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Relatively average session with reduced activity due to storms in North America; Trans-Pacific paths reported as OK but not as good as the previous session; Unsettled geomagnetic conditions have yet to materialize but solar wind velocity is up

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for August 13, 2016 can be viewed here.

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The West and Midwest were mostly in the clear but storms along the Atlantic coast and central US into the Desert Southwest probably created listening problems for the stations that were able to operate during this session.  Many of us were off air for another night.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions continue at elevated-quiet levels and none of the forecast unsettled conditions have been observed so far. The Bz is pointing slightly to the North while solar wind velocities have peaked above 600 km/s but are currently averaging near 580 km/s.  DST values are generally at negative levels but large decreases have yet to be observed.

 

 

 

David, G0MRF, reported EA4GHB at a distance of 1160 km at -7 dB S/N which David likens to about RST 579 with CW.  David indicates that the both stations will have to try a CW or QRSS QSO next month as the band begins to quieten down and the nights become longer.  David also submitted these WSPR screen captures from a webSDR and included a few comments:

“Picture from the remote RX at SWUKSDR attached. The waterfall shows you to the right of the steady carrier.  Signals from you, Luis EA5DOM, EA3AER and EA7HPM are all very good. – Perhaps the sea path across the Bay of Biscay has ‘low loss’?”

SWUKSDR WSPR capture from G0MRF (courtesy G0MRF)

 

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

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, provided reports for  five WSPR stations this morning through moderate noise but he indicates that QSB was significant.

Steven, K8PZ, reported that “This session started with a good bit of QRN but quieted down toward sunrise.  Nice to see WI2XJQ for a couple of spots for my best DX, 2947km. 8 unique stations spotted.”

courtesy K8PZ

 

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded seven WSPR stations overnight.  Mike noted “Somewhat light activity although path to PNW was better than usual vs the past several weeks.”  He provided reports for the following stations:

WH2XGP   31 spots, best -13, min -26
WH2XXP  67 spots, best -6  min -27
ZF1EJ        5 dpots, best -23 min -30
WD2XSH/15  5 spots, best -187 min -25
WG2XKA   47 spots, best +3, min -20
WI2XSV    13 spots, best -12 min -25
WI2XUF   68 spots  best -14, min -30

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

Roger, VK4YB, reported “Occasional QRN from storms to the North of ZL. TP conditions good but down a little on last night.”  He received reports from  E51WL, VE7BDQ, VE6XH, VE6JY, WE2XPQ and W7IUV. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and WH2XGP.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from fifty unique stations including E51WL, EJTSWL, VK2COW, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK3HP, ZL4EI, VK4YB, VK7TW and VK5AKK.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports from 36 unique stations including E51WL.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for eight WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP session 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 one WSPR station. He received reports from eighteen unique stations including WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Warwick, E51WL, provided reports for five WSPR stations by 1500z. Those report details, excluding WH2XCR, can be viewed here.

E51WL 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for five WSPR stations and he received reports from thirteen unique stations. He shared two-way reports with VE7CA, WH2XCR, WH2XGP and WI2XJQ.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for nine WSPR stations including VK3HP, VK5FQ and ZF1EJ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from twenty unique stations including E51WL, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK5AKK,  and VK7TW.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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