Radio: it's not just a hobby, it's a way of life

Current Operating Frequency and Mode

OFF AIR but returning after dark on Saturday night

Another night of average band conditions in North America; Moderate QRN levels in spite of wide spread storm systems

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for April 28, 2016 can be viewed here.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Neither 630-meters nor 2200-meters are open to amateurs in the US yet.  Please continue to be patient and let the FCC finish their processes.

Storms across the eastern half of North America increased QRN levels again but this is not abnormal for April.  Propagation was also slow to develop which is also commonplace for these longer days.  Propagation was generally average and while domestic path behavior fell into the “typical” category for the session, long haul paths remain depressed aside for a few reports in the West.

12-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions have returned to quiet levels with a Bz that is pointing to the North.  Solar wind velocities have returned to low levels, averaging near 390 km/s.  DST values are slowly approaching the center line but remain at negative levels.




Dave, N4DB, indicates that he decoded seven WSPR stations, three of which were at a distance greater than 3000 km.

Steve, K8PZ, indicates that he decoded ten WSPR stations using a 43-foot vertical.

Paul, W0RW / WA2XRM,  audibly reported WH2XXP’s WSPR signal at 0915z with a signals of RST 559.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported a “reasonable path to Pacific Northwest last night” and he offered these statistics:

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 that “QRN from offshore storms persists. I was hoping they would fizzle out, but no such luck. Mediocre propagation, mainly short path.”  Roger received reports from JA3TVF, VE7BDQ, W7IUV, WH2XCR, and WI2XBQ.  He provided reports for WH2XGP, WH2XCR, and WH2XXP.

John, VK2XGJ, reported that his sunset was 0719z and his first long-haul report came at 0750z for WH2XCR.

VK2XGJ WSPR console showing early WH2XCR report


Rudy, N6LF / WD2XSH/20, provided reports for nine WSPR stations and he received reports from 35 unique stations including ZL2BCG.  John, VK2XGJ, noted that he had a single report for Rudy at -28 dB S/N.  This information was not included in the initial report release.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 48 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, ZL2BCG, and ZL2AFP.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he provided reports for 41 unique stations including VK4YB, ZL2AFP, and ZL2BCG.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for ten unique stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Noise was actually lower than the previous session in spite of storms to the North and East of my station here in Texas.  WSPR reports were very similar to the previous session as well.  My transmission report details can be viewed here and my reception report details can be viewed here.  A planned CW sked did not happen due to my involvement in some later evening work that I needed to get finished before bedtime but the other party did show up.  My apologies on missing him.  Storms are possible tonight and through the weekend so my activity will be determined “on the fly”.  With any luck, my Monitor Sensors transverter will arrive via Fedex today!

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity


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 reports for sixteen unique stations.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, continues to experience more of the same as daylight periods continue to lengthen and skywave paths continue to deteriorate.  Stations heard are beginning to balance with stations hearing his signal.  Most stations were located in the western areas of North America in addition to two-way reports shared with WH2XCR.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK5FQ and shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ.  He received reports from JH3XCU, VK2XGJ, ZL2AFP, and ZL2BCG.  The North American station distribution was largely in the West with my station being the easternmost to receive and be received by Merv.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


Additions, corrections, clarifications, etc? Send me a message on the Contact page or directly to KB5NJD gmail dot (com).