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OFF AIR for storms - just one more night - should be QRV Saturday night!

Doldrums set in and average domestic openings are observed with a few long haul trans-Pacific openings; VK -> JA openings were less robust

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for June 22, 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.

Like previous sessions, evening storm noise probably impacted more stations than morning storm noise.  A frontal system in the West was active during the evening, with lightning activity disappearing by morning, while a tropical storm came on shore along the gulf coast with lightning.  The morning noise maker looks like another very active frontal system in the north central US moving into the Midwest.  I don’t have a feel for what actual on-air conditions were like for this session as I fell asleep very early and did not get my station on the air overnight (oops!).  Indications are that propagation was similar to the previous session, particularly on long haul paths but this may be revised as reports are submitted.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions were at elevated-quiet levels.  The Bz was pointing to the South through daylight into the early evening but is pointing to the North this morning.  Solar wind velocities are in the low category, averaging near 330 km/s.  DST values have moved a little further into negative territory but generally continues to ride the center line.




Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported that he decoded six WSPR stations with pretty good signals and low noise in Florida during a short term (1-2 hour) morning listening session.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded eight WSPR stations including three decodes of WH2XGP on the transcontinental path, best report at -24 dB S/N.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported “Same song, Same verse, a little bit softer and a little bit worse…Random noise has been bringing in some false JT9/JT65 decodes on 630m lately. I seldom see that in winter/spring/fall seasons….Heard only these 4: VE7VV, WG2XXM, WH2XGP, WH2XXP.  Heard by: N6SKM, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7VV, WH2XCR, WI2XJQ, WW6D, and [ W7IUV+WH2XGP my 24/7 reliable, tnx Larry !!! ] A big THANK YOU to all those still copying my peanut whistle thru the weak propagation….much appreciated !!!”

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded four WSPR stations through QRN.  He was decoded by 26 unique stations including WH2XCR, ZF1EJ/1 and four Canadian stations.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for four WSPR stations and he received reports from seventeen unique stations.  As W7UV, Larry provided reports for five WSPR stations.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


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  “The run of low QRN nights continue. There were plenty of WH2XXP decodes wth the best at -15dB and many others close to that figure. The opening lasted from 07:12 to 12:30z,  but there were no other reports to or from North America. Only JA3TVF was able to decode my signal in Japan, but he did so 8 times in the narrow range -25 to -28dB.”  Roger received reports from JA3TVF.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from thirty unique stations including VK2XGJ, VK4YB, and ZL2BCG.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


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, continues to operate in a receive-only capacity using a 160-meter inverted V and a receiver designated as ZF1EJ/1.  Eden provided reports for five WSPR stations.

ZF1EJ/1 session WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, indicates that he has made the transition to CW for the weekend field day demonstration event during this session.  His frequency is 473.5 kHz and he indicates that his message is just over one minute in length and he will start his transmission again on the second minute.  Laurence will operate in this capacity through the weekend, returning to transmitting WSPR early next week (the plan right now).  I related to Laurence that a check of my web statistics revealed a number of IP addresses located in Alaska )and not associated with Laurence’s site views) that were checking the Field day station status page, which can be viewed here.  Hopefully this suggests that stations in the region are gearing up to listen for him.

Having said all of that, it appears that Laurence was listening for WSPR early during this session.  He provided reports for WH2XXP and WH2XCR.  Whether his receiving will continue through the weekend as he is transmitting CW remains to be seen.  Will stations be loud enough to be heard over his strong, close proximity signal?  Stay tuned!

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK3HP and he shared two-way reports with VK4YB.  He received reports from VK2XGJ, ZL2BCG and WE2XPQ.  Merv’s DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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