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OFF AIR - but back tonight after dark for more CW

Eclipse day is here and many stations are QRV; Geomagnetic condition may be mounting a recovery as another good night of trans-Pacific openings are observed; Band may turn a corner shortly as trans-Atlantic openings are highly anticipated

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for August 21, 2016 can be viewed here.

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It was a noisy night but not nearly as bad as recent sessions.  Mexico through West Texas into the central and Midwestern US and eastern Canada experienced the bulk of persistent storm activity.  The Caribbean and Gulf coast region also experienced numerous storms and ZF1EJ reported that he had to QRT due to weather, which is fairly rare for him but better safe than sorry.  I believe there is a tropical storm nearby that is creating problems for him.  I suspect there may be parts of the central US that are disappointed when it comes to viewing the eclipse today.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions continue at elevated-quiet levels through the session as no additional Kp spikes have been observed.  The Bz is pointing slightly to the South this morning (-1 nT) and solar wind velocities are averaging in the moderately high category near 560 km/s. DST values are not experiencing the deep decreases as they were at the peak of this coronal hole event but they continue at negative levels while generally trending toward the centerline but its a very slow progression.

 

 

 

 

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, indicates that he “…was heard by 14 stations this session including a 2-way with Merv/XCR in HI, but no stations east of a line from AB to AZ. Still running (much less than) 1/2w ERP due to amplifier troubles….and I heard these 8: VE7BDQ, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XBQ, WI2XJQ”

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported that lightning was not as bad as it had been in the Southeast.  He received reports from 29 unique stations and he provided reports for seven WSPR stations.  Doug indicates that “Next week I’ll rebuild the more efficient antenna that collapsed over the summer.”

Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from 33 unique stations.  He also indicated that his Summer station rebuild is complete.  He provided these details:

“Some outside and inside views of the  KC4SIT/WI2XQU. Station design and lots of build by David Day N1DAY. There is a 3 element inverted L, 70-80 feet vertical with 80-90 foot horizontal. A second single L is in place for a beneficial parasitic effect. Also in the pictures is an outdoor tuner I use for 160-10 meter operation. A beam, not in picture,is used for 6 meters. Also there is a relay system so I don’t have to run up and down hill changing antennas. In the shack is the main radio, an Icom 7200 with a RigBlaster Advantage. I’ve found that a RigBlaster offers better audio processing than either a Signalink or an Icom soundcard. Use WSJT-X software.”

New Loading and matching network (courtesy KC4SIT)

 

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported a bit of an increase in his reports and those he reported during this session.  He added that he is “…using a shorter antenna , over the main radials, with more tophat, and nominally more power. With summer conditions it is hard to see if this was a bad direction to go, so looking forward to winter.  Should turn out ok- I am being heard consistently out to 1,000-1,500 km.”

VE3CIQ session WSPR activity (courtesy VE3CIQ)

 

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

Receive

11:28 26XSH 0.475703 -24 0 CN98pi 0.1 WI2XJQ CN87ts 140 243
09:16 WH2XCR 0.475618 -30 0 BL11je 1 WI2XJQ CN87ts 4287 38
07:50 VE7BDQ 0.475736 -4 0 CN89la 0.5 WI2XJQ CN87ts 147 160
05:04 WG2XXM 0.475717 -30 0 EM15lj 5 WI2XJQ CN87ts 2499 311
04:46 WI2XBQ 0.475623 -11 0 CN70vr 0.5 WI2XJQ CN87ts 796 10
02:54 WH2XXP 0.475663 -28 0 DM33 50 WI2XJQ CN87ts 1771 337
02:44 WG2XSV 0.475761 -29 0 CN85rq 0.5 WI2XJQ CN87ts 232 3
01:58 WH2XGP 0.475688 -9 0 DN07dg 5 WI2XJQ CN87ts 208 286

 

Transmit

12:46 WI2XJQ 0.475609 +6 0 CN87ts 5 VE7BDQ CN89la 147 341
10:36 WI2XJQ 0.475610 -26 0 CN87ts 5 W7WKR CN97uj 162 104
10:36 WI2XJQ 0.475608 -3 0 CN87ts 5 WD2XSH/20 CN83 480 186
10:30 WI2XJQ 0.475609 -12 0 CN87ts 5 WW6D CM88pl 1034 182
10:30 WI2XJQ 0.475609 -28 0 CN87ts 5 WE2XPQ BP51ip 2287 322
10:30 WI2XJQ 0.475610 -19 0 CN87ts 5 WB6HYD CM87xi 1159 179
08:58 WI2XJQ 0.475609 -24 0 CN87ts 5 WA6MTZ DM14pw 1502 160
07:24 WI2XJQ 0.475609 +7 0 CN87ts 5 VE7AB CN88il 104 320
07:24 WI2XJQ 0.475609 -19 0 CN87ts 5 KK6EEW CM88on 1024 182
07:24 WI2XJQ 0.475610 -18 0 CN87ts 5 WG2XSV CN85rq 232 183
07:16 WI2XJQ 0.475610 -12 0 CN87ts 5 VE6JY DO33or 944 42
07:16 WI2XJQ 0.475610 -15 0 CN87ts 5 WI2XBQ CN70vr 796 191
06:56 WI2XJQ 0.475611 -25 0 CN87ts 5 VE7BPB CN89lg 174 344
06:56 WI2XJQ 0.475611 -22 0 CN87ts 5 WH2XCR BL11je 4287 239
06:56 WI2XJQ 0.475611 -4 0 CN87ts 5 W7IUV DN07dg 208 105
06:30 WI2XJQ 0.475610 -24 1 CN87ts 5 VE6XH DO24tc 899 35
06:30 WI2XJQ 0.475610 -11 0 CN87ts 5 WH2XGP DN07dg 208 105

