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First night of both trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific openings in a single night for the new season; Geomagnetic conditions settle down but many lower probability openings continue to be observed

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for September 10, 2016 can be viewed here.

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The western portions of North America experienced evening storms that produced lightning with a few storms in the central region of the US into central and northern Canada carrying over to this morning.  Florida and the Caribbean remain active due to hurricane activity.  The Midwest into New England appears to have been largely storm-free but some areas may have experienced rain static.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic storm conditions have been declared to be finished according to Solarham. A few additional flares have been observed through this session, however, but there doesn’t seem to be any concern about impending elevated geomagnetic activity.  The Bz is at unity this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 520 km/s, which is still in the moderately high category.  Proton levels are decreasing and have generally returned to normal levels.  DST values are trending upward and the Australian measurement is interesting due to the abrupt return to typical levels.  I hate to admit it, but due to the fantastic enhancements that were experienced by so many at lower latitudes, I hate to see this one end.

 

 

 

 

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

Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, reported a pipeline to WH2XXC:

“WI2XQU returned to the air in transmitting mode only last session with 29 stations decoding my signal. Certainly not my best session but I’ll take it. A couple of interesting notes; I seldom decode other stations on my transmitting antenna, barring Doug WH2XZO and David WI2XUF but last night there was no Doug (David took the night off) but rather I had a total of 13 spots of WH2XXC (-25 to -29) who is 654 km distant. His signal had to be kicking into western North Carolina last night. Secondly the lower SW, ham and broadcast bands were booming in from the west and Pacific/Asia areas last night. I would expect good reports today from the west coast 630 stations.”

UPDATE:  Ernie indicates that he unintentionally selected 20 dB of attenuation through this session, which impacted his reports.

Brandy, N1HO, reported that he “…had several dozen spots for WH2XXC last night, ranging from -4 to -28 or so.  Correlation with the weather will be interesting.”

David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, reported that “Last night I went into RX only mode with 12 unique spots on my revised transmitting antenna.  I don’t keep track of RX spots, but 12 in one night has to be a record (if not close) for me.  It makes sense as the antenna has about 7 times as much wire up in the air as my normal receiving inverted L.  I also had 2 erroneous decodes from wsjt-x that were not included in the 12 total.”

Dave, N4DB, reported stronger signals as he decoded eleven WSPR stations.

Trans-Atlantic report details can be viewed here.

Rob, K3RWR / WH2XXC, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations and he received reports from 39 unique stations including EA8BFK.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded twelve WSPR stations and he was decoded by 53 unique stations including EA8BFK, VK2XGJ, WH2XCR, ZF1EJ and ten Canadian stations.  He also shared two-way with VK4YB, WH2XCR and ZF1EJ.  These were Ken’s first trans-Atlantic reports of the new season.

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, reports “Another good night for propagation and QRN was low for a change. The East coast of USA remains elusive.   A few days ago a 2-way with WG2XXM was a sensation, now it is par for the course. How quickly we adapt! Take a look at the previous day last year, not a single TP spot for VK4YB.  Now after a few TA reports, I think the flood gates will open.”  Roger received reports from CF7MM, JA3TVF, K6SRO, KJ6MKI, N6GN, VE7CNF, VE7SL, VE7VV (not uploaded), W6SFH, W7IUV, WE2XPQ, WG2XIQ and  WW6D. He shared two-way reports with WH2XGP, WI2XBQ, WH2XCR and WG2XXM.

John, VK2XGJ, indicates that WH2XXP was first reported about eight minutes before sunset at his station:

VK2XGJ WSPR console before local sunset (courtesy VK2XGJ)

 

Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, provided reports for ten WSPR stations and he received reports from 27 unique stations including ZL2BCG and VK2XGJ.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB.

Roger, VE7VV, reported that “Last night gave the best propagation I have seen this season to the Pacific with continuous spots of WH2XCR’s signal from 0440 to 1346 (my sunrise, best -9, and 22 spots by Merv of my 0.2W EIRP from 0510 to 1254, I also heard VK4YB many times with a best of -22.”

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 64 unique stations including EJTSWL, VK7TW, ZL2BCG, ZL1EE, ZL4EI, VK4YB, VK2XGJ, VK2EIK, VK3ALZ, VK3WRE and VK5AKK.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations and he received reports from 45 unique stations including EJTSWL, ZL2BCG, ZL1EE, VK2EIK and VK2XGJ.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

I started the session before sunset at 0013z, looking for CW signals responding to my CQ’s.  I continued until 0111z when I transitioned to WSPR for a couple of hours starting at 0130z.  The band seemed typical, perhaps a bit less interesting compared to the recent  geomagnetic enhancements.  The band was a bit noisy to the East which I presume was the result of hurricane activity in Florida.  I QRT’ed at 0308z.

I returned this morning for approximately two-hours of WSPR beginning at 1004z.  At 1130z I transitioned to receive-only in hopes of catching a few Pacific stations.  I was successful hearing VK4YB again about 30 minutes before local sunrise at 1140z and at JT9 levels followed by another report at 1158z at the same levels.  Curiously, the only report during the 1158z frame was VK4YB.  Was I able to hear him because dynamic range was less impacted as QRO stations were not transmitting during that two-minute window or was the opening such that only Roger’s signal was heard – I don’t know.  A post sunrise report was also registered for Roger at 1208z at -25 dB S/N in a frame where QRO stations were absent.  I also heard WH2XCR after sunrise, who had reported me a bit earlier before I transitioned to receive-only.  The reports of Merv’s signal often suggest the lengthening of the band ahead of these trans-Pacific openings.  The band was “OK” but not quite as good as the previous session.  My transmission report details can be viewed here and my reception report details can be viewed here.

WG2XIQ 3-hour WSPR activity

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for ten WSPR stations.  He received reports from 28 unique stations including WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for three WSPR stations including VK4YB and WH2XCR.  As G4DMA/A, Laurence reported six WSPR stations during this session.  DX report details for WE2XPQ can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

G4DMA/A session WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for sixteen WSPR stations including VK3HP, VK5ABN and ZF1EJ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and ZL1EE. Merv received reports from 33 unique stations including EJTSWL, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK3WRE, VK7TW, WE2XPQ, ZL4EI and ZL2BCG. DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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