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Noisy night in North America with average domestic conditions but VK4YB reports trans-Pacific openings are ”stepped up a notch”

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for August 11, 2016 can be viewed here.

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There is not much that I can add about noise that the image does not already indicate.  Noise conditions were very high and Oklahoma, northwest Texas and Kansas were ground zero this morning.  I can vouch for very difficult listening conditions here in North Texas and many other stations have noted uncharacteristically high noise for this session (even by August standards).  The Desert Southwest experienced more evening monsoon storms and parts of the West into central Canada experienced evening storms with a few flare-ups this morning.  It also sounds like the Southeast received  quite a bit of rain impacting stations there.

 

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions were quiet. I reported yesterday that the Bz was trending to positive values but that did not hold and negative values dominated much of the day, evening and overnight.  This morning the Bz is pointing solidly to the North, however.  Solar wind velocities are once again at moderate levels, averaging near 405 km/s this morning.  DST values are at positive levels.

 

 

 

 

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, provided reports for six WSPR stations, including VE7CA, WD2XSH/26, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, and WI2XJQ.  Neil added that this session was an improvement as he received reports from 21 unique stations at approximately 2-watts ERP.  He is also making it further eastward with reports from VE4XC.  He provided the following statistics showing a few of his more distant reports:

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicated that noise was down but so was activity, resulting in just an average night.   He provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from fifteen unique stations.

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

Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, reported that he had some problems due to rain impacting his antenna impedance, subsequently limiting his activity.  He explains:

“My transformer core overheated during last night’s rainy session so I only transmitted from 00:16 to 04:48. During this time 19 uniques spotted me with N2BJW being the most distant station with SNRs between -29 and -19 (total spots being 12 @ 1286 km). WG2XKA and VE3CIQ were the only other stations >1000 km to spot my transmission. So not that good of a night for me on the transmitting side.I spotted 6 uniques with only WH2XXP >2000 km (2748 KM) with ZF1EJ being second in distance at 1810 km. Hopefully the core issue will be addressed in next few days…”

 

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded nine WSPR stations overnight through high QRN.  He indicates that he provided nine reports for WH2XGP in Washington state,  best -20 dB S/N at 1008z, and one ZF1EJ decode at -29 dB S/N at 0824z.  He also provided reports for WH2XXP, WG2XKA, WI2XQU, WH2XNG, and WH2XXC.

Markus, VE7CA, reported that “Last night was the first night I was active on 630M for several months.  I was surprised that the mid summer conditions are so good.  Hawaii would have been workable on CW.  Wow.  ERP less than 1 Watt.  My antenna is a Top loaded 70 ft. vertical.  I am in the process of adding more radials so hope to improve my ERP for winter conditions.”

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

Roger, VK4YB, reported that “The band was a little noisy tonight but propagation stepped up a notch.”  As he has no JA antenna at the moment, he called it an early night.  Roger received reports from E51WL, KR6LA, N6SKM, N6GN, VE6JY VE7CA, W7IUV ,WE2XPQ and WH2XGP.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

Jim, ZL2BCG, received reports from E51WL, N6GN, VE6JY, W7IUV, and WE2XPQ.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XGP.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 51 unique stations including E51WL, VK1DSH, ZL2BCG, VK4YB, VK2XGJ, VK3HP, VK3ALZ, VK7TW and VK5AKK.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for ten WSPR stations and he received reports from 33 unique stations including E51WL and VK2XGJ.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and ZL2BCG.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for nine WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Chinese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for two WSPR stations. He received reports from eleven unique stations including WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Warwick, E51WL, provided reports for six WSPR stations by 1500z. Report details, excluding WH2XCR reports, can be viewed here.

E51WL 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for seven WSPR stations including VK4YB and ZL2BCG and he received reports from twelve unique stations. He shared two-way reports with VE7CA, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, and WI2XJQ.  DX report details can be viewed here.  This is the first time in a long time (maybe ever since I’ve been keeping records?) that Laurence provided reports for two different stations in Oceania.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations including VK1DSH, VK3HP, and VK5FQ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZL2BCG and WE2XPQ.  Merv received reports from nineteen unique stations including E51WL, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ,  and VK7TW.   DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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