 

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported moderately low noise this morning as he strings together two consecutive days without storms in his area of Florida.  He provided reports for seven WSPR stations.

Ralph, W0RPK, reported the following daytime baseline data for pre-eclipse sessions:

“During 20Aug17 we had 290 630m WSPR eclipse control reports 15-21z contributed by 10-stations.  All report details are archived for analysis after 23Aug17.  Again, we had no 630m transmitting stations east of Arizona.

KF7NP      60-reports  WH2XXP 87km
WD2XSH/20  54-reports  WH2XGP 495km – WG2XSV 249km
WG2XSV     22-reports  WH2XGP 279km
WH2XGP     30-reports  WG2XSV 279km
W7WKR      33-reports  WH2XGP  46km
WI2XJQ     35-reports  WH2XGP 208km
N7DTP       1-report   WH2XGP 202km
VE7BDQ     27-reports  WG2XSV 373km – WH2XGP 315km
VE6XH       6-reports  WH2XGP 847km
VE6JY      22-reports  WH2XGP 868km”

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded “… 8 in S7 to +20over QRN most of night, including XXP XIQ XXM, XKA, XZO,XQU, CIQ, XXC.”

Dave, N4DB, reported at 0927z that he would be QRT early, missing sunrise, but  he decoded eight WSPR stations overnight.

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

Hideo, JH3XCU, submitted this link detailing DX -> JA decode totals and DX -> JA S/N peaks for the session, as reported on the Japanese language 472 kHz website.

Roger, VK4YB, reported that “QRN was low tonight, TP was good. I used the wrong Rx antenna for part of the time, otherwise my reports for others would have been better.  I predict the USA to EU and USA to JA paths will open soon.”   Roger also completed a two-way SSB QSO with VK5FQ on 479 kHz.  Roger notes that noise conditions were deteriorating as the QSO progressed but Steph was solid copy on the South-facing end fed antenna.  Signal was “marginal” with the bottom-hat vertical, however.  He received reports from W7IUV, VE7BDQ, WH2XGP, WE2XPQ and JA1NQI/2. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and WI2XBQ.  Roger also provided reports for WG2XXM and WH2XXP.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from sixty unique stations including VK4YB, ZL2AFP, ZL2BCG, WH2XCR, WE2XPQ, and ZF1EJ.

Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, indicates that this was “A great night of TP openings. The increased solar activity seems to have given the band a boost.”  He provided reports for nine WSPR stations  and he received reports from 22 unique stations including ZL2BCG and VK2XGJ.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from sixty unique stations including VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK4YB, VK5AKK, ZL2AFP, and ZL2BCG.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for ten WSPR stations and he received reports from 26 unique stations including VK2XGJ, ZL2AFP and ZL2BCG.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for ten WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

I began transmitting WSPR at 2350z operating at 15% transmit cycle and 1W ERP  and didn’t expect reports until after sunset, which was, in fact, the case.  My primary goal for the session was to test receive signal quality using a short vertical with a preamp located at the feed point for a little gain and impedance matching.  In previous tests QRN was too high for this test without a lot of attenuation but this session offered very good performance of the short vertical, particularly this morning.  During the evening, WH2XXC was reported multiple times prior to sunset here and persisted through the evening and overnight.  I am excited to test this further once the band is quiet.  At some point multiple verticals will be implemented and phased to provide switchable directivity.

Yesterday I replaced the PA0RDT at the remote grabber receiver with the same type of low noise vertical fed with a preamp.  Performance and overall noise seems to be significantly better without negatively impacting signal levels.  Next step will be to get the Reverse Beacon Network node working on that system.

I did not hear WD2XSH/12 in Colorado on 474.8 kHz CW for a second night.  Noise remained elevated but I expected to hear something.

WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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, reported that he QRT’ed for thunderstorms at 0657z.  Up to that point he provided reports for four WSPR stations. He received reports from WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Warwick, E51WL, provided late reports for VK4YB during the previous session. Those report details can be viewed here.

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for eight WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from four unique stations. He shared two-way reports with VE7BDQ, WH2XCR and WI2XBQ.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for fourteen WSPR stations including VK4MTJ, ZF1EJ and ZL1EE. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from 27 unique stations including JA1NQI/2, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK3WRE, VK5AKK, VK7TW, ZL1BPU, ZL2BCG, ZL4EI and ZL2AFP. DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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