The details for April 29, 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.
This session was much like the session one year ago today linked above where band activity was significantly down due to very strong storms covering a very large area of North America. I really can’t accurately assess domestic propagation as all signals were impacted in one way or another. Trans-Pacific openings were also down significantly.
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet with a Bz that continues to point to the North. Solar wind velocities continue in the low category, averaging near 345 km/s. The DST continues to improve and measurements are showing higher levels of stability than recent sessions as levels approach the centerline.
Phil, VE3CIQ, put the session in perspective, reporting at 0319z that he had “17 spots so far tonight. In winter you get 17 spots per transmission”
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, reported similar results for the session as others have: “Only 16 total uniques at standard output, also got the rapidly blooming foliage thing.” Absorption increases as foliage grows.
John is also sponsoring a drawing and giveaway for one of his transmit downcoverters. Here are the details, rules and instructions:
“To say thanks to all the listening and spotting stations that have been the backbone of the current 630m scene, MF Solutions in Vermont is GIVING AWAY a 630m transmit downconverter kit – no strings, no fine print! The band is coming…!
Here’s the big print and rules of engagement:
1. You must be or have been an active WSPR spotter or CW beacon reporter on 630m. This will be verified by checking the data base. Please, no currently transmitting Part 5 guys…
2. You must be a General or higher class op, due to the forthcoming Part 97 regulations.
3. You must have a US call – please don’t enter if overseas or not currently licensed.
4. Finally, please don’t enter if you have no plans to actually develop a TX station on 630m. Give the serious guys the shot…tnx.
OK – here’s how it works:
If you meet the simple qualifiers, drop an e-mail with the subject line ‘630m’ (no quotes) to WA3ETD@gmail.com. Include your call in the body – that’s it. The super organized behind the scenes crew will verify your activity, and the call will drop into a literal hat. Your e-mail adress will be immediately lost by me…no worries.
On the given day, my unlicensed wife will draw the winner, video of the same will be posted on U-Tube. Painless. Totally random, but pretty good odds.
You will receive the latest, Rev. 4, 25W transmit downconverter kit with either the 3.2 or 4.0 MHz LO PTC conditioned crystal, postage paid. This is a no surface mount kit that requires maybe two hours to assemble.
I will not reply to the e-mail, but prior to the drawing the pool of calls will be published on John’s site. This announcement will also be published on my beginner oriented site at wg2xka.wordpress.com .Good Luck to all! Thanks for listening and spotting!John WA3ETD / WG2XKA / MF Solutions”
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, also reported a poor night, generally limited to the western portions of North America. Neil provided these comments and statistics:
Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded six WSPR stations in spite of the high noise level. Dave reported at 0045z that his “1st heard tonight 0042 -28 0.0 0.475678 0 WI2XRM EL98 30 621 think he has not been on past few days.”
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for five WSPR stations and he provided reports for 23 unique stations. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for six unique stations.
Rudy, N6LF / WD2XSH/20, provided reports for six WSPR stations and he received reports from twenty unique stations.
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, reported that he had “No spots of my signals beyond Hawaii, and only one -28 spot from Terry N6RY on 160m, so that band is suffering also. Ward WH2XXP made it through a few times.” Roger also noted that this was “Probably the worst night of the calendar year. QRN high, although nearest storms on radar are in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. Propagation is short and weak.”
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 38 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, and ZL2AFP.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for three WSPR stations and he was decoded by eight unique stations including WH2XCR.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced a night similar to the previous session with most reports localized to northwestern North America. He also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK3HP and ZF1EJ. He shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ and VK4YB. Merv received reports from VK2XGJ and ZL2AFP. North American coverage was very similar to recent sessions with the bulk of reports found in the western regions. DX report details can be viewed here.
Additions, corrections, clarifications, etc? Send me a message on the Contact page or directly to KB5NJD gmail dot (com).