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OFF AIR - but back tonight after dark for more CW

Relatively strong session of domestic and trans-Pacific openings while trans-Atlantic paths are much weaker; More ‘digital mode madness’ in British Columbia; CW QSO attempt between VE7SL and VK4YB; High latitude propagation improvements for WE2XPQ mark start of slow recovery

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for April 13, 2016 can be viewed here.

In spite of a growing storm system in southwest Texas that was destined to elevate noise levels for many, propagation around North America was pretty good.  It helped that there were numerous new receiving stations on the air.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions were very quiet although the Bz continues to point slightly to the South as solar wind velocities continue to decrease, now in the low category and averaging near 375 km/s.  DST values have returned to the center line and in many cases has been observed at positive levels.

 

 

 

Roelof, PA0RDT, provided the only trans-Atlantic reports for the session, receiving VO1NA’s CW signal on 477.7 kHz at level slightly weaker than the previous session.  Roelof also notes that “The signal at 477.710 (my dial 477.712) is M0HGU sending QRSS.”

VO1NA CW and M0HGU QRSS at PA0RDT

 

Paul, N1BUG / WI2XTC, reported that his QRN levels ranged from low to very low allowing him to decode thirteen WSPR stations from Maine.  Those stations include WH2XGP, WI2XJQ, and WH2XCR.

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, reported a very good night at under 100W TPO:

“Considering everything this was a very strong session!  I got on despite a fragile vertical that is undergoing a complete support line rebuild.    Heard by 38 and spotted 13 with good coverage, especially to the PNW – I’ll take this in April while running 90W TPO as I considered the possibility that my temporary support system might fail overnight.  The band appears to be holding up with several calls unseen to this point.  XKA may still be QRT for a session or two, depending on the rain, as the rebuild continues.”

WG2XKA session WSPR activity (courtesy WA3ETD)

 

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported moderate QRN this morning.  He decoded  eleven WSPR stations and was decoded by 29 unique stations including stations in VE3, VE6, and VE7. Al also indicates that he received four decodes at a distance at or exceeding 4000 km.

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported that this session was improved over recent nights in spite of QRN.  He decoded fifteen WSPR stations and he was decoded by 41 unique stations.

Toby, VE7CNF, completed a three-way daylight QSO with VE7BDQ and CF7MM using Domino-EX4 after beginning a beaconing session at 2236z.  I really like DominoEX as far as  keyboard-to-keyboard modes are concerned and expect it to be a significant player for digital mode chit-chat.  Its available in FLDigi.

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported good recovery of the band overnight across the US mainland.  He provided reports for eleven WSPR stations and he was decoded by 26 unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Dave, N4DB, indicates that this was a good session with reports for fourteen WSPR stations including VE7BDQ as his best DX at a distance of 3747km.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported a “Quiet night for a change and good trans Pacific and Pacific Northwest paths….”

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

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

Roger, VK4YB, reported “QRN low and propagation good enough for a CW QSO attempt with VE7SL but no luck with that.  VE6XH was not QRV on 160m, so substituting numbers from VE6JY for 160m, stats were 160m 4 spots, best -10, 630m 8 spots , best -17.”  Roger received reports from JA3TVF, JH1INM, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7SL, WE2XPQ, and WH2XCR.  He provided reports for WH2XXM, WH2XXP, WH2XGP, and WH2XCR.

John, VK2XGJ, reported a full compliment of decodes fairly early in the session:

VK2XGJ WSPR console

 

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded thirteen WSPR stations and he was decoded by 57 unique stations including VK4YB, ZL2AFP, WE2XPQ, and two-way reports shared with WH2XCR.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 56 WSPR stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, VK2COW, ZL2AFP, and EJTSWL.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations and was reported by 49 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ,and ZL2AFP.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for eight unique stations.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, reported “Prop very good last night. Heard by 25, 9 2500m+. Best DX ZL2AFP, 10,596 Km.  Prop to the E was very good, heard by XZO, TTS, XR, all 3500Km+”

The QRN to the West really didn’t bother me much during this session.  Perhaps the band was long.  I was busy for much of this session so aside from starting the system, there was not much chance for operating aside for some brief listening during a few periods during the evening.  That will change soon but not soon enough.  WSPR reports were both relatively typical although my reception reports were somewhat improved and can be viewed here.  My transmission reports were normal and in conjunction with my reception reports potentially represent a number of relatively easy JT9 QSO’s.  This reports can be viewed here.  In a few cases, CW levels were achieved but but it would have been “599 73” type stuff and not rag chew levels.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Australian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations and he was reported by 32 unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced improvements during this session, presumably as the DST moved to positive values and the Kp reached very low levels.  He indicates that conditions are still depressed but that a slow recovery is in the works.  Laurence provided reports for VK4YB and shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  Coverage in the lower-48 and Canada included reports from the central US at WG2XXM.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced a great night of reports from stations in Oceania including VK2COW, VK2XGJ, VK3GJZ and ZL2AFP.  Merv also shared two-way reports with VK4YB, WE2XPQ and ZF1EJ.  Asian coverage was down slightly but Merv received four reports from JH3XCU.  Coverage around North America was very good, including reports at N1BUG in Maine, WA3TTS in Pennsylvania, WH2XZO in South Carolina and WI2XBV in Florida.  Merv indicates that QRN was high due to storms and more of the same can be expected for tonight.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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