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

The late season rolls on as thunderstorms creates noise problems for many stations; WI2XIP grant issued for 472 and 137

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

I was out of the game during this session due to local thunderstorm activity so I am relying solely on reports from other active stations.  The long range forecast suggests more of the same is possible over the next two weeks.  Thanks to all that continue to contribute content to make this summary possible.

Geomagnetic activity has subsided for the most part with solar wind velocities settling down below 500 km/s and DST values returning to less negative values.  The Bz is currently near 0 nT after pointing slightly to the North for much of the session.

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Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, split the difference on the storms during this session and decoded two WSPR stations while being decoded by twenty unique stations.  Ken also notes that he received 32 decodes from WH2XCR in Hawaii with the best signal at -14 dB S/N.

Ken, SWL/EN61, located in Indiana reports that he decoded WG2XXM and WG2XKA using his loop located inside his home.  Storm QRN was intense so its nice to see these reports in spite of poor conditions.

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, reports a very quiet session in Vermont hearing locals and WG2XXM.  He and Phil, VE3CIQ, have been performing receive experiments recently over the relatively short distance between both stations.

Phil, VE3CIQ, reports that Jeff, VE3EFF, was QRV using WSPR during the session, providing a steady -22 dB S/N.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports that he was decoded by six WSPR stations along with West coast of North America plus WH2XCR in Hawaii.  He provided these statistics and comments for the session:

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Neil also reports that KG7ZNN is just across the Columbia river in Portland.  Neil provided a little research on my behalf in the old WSPR database and found that VE7EHP returned for the session to provide a few reports after a short hiatus.

Frank, K0BRA, of the Dulles / Great Falls, VA area was granted WI2XIP for CW on 472 kHz and 137 kHz.  It seems he is going to write a book on the topic of MF and LF.  If Frank’s signals is spotted on the air, please let me know so I can add him to the list of active North American operators.

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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Japan 24-hour WSPR activity


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Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


There were no WSPR reports from the trans-Atlantic or trans-African paths during this session.  UA0SNV was present but no WSPR reports were found in the WSPRnet database.

Eden, ZF1EJ, and Roger, ZF1RC, both reported WG2XXM during this session.

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ZF1RC 24-hour WSPR activity


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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for WH2XCR as he continues in receive-only mode.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, received reports from the western portion of North America, Oklahoma, Alaska, and three stations in Australia.  The two-way path to VK4YB continues including reports right up to sunrise in Hawaii.

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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 VK2XGJ


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2DDI


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VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR


Prepare to have your mind blown by Jim, W5EST, in today’s offering entitled,  “A WALK ON THE 630M WILD SIDE”:

“This section of the blog talks about some pretty serious stuff.  Like propagation–and antenna performance and circuit designs–and formulas. Yuck!  Let’s take a break from all that and walk on the 630m wild side—photons on the loose!

What’s the cause of these loose photons? 630m transmitting stations, of course. Their transmitting antennas spew out over six quintillion (million million million) photons–with every microwatt they concoct each 630m cycle.

Imagine–each 630m photon released into the wild. A 2000-foot diameter underinflated oily Godzilla beach ball!  You can’t stop them! They’re rolling along, over, around and between hills and tall structures, and even sometimes bouncing off them.  And each 630m monster ball is endowed with its own phase.  They’re tricky, devious, and everywhere!

Yes, your receiving set up is being bombarded by ten million or so of these oily beach-ball photons from a 630m station every cycle.  If you’ve ever had your antenna fall down, maybe it wasn’t the weather!

What a mess!”


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