The details from February 13, 2016 can be viewed here.
It was a noisier night in North America and it was definitely noisier here in Texas. Of course I am comparing band conditions to the previous night, which was possibly the quietest night this year and maybe even this season. Trans-Atlantic openings returned including a few very high latitude reports for stations in the West although noise was the limiting factor in Australia. Domestic openings to and from the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia were very good during the evening with reports at WH2XZO of VE7SL who was still in full sun.
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet with a Bz that continues very near unity, perhaps pointing slightly more to the North than in recent days. Solar wind velocities continue at very low levels, averaging near 313 km/s. DST values experienced typical ebb and flow very near the center line.
Paul, W0RW / WA2XRM, reported that he would be active in the evening on CW at 479.9 kHz. He filed two reports, which have been combined below, for the session:
“WA2XRM CW Reports, 12 Feb. 2017, 0100z to 0700z.
Steve, AA7U in AZ: ‘Have extreme S9+20 local lightning discharges tonight, but not continuous, allowing CW copy during the pauses, No QSB yet at 0248z.’
Mike Tuggle in HI said he listened but had no copy. He did hear XCR and XXP tones. Also copied “ULS” in Ulysses KS on 395, They are about 250 miles east of me. I can even hear ULS in the daytime.
Ken, SWL/K9 in IN: ‘Last night, I was copying your beacon quite easily, but I didn’t take the steps needed to give you a report. QRN was very heavy into NW Indiana. I was seeing your 15wpm cw in Argo…you had a good signal into Indiana when I was watching at 0300z. Thanks Ken’
[Ken’s report] was the only report from the East.Paul wa2xrm”
Quality trans-Atlantic openings have returned for a number of stations including very high latitude openings to Europe from the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
G8HUH –> W2XOR
WH2XGP –> LA2XPA/2
VE7SL –> LA2XPA/2
WG2XXM –> LA2XPA/2, DL4RAJ
WD2XSH/17 –> DL4RAJ, G3XKR, G8HUH, LA2XPA/2, PA0O, PA0RDT
WG2XPJ –> DJ0ABR, DL4RAJ, G3XKR, G8HUH, LA2XPA/2, PA0O
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded thirteen WSPR stations and was decoded by 64 unique stations including DL4RAJ and LA2XPA/2.
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported that he didn’t have much noise in spite of the warmer temperatures. He decoded seventeen WSPR stations which was the third most ever at his station. He was decoded by 49 unique stations which Doug reports “was better than average.” Transcontinental openings to VE7 and Hawaii resulted in very good S/N reports.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported a better than average night as well with openings to the East coast from his stations. He provided reports to thirteen WSPR stations and was decoded by 32 unique stations. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Paul, N1BUG, reported that he decoded fourteen WSPR stations including good transcontinental openings to WH2XGP (-15), VE7BDQ, and VE7SL (-16). He had no trans-Atlantic reports. He also indicates that he is “Still using poor ant on 630m.”
John, VE7BDQ, operated some early evening JT9 and with the very good transcontinental conditions I was fortunate to decode his CQ as I was finishing up a few calls:
He was also reported at 0202z by KA9CFD at -22 dB S/N. John reported that he was decoding JT9 from WG2XSV and at 0527z he indicated that he was transmitting WSPR2 followed by JT9 every 20minutes. At 1020z, John reported that while keeping to this operating schedule, he had been received by 35 uniques stations with nine of those stations at a distance exceeding 3000km… He had provided reports to eleven WSPR stations by this time and was intent on operating until 1600z.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that he had a nice, rare report for WD2XSH/15 in his receive list from overnight.
