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OFF AIR - but back tonight after dark for more CW

Parts of North America reporting strong signals and low noise while others are washed out by storms; DST values push strongly to positive values and geomagnetic conditions continue at quiet levels; WE2XPQ amazingly decoding WSPR stations while transmitting CW; ZL2BCG transmitting again; Trans-Pacific paths generally down from highs earlier in the week

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for June 23, 2016 can be viewed here.

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Storms ranged from the panhandle of Texas into the Midwest, Great Lakes and parts of New England.  The tropical storm that moved on shore yesterday in the Gulf is impacting Louisiana and parts of the Southeast.  Noise conditions were quite elevated here in North Texas.  The West was largely in the clear.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions were at elevated-quiet to quiet levels.  The Bz is pointing to the North this morning and protons were elevated above 100 p/cc in the mid-afternoon.  Solar wind velocities are averaging near  325 km/s and DST values have pushed to strong positive levels.

 

 

 

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported very low noise for Summer in Florida.  His hour-long listening session this morning resulted in strong signals from five WSPR stations.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded five WSPR stations and he was decoded by 27 unique stations including WH2XCR and five Canadian stations.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, report that his “…~1w ERP was heard from HI (XCR=7 spots) to VE4XC (2 spots) this session…and I heard Ken/XXM in OK. Otherwise I had the usual regular folks up and down the west coast on my map this morning. It appears that propagation was a bit better than previous session from SW Washington.”

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for four WSPR stations and he received reports from twenty unique stations.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for six WSPR stations.  Larry indicates that his receive system configuration has returned to normal with W7IUV receiving from the West and WH2XGP receiving from the East.

WH2XGP 24-hour 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 “QRN increased from low to mild and the path from WH2XXP declined compared to last night.  I realized that the PNW was going to be a no show, so I changed to the JA beam early. But this yielded only a few late spots.  It looks like Edgar, ETJSWL is on one of his jaunts again. This could be interesting.”  Roger received reports from JH3XCU and JA3TVF.

John, VK2XGJ, reported that  he “…Printed WH2XCR at 0704 z and 0722 z with sunset at 0654 z, looks like another good night.”

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

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

I started WSPR around 0220z and note high noise from storms in all directions.  It was far too noisy for CW during this session.  By 0300z I noticed a problem with my station.  Further inspection indicated that an animal, probably a possum, chewed through a control wire at the antenna feed point. I made a temporary repair by flash light and appear to have made it through the night without additional incident.  I will clean up the work today.

My WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.  I plan on being QRV this weekend in the Field Day demonstration event.  The weather forecast is 70% chance of storms for tomorrow and Sunday so I suspect I will be “dodging bullets” all weekend long.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

South American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, was QRT due to overnight thunderstorms in the Caribbean.

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported at 0730z that he was QRV with CW on 473.5 kHz.  He also successfully received three WSPR stations through his CW transmissions.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK3HP and VK5FQ.  He shared two-way reports with ZL2BCG and VK4YB and he received reports from VK2XGJ and WH2XCR.  Merv’s DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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