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Probably QRT tonight and in the morning due to storms in the area

Noisy domestic conditions and unsettled geomagnetic activity but long haul trans-Pacific openings show spark including ZL2BCG -> WE2XPQ

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for July 22, 2016 can be viewed here.

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Storms remain active in the Midwest, north central US into central Canada and the Gulf coast this morning.  Evening storms impacted the Desert Southwest into Mexico.  Noise levels were elevated through the evening here in North Texas and were significantly higher than what was observed during the previous session.  High noise was also reported in New England.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions reached unsettled levels again as the Kp behaves erratically.  The Bz has generally pointed to the North but solar wind velocities have returned to elevated levels, ranging from 500 km/s to more than 700 km/s with a significant amount of variability.  This morning solar wind velocities are averaging near 550 km/s.   DST values were trending toward the centerline but have since retreated to negative values and decreased stability.




There were no trans-Atlantic reports for the session.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that propagation and possibly activity as well was not as good as it had been in the previous session for the Pacific Northwest.  He added that his “…2w ERP was heard by only 9 stations including XCR (23x best of -16) and XPQ (2x at -25).  I heard only these 4: XCR, XPQ, XXM, and XGP.”

Trans-Pacific report details, excluding E51, KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for three WSPR stations and he received reports from sixteen unique stations including E51WL and ZL2BCG.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for five WSPR stations.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


“J”, ZL2BCG, provided reports for five WSPR stations and he received reports from twelve unique stations including W7IUV and WE2XPQ.

This was a work session for me.  I made significant progress in my effort to setup a reverse beacon node for CW reporting on 630-meters after a few years of on-again-off-again work to get the software and receiver running and reporting.  At odds were documentation and procedures that seemed to contradict one another but in the end I successfully made reports of my signal.  There are still a number of things that have to happen before I can operate a dedicated node but unless something happens, I should have the system running in a stable manner within the next few weeks.  Because of resources I am probably going to operate this 472 node from my station for now using the receive antenna bus to provide signal and front end protection for my receiver.  Perhaps I will co-located the node at my remote receiver site in the future.  Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that he was awake and reading about the reverse beacon network for the first time and stumbled on my reports – small world! I will clarify the procedures I used to become operational in a writeup once the system is running self-sufficiently.


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity (note that a station in the Midwest has again polluted that map with spots from another band due to poor band change procedures)


European 24-hour WSPR activity


Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for one WSPR station and he received reports from four unique stations.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Warwick, E51WL, provided reports for seven WSPR stations.  24-hour report details as of 1500z can be viewed here  (WH2XCR’s are reports detailed below).

E51WL 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for four WSPR stations including ZL2BCG and he received reports from five unique stations.  He also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and WG2XSV.  Its been a while since the very long path between Alaska and Oceania has been open.  Laurence expressed surprise and delight for this opening which is an indicator that seasons are changing.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


ZL2BCG -> WE2XPQ nautical twilight opening


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK5FQ and he shared two-way reports with  ZL2BCG, VK4YB and WE2XPQ.  He received reports for E51WL, VK2XGJ, and ZL2AFP.  Merv added that there was a remarkable report of VK4YB well after sunrise.  He explains:

“VK4YB  45 mins after sunrise,  wow,   wonder if the approaching hurricane leftovers has any bearing on the increase in sunrise propagation.

At the same time we have a high level system thats blowing the hurricane apart.

Its somewhat like my winter propagation as storms move in from the west,  I have never tracked this in summer storms that come from the east,  mainly due to 160 having QRN and little activity this time of the year.   I venture to say its the same thing happening as winter but the opposite direction.   Interesting for sure.”

Merv’s DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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