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OFF AIR; QRT Thursday night but back Friday morning by 1100z

Another very different, very strong session with trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific openings; WG2XKA -> G8HUH; WE2XPQ <- VK4YB -> WH2XGP -> VK2DDI, VK2XGJ, EJTSWL; Good openings in the Pacific from KH6

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Propagation in North America spread to the East as the first trans-Atlantic openings in quite some time were reported.  Noise was high here during the evening and may have been the result of evening storm, although very little lightning was reported.  A few uncharacteristically noisy storms were located about 120 miles to my West, which complicated evening operating.  The distribution of storms around North America was less than it has been recently, however:

Lightning 082316

11-hour North American lightning distribution


Geomagnetic conditions were quiet.  The Bz has once again been variable but is currently pointing to the South.  Proton concentration is elevated to moderate levels and solar wind velocities are averaging near 350 km/s.

planetary-k-index 082316


Kyoto DST 082316


Australia 082316


I inadvertently fell asleep shortly before 0400z although with the local noise I don’t think I missed any excitement.  The ON4KST chat/logger suggests that Larry, W7IUV / WH2XHP, and Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, completed a JT9 QSO at 0414z but they too reported rapidly evolving noise conditions.

This morning I called CQ on JT9 shortly after 1000z and received reports from Ken, SWL-EN61, in Indiana:

SWLEN61 082316



My morning CW session yielded a QSO with Steve, WG2XIQ/1 / KF5RYI, across town.  His signal is improving  as seasonal changes have had a positive impact on his system impedance.  A small amplifier may be in the cards for him shortly if he can improve his receiving a bit more.  No use having more power if receiving is limited.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reported seven WSPR stations during the session, including VK4YB and Larry was decoded by thirty unique stations including VK2DDI, VK2XGJ and EJTSWL.    Larry indicates it was a noisy night and while activity was high in the eastern US, interaction with the West was limited during the evening.

VK4YB WH2XGP 082316

VK4YB, as reported by WH2XGP


WH2XGP VK2DDI 082316

WH2XGP, as reported by VK2DDI



WH2XGP, as reported by EJTSWL


VK2XGJ 082316a

VK2XGJ console capture showing WH2XGP at 0926z


John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, scored the first trans-Atlantic WSPR report of the pre-season.  He was decoded by Tom, G8HUH three times.  We were just talking days ago about the typical date of the first trans-Atlantic report, which was determined to be in September so this may be a sign of good things to come.  He was also decoded here, which is another sign of significant seasonal change and he decoded WH2XGP on the transcontinental path.  John provided the following comments:

“Another good session last night – WG2XKA heard eight, including WG2XIQ and WH2XGP under robust noise.  XKA was spotted by G8HUH for my first T/A event of the season, also heard by twenty unique stations as the conditions rapidly improve.”

WG2XKA 082316

WG2XKA session WSPR activity


Wg2XKA G8HUH 082316

WG2XKA, as reported by G8HUH


Wg2XKA WG2XIQ 082316

WG2XKA, as reported by WG2XIQ


Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, had a good night as he performed experiments, detailed below:

WG2XSV 082316


Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports that his pursuit of noise abatement is on going and provided the following statistics of his session:

WI2XJQ 082316


WI2XJQ 082316b


Phil, VE3CIQ, reports that he was decoded 24-times by VE4XC and notes that propagation appears to be holding on for extended periods.

Steve, VE7SL, reports that he decoded seven WSPR stations and was decoded by 21 unique stations overnight.

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

NA 082316

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


EU 082316

European 24-hour WSPR activity


JA 082316

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


VK 082316

Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


There were no reports from the trans-African or trans-Equatorial paths.  UA0SNV was present but no reports were filed during the session.  8P6EH was also reportomg present but I suspect his receiver was actually set for another band.  Jack, AA3GZ / WH2XNG, (actually listed as WH2XGN due to typo when he was changing call signs in the software), was also reporting another band, probably 160-meters,  as 630-meters.

In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, operated two receivers and two antennas again during the session and found success on one receiver reporting both WE2XGR/3 and WG3XKA:

ZF1EJ 082316

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


ZF1EJ1 082316

ZF1EJ/1 24-hour WSPR activity


WG2XKA ZF1EJ 082316a

WG2XKA, as reported by ZF1EJ


WE2XGR3 ZF1EJ 082316

WE2XGR/3, as reported by ZF1EJ


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, added a receiver/antenna combo to the mix for a total of five.  Laurence had good results once again, reporting VK4YB and hearing me all the way down in Texas.  Laurence provided the following comments: “additonal decoder we2xpq/2 wspr2.1 10ft loop beaming 235degT to VK – noisy from dog fences….”

WE2XPQ 082316

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


WE2XPQ1 082316

WE2XPQ/1 24-hour WSPR activity


WE2XPQ2 082316

WE2XPQ/2 24-hour WSPR activity


KL7L 082316

KL7L 24-hour WSPR activity


KL7L1 082316

KL7L/1 24-hour WSPR activity


VK4YB WE2XPQ 082316

VK4YB, as reported by WE2XPQ


VK4YB WE2XPQ1 082316

VK4YB, as reported by WE2XPQ/1


VK4YB WE2XPQ2 082316

VK4YB, as reported by WE2XPQ/2


VK4YB KL7L 082316

VK4YB, as reported by KL7L


VK4YB KL7L1 082316

VK4YB, as reported by KL7L/1


WH2XCR WE2XPQ 082316a

WH2XCR WE2XPQ 082316b

WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ


WH2XCR WE2XPQ1 082316a

WH2XCR WE2XPQ1 082316b

WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ/1


WH2XCR WE2XPQ2 082316a

WH2XCR WE2XPQ2 082316b

WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ/2


WH2XCR KL7L 082316a

WH2XCR KL7L 082316b

WH2XCR, as reported by KL7L


WH2XCR KL7L1 082316a

WH2XCR KL7L1 082316b

WH2XCR, as reported by KL7L/1


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, continues to see a large number of reports from  mainland North America, Australia and Tasmania.  When will see see another Japanese station?:

WH2XCR 082316

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


VK4YB WH2XCR 082316

VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR


WH2XCR VK4YB 082316

WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB



WH2XCR, as reported by EJTSWL


WH2XCR VK2DDI 082316

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2DDI


WH2XCR VK2XGJ 082316

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


VK2XGJ 082316b

VK2XGJ console capture showing WH2XCR at 0944z, 0954z, 1014z


VK2XGJ 082316c

VK2XGJ console capture showing WH2XGP at 1052z, 1110z, 1118z,1122z


WH2XCR VK3ELV 082316

WH2XCR, as reported by VK3ELV


WH2XCR VK5ABN 082316

WH2XCR, as reported by VK5ABN


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