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Geomagnetic storm moderates a bit for now as propagation seems to slightly favor the East; Long haul paths struggle

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for July 18, 2016 can be viewed here.

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In spite of the lightning map showing quite a bit of activity during the evening and overnight, the band sounded quieter here in North Texas which may be the result of more space between lightning crashes.  This morning, however, actually sounded like more QRN was present as a series of storms in the central portion of the US were quite active and it sounded like lightning crashes were closer together.  Propagation seems to have favored eastern paths from here compared to those in the West.  Noise in the North central US may have been impacting listening in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.  John, VK2XGJ, reported that noise was over S9 this morning as storms skirted the eastern coast of Australia.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions were variable and while recent reporting periods indicate quiet to elevated-quiet levels, unsettled-to-K=6 storm levels were present as recently as yesterday afternoon.  The Bz is currently pointing to the North and solar wind velocities peaked above 600 km/s but are currently averaging near 580 km/s.  DST values are currently off of the lows but still suggest disturbed conditions.

 

 

 

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded four WSPR stations and he received reports from 29 unique stations including E51WL, WH2XCR, and five Canadian stations.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, indicates that it was a better night for him in the Pacific Northwest:

“My WSPR was decoded by 14 different stations this session. My DX to the SW, of course, was Merv/XCR. To the NE, it was VE6XH and VE6JY. To the SW, it was Mark/KU7Z.  My reception was much better, hearing 8, including XCR, XIQ, and XXM.   I turned 77 today and am enjoying ham radio more than ever with you guys on LMF and LF bands. Been playing radio since 1954. What an awesome hobby this is !!!”

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported this his “best decodes last night were WD2XSH at 3688 kms, and WH2XGP at 3268 kms.”

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded five WSPR stations including WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WI2XUF, VE3CIQ, and WH2XNG while listening with his Northwest EWE antenna.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from 22 unique stations.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for seven WSPR stations.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity

 

There were no trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific reports for the session.

With the current state of daylight and geomagnetic conditions, I opted to only run WSPR and planned for a late start.  I was a bit ambitious with my “late start” plans, however, and ended up starting at 0240z which was my bed time.  If I waited to 0400z as I planned, I likely would have missed the session altogether.  The band was typical for July at low power and low duty cycle.  Listening was reasonably good in spite of the noise and I was being heard by a reasonable number of stations.  My transmission report details can be viewed here.  My reception reports are not included due to “white noise” in the data set.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

South 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 seven WSPR stations and he received reports from six unique stations.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Warwick, E51WL, provided reports for seven WSPR stations.  Report details can be viewed here. (note that reports roll-over to the next session starting at 1500z.)

E51WL 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for four WSPR stations including WH2XCR.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence added that he is working a cold-switchable couplers for 137 and 472 in order to increase his station versatility for a variety of antennas.  He is also looking for a weed-whacker!

I don’t think Laurence has enough coils…

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK3HP and VK4YB.  He received reports from E51WL and WE2XPQ.  The Pacific paths were down for this session and Merv’s reports ended early.   DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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