The details for July 28, 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.
The Desert Southwest continues to experience storms as monsoon season continues. Central Canada is also experiencing quite a bit of activity. The Midwest has calmed significantly but the Caribbean and parts of the central US are inundated with lightning.
Geomagnetic conditions remain quiet and look similar to the previous session although the persistent quiet has allowed the A-index to come down a bit more. The Bz was pointing slightly to the North early this morning but has since turned around to the South and solar wind velocities are averaging near 430 km/s. Periods above 600 km/s were observed during this session, however. DST values are consistent with previous reports with slight variability of values on both sides of the centerline.
David, G0MRF, reported yesterday that he is looking for 630-meter activity for Friday evening as he will be operating portably for an IOTA contest this weekend. He posted the following comments on the RSGB-LF reflector on Thursday:
“Saturday midday is the start of the 24hr Islands on the air contest and my local club is setting up on a hill in deepest Sussex. (JO00EW). By Friday evening, we will have a 60ft vertical with elevated radials for 80m. Seems a shame to let it go to waste!
I intend to take some loading coils and run it on 630m for the night. Not an ideal antenna for MF, but typical for a serious HF station. I will check into ON4KST Chat and try some CW around 20.30 UTC, then WSPR later on.
Although this may be some mid-summer madness, there are some interesting enhancements just before sunrise. – A couple of days ago while attending to one of our greyhounds, I noticed EA4GHB on WSPRnet at -6dB or about 559 in old money out of the receiver. – That’s around 1200km and about 8 – 10dB better than Alberto is normally in the UK at night. – OK, I don’t expect to find anyone awake at 03.30, but propagation is there on occasions. 73 David G0MRF”
John, W1TAG, reported ear copy of VO1NA’s 10 word per minute CW while at his second station in Maine.
Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded six WSPR stations on a night that was similar to the previous. WH2XXP was his best DX but levels only reached -26 dB S/N during this session.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that he was receive-only through this session as W0YSE/E and using his E-probe antenna. He reported the following statistics:
“Hearing: VE7VV (best = -17), WE2XPQ (2x , -33 and -27). The -33 tells me the eprobe is working good. WH2XCR (best -21), WH2XGP (best = +12), WH2XXP (best of +2)”
Mike, WA3TTS, reported “7 stns decoded on 630m overnight including XGP, XXP, WI2XSV, XUF, CIQ, XNG, XXC.”
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding E51, KL7, and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, indicates “Heavy QRN from a new storm system in the Tasman. Propagation has slipped back from the highs of yesterday.” Roger received reports from E51WL, WE2XPQ, WH2XCR, and W7IUV. He provided reports for WH2XXP and WH2XCR.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 43 unique stations including ZL2AFP, VK4YB, and E51WL.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for four WSPR stations and he received reports from 29 unique stations including E51WL. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for five WSPR stations including VK4YB. Larry indicates that propagation was down from the previous session.
Ron, WA4JNX, reported that Hamcrafters would be releasing an updated Palomar VLF converter that will use mostly surface mount parts. Look for more details in late September.
The only thing I have to report is that my CW Skimmer is now running from 472-479 kHz and uploading to the Reverse Beacon Network. I have modified the pattern matching file to include experimental call signs to avoid false decodes. The antenna is an E-probe and seems to hear well but will share better antennas in the future. It will probably be a month or two before the band begins to be quiet enough for skywave CW to register. I also expect a bit more calibration of the offset frequency will be necessary but I need more data before that can be done.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for one WSPR stations and he received reports from four unique stations. Eden operated FT8 during the evening for a brief period beginning at 0300z but no reports have been submitted.
Warwick, E51WL, provided reports for six WSPR stations by 1300z (data gathered earlier than most days). Report details, excluding WH2XCR whose reports are detailed later in this report, can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for four WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from eleven unique stations. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR. DX report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for VK3HP and VK5FQ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ. He received reports from JA1NQI/2, E51WL, VK2XGJ, and ZL2AFP. Merv’s DX report details can be viewed here.
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