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Rough night on 630-meters with poor band conditions, noisy storms in the US and around the world, and WSPRnet was down; FR5ZX returns

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

So lets not kid ourselves – it was a tough session.  Elevated Kp through the day did not help matters and the huge storm system moving across the south western US into the south central US had the effect of challenging anyone’s sensibilities as they attempted to listen to the band.  It wasn’t just a tough night in North America though, as we will see later in this report.  WSPRnet disappeared shortly after I completed the data gathering for yesterday’s report and apparently came back online sometime during the overnight.  Fortunately Winston, KJ6ICA, came to the rescue and ensured that HAMWSPR was up and running and spent a good portion of his evening helping stations redirect their WSPR data to the alternative site.  As of this morning, WSPRnet appears to be online again.

planetary-k-index 041716

 

Kyoto 041716

 

Australia 041716

 

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports that many of his decodes for the session were local to the Pacific Northwest:

WG2XSV 041716

 

Neil also sent a tip about a report posted on the 600-meter research group email reflector from Alan, W7ALN.  Apparently Alan was hearing the CW ID’s from a few WSPR stations in the Pacific Northwest.  A transcript of the report is posted here.  Thanks to Neil for pointing out this report to me.  As it turns out, only about 25% of postings to the email reflector actually find their way into my inbox or spam folder.

Roger, VK4YB, provided a detailed report of conditions and statistics from Australia which were very poor during this session:

VK4YB 041716

 

Incomplete regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

NA 041716

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

EU 041716

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

VK 041716

Australian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

JA 041716

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

There were no reports on the trans-Atlantic or transAfrican path although FR5ZX was present during the session from Reunion Island.  UA0SNV was also present during the session but no reports were found in the WSPRnet database.

Eden, ZF1EJ, reports a problem with the upload process to HAMWSPR from his station which is being investigated.  He reports that he copied WH2XZO from 0100z t0 1100z, however.

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, was decoded by VE7SL and WH2XCR and decodes WH2XCR thought a session that was probably extremely poor at the high latitudes.

WE2XPQ 041716

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

WE2XPQ VE7SL 041716

WE2XPQ, as reported by VE7SL

 

WE2XPQ WH2XCR 041716

WE2XPQ, as reported by WH2XCR

 

Fewer QRV stations, poor propagation, noise and stormy weather impacted the session for Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR.  Even with the challenges reports were plentiful through sunrise in Hawaii.

WH2XCR 041716

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 

WH2XCR VK2XGJ 041716a

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ

 

WH2XCR WE2XPQ 041716

WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ

 

WH2XCR VK4YB 041716

WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB

 

In Australia, Roger, VK4YB, previously reported poor conditions during this session but successfully achieved  two-way reports with WH2XCR.  Phil, VK3ELV, was reported by WH2XCR and had numerous late Japanese reports from the previous session in addition to a few from this session.

VK4YB WH2XCR 041716

VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR

 

VK3ELV WH2XCR 041716a

VK3ELV, as reported by WH2XCR

 

VK3ELV TNUKJPM 041716

VK3ELV, as reported by TNUKJPM

 

VK3ELV JN1MNO 041716

VK3ELV, as reported by JN1MSO

 

VK3ELV JH3XCU 041716

VK3ELV, as reported by JH3XCU

 

VK3ELV JA8SCD 041716

VK3ELV, as reported by JA8SCD

 

VK3ELV JA8SCD5 041716

VK3ELV, as reported by JA8SCD5

 

Jim, W5EST, is taking Sunday off but will return with his discussions again tomorrow.

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