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Another good night for trans-Atlantic openings as geomagnetic field is very quiet and DST moves to positive levels; VK4YB –> WG2XSV first time report

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for February 14, 2016 can be viewed here.

It seems like this session was pretty good in spite of storms in my region overnight, which kept me, WG2XXM and possible others off the air overnight.  Trans-Atlantic openings occurred throughout the eastern US and  Caribbean in addition to several very long haul openings for the Desert Southwest.

12-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions continue at very quiet levels with a Bz that has been persistently pointing to the North.  Solar wind velocities continue in the low category, averaging 310 km/s.  DST values have also pushed to persistent positive values, likely contributing to some of the openings observed overnight.

 

 

 

Trans-Atlantic openings were very plentiful during this session, particularly in the East.  Report details can be viewed here.

WH2XXP –> LA2XPA/2

DH5RAE –> WH2XZO

WH2XZO –> DJ0ABR, DL4RAJ

ZF1EJ –> DL4RAJ, LA2XPA/2

WD2XSH/17 –> G3XKR, G8HUH, LA2XPA/2, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ANG

WG2XKA –> DL4RAJ, F59706, G3XKR, G8HUH, LA2XPA/2, PA0O, PA0RDT

WG2XPJ –> DL4RAJ, F1AFJ, F59706, G3XKR, G8HUH, LA2XPA/2, PA0O, PA0RDT

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, submitted these comments on the session and trans-Atlantic reports from his perspective in Vermont:

“A very strong session to report after being QRT for several days due to ice storms and high winds.  XKA heard 17 and was spotted by 57 while running low power due to winds.  RX noise was considerably lower than observed last week.  LA2XPA/2 reappeared, and TA spots were received from F59706, DL4RAJ, PA0RDT, PA0A, G3XKR, and G8HUH.  WH2XCR was open both ways, as well as the PNW and southwest.”

WG2XKA session WSPR activity (courtesy WA3ETD)

 

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, provided a detailed analysis of brief, localized trans-Atlantic openings at his station:

“Here is one of the most interesting examples of 630M DX propagation, a 8 minute period to a very small area of Germany.  DJ0ABR and DH5RAE are 21 km apart. DL4RAJ is 50 km from ABR and 67 km from RAE.  Look at the signal strengths!

Note, the very large footprint on the North American side that extended 2923 km all the way from Vermont to Cayman Islands during that same short  period, but SC was in the sweet spot with signals 10 db stronger than the northern and southern ends of the footprint.  Astonishingly, the footprint did not include WD2XSH/17 on the Massachusetts coast.

During that same, very short time period DJ0ABR had 2 strong decodes of WH2XZO, his only North American decodes last night.

The tiny footprint on the European end and  huge footprint on the North American end, apparently centered near WH2XZO, during an 8 minute period may suggest a propagation method to you?  If so, please sent your thoughts to John for publication.

Conditions to the west and northwest from here were good.  My 18 unique decodes was the second most ever despite pretty bad QRN.   The 43 decodes of WH2XZO was unexceptional with the exception of the two Germans.”

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ,  reported a good night in the Seattle area with broad coverage of the East and Caribbean.  Rick decoded nine WSPR stations and was decoded by 36 unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, received reports from sixteen WSPR stations and was reported by 54 unique stations.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Paul, N1BUG, reported that the transcontinental path from Maine returned as he decoded thirteen WSPR stations including WH2XGP and WI2XJQ.

Trans-Pacific report details for this session, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.

Roger, VK4YB, switched to the JA antenna at 1200z but indicated that reports continued to come from North America.  Roger indicated that JA reports were likely going to be late which was, in fact, the case and he and Kiyo, JR1IZM, waved off any JT9 QSO attempt during this session.  Roger provided reports for WH2XXP and he received reports from 7L1RLL4, CF7MM, JA3YVF, VE6XH, VE7CA, VE7CNF, VE7SL, W1CK, WG2XSV (first time report!), and WI2XBQ.

Phil, VK3ELV, received reports from JH3XCU.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 69 unique stations including JA1NQI, VK4YB, VK2XGJ and the previously reported LA2XPA/2.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, indicates that he decoded VK4YB for the first time during this session.  During the evening, at 0347z, he reported that he was active on JT9.  He received a number of one-way, single-digit reports from VE7CNF as well as VA7MM, who is just getting set up for JT9 and working out process bugs.  Neil returned to WSPR at 0530z.  He provided reports for twelve WSPR stations and was decoded by thirty unique stations.  Neil submitted these additional comments and statistics for the session:

Mike, WA3TTS, reported strong transcontinental openings during this session and offered the following comments and detailed statistics:

“Continued path to XCR and surprised to see a dozen WG2XSV decodes overnight along with CF7MM at low power.  TTS search by distance result shows the results…”

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Asiatic / Central Russian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Australian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, returned to air after attending a ham fest in Florida and provided reports for fourteen WSPR stations.  He received reports from 38 unique stations, including DL4RAJ and LA2XPA/2.  He also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had a nice  concentration of stations in western North America.  He also received reports from JA1NQI, provided reports for VK4YB, and shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  Report details for JA, VK, and KH6 can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, shared two-way reports with WG2XKA, WI2XBV, WH2XZO and ZF1EJ in the East with reports from W2XOR, WI2XFI, SWL/K9, and WA3TTS also from the eastern portions of the US.   Coverage in the West was also very good.  In JA, Merv received reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI, JA1PKG, JE1JDL, JH3XCU and JR1IZM.  In VK, Merv provided reports for VK3ELV, VK5FQ, shared two-way reports with VK4YB, and was reported by VK2XGJ.  Report details for VK, JA, and ZF1 can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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