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Good-to-average long-haul propagation and excellent domestic openings overnight; A few trans-Pacific openings were missing, however; Some rain statics reported but much of North America was lightning-free; Western LOWFER net 3927 kHz on Sunday mornings

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for September 4, 2016 can be viewed here.

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The North American lightning map was largely clear through the evening with most storms found in the Great Lakes region into Ontario.  Michigan continues to experience activity this morning.  A few evening monsoon storms were observed in the Desert Southwest while Mexico and parts of the Caribbean were quite active this morning.  Rain static was reported in the Northeast.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions reached elevated-quiet to unsettled levels during this session. The Bz is pointing slightly to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are down from the previous session,  averaging near 465 km/s.  Like yesterday, DST values continue to trend toward the centerline although at least one instance of a deep decrease was observed overnight so the situation near the poles remains tenuous.  DST  generally remains at negative levels.




Jerry, WA6OWR, posted on LOWFER that a western Lowfer net was QRV on Sunday mornings at 3927 kHz at 0800AM PDT.   If you can hear these guys, check them out.  I like this because it moves radio discussions back to radio rather than the Internet.  If anyone in the western region is inclined to make mp3 recordings and submit so that I can post the discussions here, please let me know.  I am happy to do that and I think preserving that history and knowledge is important.  Perhaps other areas will also begin nets like this.  If there is interest, I may consider something for the central area.  Again, its really important that we do radio ON the radio so we need to support and encourage this type of stuff.

John, W1TAG / WE2XGR, indicates that he provided reports for twelve stations and he received reports from 31 unique stations.  Regarding noise and weather conditions, John added that he “…Had heavy rain overnight, some buzzy noise from HV line thru the woods. Static crashes not too bad.”

Phil, VE3CIQ, indicated that “Band is opening up. First time I have been heard by XCR since last winter.”  He provided reports for ten WSPR stations and he received reports from 23 unique stations.  He also noted what sounded like “wind” coming from his speaker with little traditional static heard this morning.

VE3CIQ session WSPR activity (courtesy VE3CIQ)


David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, reported a good night with not much QRN in EM85.  David added:

“…I produced a total of 45 spots in 12 hours (a new record for me). 12 spots were on RX and 33 on TX with 10 of those being at a distance >1000 km. I used the type 43 ferrite core transformer last night, but in retrospect I do not think the core type in the transformer was a limiting issue. I discovered a cold solder point on my main loading coil and correction of that issue seems to be much of the reason for improved TX. Last night was the first time my signal was ever reported on the west coast. Happy camper here.”

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, has been hearing me very well over the last few days.  He submitted these comments and statistics for the session:

“Last night was the return of good autumn conditions, best so far with 39 decoding WH2XZO and decoding 12 unique from here in upstate SC.  Two spots by XCR and 9 by VE7SL.  I’ll use my machete to hack away at some of the spring and summer growth, as much as 15′ high,  around my delta receive antennas and also my Hytower.  David, WI2XUF, and Ernie, WI2XQU, have made good improvements to their stations and will be visiting me soon  to get the top hat wires higher in the trees where they originally were.”

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from 23 unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations in two hours of listening this morning.  He added that storms and WH2XCR’s signal failed to materialize at his QTH  during this session.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded thirteen WSPR stations overnight including WH2XXP, ZF1EJ, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WI2XRM, WD2XSH/15, WE2XGR, WI2XSV, WH2XZO, WI2XUF, VE3CIQ and WH2XXC.  His best DX for the session was WH2XGP who was reported at – 17 dB S/N at 0834z.

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded twelve WSPR stations including session best DX reports for WH2XXP at a distance of 3109 km and ZF1EJ at a distance of 2024 km.  Dave added that “VE3CIQ is a regular here and almost always copied at a -22 SNR”

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, indicates that “After yesterday, my expectation was a little elevated, but it was not to be. QRN was rather high and propagation retreated somewhat.  There will still reports in the high teens from VE6XH and W7IUV, but the spotlight did not spread further.  Reports from Alaska were noticeably absent.” Roger received reports from JA3TVF, KK6EEW, N6GN, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7SL, W7IUV, WE2XPQ,  and WH2XGP.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, indicates that he provided reports for twelve WSPR stations and he received reports from sixty unique stations including ZL2AFP, WH2XCR, ZF1EJ,  and seven Canadian stations.  Ken added that band conditions are improving as he shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and ZF1EJ.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 65 unique stations including ZL2AFP, VK4YB, VK2XGJ and VK3ALZ.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for nineteen WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from 38 unique stations. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for eight WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


My activity began with WSPR at 0030z to once again evaluate propagation through sunset which turned out to be really pretty good.  Noise was a bit dicey and it was clear that I was hearing the storms in the Great Lake region.  The exercise ended at 0224z for the night and I had the plan of being on the air again at 1000z but somehow that turned into 1100z.  My alarm’s snooze button was just too inviting on this work holiday in the US.  I cranked up WSPR at 1112z at 1W ERP and 33% transmit cycle which I scaled back to 25% transmit cycle for the last 10 minutes of the WSPR session.  Morning band conditions were pretty good but improved as noise sources in the East and Northeast disappeared in full sun.  As I was finishing up with WSPR, openings to the Pacific Northwest were beginning.  I did not hear WH2XCR but Merv provided reports for me earlier in my morning session.  I suspect that those reports for Merv would have come had I been listening for WSPR through sunrise.  I opted to spend sunrise on 474.5 kHz CW, CQing at 30-second intervals.  As I had no sked arranged and only announced the impromptu  activity in the ON4KST chat, no additional QSO’s were registered.  I QRT’ed at 1230z.  My WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.

WG2XIQ 2-hour WSPR activity


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR summary


South American 24-hour WSPR summary


European 24-hour WSPR summary


Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR summary


Chinese 24-hour WSPR summary


Japanese 24-hour WSPR summary


Oceania 24-hour WSPR summary


Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for seven WSPR stations. He received reports from 35 unique stations including WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, was QRT for much of the session due to a breaker that failed at his station but he provided brief reports for WH2XXP.  Its possible that additional power or Internet problems impacted his receive capabilities overnight.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for fifteen WSPR stations including VK3HP and ZF1EJ.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and ZL1EE. Merv received reports from thirty unique stations including VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK3WRE, VK5AKK, VK7TW and ZL2AFP.   DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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