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

Mostly quiet evening with lots of activity turns noisy by morning as generally quiet geomagnetic conditions continue on what was probably considered an average Summer night in North America; New MF and LF allocations reported in PY2; Recent post-sunrise openings between VK and KH6

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

There were no reports for June 10, 2016 or June 11, 2016 due to my attendance at Hamcom (last year’s dates).  Since I did not publish a report for June 9 and 10 of this year for the same reason, I will substitute the details for June 9, 2016, which can be viewed here .  There will be no previous year’s “flashback” tomorrow.  Its the price of missing a reporting day and will happen again next year at this same time.

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.

Noise levels in much of North America were down during the evening judging by lightning data (excluding activity in eastern Canada) but as morning approached a hot spot flared-up in the north central US, making listening very difficult here in the south central US as lightning crashes were close spaced to sufficiently drown out portions of transmissions.  Seasonal storms were also present in the Gulf of Mexico.  Propagation looked OK and there were numerous transcontinental WSPR reports indicated.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions have been quiet for a few days, reaching elevated-quiet levels this morning.  The Bz has been variable but has recently turned around to the South and proton levels increased into moderate categories this morning.  Solar wind velocities are averaging near 310 km/s.  DST values have been quite stable at positive levels for several reporting periods but show decreases, even into negative ranges, this morning.




Kleibe, PP2KR, reported on Friday that Brazil has gained access to MF and LF.  As far as I have been able to confirm this will be the first country in South America to gain formal access to the bands.  Kleibe provided these details:

“The National Telecommunications Authority in Brazil released the new rules to be commented by the general public in july, 07 for the amateur radio service.

The news are the new additions of 2200, 630 and 60m bands to be allowed in PY2 land plus some new band expansion. Ie: full 160 and 30m coverage an increase in the max power out to class A ham (1500 w).
You can use Google Translate to get it in English. The text is here:
After the comments the new rule will be in effect after their publish in official gazette.  73 de Kleibe PP2KR”

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported low noise this morning in Florida as he decoded five WSPR stations during a brief listening session.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that he ran a JT65 beacon for 15 hours overnight without any problems.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded seven WSPR stations and he was decoded by thirty unique stations including WH2XCR, ZF1EJ, VE6XH and VE3CIQ.

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported that he experienced an amp failure prior to getting underway for the session so he operated at 2-watts TPO.  He indicates that he had no reports for his signal but he decoded WG2XXM, WH2XGP, WH2XXC, WH2XXP, and WH2XZO.

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reports that he decoded eight WSPR stations and was decoded by twenty unique stations.  He indicates that this session was “a little better than most of the previous days in June and May.”

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 he experienced “Low noise, poor DX. My JA beam is repaired and in use now.”  The repair worked as he received reports from JA1NQI/2, JA3TVF, and TNUKJPM.  He also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and reported WH2XXP.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 32 unique stations including on report from VK4YB.

Hamcom was this weekend in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and I had an opportunity to moderate two Q&A sessions that resulted in some very good questions from interested prospective operators.  I returned to air on Saturday night with a bit of JT9 and JT65 in the early evening as I was evaluating some plans for field day, to be detailed momentarily, and finally settled into WSPR about thirty minutes after sunset.  Very quiet band conditions were observed, almost uncharacteristically so, but this changed by morning as storms in the Gulf of Mexico and northern US created lots of close-spaced lightning crashes.  I would say that this was a decent, average session and pretty consistent with what might be observed through the summer.  I continue to operate at reduced power and transmit duty cycle.  My transmission report details can be viewed here and my reception report details can be viewed here.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity


I am also wondering if there is interest in another field day outreach activity on the air.  This basically entails putting your station on the air in some capacity during field day weekend on a regular basis (like a scheduled beacon), preferably with a message that is field day related.  For this activity to have the desired outreach impact, operators really should make mention of this opportunity to their local clubs or if in attendance at a club field day site perhaps a receiving demonstration is in order.  I am of the opinion that field day and other receiving stations don’t need specialized antennas, instead using whatever low band antennas might be on site.  I and others have had success with this exercise in the past few years so if you want to participate and are willing to make a few announcements to your local clubs, either by way of email, local nets, or even in person, please let me know as I will put together some publicity, including a list of planned station activities and frequencies.  In the past I have sent a CW message several times each hour but may use a digital mode instead this year or maybe even alternate through the event.

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 four WSPR stations and he received reports from six WSPR stations.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for four WSPR stations and he received reports from two unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, indicated that the last few days have been amazing for the path to and from Oceania (of course I was absent so I have no data!)  Merv explains in this email I received on Saturday:

“…past couple days have had some super after sunrise shots to VK.   VK4YB was 30mins after yesterday and see today that VK3HP was 45 mins after sunrise.   Sunrise here is 1545z now. Interesting conditions,  quiet here not much QRN.”

The low noise that Merv experienced has always fascinated me because it seems to be a common feature at his location during the Summer.

Merv provided reports for VK1DSH, VK3HP and he shared two-way reports with VK4YB.  He received reports from VK2XGJ.  Report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


Additions, corrections, clarifications, etc? Send me a message on the Contact page or directly to KB5NJD gmail dot (com)!