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Very noisy evening as terrestrial storms pepper North America but quieter conditions prevail by morning revealing great domestic openings; ‘So-so’ Trans-Pacific openings and a meager night in Alaska for WE2XPQ

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for June 27, 2016 can be viewed here.

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A number of stations around North America reported very strong QRN during the evening and the lightning map below tells the story.  Fortunately by morning the lightning density decreased substantially.  Domestic openings were quite good after the noise abated, possibly better than what has been observed in several days.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions are quiet.  The Bz pointed to the South into the afternoon and turned around to the North overnight.  Proton levels were elevated on a few occasions, up to 80 p/cc observed during one reporting period (note that this may or may not have been the peak).  Solar wind velocities were above 500 km/s for much of the day but are averaging near 450 km/s this morning.  DST values are once again riding the centerline with a few excursions to negative values that seem to recover.

 

 

 

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded five WSPR stations and he received reports from 25 unique stations including WH2XCR, ZF1EJ, and two Canadian stations.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported “…here are the 9 guys who heard me last night. I had 9 hits from XCR with a best of -23, and 6 hits from XAR at a best of -25.

….but I heard only these 3: XXP, XXM & XGP”

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for three WSPR stations and he received reports from seventeen unique stations.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for six WSPR stations.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Mike, WA3TTS, reported “…11 stations decoded overnight. Path to PNW was in mid -20s for XGP overnight, with 5 decodes from Larry’s station for best DX…all on my NW EWE antenna.”  Mike provided these statistics:

“Others decoded included XIQ, XXM, WI2XSV, XZO, XUF, XSH/15, XNG, XXC.  I also ran dual band on MF/LF converter IF port for 96 decodes of WH2XND on 2200m band, best SNR -17. SNRs would have been a few dB better (on either band)  if I had run single band, as the hybrid splitter has a few dB of inherent loss…”

Edgar, EJTSWL, is “on walkabout” in western Australia and provided reports from the road.  He submitted these comments and statistics to the VK/ZL yahoo group:

“Some results from Hyden, WA. The distances are wrong as the GSQ was not Hyden.  Also the time is a bit out, as no internet. Regards, Edgar On Walkabout.

1008 -16 -1.7 0.475629 0 VK4YB QG62 37 3057
1010 -15 -1.5 0.475778 0 VK5FQ PF95 30 1582
1016 -24 -1.5 0.475630 -1 VK4YB QG62 37 3057
1018 -13 -1.5 0.475779 0 VK5FQ PF95 30 1582
1022 -17 -1.4 0.475631 -1 VK4YB QG62 37 3057
1026 -16 -1.7 0.475631 0 VK4YB QG62 37 3057
1026 -7 -1.5 0.475779 0 VK5FQ PF95 30 1582
1032 -28 -1.5 0.475631 -1 VK4YB QG62 37 3057
1034 -12 -1.5 0.475780 0 VK5FQ PF95 30 1582
1036 -18 -1.4 0.475631 -1 VK4YB QG62 37 3057
1040 -23 -1.4 0.475631 -1 VK4YB QG62 37 3057
1044 -21 -1.4 0.475631 -1 VK4YB QG62 37 3057″

 

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 “Low QRN, similar propagation to last night. WH2XXP was spotted repeatedly but no other long haul DX. The path to JA opened early and briefly. Edgar EJTSWL has reached Fremantle.” Roger received reports from 7L1RLL4 and JA3TVF.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 29 unique stations, including VK2XGJ and VK4YB.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

I started the session doing some receive testing with my directional antennas, focusing on the K9AY loop.  I wanted to adjust the termination resistance for the current seasonal ground conditions and the optimal F/B has now been restored.  I really like this antenna in spite of some of the seasonal challenges to stabilize the directivity but it was doing a very nice job nulling stations on a variety of azimuths.  Its been a while since I checked this loop but it did a nice job of knocking down storm noise.

I started WSPR around 0330z and while it was noisy, domestic propagation was very good and there were numerous openings observed at serviceable levels by morning.  I was listening “omni”.   My transmission report details 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

 

Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for four WSPR stations and he received reports from nine unique stations including WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for WH2XCR and WH2XXP and he received reports from WH2XCR.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for ZF1EJ, VK3HP, and VK5FQ and he shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ and VK4YB.  He received reports from VK2XGJ.  Reports extended up to and following sunrise.  Merv’s DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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