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OFF AIR; QRT Thursday night but back Friday morning by 1100z

Relatively decent band conditions overnight, albeit noisy; A new amp at VE3CIQ; Strong session at WH2XCR on the path to Australia; Micro-watt QRP at VK4YB

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Noise is just a reality this time of year but as Phil, VE3CIQ, notes, the band is hanging in there.  Phil decoded WSPR signals from WE2XGR/3, WG2XIQ, WG2XKA and his own WSPR signal was decoded by SWL/K9, VE2PEP, WA3TTS/2, WD0AKX, WE2XGR/3, WG2XJM, WG2XKA, WI2XFI.  Phil has a new homebrew amp that he was running during the session and apparently having great success.

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VE3CIQ home brew dual FET amplifier, MF solutions driver and Yaesu exciter


Here in Texas I was just happy to be back on the air after a series of strong weather systems kept my station QRT.  As the session proceeded the noise intensified as storms along the gulf coast became more active.  This morning’s CW sked was difficult because the station I was working is actually located in the direction of the storms so a lot of filtering supplemented the slight improvement that the receive antenna was providing.

Geomagnetic activity was quiet but elevated with a variable Bz that is currently pointing to the South.  Solar wind velocity was below 400 km/s.  Protons were elevated through the session.

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Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, wonders if we have finally hit the dog day’s of summer propagation and he provided the following report and detailed statistics:

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Roger, VK4YB, spent some time operating at QRP power levels and had a great experience during the session.  It doesn’t hurt to have a great antenna.  Roger offers these comments:

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Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

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North American 24-hour WSPR activity


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European 24-hour WSPR activity


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Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


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Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


There were no reports from the trans-African or trans-Atlantic paths during this session.

Eden, ZF1EJ, reported my station through the noise during the session.  His first reports were just prior to dark here in North Texas.

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Now home again, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, was active from Alaska, reporting stations in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had a strong night with reports to and from Australia.  I made the mistake of not switching to the western RX antenna at bedtime and subsequently missed Merv in all of the noise.

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK3ELV


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


WH2XCR VK2NP 050116

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2NP


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2DDI


In Australia, Phil, VK3ELV, and Roger, VK4YB, continue to exchange two-way reports with WH2XCR who also reported  Berndt, VK5ABN, for a second consecutive session.  Phil also received reports from JH3XCU.

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VK5ABN, as reported by WH2XCR


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VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR


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VK3ELV, as reported by WH2XCR


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VK3ELV, as reported by JH3XCU


Jim, W5EST, is taking Sunday off but will return tomorrow with a new discussion.

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