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

WH2XCR returns as Australian path heats up; Trans-Atlantic path between VO1NA and PA0RDT, DK7FC opens

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Activity appears to have been high in spite of storms that kept several stations off the air or operating in a limited capacity.  Geomagnetic activity was elevated and peaked at unsettled levels ahead of expected storm levels.  The Bz was generally pointing to the North but has begun to slip to the South as solar wind velocities range from 480 to 500+ km/s.

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Joe, VO1NA, reports that his CW on 477.7 kHz was going to be active until sunrise this morning.  In the previous session, Roloef, PA0RDT, reported that while noise levels were high, limiting his ability to audibly hear the Joe’s CW,  the signal was visible on Roloef’s spectrum display and these reports represent the sole trans-Atlantic reports for that session.  During this session, Stefan, DK7FC, reported Joe’s signal on the northwest receive antenna from his remote forest receive site:

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VO1NA, as reported by DK7FC


Rick, W7RNB, in the Seattle area filed for his Part-5 grant this weekend.  Its nice to see guys preparing their stations prior to the start of the next season and ahead of Part-97 implementation.

John, VK2XGJ, sent a nice screen shot showing activity in Australia in addition to many early reports of Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, who returned during this session:

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VK2XGJ WSPR console


In preparation for Field Day 2016, a status page showing participating stations in the demonstration and outreach opportunity has been set up and can be viewed here.

Steve, W6SJP, who was previously BY/W6SJP, in Beijing, has relocated to Florida and was visible on the WSPR map overnight.  Its nice to have Steve back in the US again and I look forward to seeing his reports as he gets settled into his new homestead.

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reports receive problems that may be related to a failed preamp located on his receive loop.  Its possible that the RF field originating from Doug’s transmit antenna simply burned out the front end.  Status this morning is pending.

Steve, VE7SL, re-posted comments on his blog that I had posted in the LOWFER reflector in response to a question by Jim, K9JWV / WI2XJG (grant pending).  Thanks to Steve for his efforts and support of MF and LF activities!

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports that the “diode effect” is alive and well:

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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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Japan 24-hour WSPR activity


There were no reports from the trans-African path during this session.  UA0SNV was present but no reception reports have been filed by Vasily at this time.

In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, reports WH2XZO in South Carolina:

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, continues to operate in receive-only capacity, decoding WG2XSV, WH2XGP, and the recently MIA WH2XCR:

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


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WG2XSV, as reported by WE2XPQ


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WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ


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WH2XGP, as reported by WE2XPQ


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, returned for this session with very good results on the path to Austalia, including two-way reports with VK3ELV and VK4YB and reception reports by VK2DDI and VK2XGJ:

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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VK3ELV, as reported by WH2XCR


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VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2DDI


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK3ELV


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB


Jim, W5EST, is off in observance of Memorial Day.  He is expected to return tomorrow.

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