Propagation continues to improve along with band activity in spite of noisy evening band conditions. Fortunately the JT modes generally make easy work of the QRN. Lightning noise was also reported by VK4YB from storms off the coast of northern New South Wales, impacting much of the DX report potential across Australia.
Geomagnetic conditions continue at quiet levels. The Bz has been variable with minor excursions from North to South and solar wind velocities are near 315 km/s.
In spite of the high noise levels in Australia, propagation was good as Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, and Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, decoded Roger, VK4YB. For Larry it was the second day in a row. I suspect that propagation would have supported the path to Australia if noise were not high there:
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, also reported that he “Heard 9 including VK4YB, was heard by 29, best night in a long time!”
Steve, VE7SL, reports “A vy odd night hr. My wifi uplink went offline at 0500 so all of my hrd spots happened before 10PM local time, including the eastern ones. Had 22spots of Merv with many at CW levels as well as many CW level spots from XIQ. My wifi link often goes squirly on the best nights! Hrd by 14.” Regarding the multiple probes being tested by WE2XPQ, Steve says, “I note that the /1 ant is consistently 1db btr on my signal.”
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, reports transcontinental reports during this session and provides these details:
“Best session of the summer season at WG2XKA. A day of lower humidity allowed previously saturated foliage to partially dry, and noise levels were somewhat tolerable. WH2XGP and VE7SL spotted this station, and Larry was spotted here for the first time in weeks. It’s encouraging to see the general increase in activity.”
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, had a big night in the Pacific Northwest as Neil indicates the band is “looking gooder and gooder”:
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports that he is working on a bit of frequency drift but had a strong session with the following unique reports:
Band conditions here in Texas were noisy and early evening storms forced me to delay the beginning of my transmissions but once started, WSPR decode totals were higher than seen since last spring and about 100 more than observed in the previous session. WG2XJM returned to air after a bit of a hiatus and performing some receive antenna tests here yielded very similar reports on the probe and resonant loop with his signal. Signals reports were very consistent from Eric and he was reporting my signal at easy CW levels this morning. Due to local noise and approaching storms, I aborted my morning CW and JT plans once again. Storm-free conditions return during the coming week.
Dave, G3WCB, reported good conditions and a first time reception at his station:
“Good night for WSPR last night. RX antenna is a 70cm dia tuned loop at 2m above ground. SV8CS is a first for me.”
AE5WW is now on the correct frequency and had a successful session, providing 99 reports overnight for three stations:
Also present overnight was K5HJ who apparently lives just a few miles away from me. I do not know the gentleman but he provided +24 dB S/N reports for me in addition to a few sidebands on either side of my signal.
Phil, VE3CIQ, reported that WG2XKA was being reported at positive S/N levels during the evening and a good session over all by morning. Phil provided these additional comments and map:
“Coverage seems to be filling in more every day. Maybe the dam will burst soon and I will crack 2000kms.”
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-Atlantic, trans-African, or trans-Equatorial paths. UA0SNV, ZR6AIC, and 8P9EH were present but no reports have been filed at this time. 8P9EH is reporting the old frequency of 503.9 kHz but I have since communicated with Sal and hopefully he will listen for our signals tonight. In response to a number of new WSPR receiving stations that are using WSPR 2.0 and 2.11 that defaults to the old WSPR frequency, I have developed these brief instructions for operators just starting out on 630-meter WSPR.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, provided more unique station reports than in recent memory:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, operated four sessions again, this time moving the travelling probe (TalktomeGoose) to a new location that seems quiet enough. He spent a lot of time looking for the right location and moved the antenna a number of times during the process. Laurence is hearing well, providing reports for VK4YB during the session. He also notes that “TalktomeGoose had one more VK4YB (spot) but avg wasnt as good s/n as AcesHigh.” Laurence provided the following map showing the relative location of the travelling probe to the high, clear probe:
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, reports that his receive antenna is still on the ground yet he continues to report VK4YB. In spite of noise off the eastern coast of Australia, VK4YB and VK5ABN decode Merv’s signal in addition to stations in western North America and Alaska:
Late addition: John, VK2XGJ, was one of several stations to report upload problems during this session. John provided missing decodes for Merv, which follow:
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