The details for August 10, 2016 can be viewed here.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Neither 630-meters nor 2200-meters are open to amateurs in the US yet. That includes stations using fake or pirated call signs. Please continue to be patient and let the FCC finish their processes. UPDATED: Click here to view the proposed “considerate operators” frequency usage guide for 630-meters under Part-97 rules that was developed with the input of active band users.
Storms impacted a number of areas through this session including a few very lightning-rich storms in the Colorado / New Mexico / Oklahoma / West Texas region. It was a very noisy night and morning here in North Texas. Propagation did seem pretty good but may have retreated a bit from the previous session.
Geomagnetic conditions are quiet with a Bz that has generally been riding the center line through the session but appears to be trending to the North. Solar wind velocities have decreased to low levels this morning, averaging now at 380 km/s but are trending downward. DST values continue to show a lot of stability and remain slightly positive.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that he was decoded by fifteen unique stations including WE2XPQ and WH2XCR. He provided reports for seven WSPR stations including WD2XSH/26, WE2XPQ, WG2XIQ, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, and WI2XJQ. Neil added that the session was similar to the last several.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for six WSPR stations and he received reports from sixteen unique stations. Rick added that the session was more of the same.
Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, reported that conditions seemed a bit down for this session. He received reports from “…only 17 uniques spotted my signal last session (though at times I wonder if activity drops due to less band activity, i.e. less monitors/transmitters on the band. VE6XH 3236 km was the only station over 1500 km to spot my signal. I provided decodes to 7 uniques with only WH2XXP extending beyond the 1800 km line. 73 to all.”
Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded nine WSPR stations overnight, including “…XGP, XXP ZF1EJ, XIQ, XSH/15, WI2XSV, XQU, XNG, XXC”. Mike also noted that propagation was not quite as good as the previous session.
Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded nine WSPR stations including his session best WH2XXP at a distance of 3109 km.
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding E51, KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, reported that “Propagation has dropped back a little tonight but overall the pre-season continues well ahead of last year. Will it peak much higher or will it plateau? Time will tell.” He received reports from E51WL, JA3TVF, N6SKM, W7IUV, and WH2XGP. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.
John, VK2XGJ, reported his local sunset was at 0716z and was followed by a quick report of WH2XXP at 0730z.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 41 unique stations including ZL4EI, VK4YB, VK2XGJ, VK2EIK, VK3ALZ, VK2EIK, VK3GJZ, VK7TW, E51WL, and VK5AKK.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations and he received reports from 29 unique stations. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for nine WSPR stations including VK4YB.
It was a noisy session in North Texas but WSPR reports were pretty good, but perhaps not quite as good as the previous session. I started the session after dark here, around 0230z, and immediately received reports from the upper Midwest and Southeast. I QRT’ed around 1015z to perform some testing on 160m CW where the diode effect was active as I was easily heard in VK but myself and other stateside stations were not so lucky hearing those guys until right at sunrise. I subsequently missed a number of western stations on 630-meters including WH2XCR but was happy to receive reports from Merv earlier. My transmission report details can be viewed here and my reception reports details can be viewed here.
Finally, as a person that lives in an HOA and spent a lot of money to get my HOA to follow their existing rules to approve my antennas almost 20 years ago, I am NOT a fan of the “parity act” as it could render my existing private contract allowing antennas null and void in spite of what the ARRL claims in their recently released FAQ about existing contracts. Yet another myopic view from the ivory tower in Newington! Someone sent this link that is from an attorney which clarifies and disputes many of the ARRL’s recent ludicrous claims. Please don’t support this bill. It is a bad deal for hams. My attorney has reviewed the facts of parity and he concurs. Also, any member driven organization that puts its field representatives (like directors!) under a gag order, prohibiting discussion of controversial matters like this and compelling those representatives to publicly support matters that they disagree with is wrong. The ARRL is a mess and change starts at the top!
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for four WSPR stations. He received reports from thirteen unique stations including WH2XCR. Its interesting that Merv and Eden have been trading off hearing one another each day.
Warwick, E51WL, provided report for five WSPR stations by 1500z. Those report details, excluding WH2XCR reports, can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for four WSPR stations and he received reports from twelve unique stations. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR, WG2XSV, WH2XGP, and WI2XJQ. Also listening remotely as KL7L/VE6 from northern Alberta while on assignment, Laurence provided reports for eight WSPR stations including WH2XCR.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for ten WSPR stations including VK3HP, VK5FQ, and ZF1EJ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from 22 unique stations including E51WL, JA1NQI/2, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK3GJZ, VK5AKK and VK7TW. DX report details can be viewed here.
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