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OFF AIR for storms, probably for much of the week if the forecast holds

Improvements continue as transcontinental openings become more widespread and trans-Pacific openings between North America and Oceania return; KH6RD made a brief appearance during the session; Nice openings to Oceania for WH2XCR

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for June 8, 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.

There will be no daily report tomorrow, June 9, or Saturday, June 10, due to my attendance at a hamfest.  If something noteworthy occurs on the air, please advise so I can make a special announcement.  I will resume on Sunday, June 11.

Noise conditions were better during this session as the eastern half of North America was mostly in the clear and storms in the West diminished or decreased overnight.  Listening was much easier and noise levels peaked near S7 which is down considerably over what has recently been reported.  Signals here are audible and many CW-levels have been reported.  Of course those near storms beg to differ but based on reports and the lightning map, it was another good night.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions have been quiet throughout the session although the Bz is pointing to the South this morning.  Solar wind velocities are averaging near 330 km/s and DST values continue to show stability at or slightly above the centerline.




Phil, VE3CIQ, reported this morning that he experienced a brief transcontinental opening to VE6, which Phil indicates has not occurred in about three weeks.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded three WSPR stations and was decoded by 23 unique stations including WH2XCR, ZF1EJ and three Canadian stations.

Roger, VE7VV, achieved a new milestone during this session with a first time report and best DX to date from WH2XCR at a distance of 4272 km.  Roger indicates that he just completed a new 10-watt amp and this session was the maiden voyage.  What a way to validate performance – congrats Roger!

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, suggests it was a better session as well:

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports that he was not transmitting overnight due to ongoing station work but while he was transmitting, he received reports from four unique stations and he provided reports for five WSPR stations.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for seven WSPR stations.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


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 “The storm system is still hanging around offshore but weakening. I had bad buzzy interference in the early evening, which turned out to be from a 4ft fluorescent tube in the garage.  This masked the DX and put 50Hz spurs on the local signals. A transistor radio tuned to the low end of MW soon found the culprit.  After replacing the tube, I was able to pull in WH2XXP.”  Roger received reports from JA1NQI/2.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

John, VK2XGJ, reported very early reports of WH2XCR in spite of noise from the same storms that are impacting Roger:

VK2XGJ WSPR console with noise and early decodes of WH2XCR


Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 24 unique stations including VK4YB and VK2XGJ.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Like the previous night this was another improved session which meant that there was room for some early calls on 474.5 kHz CW.   QRN was very low, which is normal for the pre-sunset period but even after dark it was not noisy.  I had originally attributed the quiet band to no storms in the East and western storms still in full sun but even after dark in the West it was relatively quiet and lightning crashes that were heard were wide spaced and not really hurting anyone.  I transitioned to WSPR a bit later in the evening and can report a strong session for low duty cycle and reduced power activity.  My transmit numbers can be viewed here and my receive numbers can be viewed here.  Its good to be making it the WH2XCR again after a bit of a lull and I was hearing ZF1EJ again.  I think we generally take these openings for granted that are so easy in the Fall and Winter.  I did not operate CW this morning as I woke up late.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


European 24-hour WSPR activity


Asian 24-hour WSPR activity


Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for one WSPR station and he received reports from seven unique stations including WH2XCR who has been absent from Eden’s log for many sessions.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for two WSPR stations and he received reports from WH2XCR.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced a strong session with reports for VK1DSH, VK3HP, VK5CV, ZF1EJ, and a first time report for VE7VV that was detailed earlier in this report.  Merv shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ and he received reports from VK2XGJ.  Reports from Roger and John continued to occur right up to sunrise.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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