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OFF AIR for storms - just one more night - should be QRV Saturday night!

Strong geomagnetic storm conditions give way to unsettled conditions; Paths to and from Oceania are looking up including more great openings for WH2XCR and others

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for April 24, 2016 can be viewed here.

Noise conditions varied across North America with the largest area of storms located in the southeastern US and parts of the Caribbean.  Oceania was reported to be quiet with good propagation to North America in spite of continued active geomagnetic conditions.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions have been quite active but unsettled levels dominated this session which is an improvement after several days where the Kp remained near 5 or 6.  The Bz continues to show lots of variability but that variability is tracking closer to the center line.  Solar wind velocities peaked above 800 km/s during the afternoon portion of this session but has since retreated to near 650 km/s.  DST values remain at negative levels.




Joe, K9MRI / WI2XUL, was seeking a CW QSO on 474.5 kHz during the evening and indicates that he called CQ for a bit.

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

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

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

Roger, VK4YB, reported “Low noise and good propagation. Signal strength in the Pacific North West was less than yesterday but the path to Japan improved markedly.  My signals reached an all time high with Merv, WH2XCR of +6dB. Would he hear my SSB?  The path to VE6XH on 630m and to VE6XH and VE6JY on 160m has all but died. No reports for some days now.”  Roger issued a “code 5” for the session in his pursuit of a CW QSO with VE7SL but no QSO was completed.  On WSPR, Roger received reports from 7L1RLL4, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM, VE7AB, VE7BDQ, W7IUV, WD2XSH/20, WH2XCR, WI2XBQ, and WI2XJQ.  He provided reports for WH2XCR, WG2XXM, WH2XGP, and WH2XXP.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he provided reports for five WSPR stations and he was reported by 53 unique stations including VK4YB, ZL2AFP, and ZL2BCG.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he was decoded by 36 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, ZL2AFP, and ZL2BCG.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for eight WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 52 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, ZL2AFP, and ZL2BCG.

WH2XXP 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 five WSPR stations and he received report from 22 unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, continues to deal with high latitude absorption but managed a few reports with stations further South along the West coast in addition to two-way reports with WH2XCR.  Laurence indicates, “slim to no workable ionosphere here on last night with Viz Au thru clouds”.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced a particularly strong session with stations in Oceania as he received reports from VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, ZL2AFP, and ZL2BCG.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and provided reports for VK5FQ.  Merv also received reports from JH3XCU and also shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ.  Coverage of the eastern US was uncharacteristically limited but this has become more common in the last few weeks.  The western portions of North America was well represented, however.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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