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

G1 geomagnetic storm conditions return and more of the same stormy terrestrial weather in the East but activity and propagation may have been moderately improved; Trans-Pacific and transcontinental paths were once again open; WE2XPQ in Alaska returns to air

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for June 17, 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 is a rumor that has been circulated somewhere on the Internet that claims to allegedly know the UTC notification procedures.  These rumors are lies and seriously jeopardize this process! DO NOT CONTACT UTC TO NOTIFY THEM OF YOUR INTENT TO OPERATE on 472 or 137 AT THIS TIME!  Official procedures are forthcoming – please be patient.  If you find a website or social media post that is perpetuating this bad information, please let me know so action can be taken to rectify the problem.  We can still screw this up!

FEDERAL REGISTER PUBLICATION OF FCC 17-33 which created the 630-meter allocation in addition to rules for both 630-meter and 2200-meters has occurred.  This does NOT mean that the band will open under part-97 rules in less than 30-days rather it represents another benchmark in the overall process.  We still await a “sign off” from OMB to fund the coordination process with UTC, which was agreed upon by estimate prior to the publication of the Report and Order in March.  Once the approval is formally granted, the details for the UTC notification procedures will likely be released.  There is also another comment period somewhere in the mix.   A formal “start date” may not be known for a while.  The timing and order of all of these remaining items is very fluid.  Please continue to be patient.  We are making progress.

Several operators reported high QRN and more of the same storm conditions plagued the central and Midwestern US into the Southeast.  It was also an active evening in the Caribbean and into portion of Canada.  Fortunately activity was high and domestic and some long-haul paths were open.

12-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions reached G1 storm levels as a Geo-effective coronal hole increased solar wind velocities above 500 km/s.  The velocities have since relaxed to the 460 km/s range with a few excursions to even lower levels.  The Bz had been pointing to the South during the most active portions of the session but it has since turned around to the North.  Proton levels are elevated this morning with one high measurement of 118 p/cc.  DST values have decreased into negative territory but have since recovered to near the centerline, if only temporarily.



For the Field day outreach and demonstration exercise, I have posted these tips to help stations improve their chances of hearing stations.  This link is also posted at the top of the Field day activity status and information page.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, returned to air after several QRT nights for storms.  He reports two WSPR stations and he received reports from 24 unique stations including WH2XCR, ZF1EJ, and two Canadian stations.  Ken indicates that while the storms are gone from his area, QRN remained heavy all night.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported “6 stns total overnight. 1 decode of XXP near SR -25, 27 decodes XXM best -21, also XNG, XKA, XZO, CIQ, on NE EWE antenna.”

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for six WSPR stations and he received reports from fifteen unique stations.  Rick indicates that this session was very similar to the previous.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports for twenty one unique stations.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for seven WSPR stations.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, continued his reception experiment, this time adding an E-probe to the mix.  Neil provided these comments and statistics:

“My antenna comparison experiment this session gave some strange results.  I compared  the Eprobe mini-whip with the Attic Loop this time.  Here is a brief summary of the results.

Both antennas had the same UNIQUE 7 spots.  Total spots on each were Eprobe/Loop: 220/174.   There was a BIG difference however on some stations as shown below:

XCR on Eprobe = 15 total spots, XCR on Loop = 2 total spots
XXM on Eprobe = 25 total spots, XXM on Loop = 3 total spots
XXP on Eprobe = 80 total spots, XXP on Loop = 76 total spots
BDQ on Eprobe = 5 total spots, BDQ on Loop = 5 total spots (TXing less than a 2 hours)
VV on  Eprobe = 12 total spots, VV on Loop = 10 total spots
XGP on Eprobe = 21 total spots, XGP on Loop = 30 total spots
XJQ on Eprobe = 52 total spots, XJQ on Loop = 49 total spots

It is obvious that an Eprobe 40 feet away from the house is superior to a big loop in the attic.”

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 this session was a “Near carbon copy of last night. Only Ward, WH2XXP making it down here through the transformer noise. JA holding up. Merv is always there.”  Roger received reports from JA1NQI, JA3TVF, TNUKJPM, and he shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 25 unique stations including VK4YB and VK2XGJ.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


I operated WSPR exclusively during this session to test a firmware update with my Monitor Sensors 630m transverter.  Everything looks right down the line as far as performance is concerned.  Noise levels were elevated with periods of strong lightning crashes but many were sufficiently separated to allow reception of a number of stations.  My transmit report details at 17% duty cycle can be viewed here and my reception report details can be viewed here.

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 four WSPR stations and he received reports from four unique stations including WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, returned to air for the session.  He was reported by four unique stations plus two-way reports with WH2XCR.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR,provided reports for VK3HP and ZF1EJ.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and he received reports from VK2XGJ.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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