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Current Operating Frequency and Mode

OFF AIR but QRV after dark tonigth

SCHEDULED ACTIVITY: CQ 474.5 kHz CW by 1015z through sunrise most days, WX permitting

Noise is once again the word of the night in North America but KH6 <--> VK was pretty awesome!

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Its good to be back after a few days away from reporting as I focused on 630-meter presentations at Hamcom here in the Dallas-Fort worth area.  The last two days represent the first time in nearly a year that there were no published reports.  I can’t believe we are keeping this thing going!

A few days ago, we were flirting with pretty good conditions, particularly on the transcontinental path.  The bottom has evidently dropped out, with elevated geomagnetic activity hurting the guys up North in addition to storm noise that is the primary detractor for those of us in the South.  The Kp saw a few periods that were elevated but this rarely has a major impact this far South when such events are so isolated.  The Bz was pointed mostly to the North but solar wind velocities are elevated to the moderate category above 400 km/s.

planetary-k-index 061216

 

Kyoto DST 061216

 

Australia 061216

 

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports a pretty good path to WH2XCR in Hawaii with reports that continue to come in as this report is developed:

WG2XSV 061216

 

Steve, VE7SL, reports a poor night from British Columbia, decoding four WSPR stations and being decoded by eight unique station but he was decoded 23 times by WE2XPQ and thirteen times by WH2XCR. Steve and Toby, VE7CNF, are talking about playing with a few QSO modes like JT9 so stay tuned!

Ken, SWL/EN61, in Indiana reports that band conditions started off great until QRN set in, even reporting Phil, VE3CIQ, prior to the noises arrival.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports poor conditions from his station in rural Washington state.

Phil, VE3CIQ, reports that he decoded WG2XXM, WH2XGP running WSPR and was heard by SWL/K9, W1TAG/1, WI2XFI, and WI2XHK.

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

NA 061216

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

EU 061216

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

JA 061216

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

VK 061216

Australian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

There were no reports from the trans-Atlantic, trans-Equitorial, or trans-African paths.  ZS1JEN was present from South Africa but no reports have been filed at this time.  With the high-level of activity from EA5DOM, who was a regular station reported in the Indian Ocean during the earlier portions of the season, its possible that the path to ZS1 is significantly different, crossing more African land mass which may be creating problems being heard in ZS1 or it could simply be that we need to continue watching and the path will spring open eventually.  We were all surprised when the path opened from Europe to FR5ZX and then became a regular fixture for several months.  Thanks to ZS1JEN for his diligence and for all of the noise warriors who continue to fight through the increasing noise levels in the northern hemisphere as we approach Summer.

In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, reports WG2XXM and WG2XIQ:

ZF1EJ 061216

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, has a working transmit antenna once again and has been testing, making his maiden voyage over the past few days running CW and WSPR as he makes sure he doesn’t burn the forest down.  I would say for the poor conditions in KL7 at the moment, his tests suggest that the station is working:

WE2XPQ 061216

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

WH2XGP WE2XPQ 061216

WH2XGP, as reported by WE2XPQ

 

WE2XPQ WH2XCR 061216

WE2XPQ, as reported by WH2XCR

 

VE7SL WE2XPQ 061216

VE7SL, as reported by WE2XPQ

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had a very strong night in KH6, with numerous two-way WSPR reports with VK3ELV and VK4YB and reception reports from VK2XGJ and EJTSWL in Tasmania.  Its nice to see this type of action return.  Seems out of place given the conditions in North America.  VK2XGJ also reported Merv after sunrise in KH6:

WH2XCR 061216

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 

WH2XCR WE2XPQ 061216

WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ

 

VK3ELV WH2XCR 061216

VK3ELV, as reported by WH2XCR

 

WH2XCR VK3ELV 061216

WH2XCR, as reported by VK3ELV

 

VK4YB WH2XCR 061216

VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR

 

WH2XCR VK4YB 061216

WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB

 

WH2XCR EJTSEL 061216

WH2XCR, as reported by EJTSWL

 

WH2XCR VK2XGJ 061216

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ

 

Stations participating in the Field Day exhibition and demonstration opportunity can be seen here.  If you would like to be added to the list, check the operator list for a clear frequency and let me know where you want to park yourself and what you will be running and I will get that information added and reported accordingly.

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