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SCHEDULED ACTIVITY: CQ 474.5 kHz CW by 1000z through sunrise most days, WX permitting

Another night of strong propagation and regionally strong QRN; Night 2 of CLE event; WH2XGP -> VK2DDI, VK3ELV; WH2XXP -> VK2DDI, VK2XGJ, VK3ELV, VK4YB, EJTSWL

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Propagation was good once again with early, pre-dark WSPR reports of my signals at WG2XJM.  WD2XSH/15 was heard here before sunset and seen earlier without decode.  Noise was higher than I like it to be but not atypical for late August.

Lightning 082816

12-hour Lightning summary for North America

 

Geomagnetic conditions remain quiet.  The Bz is at unity of very close and solar wind velocities have returned to low levels, averaging 375 km/s.  DST values continue to show stable conditions:

planetary-k-index 082816

 

Kyoto DST 082816

 

Australia 082816

The path to Oceania was better than the previous session as Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP was decoded by thirty unique stations including five VK’s.  Ward reports that he registered a +16 dB S/N about an hour before sunrise in Arizona:

WH2XXP EJTSWL 082816

WH2XXP, as reported by EJTSWL

 

WH2XXP VK4YB 082816

WH2XXP, as reported by VK4YB

 

WH2XXP VK3ELV 082816

WH2XXP, as reported by VK3ELV

 

WH2XXP VK2XGJ 082816

WH2XXP, as reported by VK2XGJ

 

WH2XXP VK2DDI 082816

WH2XXP, as reported by VK2DDI

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, also experienced an improved Oceanic path, with reports from VK2DDI and VK3ELV.  Larry did not report VK4YB during this session, however.  He reports that he decoded four WSPR stations and was decoded by 23 unique stations.  He also notes that the north-side path appears to be afflicted again:

WH2XGP VK2DDI 082816

WH2XGP, as reported by VK2DDI

 

WH2XGP VK3ELV 082816

WH2XGP, as reported by VK3ELV

 

David, VK2DDI, once again reported early decodes from WH2XCR and WH2XXP:

VK2DDI 082816

VK2DDI WSPR console reports

 

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported a lower noise level in Ontario as he was decoding more distant stations again:

VE3CIQ 082816

VE3CIQ session WSPR activity

 

Ken, W8RUT / WI2XFI, sent me a note indicating, “I spotted your WSPR 64 times over night, with best @ -10 SNR.  I had 245 total spots (RX) from many of the US/CA stations transmitting.”

WI2XFI 082816

WI2XFI WSPR session activity

 

JB, VE3EAR, reported a two-hour WSPR reporting session and provided the following data on the LOWFER email reflector:

0200 -26 -1.6   0.475714  0 VE3EFF FN15 30
0206 -27 -1.7   0.475612  0 WG2XIQ EM12 33
0206 -21 -1.7   0.475751  0 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0210 -24 -1.5   0.475714  0 VE3EFF FN15 30
0216 -12 -1.5   0.475751  0 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0218 -21 -1.5   0.475611  0 WG2XIQ EM12 33
0224 -28 -1.7   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0224 -17 -1.7   0.475753 -1 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0230 -24 -1.5   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0230 -30 -1.5   0.475714  0 VE3EFF FN15 30
0232 -14 -1.5   0.475751  0 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0236 -23 -1.5   0.475613  0 WG2XIQ EM12 33
0236 -22 -1.5   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0240 -26 -1.6   0.475714  0 VE3EFF FN15 30
0240 -21 -1.7   0.475753 -1 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0242 -26 -1.6   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0244 -17 -1.5   0.475613  0 WG2XIQ EM12 33
0246 -12 -1.6   0.475753 -1 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0250 -27 -1.6   0.475613  0 WG2XIQ EM12 33
0254 -25 -1.6   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0256 -12 -1.5   0.475752  0 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0300 -28 -1.5   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0300 -24 -1.5   0.475714  0 VE3EFF FN15 30
0304 -15 -1.8   0.475751 -1 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0306 -18 -1.7   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0310 -19 -1.7   0.475751  0 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0312 -25 -1.7   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0318 -19 -1.6   0.475614  0 WG2XIQ EM12 33
0318 -18 -1.7   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0318 -15 -1.7   0.475752  0 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0324 -18 -1.7   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0326 -23 -1.5   0.475614  0 WG2XIQ EM12 33
0326 -15 -1.6   0.475751  0 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0330 -19 -1.5   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0330 -27 -1.5   0.475714  0 VE3EFF FN15 30
0332 -20 -1.6   0.475752 -1 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0336 -16 -1.5   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0340 -23 -1.6   0.475714  0 VE3EFF FN15 30
0342 -21 -1.5   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0342 -10 -1.6   0.475752  0 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0346 -23 -1.5   0.475614  0 WG2XIQ EM12 33
0348 -21 -1.6   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0350 -30 -1.6   0.475714  0 VE3EFF FN15 30
0350 -16 -1.7   0.475751  0 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0354 -24 -1.7   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0356 -16 -1.7   0.475751  0 VE3CIQ FN15 30
0400 -21 -1.6   0.475664  0 WH2XXP DM33 40
0400 -27 -1.5   0.475714  0 VE3EFF FN15 30

There were a number of reports of stations operating in the CLE event.  Their details, as posted in the ON4KST chat/logger follow:

