The details for July 9, 2016 can be viewed here.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Neither 630-meters nor 2200-meters are open to amateurs in the US yet. Please continue to be patient and let the FCC finish their processes. UPDATED: Click here to view the proposed “considerate operators” frequency usage guide for 630-meters under Part-97 rules that was developed with the input of active band users.
Parts of the central US and Midwest experienced a bit of a reprieve during this session as storms return to part of the West and Desert Southwest. It was not a quiet session by any stretch but at least a few more stations were able to get on the air in more populace areas. Supposedly the weather here will dry up starting on Tuesday although I admit that I wish it would hang around a bit longer.
Geomagnetic storm conditions returned during this session as a coronal hole moved across the Earth’s path resulting in elevated protons during the day and into evening in North America. The Bz has been variable with much of the overnight period pointing to the South. This morning the Bz has begun pointing North again in recent reporting periods. Solar wind velocities peaked above 500 km/s overnight but are currently averaging near 490 km/s this morning. DST values have experienced a noticeable decrease.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, indicates that he provided reports for four WSPR stations and he received reports from eleven unique stations including his best DX, WH2XCR, who reported him at -22 dB S/N. Neil also reported on some new details for the new “FT8” fast QSO mode being developed by Joe Taylor. Details can be viewed here.
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, reported that he was in a receive-only capacity due to rain in his area. He decoded seven WSPR stations with WD2XSH/20 as his best DX.
Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, indicates that he experienced moderate QRN and provided reports for four WSPR stations.
Mike, WA3TTS, reported “7 stations decoded overnight, including WD2XSH/20 (2 decodes best -20), WH2XGP (15 decodes best -17), WH2XXP (15 decodes best -17), WI2XQU (11 decodes, best -13), VE3CIQ (36 decodes, best -6), WH3XNG (WH2XNG) (5 decodes best -18), and WH2XXC (13 decodes, best -3). PNW decodes were later in evening near and beyond 0700 UTC. Also ran split IF for 2200m band with 29 WH2XND decodes, best -17 and all after 0800 UTC. WH2XXP was visually detectable earlier but the QRN from the storms off the East Coast made decoding impossible earlier in the evening.”
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
E51WL, provided reports for nine WSPR stations from the North Cook Islands.
Roger, VK4YB, reported that “QRN was low but propagation was patchy. Domestic activity was high with several stations making it to the central pacific. No reports from Japan. Ward, WH2XXP just made it to VK.” Roger also received reports from E51WL and he shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.
Roger performed some exploratory work to determine a decrease in performance from one of his antennas. Here is what he had to say:
“In my last report, I mentioned that my North East beam had gone high SWR. This morning I walked the length of the antenna and quickly found the source of the problem! This is an example of how NOT to string the antenna wire. The wire has only a single layer of insulation and was just touching the tree, which is about 2 feet in diameter. It was located close to the end of the loading section and so the voltage is very high, especially with 450 watts going in. This might explain why this antenna has not been performing well recently.”
John, VK2XGJ, reported that WH2XCR made it to his QTH about 20 minutes after sunset. Its been a few days since John has indicated early reports on the trans-Pacific path.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 34 unique stations including E51WL, VK2XGJ, and VK4YB.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for six WSPR stations and he received reports from twenty unique stations including E51WL. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for nine WSPR stations.
Rudy, N6LF / WD2XSH/20, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from twenty unique stations including E51WL.
John, VE7BDQ, provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports from thirteen unique stations including E51WL.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, received reports from four unique stations.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported high noise in Alaska due to severe storms in the interior. He provided reports for four WSPR stations and received reports from four unique stations including sharing two-way reports with WH2XCR.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK3HP, VK3XHM, and VK5FQ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ and he received reports from E51WL and VK2XGJ. Merv’s DX report details can be viewed here.
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