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OFF AIR for storms, probably for much of the week if the forecast holds

Good-to-average session as geomagnetic conditions continue to calm; Much of the same for domestic, trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific openings; KL7L/KH6 continues to experience high noise but WE2XPQ experiences another strong night; Nice JA and VK openings for WH2XCR

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The summary from February 6, 2016 can be viewed here.

This session was pretty much middle of the road with good domestic conditions and continued coverage on trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific paths.  Noise was not a real issue here although there were storms to the East in Mississippi.  There were Atlantic storms during the evening and overnight but I have no reports from  stations in coastal regions suggesting that their ability to receive was impeded.  Northern California also experience a few lightning-rich storms.

12-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions continue at quiet to elevated-quiet levels.  The coronal hole that has recently increased solar wind velocities continues to move out of view although new unsettled conditions have been forecast for the coming sessions.  The Bz is currently pointing to the South and solar wind velocities are averaging near 570 km/s, up slightly from the previous session.  DST values have been mixed with the Kyoto DST showing significant improvements on an approach to the centerline while the Australian DST values have experienced several periods of decrease.  Depressed conditions have been more prominent in the southern hemisphere in recent sessions.




Trans-Atlantic WSPR openings were restricted to the northeastern US during this session with more reports coming from Europe.  Report details for these stations can be viewed here.


WG2XKA –> F59706, G3XKR, PA0O, PA0RDT



 Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported:

“Conditions continued to be very good from SC except for high latitude paths.  The 15 unique decodes and 55 who decoded XZO were top 5 all time and testify to the high activity level.  I tried to figure out how to program my Elad DUO as a CW beacon, but didn’t have enough time to do it.  I listened around 0100 UTC on CW and  copied WH2XHA 579 on about 476.800 and WG2XSB in FN42 about 559 on about 471.100”

Paul, N1BUG, reported that he decoded fourteen WSPR stations including a single decode of G8HUH.  He indicates that he had no transcontinental reports.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded  fourteen WSPR stations including WH2XCR and ZF1EJ.   Ken received reports from 73 unique stations including WE2XPQ, whose best report was -29 dB S/N and WH2XCR, whose best report was +5 dB S/N.

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported, “Last night was varying degrees of snow in the Pacific Northwest. including here is about 3 inches on the ground here and I had to ride the voari-o-meter to keep things in tune. But the session was pretty good. The spotlight drifted to the southeast, including ZF1EJ.”  Rick received reports from 32 unique stations and reported six WSPR stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Trans-Pacific openings offered no new excitement, as reported by VK4YB, offering standard fare but even standard fare in the middle of the southern hemisphere Summer where the nights are short is pretty good.  Report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.

Roger, VK4YB, reported, “No excitement tonight. Plenty of hits from VE6XH, VE7SL, W1CK and WE2XPQ but spread out. 160m back to normal with similar S/N from VE6XH on both bands.  Spent the afternoon putting back the JA beam. The branch the arrow went over was too flimsy and it all fell down. Back to square one.”  Roger also received reports from JE1JDL.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP received reports from 69 unique stations including VK4YB and VK2XGJ.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


After the very active weekend on the air, I opted to “set it and forget it” last night, starting WSPR around 2346z.  I was experiencing Internet problems during the evening and I figured that a large number of stations were diverting their attention to “big game” activities.  Domestic coverage was very good once again including two-way reports with WH2XCR.  Reception reports were back up to normal levels, exceeding 1000 decodes of other stations.  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


South 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, continues to experience very good coverage across North America, sharing two-way reports with WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, continues to listen for signals through the noise while on Maui but QRM continues to dominate.  Here is his E-probe mounted on the balcony of the condo:

KL7L/KH6 E-probe on Maui


Laurence had a considerably better night in Alaska,  including another night of two-way reports shared with VK4YB and WH2XCR and reception reports  provided by JA1NQI, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, and JR1IZM.  Report details for these stations can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, continues to do well in Asia and Australia with reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU JR1IZM, VK2XGJ and two-way reports with VK4YB, ZF1EJ and WE2XPQ.  North American coverage was strong although southeastern UD reports were limited, possibly due to storms to the West.  DX Report details for this session can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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