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

Good trans-Pacific openings in spite of continued high solar wind velocities although higher latitudes were not as good; Pre-sunset reports of WH2XCR at VK2XGJ further illustrate the changing seasons

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for August 6, 2016 can be viewed here.

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Storms and noise focus returned to the south central US although parts of the West were active as was the Atlantic coastal region from the Southeast to New England.  Mexico and parts of the Caribbean were also impacted.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions continue at elevated-quiet levels although a G1 storm watch remains in effect over the next 24-hour according to Solarham. The Bz is pointing slightly to the South this morning  and solar wind velocities peaked over 700 km/s during the session.  This morning velocities are averaging near 670 km/s.  DST values are meandering near the centerline at negative levels.




Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported similar results to the previous session at his station.  He was  decoded by seventeen unique stations  “including XCR in HI, and XPQ in AK.”  He provided reports for VE7VV, WE2XPQ, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XBQ and WI2XJQ.

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicates that band conditions are improving in the East.  He provided reports for six WSPR stations and he received reports from 25 unique stations.  His best DX was VE6XH.

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

Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, reported that “David N1DAY/WI2XUF rebuilt the coil and WI2XQU was back on air last night after trying to join the Hall of Flame Club. I provided 6 unique decodes to stations. 27 stations decoded WI2XQU with VA2WW being the most distant at 1517 km.”

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported S9 lightning noise in Florida this morning during his listening session. He provided reports for four WSPR stations.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded six WSPR stations overnight, including  WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WG2XKA, WI2XQU, VE3CIQ and WH2XXC.

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded seven WSPR stations.  He indicates that he continues to looks for stations in the Pacific Northwest but he has heard no stations in DN07 or VE7 “for a couple of months…and so far Ive not ever decoded a VE4, VE5, or VE6, but do have several VE7s.”

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

Roger, VK4YB, received reports from VE6JY and WI2XBQ.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  As reported yesterday, Roger has been at war with a tree that he set ablaze some time back when running high power on 630-meters.  The tree is proving to be quite a challenge.  Here are Roger’s details on recent work to resolve the problem and a little hope for improving his noise conditions soon:

“I tried pulling the line in time with the oscillation of the branch.  This built up a huge oscillation of the branch, but it started knocking against another branch before the amplitude was sufficient to break the branch. 1-nil to the tree.  I tried fixing the line under a massive tension and leaving it for the wind to do the rest.  Not enough wind. 2-nil to the tree. I tried the same with the other end. 3-nil to the tree.  I thought about climbing the tree, but, this is a tree which bifurcates every 20 ft or so.  Near the top, all branches are too slender for climbing. 4-nil to the tree.  At this stage I would resort to brute force. I would connect one end to the tow bar of my vehicle and drive. I can’t get a vehicle anyway near this tree. 5-nil to the tree.  Next strategy is to use a come-a-long. This takes a long time because the come-a-longonly has a 6 ft capacity. There is so much stretch in the system, you need to take the strain, then re-attached the come-a-long and repeat that 4 or 5 times to get enough tension to break the branch or break the wire somewhere. I haven’t done this yet but I expect the wire will break near the ground, leaving about 90 ft of wire dangling and un-recoverable. Probably 6-nil to the tree. Now, if I had a drone with a hook on it…….

The power company are coming again on 29 August to try to fix that noisy transformer.  I hope they get it this time. 3dB less noise! That will make a difference. It looks like a really good season is coming.”

John, VK2XGJ, reported pre-sunset reports (about 10 minutes) for WH2XCR while using the “Mini-Whip #1 with the Icom R8500.”

VK2XGJ early reports for WH2XCR (courtesy VK2XGJ)


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

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 52 unique stations including ZL1QM, ZL2AFP, ZL4EI, VK4YB, VK2XGJ, VK2EIK, VK3ALZ, and VK5AKK.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for five WSPR stations and he received reports from 26 unique stations including ZL2AFP.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for eight WSPR stations.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North 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 three WSPR stations including WH2XCR. He received reports from eleven unique stations.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


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

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for five WSPR stations and he received reports from eight unique stations. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR, WG2XSV, WI2XBQ, and WI2XJQ.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR,  provided reports for eight WSPR stations.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from seventeen unique stations including VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, ZF1EJ, ZL1QM, ZL4EI and ZL2AFP.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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