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Consistently quiet geomagnetic conditions but only limited trans-Pacific openings; Decent openings between VK4YB and JA3TVF, 7L1RLL4, and TNUKJPM; Strong storms once again peppered across North America

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

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Noise was very high again as storms were active in the south central US through central Canada and sporadically through the Midwest and along the Atlantic seaboard.  The Caribbean and central America were primarily impacted during the evening.  Station activity was good in the East and West with a pronounced gap in the central portion of North America.

12-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions were very consistently quiet through the session.  The Bz has been at unity for much of the overnight period and solar wind velocities are averaging near 345 km/s.  DST values also continue to ride the centerline and are showing decent stability.

 

 

 

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported steady lightning crashes in his receiver but managed to provide reports for seven WSPR stations.  He received reports from ten unique stations.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that he decoded three WSPR stations including WH2XXP, VE7BDQ, and WH2XGP.  He received reports from eleven unique stations including WH2XCR.

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

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded eight WSPR stations with WH2XGP as his  best dx at -16 dB S/N.  Mike indicates that QRN limited his receiving capabilities during the session.  He added that he “…started with the NE EWE antenna and switched to NW antenna at some point in the 0500 utc hour.”  He provided the following statistics:

“Also ran dual band with 33 decodes from XND overnight. Best SNR was a QRN limited -24 at 0900 and last decode -32 at 1100 UTC…”

Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.

Hideo, JH3XCU, submitted these tables showing peak S/N and number of reports for DX -> JA for the session.

Roger, VK4YB, reported “Moderate QRN tonight and very little DX.  The SSB group decided to close early owing to QRN but at that point we were joined by Steph, VK5FQ, making the 1612 km into Queensland for the first time.  The electric company worked on that noisy transformer all day and it’s still just as bad. They are going to come back but not for at least one month. Very disappointing.  My receiving from North America will continue to be impaired. Other directions are not affected.”  Roger received reports from 7L1RLL4, JA3TVF, and TNUKJPM.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and he provided reports for WH2XXP.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 27 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, ZL2BCG, ZL2AFP.

WH2XXP 24-hour 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, provided reports for two WSPR stations.  He received reports from six unique stations including WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for WH2XGP and he shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK5FQ and ZF1EJ and he shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ and VK4YB.  He received reports from VK2XGJ and ZL2AFP.  Merv’s DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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