKreporter similar to WSPRNET.org What do you think? Feedback welcome…”
Neil also submitted these statistics and comments for the session:
Mike, WA3TTS, reported “…Good transcontinental propagation to the NW although it was spotty and of short duration when it occurred. Fairly good path to XCR overnight as well as to ZF1EJ to the south.” Mike provided the following detailed statistics and comments:
“From about 0000 to 0300 or so I tried various antenna directions—NE, E<>W (out of phase NE and NW EWEs), before settling on NW for the remainder of the evening….73 Mike wa3tts “
It was a very quiet night here in Texas. I started WSPR at 2210z and noted that skywave openings were slow to develop again, not surprising given the current geomagnetic conditions. Like the previous session, when the band finally opened, it was very good. Domestic propagation produced single-digit reports of my signal from a large number of stations across North America and my receive numbers returned to normal levels, approaching 1000 decodes of other stations. I was pleased to receive reports from KL7L, which is quite rare under these geomagnetic conditions. I also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and Merv was at CW levels for a reporting period this morning but the timing was bad and I did not have time to phone him and arrange a sked. I called CQ on CW for about 15 minutes during the evening to test a few more things for the special event this weekend. The weather forecast for Saturday night may be dicey here and I will just have to wait and see what actually happens. Storm chances have decreased but it may be noisy, complicating CW QSO’s, and forcing me to modify my operating plans. My WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.
Activity was very high again, beginning at 2340z when I observed 134 MF WSPR stations on the WSPRnet activity page. These levels were consistent through the evening and Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported 141 MF WSPR stations at 0200z.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for fifteen WSPR stations and was reported by 43 unique stations including two-way reports with WH2XCR. Eden continues to experience great coverage across North America.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, operated two receivers overnight but I don’t have information at this time about how each station was configured. As WE2XPQ, Laurence was decoded by VK4YB and ZL2CBG while sharing two-way reports with WH2XCR. As KL7L, Laurence decoded WH2XCR. I would not expect that operating under the current geomagnetic conditions would be easy but somehow signals were successfully moving into and out of the area. Report details for JA, VK, ZL and KH6 reports can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced a very strong session sharing two-way reports with JR1IZM, ZF1EJ, WE2XPQ and VK4YB. He was also reported by VK2XGJ. The North American mainland was well represented and Merv’s decodes appear to be more numerous on the East coast than the West coast. Merv shared two-way reports with WH2XZO and WI2XBV. His report details for JA, ZF1 and VK4 can be viewed here.
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