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Noise and bad weather shift to the Southeast as favorable geomagnetic conditions continue; Strong trans-Atlantic openings for many stations; Noise impacting reports in Oceania but path to North America is open; Strong openings to Asia from North America

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for February 15, 2016 can be viewed here.

Noise in Texas was only mildly elevated overnight although reports from WH2XZO in South Carolina indicate storms and high QRN levels in the Southeast. Propagation seemed to be great with relatively early openings in full daylight which were much earlier and at higher signal levels than what was reported in recent sessions.  Overnight activity resulted in very good long-haul openings to Europe but noise complicated to path to Oceania.  A few mainland stations were able to take advantage of very good openings to Japan which has been relatively rare so far this season.

12-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions were very quiet, even quieter for persistent periods compared to previous sessions.  The Bz has ranged from unity to pointing slightly to the North for much of the session but this morning there were periods where the Bz turned to the South ahead of the next geoeffective coronal hole which is expected in the coming days.  Solar wind velocities continue at low levels, averaging 308 km/s.  DST values continue at generally positive values and likely represents some of the high latitude and “polar” openings from this session.

 

 

 

Trans-Atlantic openings were strong and numerous, particularly for western openings where the path is very near the auroral oval.  Report details for this session can be viewed here.

EA5DON –> N1BUG

WH2XGP –> LA2XPA/2

ZF1EJ –> LA2XPA/2

WG2XIQ –> LA2XPA/2

WG2XKA –> F1AFJ, G0LRD, G3XKR, LA2XPA/2, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ANG

WG2XPJ –> F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G3XKR, G4KPX, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ANG

WD2XSH/17 –> F1AFJ, F59706, G3XKR, G8LCO, LA2XPA/2, LA3EQ/MW, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ANG

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, provided this additional perspective on his activity from Vermont:

“Back to back strong sessions here during a decent weather window.  XKA heard 17 and was spotted by 55, the highlight being an early spot from LA2XPA/2 that was logged at my dusk in Vermont.  TA held up with reports from PA0O, PA3ANG, F1AFJ, PA0RDT, G0LRD and G3XKR.  WH2XCR in the Pacific logged both ways.  Noise levels were moderate for the time of season.  Also noteworthy – a total lack of any bogus DX spots over the entire session…”

WG2XKA session WSPR activity (courtesy WA3ETD)

 

Paul, N1BUG, reported that he decoded twelve WSPR stations including a return of trans-Atlantic reports for EA5DOM, which have been absent for a while.  He also provided reports for WH2XGP and VE7SL, which are both on a high latitude transcontinental path.  He indicates that he continues to use his 80m dipole for receive and added that ” With 5 feet of snow new RX ants may not happen soon.”

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported good conditions but reduced activity.  Rick provided reports for ten WSPR stations and was decoded by 28 unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Joe, K9MRI, was a new receive stations that showed up in the ON4KST chat during the evening session and successfully decoded ten WSPR stations very quickly using a Carolina Windom with one end located at 100-foot.

Larry, W0OGH, located in Arizona, reported that he had reports for thirteen WSPR stations comprising close to 445 total spots between 0204z and 1340z.  He provided the following unique statistics for the session:

WH2XGP    0204Z    -13    DN07    84 spots
WH2XXP    0204Z    +6     DM33    125 spots
WG2XIQ    0206Z    -8     EM12    73 spots
VE7SL     0240Z    -20    CN88    7 spots
WG2XKA    0258Z    -26    FN33    14 spots
WH2XZO    0322Z    -28    EM85    22 spots
VE7CNF    0332Z    -22    CN89    14 spots
WG2XSV    0328Z    -25    CN85    22 spots
WI2XJQ    0432Z    -17    CN87    33 spots
WG2XPJ    0440Z    -28    FN34    4 spots
WH2XCR    0556Z    -22    BL11    42 spots, last at 1311Z
ZF1EJ     0634Z    -26    EK99    4 spots
WE2XPQ    0816Z    -25    BP51    1 spot

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that “The path to XCR and NW transcon still open overnight, although not as good as prior evenings this week.  The best search by distance results from WSPR data base shown below…”

Openings to Japan were better than they have been in a long time with several stations in North America receiving reports.  Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.

Roger, VK4YB, reported the QRN for the session started off bad and got worse.  By 1344z, he had only provided reports from WH2XXP.  He indicates that transmitting yielded far better results with reports from JA1NQI, JA3TVF, JR1IZM, N6KOG (possible first time report), VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, and VE7CA.  At 1336z, Roger reported: “I was on JA beam from 12:38 to 13:16. Only other spot was from JA3TVF. Phil VK3ELV is getting into JA now. But no chance for us to hear you. QRN is S9+.”

Phil, VK3ELV, received reports from TNUKJPM and JH3XCU.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 66 unique stations including JA1NQI, JR1IZM and VK4YB.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

John, VE7BDQ, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including VK4YB and was decoded by 29 unique stations including JA1NQI.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for fourteen WSPR stations and received reports from 55 unique stations including JA1NQI, JR1IZM, and the previously detailed reports from LA2XPA/2.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

I thought the session was very good as I started WSPR at 2234z and received a few reports into the Midwest about 20 minutes later which was in full sun at both ends of the path.  Winter daytime openings have not been examined as thoroughly as in previous years at my station due to my schedule but I hope on the weekends there will be a possibility for further two-way activity.  I had intended on operating JT9 and CW during the evening but my evening workload did not allow during this session.  I am hopeful for tonight.  WSPR reports were very good and I was pleased to be reported twice by LA2XPA/2.  I also shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ and WH2XCR as well as ZF1EJ.  It was a good night.  My total receive numbers were down for some reason, in spite of normal number of unique stations received.  I have my doubts that this decrease was due to noise, however, as it was relatively quiet.  Those report details can be viewed here.  My transmission numbers were normal with many CW level reports from a variety of regions.  Transmission report details can be viewed here.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Activity was very high again, with 113 MF WSPR stations observed at 0045z on the WSPRnet activity page and 125 MF WSPR stations observed at 0210z.  There were a number of suspected new receive stations in addition to the previously reported K9MRI.

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North 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, experienced a very strong session providing reports for thirteen WSPR stations and receiving reports from 34 unique stations including LA2XPA/2.  He also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  During the evening, he and Steve, VE7SL, spent some time examining the path for a JT9 QSO.  While openings existed they were neither persistent enough nor at levels consistent with completing a QSO.  Since other good nights will present themselves in the future, there will be other opportunities for another QSO.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had intended to setup a remote receiver while on the beach on Maui during the evening, however, weather conditions did not permit him to do so during this session.  Laurence had a nice session regardless, with reports from JA1NQI and a number of stations in western North America.  He also provided reports to VK4YB and shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and my station.  JA, KH6, and VK report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, continues to enjoy nice openings from Molokai, receiving reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1NIQ, JA1PKG, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, VK2XGJ, and two-way reports with VK4YB and ZF1EJ.  He provided reception reports for VK3ELV.  He also shared two-way reports with WG2XKA in Vermont and received reports from W2XOR and WA3TTS, all located in the East.  Merv’s JA, VK, and ZF report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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