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More big openings to Europe in addition to several nice reports for several stations from EA8/LA3JJ; Trans-Pacific paths rebound after several days of depressed conditions; W5EST releases a compendium of contributors’ posts

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for February 23, 2016 can be viewed here.

This was a very good, well rounded session with solid openings on both trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific paths.  Domestic openings also yielded great evening reports around North America and its too bad more station were not actively seeking contacts with others.  The band seemed to be “that good”.  I never observed elevated noise here in Texas during the evening but the lightning map suggests numerous storms systems around North America that probably resulted in elevated QRN levels for some.  This might explain why trans-Atlantic reports were largely one-way.

12-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions continue at elevated-quiet levels although G1 storm conditions are reported to be possible in the coming 48-hours by Solarham as a coronal hole becomes geoeffective.  The Bz has turned around to the South this morning after relatively stable northerly geomagnetic conditions overnight.  Solar wind velocities are elevated again, averaging near 530 km/s.  DST values generally remained near the center line, in some cases pushing to positive values.  If storm conditions do manifest expect the DST to plummet.  Hopefully we can get at least one more session of good openings before the bottom drops out.  Its a race against the clock.




Trans-Atlantic openings continue to present good results, particularly for stations on the East coast as well as a few surprises during this session for WH2XXP and WG2XXM.  Report details can be viewed here.








Paul, N1BUG, reported, “Very low to no QRN in evening; some strong crashes in morning from storms north of Great Lakes. Red tag special on G8HUH.  TA G8HUH 4 decodes best -24. TC WH2XGP good signal best -10. One -30 WH2XCR decode.”

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported that he was back on the air for a brief periods before dawn this morning, providing reports to four WSPR stations and receiving reports from eighteen unique stations.

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported an overall good session, with reports from ZF1EJ.  Rick decoded eleven WSPR stations and was decoded by 34 unique stations.  His unique report details can be viewed here.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported higher atmospheric noise during this session but the path to the Pacific Northwest and WH2XCR in Hawaii continues to provide results.  Mike submitted the following statistics:

Trans-Pacific openings were better than they have been in a long time.  Report details for this session, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.

Roger, VK4YB, reports that his recent lack of JA reports led to him walk the JA antenna but no problems were found and he indicates that SWR is good.  Roger notes that JA3TVF is typically the first to hear him but tonight it seems JA reports are meant for other stations in other directions.  Roger also indicates that the northeast beam to North America is working well as VE6XH was hearing him nearly 10dB better on 160m than 630m.  Roger also received reports from CF7MM, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, and W7IUV.  He provided reports to VE7BDQ, WH2XGP, and WH2XXP.

Phil, VK3ELV, received reports from JH3XCU.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded thirteen WSPR stations and was decoded by 68 unique stations including ZL2AFP and the previously reported EA3/LA3JJ.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 71 unique stations including JA3TVF, JE1JDL, ZL2AFP, VK4YB and the previously reported EA3/LA3JJ.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


John, VE7BDQ, reported that as of 1000z, he had received reports from 28 unique stations including VK4YB, ZF1EJ, WH2XCR, K4RCG, WH2XZO, KU4XR, WA3TTS, all over 3400 km distant.  John provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including WH2XCR, WD2XSH/17, and VK4YB.  His best DX was over 3400 km distant.  John accomplished all of this by transmitting just three time each hour until 1600z.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, received reports from 59 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, ZL2ZFP, and JR1IZM.  Larry provided reports for a remarkable twenty WSPR stations.  As W7IUV, Larry reported twelve WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Jim, W5EST, who has been a faithful contributor to this blog for more than a year, has packaged some of his material into a compendium, covering a wide variety of 630-meter topics and can be viewed or downloaded here.  There is also a link on the front page of this site.

Joe, DF2JP, reported that he was working on a receive antenna project that was recently visited by Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO.  Joe explains:

Today we have indoor weather, current wind speed 85 km / h, rising! Time to launch a different project, which has been waiting here for 3 years, the poor mans beverage, called Super-KAZ Antenna. A few years ago i got, a Wellbrook preamplifier FLG-100LN (http://www.wellbrook.uk.com/Loop_Antennas/FLG100LN-1) very cheap on eBay, which replaces the ferrite transformer to the feed the antenna. Today I have collected the material for the antenna. The 10m mast is available, the braid also. I have measured the termination resistors to got resistors in the 1050 – 1070 Ω range.I guess it is not more than 3 h to build it, next week :o)”

Joe will locate the antenna in the clear in his field away from the house.  Hopefully he finds very good results – stay tuned!

The band sounded great here with early WSPR openings and many in the early evening from around North America at CW-levels and in many cases approaching easy phone levels.  At 0145z I called CQ on 474.5 kHz CW for almost an hour hoping to catch someone but aside from a flew very weak blips, there were no additional QSO’s.  John, W0JW, located in Iowa did submit an email report of my signal that was on the air around 0235z as he was monitoring WSPR.  Thanks for the report!  I expect to be QRV on CW again, baring some unforeseen event, around 0145z this evening.  WSPR activity did not yield any trans-Atlantic openings during this session which is always curious when the band was as open as it was but it’s one of the mysteries of the band.  My reception reports were back at high levels and can be viewed here and my transmission reports were typical for the session and can be viewed here.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Activity was very good in the evening with 141 MF WSPR stations observed at 0300z on the WSPRnet activity page.

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 and New Zealander 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations and was reported by 42 unique stations including LA2XPA/2 and two-way reports with WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced a nice turn aroundfor this session, with great coverage along the western portions of North America as well as multiple JA reports from JA3TVF, JH3XCU and JR1IZM.  Laurence also shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WH2XCR.  DX report details for this session can be viewed here.  Laurence noted that the ionosonde at the recently recommissioned HAARP facility suggests that Es was prominent overnight.  Did this help last night’s propagation?

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, continues to have amazing sessions, sharing two-way reports with WE2XPQ, ZF1EJ and VK4YB.  He also provided reports for VK3ELV and received reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, VK2XGJ, and ZL2AFP.  Merv was hearing very well, with reports for WD2XSH/17 in Massachusetts and WG2XPJ in Vermont.  Merv was also reported by N1BUG, K4RCG, and WH2XZO.  North American coverage was very good.  His DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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