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Consecutive periods of G2 storm levels over night with more to come; WI2XUL maiden voyage was successful in spite of high noise and even netted a CW QSO; DF2JP QRSS3 QSO with DC8CE and QRSS10 reports at VO1NA; Relatively typical session for trans-Pacific openings to Oceania but an absence of trans-Atlantic openings continues

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for April 22, 2016 can be viewed here.

Like many recent sessions it was noisy again from storms located in the middle of the US.  This behavior is not abnormal by any stretch of the imagination for this time of year but we all try to keep a little hope for the unexpected quiet night which does actually occur from time to time during this time of year.  This night wasn’t one of them.  In fact at least a few of us were QRT for the session because the storms in question were sitting on top of us.   I can report that my station was very fortunate, receiving just a brief period of heavy rain with no hail, lightning, or high wind.  Areas to the North and South experienced extreme versions of all three and in some places the hail was as large as softballs.  So I dodged a bullet again.  I really should go out to the antenna feed point and make sure the vacuum relays are better covered.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions were a mess.  Details are a little sketchy but it seems these current G2 storm conditions are not related to a recently expected coronal hole.  Another coronal hole is expected in the coming days which may only exacerbate the conditions we are currently experiencing.  The Bz has been pointing strongly to the South and solar wind velocities have been observed in excess of 700 km/s.  DST values moved strongly to negative levels.

 

 

 

Joe, DF2JP, reported that after a long dry spell, a QRSS3 CQ at 2216z resulted in an “OOO” QSO with DC8CE.  Joe operated a QRSS10 beacon overnight and was reported on VO1NA’s grabber.

DC8CE QRSS3 “OOO” signal at DF2JP

 

DF2JP QRSS10 at VO1NA

 

There were no trans-Atlantic WSPR reports noted during this session.

Joe, K9MRI / WI2XUL, took his maiden voyage during the evening using a 160-meter Carolina Windom.  It’s unclear at this time what loading and matching method is being used.  Joe also completed his first QSO with Eric, NO3M  /  WG2XJM on CW at 474.52 kHz.

WI2XUL 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported moderate QRN in Florida.  He was decoded by sixteen unique stations including WH2XCR at  -18 dB S/R which Al believes may be the best report he has ever received from Merv.  Al reported five WSPR stations but WH2XCR was not one of them.  Al wonder, “One way propagation?”  At first glance one might assume that QRN to Al’s West might be a major limiting factor for Pacific signal but out West, stations were reporting very odd conditions even with the limited number of transmitting stations during the session.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that his best session DX was WH2XGP at -24 dB S/N at 0834z.

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

Roger, VK4YB, indicates that this session was “Almost identical conditions to last session. Curious that John VE7BDQ should give me 10 spots over a 2 hour 20 minute period when no-one of many near-by heard anything.  Could the spotlight stay that steady over such a long period?”  Roger received reports from VE7BDQ, W7IUV, and WH2XCR.  He provided reports for WH2XGP, WH2XXP, and WH2XCR.  Roger also noted “code 4” with moderate QRN and weak propagation in his continued pursuit of a CW QSO with VE7SL.

Rudy, N6LF / WD2XSH/20, provided reports for three WSPR stations and he was decoded by 23 unique stations including ZL2BCG.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports for 45 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, ZL2AFP, and ZL2BCG.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for four WSPR stations and he was reported by 25 unique stations including VK4YB and ZL2BCG.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for five WSPR stations including VK4YB.  Larry also noted “Strange condx, heard VK4YB and was heard by VK, ZL, and ZF but few NA stations, little QRN here.”

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported strong visual aurora as a G2 storm conditions continue to rage.  He decoded WD2XSH/20 and shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  Report details of the two-way reports with WH2XCR are aggregated with Merv’s details.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, shared two-way reports with VK4YB, WE2XPQ, and ZF1EJ.  The path to JA continues to be cut off but Oceania was healthy with reports from VK2XGJ, ZL2AFP and ZL2BCG.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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