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OFF AIR; QRT Thursday night but back Friday morning by 1100z

Low activity and noisy band conditions result in a slow night in North America

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Last night was pretty weak from what I can assess.  I was in dry-dock for this session, as were many of my colleagues, because of storms in their respective areas that would be passing through overnight.  Ken, SWL/EN61, in Indiana reported at 0245z that he only had three WSPR decodes for the session.  That’s gonna happen sometimes.  You just have to push through the weaker periods.  I am still a big believer that if the band is going to open up in the Summer, its probably going to be lackluster until about three hours after sunset in the local area.  It’s like my fishing analogy from a few days ago.  Some days are better than others and some don’t materialize at all.

Geomagnetic activity was characterized by elevated periods for the Kp including one reporting period at unsettled levels.  The Bz was variable but solar wind velocities are above 500 km/s.  DST values are also variable.

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Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports average to poor conditions at his station in Vancouver, Washington and offers these statistics:

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Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports poor conditions, decoding four WSPR stations and being decoded by 18 unique stations.  Larry reports some openings to the eastern portions of North America which is somewhat encouraging.

Steve, VE7SL, also reports “blah” conditions through the session, decoding four WSPR stations and being decoded by seven unique stations.  Steve notes that at least the new transverter got a good workout.  I can’t argue with that.  If there is going to be a failure, you definitely want to find it before it really counts!

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

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North American 24-hour WSPR activity


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European 24-hour WSPR activity


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Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


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Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


There were no reports from the trans-Atlantic, trans-African, transcontinenal or Caribbean paths.  ZF1EJ was present during the session but no reports have been filed at this time.

As Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, continues to test his new transmit antenna, he operated JT9 in beacon mode on 474.2 kHz +1418 Hz during the session.  No reception reports have been filed at this time.  I suspect that while reports are welcome, one of Laurence’s goals is to ensure long term system stability.  His previous system was stable enough to run unattended for weeks at a time.

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had another nice, typical session along a line from the Pacific Northwest of the US and south western Canada into eastern Australia.  Had these paths not occurred on a night of limited activity and poor terrestrial weather conditions in the US, I might have suggested that the line formed from North America to Oceania had some significance but my gut feeling is that this observation has more to do with the activity levels.  Merv also appears to have QRTed prior to his sunrise today or has an internet outage and no additional reports to keep his call sign tag active on the WSPR map.

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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VK3ELV, as reported by WH2XCR


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK3ELV


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VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB


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