The details for July 20, 2016 can be viewed here.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Neither 630-meters nor 2200-meters are open to amateurs in the US yet. That includes stations using fake or pirated call signs. 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.
Noise conditions were not too bad this morning in the North Texas area by Summer standards. A few storms were active in the Midwest and there were a number of localized storms around North America but the bulk of noise from the Desert Southwest was not present this morning and storms that were present produced lightning that was wide-spaced enough to not appreciably degrade listening conditions. Noise levels in northern Europe were reported to be very high by PA0RDT.
Geomagnetic conditions have turned around significantly as quiet conditions persisted for the entire session and we are another day removed from recent storm levels. The Bz is pointing to the North this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 400 km/s, at levels very similar to the previous session. DST values have improved and continue to make a steady, smooth climb to positive levels.
Joe, VO1NA, reported that he would be QRV on QRSS10 on 477.7 kHz for a couple of days using 25-watts to his monopole. Roelof, PA0RDT, reported that his Linrad receiver screen was solid white due to static noise but he is hopeful for improvements in the coming days that might lead to reports of Joe’s signal.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, provided reports for three WSPR stations and he received reports from 32 unique stations including E51WL, WH2XCR, ZF1EJ and five Canadian stations.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, provided the following detailed report and notes some pretty significant antenna improvements that are in progress:
“I was decoded by 12 stations this session with XCR being my western most DX spotting me 13 times with a best of -18, and also by VE4XC who was my eastern most DX. I spotted XCR 15 times this session with a best of -25. I also spotted XXM and XGP many times each…Tried to spot VO1NA’s QRSS10 on 477.7 kHz using my Eprobe on another radio, but no luck. Will have to try again when propagation is much better this fall and winter. I have been working on improvements to my vertical. Will soon be able to raise it another 4.5 feet and probably gain another ~2 dB of ERP according to EZnec. It is the telescoping MFJ2990 vertical (plus the same top loading that I have been using for the past 2.5 years). “
Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded WSPR signals from ZF1EJ, WG2XXM, WI2XUF, and WH2XXC while using updated v. 1.8.0-rc1.
Phil, VE3CIQ, provided reports for WG2XXM, WH2XGP, WH2XXC, and WI2XUF as he works out details of his dual sound card system.
Mike, WA3TTS, provided reports for four WSPR stations including ZF1EJ, WG2XXM, WI2XUF, and WH2XXC.
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding E51, KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, indicated that band conditions were a bit better in Washington state. He was decoded by 21 unique stations including E51WL, VK2XGJ, and ZF1EJ. He decoded four WSPR stations. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for five WSPR stations.
I operated a bit of CW on 474.5 kHz during the evening and at 1000z as I continue to perform some station tests that focus on receiving. So far so good. I am also soliciting stations who have licenses for CW Skimmer software that are capable implementing reverse beacon network nodes for 630-meters. Many stations have additional capacity on their systems which may make the process a bit easier and free. The goal is to increase CW activity in much the same way that WSPRnet and PSKReporter have done for WSPR and JT9, respectively.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for two WSPR stations and he received reports from seven unique stations.
Warwick, E51WL, provided reports for six WSPR stations. Report details, which cut off for this session at 1500z, can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for two WSPR stations and he received reports from six unique stations including two-way reports shared with WH2XCR. This session suggests a slightly better session for Laurence as the ion fog may have lifted a bit, allowing a few more signal to traverse the paths.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK3HP and VK5FQ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ. He received reports from E51WL, VK2XGJ, and ZL2BCG. Merv’s DX report details can be viewed here.
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