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

Slow, noisy session in North America…’The dog days of Summer; G0MRF makes progress on new amp; WI2XLJ assigned to K5VGM

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

At least the days are getting shorter now even if the extra time is only making sunrise later for another month or so.  We are squarely into Summer now.  The weather forecasters are beginning to discuss the timing of the first 100 degree day and pop-up storms are making listening a challenge.  In fact, last evening’s pop up storms resulted in a late start for me during the evening session and the residual noise this morning forced me to cancel my morning CW sked when I could not find a null on the noise with any receive antenna.  We push forward and will come out of this haze eventually.  Fortunately propagation was pretty good.

Recent geomagnetic conditions have been more active during the approach to evening in North America, with elevated proton levels and solar wind velocities.  Recent spikes of the Kp have occurred during this same time frame.  During this session, the Kp was quiet but elevated and the Bz was variable from South to North as the session progressed.  Solar wind velocities continue above 450 km/s.

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Phil, VE3CIQ, reported that he was only decoded by two stations during the overnight:  WA3TTS/2, WG2XJM.  Phil also noted that he observed a report of his signal during the daylight by a station that was 500 km away.

David, G0MRF, reports that he now has the PC boards for his 300-watt amplifier project.  Some months ago David reported that he wanted to transition from his original breadboard design to a neat PC board layout and it seems in the coming months that will come to fruition.  David will report here once the amplifier is complete but you can follow what he is doing at http://www.g0mrf.com/.

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John, K5VGM, from Houston, Texas recently applied for a Part-5 grant on 630-meters and today was assigned WI2XLJ.  The next step will be final approval by NTIA followed by a formal grant.  Look for that to happen in about three weeks if the current turnaround rate continues.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports a poor night on 475 with decodes of only a few stations.  Larry was receive-only during this session.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports that he only spotted my signal during the session and only did so four times.

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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Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


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Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


There were no reports from the trans-Atlantic, trans-African, or trans-Equitorial paths.

In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, operated two instances of WSPR with “ZF1EJ receiving on Elad Duo and Log antenna and ZF1EJ/1 receiving FTDX-3000 and Mag Loop.”   Eden reported only my station during this session and the report levels were generally at or near CW levels:

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports a very poor session from Alaska although WH2XCR managed to squeak through:

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WH2XCR, as reported by KL7L


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WH2XCR, as reported by KL7L


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, shared two-way reports with VK4YB and VK3ELV and was received by VK2XGJ and VK2DDI:

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK3ELV


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2DDI


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VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB


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