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OFF AIR for storms, probably for much of the week if the forecast holds

Good propagation and quieter band conditions return; Great trans-Pacific openings including WH2XXC -> ZL2BCG, VK4YB -> ZF1EJ; WH2XCR -> JA1NQI-2, JH3XCU

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for August 29, 2016 can be viewed here.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Neither 630-meters nor 2200-meters are open to amateurs in the US yet. That includes stations using fake or pirated call signs. Please continue to be patient and let the FCC finish their processes. UPDATED: Click here to view the proposed “considerate operators” frequency usage guide for 630-meters under Part-97 rules that was developed with the input of active band users.

Noise was elevated during the evening with active storm systems in the Midwest, southeast Atlantic coast, Gulf coast and Desert Southwest.  By morning, lightning crashes were few and far between here in North Texas and the overall noise floor was low enough that comfortable CW QSO’s might be possible with little effort.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions were quiet.  The Bz is pointing to the South and has been through the session. Solar wind velocities are averaging near 295 km/s in the very low category. DST values have recovered nicely, reaching and surpassing the centerline to positive levels in many cases.




Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, experienced a pretty good session and he figured out why he keeps popping FET’s in his amp.  He provided these comments and statistics:

“Had a good session with 21 hearing my 1/2w ERP. Also had 2-way’s with these guys…(and several others).  Out of 21 spotters, these are the most distant (SNR’s = best):

I think I have found the reason for my amp failures. There was a loose connection in the de-tune coil in my outside ATU.  After repairing that I decided to replace the blown FET in my amp. I ran it at low power overnight and it seems to be putting out less power than previous FET’s at the same voltage. More testing today…and I heard these 7:


Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported the “Return to better conditions from SC with 10 decoded and 38 decoding XZO inc WH2XCR and VE7SL.”

David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, reported that “The experimentation continues here at my station.   I had an opportunity to get the vertical component of my antenna (6 element caged Marconi Tee) 10-12 feet higher and spent yesterday doing that.  Last night, I ended up with a record 41 spots (9 receive, 32 transmit), so it seems things are working out here…”

Mike, WA3TTS, reported:

“Ten stations heard overnight, best DX WH2XCR on NE EWE antenna from just after SS to 0425, then NW EWE antenna until SR, dual band receive 630/2200m wspr2.

WH2XCR   2 decodes

08:56   WH2XCR   0.475618   -22   0   BL11je   1   WA3TTS EN90xn   7439   54
06:54   WH2XCR   0.475618   -24   0   BL11je   1   WA3TTS EN90xn   7439   54

Visual water fall observations B4 and after 0654 decode had visible traces with either XCR fading or QRN rises preventing additional captures. This is a much preferred situation vs local noise or other in-band signal interference….as fall conditions improve I expect XCR decodes at deeper SNRs

WH2XGP  38 decodes, best -10 @ 1020  min -23 @ 0542
WH2XXP 73 decodes, best +8 @ 0954, min -24 @ 0224
ZF1EJ       28 decodes (yea !), best -16 @ 0304, min -24 @ 0722
WG2XXM    99 decodes, best +10 @ 0848    min -29  @ 1042
WD2XSH/15   39  decodes, best -13 @ 0934  min -24 @ 0634
WG2XKA       38 decodes, best   +4  @  0516,  min -12  @  0342
WH2XZO       93 decodes, best +4  @ 0516 , min -26 @ 1032
WI2XUF        128 decodes, best -3  0814  , min -24  @  0026
WH2XXC      94 decodes, best +9 @ 0938,  min -27 @ 0124

Also 89 WH2XND decodes between  0428 and 1144 UTC.  Some XND traces visible after 0400 on NE antenna, then switched for first decode at 0428 best -16 @ 1100, min -31 @ 0832″

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded ten WSPR stations in spite of elevated noise levels due to a tropical storm that included heavy rain in his area.

Trans-Pacific report details, excluding ZF1, 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, received reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI-2, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7SL, W6SFH, W7IUV, “WA6OURKIWI”, WE2XPQ, WH2XGP, ZF1EJ and WI2XBQ. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  The power company visited the transformer that is creating noise problems for Roger and VK4FO but so far they have not received the satisfaction they had hoped for.  Roger explains:

“The electricity company was working on that noisy transformer today as promised. see photo. (courtesy Gordon, VK4FO) They were there for 5 hours.  They confirmed with their spectrum analyser that the transformer was the  problem.  BUT they couldn’t fix it.”

I don’t know what the regulations are like in Australia but here if the FCC didn’t get involved or the utility didn’t see the lost dollars from a faulty transformer, we would make life difficult for the utility by speaking at a shareholders meeting or public utility commission meeting.  Utilities are always vying to receive approval to raise rates and to report that they are wasting money rarely bodes well for endeavors.  Roger provided this image of the workmen that was taken by VK4FO:

Utility work in VK4 (courtesy VK4FO)


Rob, K3RWR / WH2XXC, provided reports for nine WSPR stations and he received reports from forty unique stations including one report from ZL2BCG at an amazing distance of 14214 km.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported much improved receive conditions.  He provided reports for twelve WSPR stations and he received reports from 52 unique stations including ZL2BCG, ZL2AFP, WH2XCR, WE2XPQ, ZF1EJ and seven Canadian stations.

Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports from 26 unique stations including ZL2AFP and ZL2BCG.  Joe shared two-way reports with VK4YB.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 61 unique stations including EJTSWL, ZL2BCG, ZL2AFP, ZL4EI, VK4YB, VK2XGJ, VK2EIK, VK3ALZ, VK3GJZ and VK7TW.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, indicates better band conditions and good openings to the East coast.  He provided reports for fifteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 48 unique stations including ZL2AFP, ZL2BCG, and VK3ZGJ.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for ten WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


I started the evening on 160-meters calling CQ on 1.815 CW and received a call from Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM.  Eric was strong but I had a problem.  It seems that the receive antenna switching relay in the FT1000 has become intermittent so I missed most of Eric’s transmission as I was trying to figure out what was going on.  We signed and I spent some time troubleshooting.  Long story short, it probably means that I am going to have to crack open the box and replace the relay.  Relay problems are common with this particular transceiver and its a lot of trouble to repair.  As much as a like the receiver, it may be time to start thinking about a replacement.

As I had some other testing to accomplish during the session on 472 kHz, I called CQ on 474.5 kHz CW for a bit and continued again this morning through sunrise.  No additional QSO’s were completed but as we transition to the new season in the coming days I will try to get into this routine again.

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


European 24-hour WSPR activity


Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR activity


Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including two reports for VK4YB in the low -20’s dB S/N.   He received reports from 33 unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  DX report details can be viewed here.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for six WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from seventeen unique stations including ZL2BCG. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR, WG2XSV, WI2XBQ, and WH2XGP.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations including VK3HP and ZL1EE. He shared two-way reports with ZF1EJ, VK4YB, WG2XSV, WG2XXM, WH2XGP, WI2XBQ and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from 27 unique stations including JA1NQI-2, JH3XCU, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, ZL4EI, ZL2BCG and ZL2AFP. DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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