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

Geomagnetic conditions become unhinged as a strong storm threatens propagation; Encouraging results from Reverse Beacon Network tests in the Pacific Northwest, VE6 and VE7; Great openings for WH2XCR including several two-way reports with VK

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for August 4, 2016 can be viewed here.

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Noise was rough in North America as storms were active from the Desert Southwest to the Midwest and Great Lakes region into eastern Canada.  Mexico experienced active weather conditions as did parts of central Canada.  It was very noisy here in Texas in spite of otherwise clear weather conditions.  Many of the storms heard here will arrive this weekend.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions continue to deteriorate as an active coronal hole becomes geoeffective.  The Bz is pointing strongly to the South (in excess of -11 nT).  Solar wind velocities have peaked, so far, near 670 km/s and are quite variable at the moment.  Protons were also elevated at different times through the session with a peak observed this morning in the moderate category at 22 protons/cc.  DST values were stable and in positive territory until the characteristic peak was observed, followed by a drastic decrease into negative levels.  G2 storm conditions are forecast for the coming days and it looks like this one could be pretty stout.

 

 

 

Roger, VE7VV, reported that he, VE6WZ and VE6JY would activate CW skimmers connected to the Reverse Beacon Network overnight.  It looks like Neil was successful in being heard.  Hopefully some of these guys will either be able to allow longer term tests or be willing to repeat the tests this Fall and Winter.  Its exciting to see skimmers on the band!  Thanks guys!

 

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, received a report from WI2XBQ in northern California that his CW signal was “HUGE” during his overnight testing.  Neil provided these additional comments regarding his overnight reports on the Reverse Beacon Network:

“It was fun to be copied by Rod and Don on CW overnight. I ran the CW beacon from about 10 PM to 6:45 AM this morning. I was running about 1.5w ERP to my 44.5 ft vertical as usual.”

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for six WSPR stations and he received reports from fourteen unique stations.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from six unique stations.  Ward indicates that an afternoon storm tripped the power supply of his amplifier so these reports were solely from driver signal.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Dave, N4DB, provided reports for two WSPR stations including ZF1EJ and WG2XIQ.

David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, reported:

“WI2XUF and WI2XQU will be qrt for a few days.   Other than having more wire up in the air at my QTH, our stations are almost a mirror image of one another.  Because of the antenna differences, my antenna requires fewer turns on the loading coil than does Ernie’s.   We have the same impedance transformers that I originally designed for HF.  With fewer turns on the coil mine works nicely.   However, yesterday at WI2XQU we discovered that the transformer was saturating and became hot enough to fry eggs on.  All we can think of is that Ernie’s bigger coil is making the transformer saturate, so it is being redesigned with a bigger ferrite and thicker wire.  We’d prefer NOT to join the infamous Hall of Flame!”

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

 

Hideo, JH3XCU, submitted this link detailing DX -> JA decode totals and DX -> JA S/N peaks for the session, as reported on the Japanese language 472 kHz website.

Roger, VK4YB, received reports from VE6JY, VE6XH, WI2XBQ and W7IUV.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, provided reports for nine WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from fifteen unique stations including ZL2AFP.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from 21 unique stations.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for nine WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

It was wicked noisy during the evening and this morning.  I started WSPR after dark to see if band conditions were as good as the previous session.  The band was OK but the noise really detracted from any openings that were observed.  I transitioned to CW around 1000z to see if I could ping the CW skimmers in western Canada but it wasn’t going to happen during this session.  The ramp-up to G2 storm conditions usually does not bode well for signals trying to move North unless we are enjoying an onset enhancement.  This too shall pass.  Its difficult to time the next terrestrial weather system but there is a high possibility that my station will be QRT for several days.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow (NOTE:  The North American map is excluded for this session due to significant pollution and erroneous data):

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 one unique station.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Warwick, E51WL, was QRT during this session but provided late reports for VK4YB from the previous session. Those report details can be viewed here.

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, continues to hang on in spite of elevated geomagnetic conditions and A-indices that are in excess of 10.  He provided reports for four WSPR stations and received reports from eight unique stations. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR, WI2XBQ, and WI2XJQ.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for ten WSPR stations including VK5FQ and ZL1EE. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, VK1DSH, VK3HP and WE2XPQ. He received reports from twenty unique stations including JA1NQI/2, VK2XGJ, VK3ELV, VK5CV, ZL4EI, ZL1BPU and ZL2AFP.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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