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Great trans-Pacific openings retreat from the previous session but a few stations make it across; Geomagnetic conditions remain quiet; VE7VV tests CW skimmer and the reverse beacon network on 630m

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for July 30, 2016 can be viewed here.

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Noise levels were moderately high in North Texas during the evening but appeared to subside some by morning with the bulk of remaining activity in coastal and off-short regions.  Propagation retreated some from the previous session and the hope and excitement from yesterday’s trans-Pacific openings faded a bit.  Hopefully this is only temporary.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions were quieter than in recent sessions. The Bz is pointing to the South, however,  and solar wind velocities are averaging near 360 km/s, down from the previous session. DST values continue to improve, showing stability through the session.

 

 

 

Roger, VE7VV, reported that his 630-meter CW skimmer is on line as he is testing the system and soliciting signals from stations while he continues to tweak the process.  I’m in the middle of the same process and I’m trying to understand why some reports upload while others don’t even though selection criteria for signals have been met.  I plan on asking more questions of operators with active skimmer systems in the coming weeks.  Roger has been a great help in this process and he has done a lot of leg work to help my processes find success.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, provided reports for five WSPR stations including WH2XCR, WG2XXM, WH2XXP, WI2XBQ, VE7BDQ, and WH2XGP.  At 2W ERP Neil received reports from seventeen unique stations.  He added that his best “TX DX was HI (best of -17) and AK (x5, best -22).”

Dave, N4DB, provided reports for six WSPR stations including VE3CIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XXP, WI2XSV, WI2XUF, and ZF1EJ.  His best DX was WH2XXP at a distance of 3109 km.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported “General improvement on 630m band overall, but still QRN limited, receive levels looking more like mid-spring.  I ran dual band 630/2200m with hybrid splitter on the converter IF port.  SW EWE antenna until about 0400~0430 UTC, then NW EWE antenna until past sunrise.

 WH2XGP  15 spots, best -20 min -27
 WH2XXP   72 spots, best -8  min -25
 ZF1EJ      12 spots,  best -18, min -26
 WG2XXM  100 spots, best +1, min -25
 WD2XSH/15  3 spots,  best -22, min -23
 WI2XSV      62  spots, best  0  min -28
 WI2XUF      83 spots, best -10,  min -27
 VE3CIQ     36 sports, best  -6,  min -26
 WH2XNG    1 spot,  best -16
 Also 47 WH2XND decodes overnight on 2200m, best -20, min -30 (several at -30 across the rx period).”

Mike also reminded us of the upcoming total eclipse on August 21 and the potential impact on propagation.  You can find details on the timing here.

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

Roger, VK4YB, provided reports for WH2XXP and he shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, provided reports for six WSPR stations and he received reports from fourteen unique stations including ZL2AFP.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, provided reports for five WSPR stations and he received reports from 38 unique stations including ZL2AFP, WE2XPQ, WH2XCR, ZF1EJ, and six Canadian stations.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 46 unique stations overnight including ZL2AFP, VK4YB and VK2XGJ.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for five WSPR stations and he received reports from 32 unique stations including ZL2AFP. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for nine WSPR stations.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

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 four WSPR stations.  He received reports from eighteen unique stations and he shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  Eden also called CQ for a bit with FT8 around 0300z but received no confirmed reports.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Warwick, E51WL, was apparently off air overnight but he provided “late” reports for VK4YB and VK1DSH after 1330z in the previous session.  Those report details can be viewed here.

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ,  provided reports for five WSPR stations and received reports from seven unique stations. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and WI2XBQ.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including VK3HP and VK5FQ.  He shared two-way reports with ZF1EJ, VK4YB, and WE2XPQ. He received reports from VK2XGJ and ZL2AFP. DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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