The details for July 29, 2016 can be viewed here.
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Storms once again impacted a number of areas including the mid-Atlantic region, Caribbean, and parts of Canada. Mexico, the Desert Southwest, and parts of the south central US were also well represented and while the Midwest and much of the West coast were free of storms, it seems impossible that they did not experience significantly elevated noise levels. Propagation was good, however, and that can go a long way in improving perceived band conditions.
Geomagnetic conditions continue at quiet to elevated-quiet levels. The Bz is pointing slightly to the South and solar wind velocities are averaging near 410 km/s. DST values continue near to centerline and show variability extending above and below through the session.
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, reported “much improved” band conditions. He provided reports for seven WSPR stations and was reported by twenty unique stations. His best DX included VE6JY, VE6XH and WH2XGP.
Chris, G3XIZ, reported that he listened for G0MRF/p operating CW from Sussex ahead of the IOTA content. Chris explains his results:
“I listened and called yesterday from 20.30 to 21.30 GMT around 472.5 kHz There were a few odd cheeps and chirps of about S7 but no discernable CW”
Dave, N4DB, provided reports for seven WSPR stations including VE3CIQ, WG2XKA, WG2XXM, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, WI2XSV, and WI2XUF.
Mike, WA3TTS, reported “10 decodes overnight xgp, xxp, xiq, xxm, xsh/15, xka, xsv, xuf, ciq, xng.”
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7, KH6, and E51, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, noted that “QRN has dropped to low level but another system is threatening in the next few days. Propagation also improved.” Roger received reports from 7L1RLL4, TNUKJPM, JA1NQI/2, E51WL, N6GN, VE6JY, W7IUV, WE2XPQ, and WH2XCR.
John, VK2XGJ, indicated that in the previous session storm conditions prevented much hope for any reception reports but things calmed down and he provided a few reports for WH2XCR. During this session, local sunset in VK2 was at 0714z and reports for WH2XXP began moments later to be followed with a report for WH2XCR at 0734z.
Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, provided reports for six WSPR stations and he received reports from 21 unique stations including ZL2AFP, VK4YB, and E51WL. He added that DX conditions were the best that they have been for him since last Winter.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, provided reports for five WSPR stations and he received reports from 48 unique stations including WE2XPQ, WH2XCR, ZF1EJ, ZL2AFP, VK4YB, E51WL and five Canadian stations.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 52 unique stations including EJTSWL, ZL2AFP, VK3ALZ, VK4YB, VK2XGJ, VK1DSH, VK5AAK, and E51WL. Ward indicates that he received his first reports from VK4YB 31 minutes before local sunset in Australia.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, indicates improved band conditions and openings to the East coast, although eastern openings continue to lag compared to the West. He provided reports for five WSPR stations and he received reports from 34 unique stations including ZF1EJ, ZL2AFP, VK4YB, and E51WL. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for seven WSPR stations including VK4YB.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, indicates that he accidentally failed to start his transmitter overnight. He provided reports, however, for three WSPR stations. Eden also called CQ for a bit with FT8 at 0300z but received no confirmed reports.
Warwick, E51WL, provided reports for ten WSPR stations by 1320z. Report details, excluding those for WH2XCR and WE2XPQ which are detailed below, can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, continues to experience improvements with quiet geomagnetic conditions and more darkness, which he is gaining six minutes each day. He provided reports for VK4YB and received reports from E51WL. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR, WH2XGP (split between two receivers and antennas), and WI2XBQ. DX report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced a great session, sharing reports with an amazing fifteen unique stations in Oceania, some of which occurred long after local sunrise. Merv provided reports for VK5FQ and shared two-way reports with VK1DSJ, VK3HP, VK4YB, and WE2XPQ. He received reports from E51WL, EJTSWL, VK2XGJ, VK2ALZ, VK3DB, VK5AKK, VK5ZVS, VK6LX, VK7TW, ZL4EI, and ZL2AFP. DX report details can be viewed here.
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