03:46:30 WG2XSV Neil Also cpi Mark, ve7mm on 475.0 rst 549
03:42:53 WG2XSV Neil Got CW cpi on Toby, ve7CNF on 477.5, rst 559 into Vncvr WA
07:04:32 VE7CNF Toby At 0800 CW beacons are VE7BDQ S9+10, VA7MM S9+20. WG2XSV RST 229, was much better 559 last night.
06:58:44 VE7CNF Toby Heard a birdie on 477.5. Thought it might be another CW, so I moved my beacon to 477.6.
05:42:49 KL7L/7 Laurence kl7l/7 qrv rx
04:53:37 VE7BDQ John still 100w tpo.. must be the “night effects”
04:53:01 WG2XSV Neil Will check back in the morning….73 all
04:50:21 WG2XSV Neil Mark/ve7mm rst now 449
04:48:46 WG2XSV Neil Or…maybe a peak of QSB ??
04:47:33 WG2XSV Neil Just now saw BDQ do a short xmission with higher pwr. rst 569
04:35:11 WG2XSV Neil Correction 474.6=477.6
04:31:50 WG2XSV Neil Looks like Toby moved up 100 hz to 474.6 kHz (drift ??) rst 549
04:17:11 VE7BDQ John Yep, it’s BDQ on 474.0 only running 100w tpo while I track down dsl modem problems with higher power
03:51:30 WG2XSV Neil The signal on 474 had QSB. It was probably BDQ but I did not copy well

12:50:43 WG2XSV Neil Mark/va7mm hits peaks of rst 549 with qsb and down to 229…
12:46:51 WH2XND Ron GM Guys, thank you for the 4 spots on 75 KHz we do appreciate it.
12:39:11 WG2XSV Neil (altho, never louder than XGP’s cw ID)
12:37:38 WG2XSV Neil Ward/XXP cw ID was loudest this morning around 0532 PDT, rst ~549 or better
12:35:59 WG2XSV Neil CW bcns this morning are weak. Hrd BDQ, CNF, and MM but all were about 229 here.

 

Unfortunately it seems WordPress has made a mess of this table and the contents so just be mindful of the timestamps on the left-hand side.  I am not going to try to fix it as it only seems to make it worse.  A number of European stations are also participating in the event this weekend so be looking out for them.

I performed some antenna comparisons in the late evening with Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM, who was transmitting a slow CW beacon for the CLE event on 473 kHz.  The antennas were the resonant, multi-turn rotatable loop, the E-probe, and the low noise, non resonant vertical.  Listening to Eric’s signal in the noise, the rotatable loop was the winner, followed by the E-probe with the low noise vertical next.  I have recently done a lot of work to improve the feed line isolation on the loop and installed a better isolation transformer which seems to have improved the directivity pretty drastically as well as the noise level, probably a result of better common mode isolation.  The E-probe is the same that has been used for over a year now, located in the front yard pecan tree.  The low noise vertical is the variety described by VE7SL and many operators have had good success with the design.  My variety is between 18- and 20-foot tall, 5-10 foot shorter than it really should be.  It hangs from a  tree branch and uses a ground rod plus a modest chicken wire ground screen.  The vertical seems to hear very well on 160-meters and while NDB’s are quite audible at lower MF and LF, it is so far no match for the other antennas.  As this is a game of S/N, on a quiet night any of these antennas would have been sufficient but a little directivity and perhaps a little gain helped pull the signal from the noise.  I intend on trying preamp coupling rather than transformer coupling at the low noise vertical shortly to see if there are any improvements.

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

NA 082816

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

EU 082816

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

VK 082816

Australian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

JA 082816

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

There were no reports from the trans-Atlantic, trans-African or trans-Equatorial paths.  UA0SNV was present but no reports have been filed at this time.

Eden, ZF1EJ, continues to hear well in spite of storm QRN in the Caribbean, reports WH2XGP on the main receiver:

ZF1EJ 082816

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

ZF1EJ1 082816

ZF1EJ/1 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, operated two receiver / antenna pairs overnight. He decoded VK4YB and WH2XCR, in addition to WH2XGP, WH2XXP, and WG2XIQ.  Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, gathered the following screen capture from Laurence’s “472-snapper” this morning, showing quite a bit of activity:

KL7L snapper 082816

Morning screen capture by W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV from the KL7L “472-grabber”

 

WE2XPQ 082816

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

KL7L 082816

KL7L 24-hour WSPR activity

 

VK4YB WE2XPQ 082816

VK4YB, as reported by WE2XPQ

 

WH2XCR WE2XPQ 082816

WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ

 

VK4YB KL7L 082816

VK4YB, as reported by KL7L

 

WH2XCR KL7L 082816

WH2XCR, as reported by KL7L

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, was reported by the usual suspects including the recently returned VK2NP and a sunrise report from VK2XGJ.  I had high hopes of decoding Merv overnight here but the noise never really calmed down enough at strategic times to make that a possibility.  We will get there again, however.

WH2XCR 082816

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 

WH2XCR EJTSWL 082816

WH2XCR, as reported by EJTSWL

 

WH2XCR VK2DDI 082816

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2DDI

 

WH2XCR VK2NP 082816

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2NP

 

WH2XCR VK3ELV 082816

WH2XCR, as reported by VK3ELV

 

WH2XCR VK4YB 082816

WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB

 

WH2XCR VK2XGJ 082816

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ

 

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