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An abridged report: Trans-Pacific probably not as good during this session; WH2XCR -> JA, VK; WSPRnet upgrade goes awry so at least it was a noisy night and maybe not too much was missed

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

…sorta.  A new server was installed for WSPRnet and it seemed like all was well but many operators, including myself, noted that decoded stations were not being uploaded to the database while other stations had no problems at all.  This morning W1BW reported that the problem was related to the size of a database field and some versions of WSPR were reporting version data that would not fit in the field under the new database engine. The problem is apparently resolved now but the dataset for this session is a sloppy mess so rather than posting incomplete maps and database details I am going to designate this as a “trash session” as far as the data that I collect is concerned so that caution is used when utilizing the information, hopefully avoiding faulty conclusions.  A few of the stations that had no problems reporting will be reported as normal, like ZF1EJ, and any specific data reported on the ON4KST chat / logger or any highlights, like WH2XCR being reported by JH3XCU and JA1NQI-2, will be reported here today.  This will be a very much abridged report today, however, and we will get back to business tomorrow.  Additions through the day are welcomed and encouraged.

It was noisy, if that is a silver lining, so perhaps not much would have been missed if reporting was at 100%.  A few JT9 attempts were made in the evening with WG2XSV as well as this morning and WI2XFI was in the mix this morning as well but strong storms in Oklahoma made listening futile.  My morning CW sked was cut very short because we could not hear one another and that’s saying a lot given how close we are!

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11-hour North American lightning summary

 

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WG2XSV morning JT9 (click to enlarge)

 

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WI2XFI morning JT9 (click to enlarge)

 

Geomagnetic activity was as quiet as it has been in a week.  The Bz is pointing to the North and the solar wind velocities are steadily decreasing to below 400 km/s.  DST values appear to be stabilizing.  Many operators are commenting that propagation was down but its unclear whether that has more to do with the fact that better than 50% of active receiving and transmitting operator unable to register their decodes on WSPRnet.

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Ken, W8RUT / WI2XFI, was not having upload problems overnight as far as he knows and even had “a first” during this session.  He submitted these details for his session:

“…I had 291 spots, 263 RX spots for the entire night, but only 28 spots ( 4 unique) on TX, but only for 1.5 hours of TX, starting at 09:20z.I was also on JT 9 for 25 min during that time. I did not turn on the the TX because of the storms in the area last night. Only notable spot was I was heard by VE2PEP for the first time (1137km). More storms predicted for tonight and tomorrow…”

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WI2XFI session WSPR activity

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reported that he decoded ten WSPR stations using the West-facing flag antenna.  He decoded nothing East of the Mississippi river.  He was decoded by 28 unique stations including VK4YB and VK5ABN, and a few eastern stations, including ZF1EJ.  Larry reports that VK4YB decoded him a few minutes after sunrise in Washington state.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, reports that “…condx seem way down here last night, even accounting for the missing spots. heard by 34 with 2 VK reporting.”

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WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Steve, VE7SL, reports that he was “transmit-only” until his relays arrive for the new transceive switcher.  The WSPRnet database is reporting that he was decoded by a likely incomplete 25 unique reporting stations.  He also notes that Roger, VK4YB, is classifying this session’s trans-Pacific conditions as “a two out of possible nine.”

Roger, VK4YB, reported the following:

“Spots 6*WH2XGP (-22) 4* WH2XXP (-24) 8*WH2XCR (-17) Some spots went missing as only one computer was reporting. No DX reports of my signal.  Generally poor condx, Heavy rain and line of T storms did not help.”

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, did not report any upload problems overnight and indicates that “WH2XCR was just about CW-copy” and adds that WG2XXM and my signal were “in” quite a long time. He provided the following data showing stations received at his station:

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WI2XJQ unique “heard stations” list for session

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, provided this capture of his entire screen, showing some of his late WSPR reports in addition to previous presented JT9 activity:

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WG2XSV full screen capture showing JT9 and late WSPR spots on his console (click to enlarge)

 

Phil, VE3CIQ, reports that overnight was the same as the previous few nights, adding “heard XXP, XZO, XIQ, EFF and very low power XKA.”

Paul, W0RW / WA2XRM operated a QRSS3 CW beacon overnight near 480 kHz and reports a single reception report in his area.  It was noise for CW last night!

Eden, ZF1EJ, was one of the stations that did not appear to have gaps in his reporting so I will include his extensive reception reports for both receiver / antenna combinations for the session below:

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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ZF1EJ/1 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, likely remains offline due to ongoing receive audio problems or it could have also been upload problems.

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, was decoded by JH3XCU and JA1NQI-2 during this session in addition to VK2NP, VK3ELV, VK3HP, VK4YB, and VK5ABN during this session.  Gaps in uploads have been reported for the VK data but not in the JA data so for this session I will only be reporting the JA decodes today:

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WH2XCR, as reported by JA1NQI-2

 

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WH2XCR, as reported by JH3XCU

 

Phil, VK3ELV, has so far registered a single report from JH3XCU.  Since this report comes after the database fix was performed, I can be fairly certain that the data is complete as of this time:

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VK3ELV, as reported by JH3XCU

 

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