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‘Best night in a couple of weeks’ reported in North America as quiet geomagnetic conditions continue

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for May 3, 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.

As reported yesterday, John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, of MF Solutions will soon hold a drawing and giveaway for one of his 630-meter transmit downconverters.  Details and rules for submitting your name for consideration can be viewed here.

This session WAS better in spite of a few storms in the central US as longer domestic openings mounted a comeback.  Trans-Atlantic openings continue to be absent while trans-Pacific openings continue to provide some positive results for a wide range of stations.  Relatively wide-spaced lightning crashes were the dominant noise feature for the session here in Texas.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions continue at quiet levels.  The Bz is currently neutral and solar wind velocities have returned to low levels, averaging near 375 km/s.  DST values continue at positive levels.

 

 

 

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported his best session in a few weeks.  He decoded seven WSPR stations that were mostly in excess of 1000 km away.  He was decoded by fourteen unique stations at a distance up to 1000 km.

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports from nineteen unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that “Conditions seemed a bit more-or-less normal for this time of year. Got “one-ways” with HI and AK. Not much QRN, and WX not turbulent here, just misty.”  Neil provided the following statistics:

“WG2XSV Vancouver, WA, CN85rq running ~1w ERP (1.64 EIRP).

Hearing 6: VE7BDQ, WG2XIQ, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XJQ

Heard by 17: CF7MM, K6RRR, KO6KL, N6RY, NO1D, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7SL, W7IUV, WA6OURKIWI, WD2XSH/20, WE2XPQ, WH2XAR, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WI2XJQ, WW6D”

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded nine WSPR stations and notes that band conditions were “not too bad” although he indicates that he had no reports for stations in the Pacific Northwest or British Columbia.

Ken, SWL/K9 (SWL/EN61), located in Indiana, reported that he used the indoor loop stick antenna again and netted five decodes of WH2XGP in Washington state.

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

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

Roger, VK4YB, indicated at 1103z that he was “receiving better tonight despite some local QRN. Propagation down a little with S/N mostly mid twenties.”  Roger issued a  ‘code 4’ for the session.  He received reports from JH3XCU, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7SL, W7IUV, WD2XSH/20, WH2XCR, and WW6D.  He provided reports for WH2XXP and WH2XGP.

John, VE7BDQ, provided reports for nine WSPR stations including five reports for VK4YB and he was reported by nineteen unique station including one report from ZL2AFP.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 48 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, VK5ABN, ZL2AFP.  Ward added that he received “44 decodes from ZL2AFP over 7 hrs, same as night before last.”

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for six WSPR stations and he was reported by 34 unique stations including VK4YB and ZL2AFP.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for eight WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

I thought that the noise was manageable during the evening.  I gave serious consideration to calling CQ on CW but because it would have been an impromptu activity on a night that was likely perceived to be noisy I opted out and only operated WSPR for the night.  Lightning noise was mostly wide spaced with an otherwise low noise floor.  Transmission reports were at JT9 levels on transcontinental paths while CW levels were noted on shorter, persistent paths.  Those details can be viewed here.  My reception numbers were down compared to the previous session, however, and I’m not sure why at this time. Those report details can be viewed here.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

South 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 six WSPR stations and he received reports from seventeen unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports that a power outage kept his system off-line for 5-6 hour prior to his sunrise period.  He managed two-way reports with WH2XCR and those details are included with Merv’s reports.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced a great session of reports to and from Oceania, perhaps better than in many weeks.  Merv received reports from EJTSWL, VK2XGJ, VK5ABN, and ZL2AFP.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and provided reports for VK3HP.  He also shared two-way reports with ZF1EJ and WE2XPQ.  Coverage in North America was once again largely confined to the western portions of North America and Asian reports remain completely cut off.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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