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OFF AIR but returning after dark on Saturday night

Fantastic trans-Atlantic openings continue accompanied by a possible “season best” trans-Pacific opening

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

This was a very good session.  While storms blanketed the eastern third of North America, the noise level was uncharacteristically low in Texas, S5-6 during the evening.  Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, experienced similar noise levels in Oklahoma.  A review of WG2XKA’s WSPR dataset for the session suggests that the transcontinental path was open with reports at VE7BDQ and WH2XGP in the Pacific Northwest.  Trans-Atlantic activity began shortly after sunset on the East coast of the US with reports at WD2XSH/17.  Several others followed through the evening.  Trans-Pacific activity peaked between 0900z – 1000z with reports at WH2XGP and WG2XXM by multiple stations.

All geomagnetic indicators were calm during the session including solar wind velocities in the low category under 400 km/s.

planetary-k-index 040116

 

Kyoto DST 040116

 

Australia 040116

 

Roelof, PA0RDT, reports easy aural copy of Joe, VO1NA:

PA0RDT 040116

VO1NA, as reported by PA0RDT

 

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he decoded five stations and was decoded by forty unique stations, including VK2DDI and VK4YB, for a total of six DXCC entities during the session and 22 reports from WE2XPQ.

WG2XXM VK4YB 040116

WG2XXM, as reported by VK4YB

 

WG2XXM VK2DDI 040115

WG2XXM, as reported by VK2DDI

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports that he decoded eight stations and was decoded by 36 unique stations, with eleven reports from three Australian stations including VK2DDI, VK2XGJ, and VK4YB, for a total of six DXCC entities.

WH2XGP VK4YB 040116

WH2XGP, as reported by VK4YB

 

WH2XGP VK2XGJ 040116

WH2XGP, as reported by VK2XGJ

 

WH2XGP VK2DDI 040116

WH2XGP, as reported by VK2DDI

 

Phil, VE3CIQ, reports that he decoded five stations and was decoded by nine unique stations at what was close to “ground zero” for noise.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports that  was decoded by eleven unique stations with WH2XCR and WE2XPQ the most distant stations.  He also reported that VE7BDQ, at a distance of 323 miles, continued to decode him at -22 dB S/N one hour after sunrise while using 200 mW ERP.

John, VK2XGJ, provided the following screen capture of his WSPR console showing a number of VK stations, WH2XCR, and WH2XGP.

VK2XGJ 040116

VK2XGJ screen capture of his WSPR console with WH2XCR and WH2XGP signals in the waterfall.

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

NA 040116

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

EU 040116

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

VK 040116

Australian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

JA 040116

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

There were no reports on the trans-African path.  UA0SNV was present from Asiatic Russia but no reports were found in the WSPRnet database.

Trans-Atlantic WSPR reports began early and were plentiful.  WG2XPJ was reported by Lee, M0LMH, which may represent his first trans-Atlantic reception on 630-meters.

WG2XPJ M0LMH 040116

WG2XPJ, as reported by M0LMH

 

G3XIZ WD2XSH17 040116

G3XIZ, as reported by WD2XSH/17

 

DK7FC WD2XSH17 040116

DK7FC, as reported by WD2XSH/17

 

VE1HF G3XKR 040116

VE1HF, as reported by G3XKR

 

VE1HF G0LUJ 040116

VE1HF, as reported by G0LUJ

 

G4GIR VE1HF 040116

G4GIR, as reported by VE1HF

 

G3XIZ WD2XSH17 040116

G3XIZ, as reported by VE1HF

 

F1AFJ VE1HF 040116

F1AFJ, as reported by VE1HF

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, and Roger, ZF1RC, provided reports for several stations around North America in spite of the noisy conditions from storms in the eastern US.

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ZF1RC 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, received and provided reports for stations along the West coast of North America, Hawaii, and the central US, the latter often an indicator of good propagation.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

WE2XPQ WH2XCR 040116

WE2XPQ, as reported by WH2XCR

 

WG2XXM WE2XPQ 040116

WG2XXM, as reported by WE2XPQ

 

WG2XIQ WE2XPQ 040116

WG2XIQ, as reported by WE2XPQ

 

In Hawaii, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, continues his near-sunrise excursions on 160-meters in the pursuit of active DXpeditions.  Nevertheless, Merv had a strong session with multiple two-way reports with stations in Australia and North America in addition to multiple one-way report with stations in Japan.

WH2XCR 040116

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 

WH2XCR WE2XPQ 040116

WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ

 

WH2XCR VK4YB 040116

WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB

 

WH2XCR VK3ELV 040116

WH2XCR, as reported by VK3ELV

 

WH2XCR VK2XGJ 040116

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ

 

WH2XCR VK2DDI 040116

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2DDI

 

WH2XCR JH3XCU 040116

WH2XCR, as reported by JH3XCU

 

WH2XCR 7L1RLL_4 040116

WH2XCR, as reported by 7L1RLL_4

 

 

In Australia, Phil, VK3ELV, and Roger, VK4YB, enjoyed two-way WSPR reports with WH2XCR.  Phil received additional reports from JH3XCU, TNUKJPM, and 7L1RLL_4.

VK4YB WH2XCR 040116

VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR

 

VK3ELV WH2XCR 040116

VK3ELV, as reported by WH2XCR

 

VK3ELV TNUKJPM 040116

VK3ELV, as reported by TNUKJPM

 

VK3ELV JH3XCU 040116

VK3ELV, as reported by JH3XCU

 

VK3ELV 7L1RLL_4 040116

VK3ELV, as reported by 7L1RLL_4

Jim, W5EST, took a break from serious technical discussions today and provides us another one of his word puzzles.  Enjoy!

Clue: Famous amateur radio person and call sign.

_ A _ _ _ _    _    _ _ _ _   A _ ϕ _ _

Resource words:  “forlorn”  “apples”.

Click HERE for the answers.

 

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