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

Current Operating Frequency and Mode

OFF AIR for storms, probably for much of the week if the forecast holds

‘Strange conditions’ reported overnight as quiet geomagnetic conditions return; VK4YB -> ZF1EJ first time report!; Great openings on VK -> JA path; MF Solutions drawing registration open until May 12 with drawing on May 13!

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for May 6, 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.  Registration ends May 12 and the drawing will be May 13!

It was relatively quiet again in the central US as storms percolated on the periphery.   Where storms were present, it was a noisy night.

12-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions recovered to quiet levels again.  The Bz is pointing to the North while the solar wind velocity is down again, averaging near 340 km/s.  DST values continue at positive levels.




Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported that he operated only an hour this morning due to high SWR, likely the result of weeds in contact with his antenna feedpoint.  Al provided reports for five WSPR stations and he was reported by 21 unique stations.

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from 22 unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported “This was a much better session here. Lot more activity and better conditions than the previous few nights. Here are those over 1000 km who copied my 1w wspr out of 20 unique spotters…”

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported that the East and West transcontinental path was open during this session.

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded nine WSPR stations including stations in the Pacific Northwest.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reported high noise from a number of sources.  He provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports from 42 unique stations.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for six WSPR stations.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Trans-Pacific report details, excluding ZF1, 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, reported strange conditions that resulted in first time reports from ZF1EJ.  Roger noted, “I am not surprised. I have been predicting this for some time. I was expecting to hear Eden or be heard by him. Pity was, he was only Rx at the time. So we don’t know if it was 2 way conditions at the time…Yesterday I was received in only a very narrow band of azimuth. Today I am heard in Alaska and the Caribbean only.”  Roger received reports from 7L1RLL4, JA3TVF, JA1NQI, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, TNUKJPM, WE2XPQ, WH2XCR, and ZF1EJ.  He provided reports for WH2XCR, WH2XXP and WG2XXM.

John, VK2XGJ, indicated that he provided early reports for WH2XXP at 0736z and WH2XCR at 0740z.  The reports persisted through the evening.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he provided reports for seven WSPR stations while receiving reports from 44 unique stations including WE2XPQ, VK4YB, ZF1EJ, and WH2XCR.

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

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


I spent the session in receive-only mode as I evaluated the receive capabilities of my new Monitor Sensors 630-meter transverter.  All I can say is WOW!  While I’ve only listened for a single night, I can say that signals seem to pop out of the noise on the FT1000.  I can also operate full break-in CW, allowing the rig and transverter to control the sequencing (I HATE trying to control sequencing manually!).  The transmitted signal is very clean and seems very stable for the type of modes that I will operate.  The package arrived in two-days via DHL and is accompanied by all of the necessary cables to get started.  I am very satisfied.  If you are looking for a higher price-point all-inclusive solution to get on 630-meters ( and also 2200-meters), check it out.  Roger also indicates that a 400-watt linear amplifier will be available later this year (requires external 50V, 20A power supply).  My reception report details for the session can be viewed here.  I may perform a major ham shack rework later today but plan on being QRV tonight at this time.

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


Asian 24-hour WSPR activity


Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, is in receive-only mode for a few days, taking advantage of a very good first-time opening that yielded reports for VK4YB.  Eden provided reports for a total of seven WSPR stations.  DX report details can be viewed here.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for VK4YB and shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  He also provided reports for WG2XXM in Oklahoma in addition to others in the Pacific Northwest.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ and he received reports from VK2XGJ and ZL2AFP.  Coverage of North America was limited to the western half of the continent once again.  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).