The details for August 9, 2016 can be viewed here.
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Much of the East was in the clear overnight but storms were present around North America, particularly in the West, and coupled with good transcontinental propagation, it was noisy in many of these storm-free areas.
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet but the Bz continues to point slightly to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 430 km/s in the moderate category. DST values have found their way back to positive levels for persistent periods, however. Reports suggest very good overnight domestic and long haul trans-Pacific propagation.
Mal, G3KEV, reported on the RSGB-LF reflector that he was hearing “SV8RV/2449 Km, SM3LNM/1359, EA2HB/1228”. He did not specify whether these reports were operating with CW or WSPR.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported a very good night with late reports of WE2XPQ. Neil provided these comments and statistics:
“Here are those over 1000 km who spotted me this session:
Laurence (XPQ, AK) spotted me 12 times with -14 best SNR. Laurence was coming in here untill 1212z this morning….and…I heard these 9 stations: VE7BDQ, WE2XPQ, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XBQ, WI2XJQ”
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicates improved conditions. He provided reports for eleven WSPR stations and he received reports from 21 unique stations. He added that his best DX was WH2XGP and VE6XH and ZF1EJ reported him for the first time this late in the season.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for ten WSPR stations and he received reports from sixteen unique stations. He added that its still tough to move a signal East of the Mississippi river.
Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, continues to experience good performance after recent antenna system improvements. He provided the following comments and statistics:
“Stations to the west were spotted by WI2XQU about 45 minutes earlier than the night before; however none of the 3000+ km stations that spotted me the session before spotted me last night. In total I provided decodes to 11 stations (one of course the C6 pirate). 16 is my record. WI2XQU was decoded by 24 stations with WG2XXM being the most distant at 1329 km with a best SNR of -29 and a SNR of -33 in opposition. Also talked with Ward WH2XXP in regards to his signal not being decoded by the 5 sometimes 6 unique stations in grid EM85 though his signal is decoded in grid squares further to the east. We believe it to be propagation because he is eventually decoded in EM85. Last night XXP was into EM85 an hour early. Will continue to monitor this. 73”
Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded ten WSPR stations overnight using “dual band receive via hybrid splitter on IF port of LF/MF converter. NE EWE antenna until about 0245 then NW EWE antenna until past SR.” Mike provided the following statistics:
WH2XGP 9 spots best -13 min -26
WH2XXP 83 spots best +2 min -24
WG2XIQ 32 spots best -7 min -26
WG2XXM 117 spots best +6 min -26
WD2XSH/15 4 spots best -20 min -26
WG2XKA 48 spots best +6 min -18
WI2XSV 57 spots best -1 min -29
WI2XQU 71 spots, best -11 min -29
WH2XNG 3 spots, best +5, min +2
WH2XXC 61 spots best -1 min -22
Mike added that “Likely I missed WI2XRM and ZF1EJ on 630m from using the NW EWE antenna for most of the session. The NW EWE offers best reception on 2200m band for XND as well as the PNW and Pacific directions on 630m…when the regional QRN is lower I seem to decode XRM and EJ with the NW antenna. Also 108 spots for WH2XND on 2200m band, best -13 @ 0952, min -33 @ 0248 UTC.”
Dave, N4DB, reported a pretty good session where he decoded ten WSPR stations including WH2XXP at a distance of 3109 km.
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding E51, KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, reported “No progress with NE beam and high winds have broken the JA beam at its highest point. A long weekend is coming. I hope to get some repairs done. I am using the “Bottom hat” vertical for Tx and Rx. The SW beam is ok but no good for DX. QRN is good and propagation is very good.” He received reports from N6SKM, VE6XH, VE6JY, W7IUV, WH2XGP, WG2XXM and WH2XXP.
Edgar, EJTSWL, located in Tasmania, submitted the following WSPR captures to the VK/ZL 600-meter Yahoo group for VK5FQ / WH2XCR, VK4YB / VK7TW and VK3PH / VK4YB / WH2XXP and WH2XCR alone:
Jim, ZL2BCG, received reports from VE6XH, WI2XBQ, and WE2XPQ.
Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including VK4YB and ZL2BCG and he received reports from fifteen unique stations including E51WL.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded nine WSPR stations and he received reports from 45 unique stations including VK4YB, E51WL, WE2XPQ, ZF1EJ, KL7L/VE6, four Canadian stations and two-way reports shared with WH2XCR and ZF1EJ.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 54 unique stations including EJTSWL, E51WL, ZL2BCG, VK4YB, VK2XGJ, VK4YB, VK3ALZ, VK7TW, and VK5AKK.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations and he received reports from 34 unique stations including E51WL. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including VK4YB.
I’ve been working on a receive antenna project and subsequently did not start WSPR until after dark. It was a noisy night but propagation appears to have been very good. I operated at 15% transmit cycle at close to 1W ERP. I QRT’ed to test the receive antenna I’ve been working on after a few modifications this morning before sunrise so I missed a few late reports to the West. My transmission report details can be viewed here and my reception report details can be viewed here.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for four WSPR stations. He received reports from sixteen unique stations including WH2XCR.
Warwick, E51WL, provided reports for nine WSPR stations. Report details, excluding reports for WH2XCR, can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for nine WSPR stations including VK4YB and ZL2BCG. He received reports from eleven unique stations. He shared two-way reports with VE7BDQ, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WG2XSV, WI2XBQ, and WI2XJQ. DX report details can be viewed here. Laurence also added that his receive operation from northern Alberta yielded better results as his location is much improved over the previous night.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for fourteen WSPR stations including VK3HP, VK5FQ and ZF1EJ. He shared two-way reports with ZL2BCG, VK4YB and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from twenty unique stations including E51WL, EJTSWL, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, and VK7TW. DX report details can be viewed here.
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