The details for May 11, 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!
Strong storms in and around North America impacted a lot of operators and there were many reports of strong QRN. Many of us were QRT due to weather conditions, particularly in the eastern two-thirds of the US. A number of false WSPR decodes were reported which often happens when signals are strong and the band is open. These reports during this session may have simply been due to noise, however.
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet but elevated. Protons were elevated as well through much of the session into the morning and the Bz is variable although was pointing to the South for much of the early morning hours and has only recently turned around to the North again. Solar wind velocity averaged near 360 km/s. DST values remain at positive levels.
Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported moderate noise, decoding seven WSPR stations and receiving reports from eleven unique stations.
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported that after a month off the air due to antenna damage, he was QRV again. He provided reports for ten WSPR stations and he received reports from seventeen unique stations including reports from VE1.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, decoded four WSPR stations including WH2XXP, VA7JX, WH2XGP, and WI2XJQ. He was reported by nineteen unique stations including WH2XGP, WE2XPQ, and VE4XC (best Eastern DX for Neil during this session). Neil also reported that he experienced 155-mile daytime propagation from Southern Oregon.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for six WSPR stations and he was reported by nineteen unique stations. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Dave, N4DB, reported strong storms during the evening and overnight that kept him from listening although he reported minimal noise this morning. With only thirty minutes of listening this morning, he decoded nine WSPR stations.
Al, WD4AHB, reported “During last night’s session I must have had a glitch in my receiving/decoding system as I had about a 4 hour gap spotting anyone. A reboot around 0930 seemed to get things back on track. I had a total of 8 unique spots; M74LOV looks like a false decode, but I see that others spotted this as well, although maybe in a different location. QRN levels were pretty low during the time I was actively monitoring.” Al provided the following map and statistics:
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, reported that “Propagation has improved since last night but still well below par. Widespread storms around the globe are depleting reports. ” Roger received reports fromVE7BDQ, VE7SL, W7IUV, WD2XSH/20, and WH2XCR. He provided reports for WH2XXP and WH2XCR.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from forty unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, and ZL2AFP.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he was reported by twenty unique stations. Larry indicates that his PA tripped off line again overnight. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for eight WSPR stations including VK4YB.
Dave, K4SV, filed an application for a Part-5 grant for 630-meter CW, MSK and FSK earlier this week. No call sign has been assigned at this time. It will be interesting to see if OET and NTIA allow new Part-5 applications in the amateur allocation although Dave’s application extends outside of the ham band. Consensus has been that they would grant applications like this but this will be the first application filed since the release of the report and order to test that belief so stay tuned!
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from eleven unique stations including VE6JY in central Alberta, Canada.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported that a neighbor cleared the forest of 100-foot trees adjacent to where his E-probes are located. His receive reports were the same as the previous session but his transmission reports increased by two stations. Laurence shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK3HP and shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ and VK4YB. He received reports from VK2XGJ and ZL2AFP. Most mainland North American reports were located in the western one-third of the continent as storms impacted operating and hearing in the East. DX report details can be viewed here.
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