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Geomagnetic conditions reach unsettled levels again as seasonal storms in North America are more wide spread and impact band activity; Trans-Pacific paths to North America are cut off but VK4YB -> JA1NQI/2, JA3TVF, JH3XCU; More SSB in Oceania

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for June 4, 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.  Click here to view the proposed “considerate operators” frequency usage guide for 630-meters under Part-97 rules that was developed with the input of active band users.

After a moderately quieter night during the previous session, this one was back to business with noise from storms that were widely spread across North America.  Domestic propagation was reported to be OK but a number of typically active stations are QRT due to bad weather.  Hopefully we will see some relief in the coming days.  That only means it will shift somewhere else, however.

12-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions reach unsettled levels during the session but have since returned to quiet levels.  The Bz is pointing to the North but solar wind velocities continue at moderate levels, averaging near 420 km/s.  Solar wind appears to be decreasing in velocity this morning.  DST values decreased to negative levels in step with reported unsettled Kp values but have since retreated to the centerline and in some cases have returned to positive values.

 

 

 

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported that he heard two WSPR stations overnight and he was heard by eleven.

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported that he decoded three WSPR stations through moderate noise this morning but indicates that propagation was good enough to hear many more had poor weather not kept many stations off air.

Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, reported that he received a total of eight reports last night.   He adds that signals were weak and most reports were near the detection limit in the high -20 db S/N range.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that it was a “Poor night here John. WG2XSV Hearing 4: WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XBQ and Heard by only 7: NO1D, VE6XH, VE7VV, WB6HYD, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WI2XBQ, WI2XJQ.  Mostly North and South + Hawaii. “

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for four WSPR stations and he received reports from eighteen unique stations.  Larry adds that he has “…been working on my RX antennas and SDR’s. IUV has been offline for several days.  Both the 630 and 2200 SDR’s will be on and off unpredictable over the next several days.  Also RX antennas will be unpredictable so don’t put much stock in whatever reports might be uploaded to WSPRnet.”

WH2XGP session WSPR activity

 

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 25 unique stations.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity

 

Mike, WA3TTS, “…8 stations decoded overnight, QRN up a bit, lighter band activity, SE and SW early, then NW 0400 to SR…”  Mike provided these statistics and additional comments:

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

Hideo, JH3XCU, provided this link detailing VK -> total JA DX and VK -> JA peak S/N for the session.

Roger, VK4YB, reported that “Noise low, propagation short. Mike, VK2ABT and I were joined by Rob, VK7DR. Rob is running a 35m vertical with a 60m top hat.  Not surprisingly he was 59. At 1685 km, he is my best DX on SSB.”  Roger received reports from JA1NQI/2, JA3TVF, JH3XCU and he shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

Roger also added that Hugh, VK4BM, “…has a great method of burying his radials under the lawn. He uses a circular saw! (with an old blade in it).  It cuts a perfect slot, 3 inch deep, just wide enough for 14G hard-drawn copper wire. Just walking on it closes the gap.”  I suppose this is a less expensive method compared to using “staples” to hold wire to the surface of a well-manicured lawn if the terrain is homogeneous and free of obstacles like concrete, rocks and tree roots.  I’ve used a lawn “edger” in the distant past to accomplish similar results.

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR summary

 

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Asian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for one WSPR stations and he received reports from seven unique stations.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for four WSPR stations and he received reports from WH2XCR (two-way).

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK5FQ and he received reports from VK2XGJ.  He shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ and VK4YB.  Merv’s DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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