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OFF AIR; QRT Thursday night but back Friday morning by 1100z

Another good night of relatively stable band conditions and propagation ahead of a forecast geomagnetic storm in the coming days; VK4YB –> WE2XPQ

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

This session was a good way to end July.  JT9 and even CW levels were persistent between a number of more distant stations over extended periods and the noise level was not overwhelming for much of the night in North America although a number of potent cells have become active in the central regions of the US this morning.  Even so, more distant reports were possible.

Geomagnetic activity continues at quiet levels with a Bz that has stabilized at or near unity although solar wind velocities are current just above 400 km/s in the moderate category.  DST levels are generally stable to very good:

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Phil, VE3CIQ, reports a light session, decoding WSPR signals from WG2XKA and being decoded by SWL/K9, W8RUT/E, WA3TTS, WG2XKA and WI2XFI on WSPR.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports that he decoded seven WSPR stations and was decoded by twelve unique stations.  Larry indicates that his receive was “a bit better” and the “Flag repaired and used it again pointed westward”.

Steve, VE7SL, reports that he decoded six WSPR stations and was decoded by ten unique stations. Steve indicates that conditions were about the same as the previous session and Laurence decoded him 28-times over the session, many reports at CW-levels.

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports that he decoded three WSPR stations on what was a noisy evening.

Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, reports a sunrise enhancement to WH2XCR in Hawaii.  The signal peaked at 12:52z and faded out @13:10z.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, operated WSPR at 20% transmit and reported the following:

“Heard by these 9 stations: WE2XPQ (3 times), WH2XCR (5 times), and….AL7RF, N6RY, NO1D, VE7SL, W7RNB, WH2XGP, WI2XBQHearing: WH2XCR x5,, WE2XPQ x1, WG2XIQ x1,  WH2XGP, WI2XBQ, VE7SL”.

All has been quiet in Europe recently but G3WCB reports good MF conditions, with decodes of IK0VVE on the RSGB LF reflector:

“Good conditions on MF last night, despite the thunderstorms over southern Europe.

2016-07-31 02:42   IK0VVE   0.475681   -27   0   JN61km   0.001 G3WCB   IO80ei   1604   313
2016-07-31 02:22   IK0VVE   0.475681   -26   0   JN61km   0.001 G3WCB   IO80ei   1604   313
2016-07-31 02:12   IK0VVE   0.475681   -27   0   JN61km   0.001 G3WCB   IO80ei   1604   313
2016-07-31 01:32   IK0VVE   0.475681   -26   0   JN61km   0.001 G3WCB   IO80ei   1604   313
2016-07-31 01:12   IK0VVE   0.475681   -29   0   JN61km   0.001 G3WCB   IO80ei   1604   313
2016-07-31 00:52   IK0VVE   0.475681   -24   0   JN61km   0.001 G3WCB   IO80ei   1604   313″

Max, IK0VVE, responded to the report with this:

“Hi Dave and friends,
thanks for the reports.

I was trying the new antenna and matching system, not a brand new antenna but with a deep upgrade. Capacity increased from 235 pF to 315 pF. I’m trying to use it for LF, too. I’ll post some photos in my website soon.
Yesterday I did my best DX record on Opera8 reaching SM2DJK with the considerable (for me, HI) distance of 2526 Km, about 1570 miles, with 40W.
Let’s see what the next winter season will present to us.
Tonight I think to do some QRSS near IQ2MI to have a comparison with its signal.

73, Max IK0VVE “

In Australia, Dimitris, VK2COW, reports on the VK 600-meter yahoo group about beverage work at his station as the southern hemisphere season begins to transition once again:

“Hello group,

nice to see so many signals on WSPR tonight! I am receiving with a
250m beverage antenna which is work-in-progress. It’s designed for the
160m band and it is pointing to Europe. I can hear the VK5 stations
quite well but not the VK4, it seems. I think I need to increase the
turns on the 9:1 transformer, as it doesn’t seem to work very well on
MF or LF.

73, Dimitris VK2COW”

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

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North American 24-hour WSPR activity


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European 24-hour WSPR activity


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Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


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Oceanic 24-hour WSPR activity


There were no reports from the trans-Atlantic, trans-African, tran-Equatorial, or Caribbean paths.  UA0SNV was present but no reports have been filed at this time.

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had a nice session, with a report of Roger, VK4YB:

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


VK4YB WE2XPQ 073116

VK4YB, as reported by WE2XPQ


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WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR. also reported a strong night in the Pacific, decoding VK5ABN once again.  The numbers once again suggest that the seasonal transition is in progress and Autumn is rapidly approaching:

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


VK3ELV WH2XCR 073116

VK3ELV, as reported by WH2XCR


VK4YB WH2XCR 073116

VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR


VK5ABN WH2XCR 073116

VK5ABN, as reported by WH2XCR


WE2XPQ WH2XCR 073116

WE2XPQ, as reported by WH2XCR


WH2XCR VK2DDI 073116

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2DDI


WH2XCR VK2XGJ 073116

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


WH2XCR VK3ELV 073116

WH2XCR, as reported by VK3ELV


WH2XCR VK4YB 073116

WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB



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