Larry, W0OGH, reported that he decoded fifteen unique stations from 751 decodes between 0236Z and 1424Z:
WH2XXP 0236Z +7 118 Spots
WH2XGP 0238Z -11 90 Spots
VE7SL 0240Z -22 72 Spots
WG2XXM 0240Z -3 149 Spots
VE7BDQ 0240Z -17 29 Spots
WG2XIQ 0240Z -8 45 Spots
WH2XZO 0244Z -25 30 Spots
WD2XSH/15 0310Z -21 33 Spots
WI2XBQ 0316Z -27 55 spots
WI2XJQ 0522Z -30 35 Spots
WG2XSV 0608Z -24 33 Spots
WH2XCR 0652Z -24 29 spots
WG2XPJ 0652Z -23 3 Spots
WE2XPQ 0832Z -24 2 Spots
WI2XBV 1008Z -14 2 Spots
Mike, WA3TTS, had feelings similar to mine, that while this session was good, it wasn’t as good as the previous night in many respects. He provided the following comments and detailed statistics for the session:
“Another good night, but not quite as impressive as the prior evening. I switched from dual band operation to single 630m band operation around 0800, which may have pulled a few extra weak SNR captures through. All reception on NW EWE antenna”
“VE7SL, Another string night coming in overtop the unidentified FSK signal on.475630~ -18 minimum SNR”
Noise was once again a player in trans-Pacific reports during this session. Report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, reported, “Only WH2XXP strong enough to get the terrible QRN. Even Merv hasn’t made it yet but he will nearer dawn. Tried the JA beam many times, no luck until 13:38. Then VE6XH hears me for the first time. I have a hunch it is a curved path into Alberta. Staying on the JA beam and JA count is up to 5 but, of course no chance of a 2 way with this QRN. Sorry Kiyo.” Roger received reports from CF7MM, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH1INM, JR1IZM, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7SL, W1CK, and WI2XBQ.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 69 unique stations, including VK4YB and VK2XGJ.
Steve, VE7SL, reported that he decoded seventeen WSPR stations including VK4YB and was decoded by 52 unique stations including LA2XPA/2.
QRN was up at my station during the evening and overnight from a variety of storm systems around North America. WSPR reports were slow to start which may have been the result of increased noise in areas like the Midwest which typically show the first indications of what kind of night might be ahead. As previously reported, I operated JT9 for a bit around 0120z although I was under time duress and could not give ample focus to the activity. I received -3 dB S/N from KA9CFD at 0135z. I returned to WSPR at 0145z for a bit to get chores and dinner handled. At 0217z I returned to a bit of CW activity, this time hoping to catch Al, W5LUA / WH2XES, who was providing WSPR reports. I’m not certain whether Al is currently setup to transmit on 472 or not but he was hearing well. I called CQ for 15 or 20 minutes on 474.5 kHz but had no additional QSO although I did receive a report from Jeff, KG0VL, located in Iowa, that he was hearing my CW at RST 519 in QRN. Noise was elevated, making listening difficult so I returned to WSPR for the evening. In spite of the elevated noise, my receive reports were quite good, which can be viewed here and my transmission reports were normal with many JT9 and CW level reports recorded. Those transmission report details can be viewed here. The path to British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest was as good or better than the previous session for brief periods during the evening.
Activity was high once again, with 116 MF WSPR stations observed at 0030z on the WSPRnet activity page and 129 MF WSPR stations observed at 0230z. Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that Melissa, W2XOR was a newer stations with an interesting bio and origin for her call sign posted on QRZ.com. Welcome aboard!
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, continues to be active in “receive only” capacity with a smaller antenna, receiving three WSPR stations during this session.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported a few difficulties with remotely configuring his system but indicates that the 630-meter system appears to be on the air. Laurence operated three separate configurations during this session although I do not have details on the differences between WE2XPQ, WE2XPQ/1, and KL7L. Laurence received late reports from JA1NQI as well as JA3TVF and shared two-way reports with WH2XCR. The path to VK was just not there during this session. Report details for Laurence’s JA and KH6 decodes can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, received a number of reports from stations in North America in addition to two-way reports with WH2XZO in South Carolina, WI2XBV in Florida and WE2XPQ in Alaska. DX coverage was also very good, with reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, and TNUKJPM in Japan. In Australia, Merv shared two-way reports with VK4YB, provided reports to VK3ELV and was reported by VK2XGJ. Merv’s DX report details can be viewed here.
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