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Pretty good domestic propagation as geomagnetic conditions remain quiet; Salt water makes the difference for WG2XSV; Trans-Pacific openings hang on but path between VK and JA is weak; Lots of daylight at WE2XPQ in Alaska

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for June 6, 2016 can be viewed here.

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The lightning map looks like the previous session but it seems that many of us were able to return to air overnight and found quite a bit of success.  Here in North Texas noise was actually not bad and the lightning crashes that were heard were not constant but fairly well spaced.  From my perspective this was a good domestic session.  If you were near or even under a storm, all bets are off and there are still plenty of stations being impacted by weather.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions are quiet with a Bz that is currently pointing to the North after several reporting periods during the evening where the magnetic field was pointing to the South.  Protons were also moderately elevated through a few reporting periods but have since returned to normal.  Solar wind velocities are averaging near 350 km/s.  DST values have generally remained above the centerline.

 

 

 

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded six WSPR stations and he was reported by 25 unique stations including WH2XCR and ZF1EJ.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, experienced another night where salt water may have been the difference maker:

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for four WSPR stations and he received reports from nineteen unique stations.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for four WSPR stations.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Mike, WA3TTS, reported, “…Ten stations decoded overnight, up and down conditions, all on my NW EWE antenna, split IF output for 630m/2200m receive…”  Mike provided the following statistics:

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 “Occasional strong QRN from storms in the Tasman Sea made little difference to a lacklustre session. WH2XXP was decoded up to his sunrise. Otherwise no long haul DX.  Signals just struggled into JA for a few spots. In all fairly typical for June.”  Roger received reports from JA3TVF and JA1NQI/2.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from thirty unique stations including VK2XGJ and VK4YB.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Its good to be back on the air after the longest hiatus I have had from 630-meters since 2012.  Weather conditions here in North Texas should be good for the next ten days at least.  Subject to change, of course.  As previously reported noise conditions here were not bad at all and many signals were audible.  Had it not been late when I sparked up, I would have started on CW.  WSPR reports were very good both on transmit and receive at low transmit duty cycle.  JT9 QSO levels were common through the night.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for two WSPR stations and received reports from five unique stations.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, indicates that the nights are getting very short in Alaska which is making low band activity tough.  In fact, twilight has become the new norm for a few months.  He provided reports for three WSPR stations, including WH2XCR and he received reports from WH2XCR.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

 

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

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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