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OFF AIR; QRT Thursday night but back Friday morning by 1100z

Average night for many stations around the South as high noise returns to parts of North America and Oceania; Very quiet conditions in Pacific Northwest and New England result in good transcontinental openings; Great trans-Atlantic openings for a few stations in New England

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for February 18, 2016, can be viewed here.

It was probably a good session to have noisy, average band conditions and propagation due to this weekend’s running of the ARRL DX CW contest.  Activity was relatively high but  many stations are probably spread a bit thin as they dig for DX stations in the contest.  Storms in the Gulf of Mexico  made it a noisy night here in Texas and coastal storms around Australia seem to be limiting reception there.  Noise wasn’t a limiting factor everywhere during this session as transcontinental openings between the Pacific Northwest and New England were reported.

12-hour North American lightning summary


Unsettled geomagnetic conditions were present during much of this session.  The Bz is pointing to the North and solar wind velocities were elevated to high levels, averaging 515 km/s this morning.  DST indicators are in negative territory suggesting disturbed conditions.




Steve, G3XKR, reported on the RSGB-LF reflector that IK2DED and DJ6CB were both QRV on 472.4 kHz CW, presumably in a QSO together.  Steve indicates that both were good copy at his station located in IO70UX  at  2110z.

Daytime WSPR-15 activity brought reports from Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO of WG2XKA located in Vermont. Doug explains:

“Today I’ve had very good copy of John using the TS-590s until some interference started up an hour ago, and it appears to be reliable daytime decoding at 1235 km.  I have not tried transmitting  yet, maybe tomorrow”

Trans-Atlantic WSPR openings were localized to New England during this session and lower noise was evident in the region as Europeans were heard in North America for the first time in a few days.  Report details can be viewed here.


F1AFJ –> WD2XSH/17

WG2XPJ –> F1AFJ, F59706, G3XKR, PA0O

WG2XKA –> F1AFJ, F59706, G3XKR, PA0O, PE1RKT


Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded seven WSPR stations though the QRN and was heard by 63 unique stations including WE2XPQ, WH2XCR, KH6ILT (OH), “and new guy, KJ6MKI…”

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported good transcontinental openings that were likely due to quiet band conditions up North as he provided five reports for WD2XSH/17 in Massachusetts, best report at -26 dB S/N.

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported that conditions “pulled back” a bit for this session.  He provided decodes for ten WSPR stations and was decoded by 22 unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Paul, N1BUG, reported that he decoded twelve, including EA5DOM.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that “Only WG2XGP making it into EN90 from PNW overnight, noisy band conditions….”  Mike provided the following statistics:

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

Roger, VK4YB, reported that “Wall to wall QRN, as forecast, prevented any DX decodes. Path was weak to Canada and USA, except to Alaska, where WE2XPQ provide a string of reports. No path to JA from here yet.”  Roger received reports from VE6XH, VE7BDQ, and W7IUV.

Phil, VK3ELV, received reports from TNUKJPM.

I had problems running WSPRx and WSJTx concurrently during the day so I had no WSPR-15 reports for the session.  Daytime reports for WH2XXP on WSPR2 were generally consistent through the day although there was a short break in the later afternoon.   I began transmitting WSPR2 at 1940z and can report that decodes were limited until very close to local sunset.  Noise levels were elevated due to storms in the gulf and this morning storms flared up on the Oklahoma – Texas – Arkansas border.  With the concurrence of the ARRL DX CW contest I opted  for no evening CW session, instead content to just let WSPR run overnight.  Both transmission and reception reports were down for this session.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


European 24-hour WSPR activity


Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, reported that he would be in a “receive-only” capacity this weekend due to his participation in the ARRL DX CW contest.  He decoded eight WSPR stations.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Fernando, XE2EJ, also provided reports to eight WSPR stations.

XE2EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, should be back in Alaska now and in spite of elevated geomagnetic conditions,this session was similar to the previous.  Laurence provided reports for VK4YB, received late reports from JA1NQI and shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  Report details for these stations can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, took advantage of great openings to Japan, sharing two-way reports with 7L1RLL and receiving reports from JA1NQI, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, and TNUKJPM.  As noise was high in Australia, Merv had no reports from there but he provided reports for VK4YB and VK3ELV.  In the East, WH2XZO and WG2XKA received reports with Merv while WI2XBV shared two-way reports.  Report details for JA and VK can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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