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OFF AIR but returning after dark on Saturday night

Band recovering from minor storm and was good in the South overnight; ON5TA QRV MF WSPR finds first success; PU3VRW/SWL QSX 503.9 kHz; WH2XZO reports details of recent RX antenna problems; VE3EFF doing well at 1W TPO and inverted L

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Band conditions here in Texas ranged from very respectable to good overnight.  The noise level is uncharacteristically quiet for June and I can only guess that the recent heavy rains have scowered pollution from insulators on local utility lines which has helped with the man made noise.  Historically the band is pretty loud by now.  Reports for my station included a number of positive S/N reports from stations that typically report positive or single digit negative S/N numbers when the band is good.  No complaints on my end overnight but I do recognize that in many locales in the North, band conditions are poorer as the DST remains very negative.  The good news is that it is improving.  The glass is half full.

Geomagnetic conditions are improved and continue to improve.  Kp values have decreased to quiet levels and the Bz has been pointing North for several hours.  Solar wind velocities continue to average 450 km/s at moderate levels but that’s significantly better than the 500-600 km/s observed in the previous session.

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Luis, EA5DOM, reports that Eric, ON5TA, was successfully decoded for the first time on MF WSPR.  This time of year can be very challenging when it comes to new station evaluation due to high noise levels so its great to see a new station fighting through the challenges.  Luis offers comments below, as posted on the RSGB-LF “Blacksheep” reflector:

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Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he decoded six WSPR stations including WH2XCR and VE7SL and was decoded by 23 unique stations.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, had a pretty good session and provided these comments and statistics:

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Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reports a good session and provides details about his recent receive antenna problem:

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Steve, VE7SL, reports that he decoded seven WSPR stations and was decoded by twelve unique stations.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports that the session was down a bit with the eastern path a little poorer than the previous session but he decoded eight WSPR stations and was decoded by 18 unique stations.

John, VE7BDQ, QRTed at 0900z having decoded five WSPR stations in cn89la.  He was decoded by eight unique stations, the best were WH2XCR and KU4XR.

Phil, VE3CIQ, reports a pretty good session with lots of activity and also notes some of the successes experienced by the very low power station of Jeff, VE3EFF:

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VE3EFF session WSPR activity


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VE3CIQ session WSPR activity


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

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North American 24-hour WSPR activity


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South 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 trans-Equitorial paths.  PU3VRW/SWL was present during the session but no reports have been filed at this time.

In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, continues to report WG2XXM, WH2XZO and WG2XIQ:

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports that he is still receiving on MF with an E-Probe located in an unaffected tree (for now).  Laurence also notes that he was receiving in the previous session but there were no reports and WSPR did not acknowledge that he was active during the session.  He was, in fact, listening.  Laurence has found a new transmit antenna location, which will be engineered and installed shortly.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, roared back after either a PC problem was resolved or extremely poor band conditions with many reports including two-way reports with VK4YB:

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB


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VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR


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