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

Not a poor session but not showing off either; Still stormy in Oceania and around the US creating isolated walls of noise

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Reports through this session were mixed as a few strategically-place storms produced enough lightning to impact S/N pretty significantly.  The East coast of Australia continues to see lots of storms that have impacted reporting to and from WH2XCR although Roger, VK4YB, seems to be finding a way to maintain two-way reports with Merv.  CW levels were not common, at least for reports of my signal.  Several station reported weather stoppages during the evening as well so it was a bit of a juggling act.  Even so, John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicated that new station W4BCX in Florida decoded his signal overnight.  John had a pretty good night for July 1 and provides the following comments:

WG2XKA 070116a


WG2XKA 070116b

WG2XKA session WSPR activity


Here is the 12-hour North American lightning aggregation from Blitzortung:


Lightning 070116


Even if you were “in the clear”, probably anywhere else that had active operators would have separated you by a wall of noise!

Geomagnetic activity was quiet but elevated ahead of predicted G1 storm levels this weekend.  The Bz has pushed to the South and while solar wind was mostly in the low category through the session, it has now pushed above 400 km/s.  Elevated protons were observed once again during the late afternoon in North America.

planetary-k-index 070116


Kyoto DST 070116


Australia 070116


Roger, VK4YB, reported very high noise levels in northwestern Australia, peaking 40 dB over S9 40% of the time.  Hardly seems like Winter down under!  Roger also indicated in the ON4KST chat/logger that he “Worked Rick, VK2RR, Hugh VK4BM, Grant VK3HP on 2xSSB tonight. Last night chatted with Phil VK3ELV for 25 minutes, 59 both ways.”  Good to see guys in VK taking advantage of the long Winter nights and operating in spite of weather conditions.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, was one of the lucky stations that was “in the clear” but was surrounded by noise:

WG2XSV 070116


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, shared a great way to enclose a E-probe!  He reports that he used this probe to decode Rudy, N6LF / WD2XSH/20, from Cancun, Mexico a few years ago.  This may have been the same trip where he decoded me and Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, also:

KL7L EProbe 070116


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

NA 070116

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


EU 070116

European 24-hour WSPR activity


JA 070116

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


VK 070116

Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


There were no reports from the trans-African, trans-Atlantic, or trans-Equitorial paths.  UA0SNV was present during the session but no reports have been filed at this time.

In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, reported my station during the session:

ZF1EJ 070116

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports thunderstorms in his area over night but managed to report WG2XSV, WH2XCR, and WH2XGP:

KL7L 070116

KL7L 24-hour WSPR activity


WG2XSV KL7L 070116

WG2XSV, as reported by KL7L


WH2XGP KL7L 070116

WH2XGP, as reported by KL7L


WH2XCR KL7L 070116

WH2XCR, as reported by KL7L


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had success with the boys of Summer in North America and even shared two way reports with Roger, VK4YB, where noise is intense as a result of offshore storms in Australia:

WH2XCR 070116

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


VK4YB WH2XCR 070116

VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR


WH2XCR VK4YB 070116

WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB


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