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OFF AIR but returning after dark on Saturday night

Unsettled to geomagnetic storm conditions continue although QRN levels in North America might be a bit better (?); Trans-Pacific openings remain consistent; More JT9 in VE7; Great JA openings for WH2XCR

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

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

For most stations it was probably more of the same.  Unsettled conditions persisted through the day and geomagnetic storm levels were renewed as the evening began.  Compared to the previous session, however, I didn’t feel like this night was as poor.  Don’t get me wrong – propagation remains disturbed but noise levels here in Texas were down significantly and the East was relatively clear during the evening.  The West experienced a number of lightning-rich storms but even in the late evening I was not hearing many of them.  Domestic openings were pretty good as the night progressed and not all DX paths were cutoff.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic activity returned to storm levels after persistent unsettled levels during the day yesterday.  Unsettled conditions continued this morning although the Bz is pointing to the North and solar wind velocities are currently down in the  high range, averaging 550 km/s.  DST values have moved from bad to worse.




Joe, DF2JP, sent this image of his vertical that was described in yesterday’s blog installed in the forest a couple of years ago.  He expects to reinstall this antenna in the coming days as weather allows.  He is using a 23-meter tall telescoping pole available from this company with a coil at the top and four top loading wires.

DF2JP top loaded vertical in the woods (courtesy DF2JP)


Trans-Atlantic openings  continue to hang on with three reported European stations in North America and quite a few reports for WD2XSH/17.  Report details can be viewed here.





Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported high QRN from regional storms near Florida this morning.  He decoded nine WSPR stations and was decoded by 34 unique stations including WH2XCR.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded seventeen WSPR stations and he was  decoded by 69 unique stations including WH2XCR.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported a few problems during the session but he got going again and provided these comments and statistics, including JT9 reports for stations in VE7:

“XSV-7 was down the previous session. The shack is aging (like me) with some bad connections. Got back on and had 29 spotters this session with XJM being the only one east of the Mississippi hearing me.  Here are those over 2000 km who heard me this session…(  I think N5PYK is a new one for me. )

…and I heard these 11 wspr stations:

….also had several JT9 cq’s on my wsjtx screen from VE7SL (best@ +5) and CF7MM (best@ -2) “

Paul, N1BUG, reported that he decoded sixteen WSPR stations including EA5DOM, F1AFJ, DH5RAE, and WH2XGP.

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported that he also felt like the session might have been  a bit better.  He provided reports for twelve WSPR stations and was decoded by 31 unique stations.  His unique report details can be viewed here.

JB, VE3EAR, reported that he was surprised to have off-continent reports during the session and he submitted this data excerpt to the LOWFER reflector:

0624  -17  -0.9    0.475664    0   WH2XXP        DM33     47
0624  -30  -0.9    0.475706    0   ZF1EJ            EK99      33
0626   -7   -0.8    0.475712    0   WG2XXM       EM15     37


Mike, WA3TTS, reported, “Only one decode of WH2XCR overnight, but it seems like my SNR about the same as how XJM was hearing at the time….”  He provided these statistics and comments:

Ron, NI7J / WH2XND, reported that he was receiving during this session with his modified, multi-turn K9AY loop that was oriented to the Northwest.  He was listening with a Kenwood 590SG.

NI7J session WSPR activity


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

Hideo, JH3XCU, posted links to two tables showing NA/VK -> JA DX totals and NA/VK -> JA peak S/N for the session.

Roger, VK4YB, reported, “QRN somewhat lower but still debilitating. I am still waiting for a good session this calendar year. No new DX heard or heard by. Huge effort for no result so far.”  VE6XH’s statistics for the ongoing 160/630-meter comparison experiment with Roger this session follows:  160m 7 spots, best -18 dB S/N, 630m 4 spots, best -26 dB S/N.  Roger also received reports from VA7BBG, VE7SL and W7IUV.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 73 unique stations including JA1NQI, VK2XGJ, VK4YB, and ZL2AFP.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for fourteen WSPR stations and was reported by 63 unique stations including JA1NQI, VK4YB and ZL2AFP.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, mentioned in a recent discussion that it would be a good idea for all stations in North America to agree to one night only of activity at QRP TPO levels.  QRP means different things to different people but for most guys running amplifiers that require 24-volts and up, 12-volts PA voltage might be a good starting point.  At my station that would mean 25-30 watts TPO.  Having had great success with the “barefoot”  U3 it might be fun.  Since we are moving into the noisy time of year, why not make this an exercise for one night each quarter?  Thoughts or comments?  Let have a discussion.

I started this session after sunset a few hours later than normal but immediately noticed that my signal was moving on northerly paths again in spite of the renewed storm conditions reported just an hour earlier.  Reports were down but plentiful and they improved as the evening progressed.  My WSPR reception reports improved compared to the previous session and can be viewed here.  My WSPR transmission reports were normal with significant improvement in reported levels by morning.  Those reports can be viewed here.  There are significant chances for strong storms over the coming days which may impact my evening activities.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


European 24-hour WSPR activity


African 24-hour WSPR activity


Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR activity


Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations and he was decoded by 42 unique stations including two-way reports with WH2XCR.  In spite of the noise in the Gulf near northern Florida, Eden experienced a better session, at least on the surface.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, managed to find reports from JA1NQI during this session in spite of active geomagnetic conditions.  He also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  Laurence reported that he shut down before sunrise today but some degree of recovery is underway.  Report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, received reports from JA1NQI, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, VK2XGJ and ZL2AFP.  He shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ, VK4YB and ZF1EJ and he provided reports for VK3ELV.  Reports were down in the eastern US but Merv’s signal was making it and he heard WI2XBV in Florida.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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