The details for June 12, 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.
The bulk of the storm activity for this session was up North, spanning the continent and the noise that was generated was evident here in the south-central US. A low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in a few evening storms in the Southeast which contributed to the overall noise picture. Ken, SWL-K9 (SWL/EN61), indicated this morning that he was decoding WG2XXM above -20 dB S/N this morning, indicating a pretty noisy session.
Geomagnetic conditions reached storm levels after several periods of quiet and elevated-quiet conditions. The Bz is pointing to the South and the solar wind stream has become active, increasing its velocity to near 420 km/s. Protons were elevated during the early portion of the session yesterday morning, peaking at moderate levels. DST values generally followed the textbook behavior of peaking before dropping off at the onset of storm conditions.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported slightly better band conditions but lower activity. He decoded six WSPR stations and he was decoded by 27 unique stations including WH2XCR, ZF1EJ and four Canadian stations. Ken also noted reports from a station known only as “TEST”.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that he was decoded by thirteen unique stations all on the West coast plus Hawaii. He provided reports for seven WSPR stations including WH2XXP, WH2XCR, and WG2XXM.
Rich, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from fourteen unique stations. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Trans-Pacific reports favored higher latitudes during this session. 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 storms and rain that have caused flooding in Northern NSW are now moving into Queensland. QRN is strong but quiet gaps in between. The PNW has come storming back. 2 way reports are in the low twenties with Larry WH2XGP and plenty of them. Dan, VE6XH is receiving again. Will it last until tomorrow?” Roger also received reports from JA1NQI/2, JA3TVF and W7IUV.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports from eighteen unique stations including VK4YB. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for eight WSPR stations including VK4YB. Larry added that it was noteworthy to see two-way VK reports after many weeks where they have been absent.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 31 unique stations including VK4YB and VK2XGJ.
I started the session with WSPR near sunset and experienced a bit of a slow start which opened up after full darkness was reach. Like clockwork the band opened up three hours after full darkness here and while the previous session was not necessarily poor at my station, this session was clearly better on both transmit and receive. I should note that I am now using about 3-db more power out after recent discussions on variations in approaches to calculating EIRP. My transmit numbers can be viewed here and my receive numbers can be viewed here.
I reported yesterday that I might organize a field day outreach and demonstration opportunity again this year and response was very good so the activity will, in fact, happen. I’ve begun putting together a post with additional details which will go out today. If you have an interest, let me know so I can get you added to the list. I want to distribute publicity packets by the end of this week and would like to be able to include you on the initial list of active stations.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for four WSPR stations and he received reports from four unique stations.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, will be QRT for a bit as he reorganizes his station.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK3HP and he shared two-way reports with VK4YB. Some of those reports occurred after sunrise. Merv received reports from VK2XGJ. DX report details can be viewed here.
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