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

Really nice propagation and generally low noise through this session on mainland North America in spite of minor geomagnetic storm

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

This session was a very nice surprise.  With fewer storms on the continent, QRN was lower than recently observed for most, even quiet here in Texas.  Signals seemed to be relatively strong and reports from across the continent were common for many stations.  The performance in the Pacific has been interesting to watch as something has changed as the seasons transition and its gotten more difficult on this path which has historically been regarded as easy due to the presence of salt water.  Thanks to Merv for continuing his efforts through the dry spell as this band behavior has not been previously reported or observed.

Geomagnetic activity is at storm levels.  Solar wind exceeded 600 km/s during several reporting periods.  The Bz is currently pointing to the North but had been strongly pointing to the South through the earlier periods of the session.  The Kp appears to have “bottomed out” at 6.  DST values are strongly negative.

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Toby, VE7CNF, has returned to full-power operation and notes that he was decoded by ten unique stations in three hours of activity, including WI2XFI, N9APL,WG2XIQ, SWL/K9, WA3TTS/2, WG2XSV, VE7SL, VE7CNF, WG2XJM, and WH2XGP.

John, VE7BDQ, reports that he is operating at low power to reduce the fire hazard around his antenna and was decoded by six unique stations, including WG2XIQ, VE7CNF, WH2XGP, WG2XXM, WG2XSV and VE7SL.  He QRTed at 0922z.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he decoded four WSPR stations and was decoded by 22 unique stations.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, had a good session for early June and provided the following statistics:

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Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports better conditions in spite of really bad local noise.  Larry decoded six WSPR stations and was decoded by twenty unique stations.
Steve, VE7SL, reports elevated auroral activity in British Columbia but had a very nice session with reports across North America and into Hawaii:
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VE7SL 24-hour WSPR activity


Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reports that he found the source of his noise problem, which has now been resolved.  Antenna testing continues and Doug provided the following comments on the session:

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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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Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


There were no reports from the trans-Atlantic, trans-African, or transequitorial paths during this session.  UA0SNV was present but no reports have by filed by Vasily at this time.

In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ,  reported WG2XXM, WH2XZO, and WG2XIQ:

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports that the 10-foot octo-loop has been removed and he is currently digging out the concrete base.  It was reported yesterday that Laurence is having to relocate his antennas because their forest location is being developed and the trees will be bulldozed this week.  Very sad developments but Laurence vows to get his station back on the air shortly.

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had a curious session.  It seems that he was transmitting as Roger, VK4YB, was seeing a periodic 2-minute signal on the frequency where Merv operates.  The problem is that Merv had no decodes for his signal during the session but was hearing other stations.  While we will have to wait until Merv can provide additional information it seems that A) the minor storm conditions are creating problems in the Pacific or B) his audio driver has become corrupted and while he may be transmitting a signal, it may be garbage content.  Roger notes that the signal he is seeing is about half the bandwidth as normally seen for a WSPR signal.  I have had possibility (B) occur here and a reboot cleared it up.  If it is propagation, we are at the mercy of things that are out of our control.  Its interesting that Merv did not decode Phil, VK3ELV, until after sunrise in Hawaii.

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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


As reported yesterday, Jim, W5EST, is taking care of non-radio related business over the coming weeks but will return with his discussions and commentaries shortly.

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