The details for March 26, 2016 can be viewed here.
The evening session began with elevated noise but I don’t think it was as bad as the previous session yet still higher than most operators would care to listen to for very long. Noise conditions were much improved by morning as the evening storms had dissipated, leaving the lightning map mostly clear.
Geomagnetic conditions remain quiet with a Bz that has pointed mostly to the North overnight, remaining very near the centerline. Solar wind velocities are low, averaging 385 km/s. DST values have improved, in many cases shifting to positive levels once again. All of this improvement is ahead of another coronal hole that NOAA is expecting in the next 24-48 hours. Perhaps we will experience an enhancement at the onset of the event. Or it could just be awful for a few days…
Joe, DF2JP, reported that the new antenna has been adjusted further and will likely remain in its current configuration at 17-meters high for the Summer. Lightning is a major factor as he represents the tallest point for nearly 6 km.
Trans-Atlantic openings improved a bit over the previous session as two European stations were reported in North America, one of which, DH5RAE, was received by WH2XZO in South Carolina. WD2XSH/17’s totals were improved over the previous session as well. Report details can be viewed here.
G8HUH -> N1BUG
DH5RAE -> N1BUG, WH2XZO
WD2XSH/17 -> DF2JP, DF8UO, DH5RAE, DK6UG, DK7FC, DL0HT, DL4RAJ, EA1FBU, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G3XKR, G4CPD, G8HUH, M0TAZ, ON5TA, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PE1RKT, PI4THT, SV8RV/1, SWUKSDR
Dave, AA1A / WD2XSH/17, reported low noise and improved S/N during his astronautical and nautical twilight.
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported on the ON4KST chat that he was “Surprised to receive DH5RAE and two way XCR with the QRN. Conditions were very good! with 17 unique decoded and 46 decoding XZO on a noisy night.”
Paul, N1BUG / WI2XTC, reported low to moderate QRN, decreasing to low overnight. He decoded fifteen WSPR stations including DH5RAE, G8HUH, WH2XGP and WH2XCR.
Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported low noise this morning, decoding eleven WSPR stations and receiving reports from forty unique stations including two reports in excess of 4000 km. Al also noted two-way reports were shared with WH2XCR.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, indicates that, “…conditions improved over night with VK4YB making the trip again and the US coverage was pretty good as well.” He provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including VK4YB and was decoded by 31 unique stations. Rick’s unique report detail can be viewed here.
Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded thirteen WSPR stations including WH2XGP who was his best DX for the session. At 1040z, Dave noted in the ON4KST chat his noise floor was “S2 with crashes to S3. K3s with preamp on. 2 S units better than last night.”
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported:
“I was heard by several eastern states this session, tho’ not quite to the New England area. Not bad for being at only a 14% TX cycle at this point in the season. Here are those over 1900 km who decoded my 2w EIRP (of 26 spotters):
I heard these 13 stations: CF7MM, VA7JX, WD2XSH/15, WE2XPQ, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2WQP, WI2XBQ, WI2XBV, WI2XJQ”
Mike, WA3TTS, reported, “Fairly good condx overnight to XCR and PNW….” He provided the following statistics:
Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, reports that he decoded thirteen WSPR stations overnight. This morning he also reported hearing my CQ’s on CW at 0956z and submitted a recording that is posted in my report sections further in this report.
Trans-Pacific openings improved significantly this morning with a burst of WSPR decodes in North America reported around 1054z. Report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, reported that it was “A very good session, reminiscent of nights last September. Initially very low QRN increased to moderate by midnight. Nevertheless very encouraging and perhaps the start of the long awaited TP mini-season, which I am hoping will push the boundaries a little. VE6XH stats: 160m 1 spot at -9, 630m 30 spots, best -11.” Roger also received reports from CF7MM, JA1NQI, JA3TVF, JR1IZM, N6SKM, TNUKJPM, VE7CA, W7IUV, WH2XGP, WI2XBQ and WI2XJQ. He provided reports for WG2XXM, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, and WI2XBQ.
Phil, VK3ELV, received late reports from JA1NQI, JH3XCU, and TNUKJPM, some of which were from the previous session.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, provided reports for fifteen WSPR stations and was decoded by 62 unique stations including VK4YB, best report -21 dB S/N at a distance of 13442 km. He also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR at a distance of 6007 km.
Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations including VK4YB and received reports from 31 unique stations including VK4YB and JA1NQI. Joe added, “Very good prop E & W. Best in a long time. Return of two ways spots to VK4YB. JA1NQI, K4RCG. Amazing DX for .5 W.”
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 61 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, ZL2AFP, JA1NQI, and JR1IZM.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for 18 WSPR stations and was decoded by 57 unique stations including VK4YB, JA1NQI, and ZL2AFP. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for 15 WSPR stations including VK4YB. Larry also reported in the ON4KST chat, “my 800′ east BOG has been rolled up for summer. XGP currently using tuned loop for RX.”
This session started for me like the last few nights. It was noisy and appeared like it might be average at best. As darkness progressed it was obvious that the noise was not as bad as the previous night and many of the storms that were creating the noise were starting to burn out. Domestic conditions were very good after the noise began to die down and by late evening many CW-level reports were present around North America. My transmit numbers looked pretty good and can be viewed here. My reception numbers have been consistent over the previous few sessions and I would call them good with all of the noise present. Those can be viewed here. I shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ and WH2XCR. This morning I had an impromptu CW session around 0930z and received reports from Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, who is currently in dry dock until his converter returns from service. He sent a recording of my calls and an except is included below:
I called until about 1056z when Roger, VK4YB, reported that a big trans-Pacific opening was in progress but as I expected, I was too late. I shut down at 1220z. It was a good morning and worth the loss of sleep. The coming week will have a number of chances for strong storms, including tonight so activity from here may be hit or miss.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for ten WSPR stations and was reported by 36 unique stations including two-way reports with WH2XCR.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced another banner night as geomagnetic conditions remain quiet. He received reports from JA1NQI, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA8SCD5, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, and JR1IZM. He also shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WH2XCR and was heard here in Texas at my station. Report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced a typical, very strong night. He received reports from JA1NQI, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, JR1IZM and VK2XGJ. He shared two-way reports with ZF1EJ, VK4YB and VK3ELV and provided reception reports for VK3HP. Reports suggest that the storms that were impacting his hearing ability are now gone or greatly diminished. He provided two-way reports in the eastern US with WH2XZO, WI2XBV, WG2XKA and received numerous reports up and down the East coast of North America. Activity in the central and western US was nominal. DX report details can be viewed here.
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