The details for February 12, 2016 can be viewed here.
The evening brought very strong openings and quiet band conditions to North America, allowing a number of unlikely two-way contacts to be completed with strong signals. This noise floor was what I expect for 630-meters this time of year but it has largely been absent this season. Trans-Atlantic reports were very lean again but I suspect this is because the openings moved West and trans-Pacific reports looked pretty good as VE7SL took advantage of openings to Japan for the first time. Others in the region experienced similar good fortune. This was a very strong night and one that we needed after a string of less than stellar nights either due to weather or propagation or both.
Geomagnetic conditions were very quiet through the session. The Bz has ranged from 0 to -1 nT and is currently pointing very slightly to the South. Solar wind velocities have returned to quiet levels, averaging 340 km/s. DST values have moved into positive territory which may explain the improved band conditions, particularly in the West, overnight.
The evening session resulted in a number of nice JT9 QSO’s being completed. The band was extremely long and WG2XKA was louder than I have ever heard him here in Texas. We completed a nice QSO and he returned to CQing while I completed another QSO with WI2XBV. Al moved on to answer WG2XKA after our QSO. John indicated that WI2XBV was a bright red signal in the waterfall during their QSO. The entire episode was captured by a number of stations, including Jay, KA9CFD, in Illinois, and Ken, SWL/K9, in Indiana. Ken provided this transcript for all of the stations in his receive window:
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, operated a JT9 beacon in the evening also. My attention was diverted to other activities by the time that he began but had I know, I bet we might have completed another JT9 QSO.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR activity was lean on the surface. Normally busy nights with long band conditions like we observed during this session result in many difficult-to-decipher reports and connecting the dots on the WSPR map can be a long, drawn-out process. This session was easy, however, because in the East only WD2XSH/17 received reports. As previously mentioned, however, there was a shift to the West on the path to Europe as WH2XGP also made the very difficult and long haul around the auroral oval. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
WD2XSH/17 –> PA0O, LA2XPA/2
WH2XGP –> LA2XPA/2
Other excitement around North America included the appearance of XE2EJ on the Baja peninsula in La Paz providing reports to stations around North America:
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported that he decoded fifteen WSPR stations and was decoded by 46 unique stations which Doug indicates was “unremarkable”. Doug did decode WI2XBQ eleven times over night marking Joe’s return after a bit of a hiatus and three reports for WG2XSV, which Doug indicates “were among the best ever.” Its good to see the very long, transcontinental openings.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported that “The band returned to what would appear to be normal to better than normal conditions. The spotlight was pointed at the upper to mid east coast with lots of stations in the upper mid west.” Rick provided reports for ten WSPR stations and received reports from forty unique stations. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, reported that he received reports from 36 unique stations with K3RWR as his best DX for the session at a distance of 4039 km.
Larry, W0OGH, located in Arizona, reported that he decoded fourteen WSPR stations overnight for 879 decodes between 0206Z and 1436Z. Larry adds that “Apparently good condx to the north in light of the captures of VE7SL and others. 13 from Alaska isn’t to shabby either but only 2 from Florida although 49 from Arkansas isn’t a bad total either.” Larry provided these statistics for the session:
WH2XXP 0206Z +12 DM33, lots and lots! Captures almost every 6 min!
WG2XXM 0208Z 0 EM15, 157 captures, last @ 1434Z
WH2XGP 0212Z -16 DN07, 42 captures, last @ 1436
VE7SL 0214Z -16 CN88, 73 captures, last @ 1416Z
WG2XKA 0214Z -25 FN33, 10 captures, last @ 1016Z
WD2XSH/15 0220Z -0.6 EM34, 49 captures, last @ 1252Z
WI2XBQ 0216Z -27 CN70, 18 captures, last @ 1428Z
WG2XSV 0238Z -25 CN85, 28 captures, last @ 1338Z
WG2XIQ 0302Z 0 EM12, 51 captures, last @ 1416Z
WD2XSH/17 0316Z -24 FN42, 8 captures, last @ 0832Z
WG2XPJ 0344Z -24 FN34, 7 captures, last @ 0914Z
WI2XJQ 0428Z -11 CN87, 37 captures, last @1356Z
WE2XPQ 0620Z -26 BP51, 13 captures, last @ 1156Z
WI2XBV 1116Z -22 EL99, 2 captures, last @ 1120Z
Mike, WA3TTS, reported that it was “Another good overnight session. A few more XCR decodes, perhaps due to not having a local carrier line on my waterfall on XCR’s frequency…”
Trans-Pacific openings provided a lot of excitement during this session as well in spite of building QRN in Oceania. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, reported that “I can’t find a path into Japan tonight. Also QRN is too high for good receiving. I was lucky to get a spot on Ken before the QRN built up.” Roger received reports from VE6XH and VE7SL and provided reports to WG2XXM, WH2XXP, and WH2XGP.
Steve, VE7SL, experienced a very strong session, with first time reports at JA1NQI. Steve decoded seventeen WSPR stations including VK4YB and was decoded by 58 unique stations.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded thirteen WSPR stations and was decoded by 68 unique stations including VK4YB, WE2XPQ, WH2XCR, and XE2EJ.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 75 unique stations, including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI, JE1JDL, and JR1IZM.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports that a “Combination of good local WX, good prop, and good activity produced remarkable results last night: Heard 18 on the East pointing BOG including VK4YB and WE2XPQ. Was heard by 70 including LA2XPA, JA1NQI, VK4YB, VK2XGJ, and a bunch of east side guys. Think 70 is a new best number for this station.” Upon further examination, Larry revised his totals: ” ooops. almost missed heard by XE2XJ, a late report making it 71 and a new DXCC for me.”
This was a great session and a lot of fun when you find guys coming out of the woodwork to be operators as we saw last night. I think every night should be like that in some capacity but I also realize that its hard. After the JT9 fun, I was very happy to have a nice CW rag chew with my buddy Steve, KF5RY, located across town and using my second stations designation on my grant as WG2XIQ/1. I miss doing that daily but sometimes life gets in the way of the best stuff. Hopefully we can get back into a routine of at least weekly chats on 474.5 kHz. WSPR activity was great with lots of activity and big reports from a number of unlikely stations. It was nice to decode WE2XPQ and share two-way reports with WH2XCR. My reception numbers were back to “full strength” and can be viewed here and my transmission numbers were steady and typical and can be viewed here.
It was another night of big activity and numerous “new” or newer receiving stations. 128 MF WSPR stations were observed on the WSPRnet activity page at 0200z, followed by 133 stations at 0330z, and finally followed by 137 stations at 0530z. It was a strong night. Welcome to all new stations!
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, continues in a receive-only capacity using a “safe” receive antenna. He provided reports for three WSPR stations overnight:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced a return of the JA reports from JA1NQI, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, JH1IZM, and TNUKJPM. He also received VK4YB and shared two-way reports with WH2XCR. Laurence had good coverage across the western portions of North America. DX report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, reported that storms roared past Molokai overnight, fortunately not doing any damage and not experiencing the forecast 75-mile per hour winds at his QTH. QRN was very high and he reported peaks above S9 + 20 dB. Merv had a very strong session, with two-way reports shared with VK4YB and WE2XPQ, and reception reports from VK2XGJ, 7L1RLL4, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, and JR1IZM. North American coverage was very good including two-way reports shared with WG2XKA located in Vermont. DX report details for the session can be viewed here.
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