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Strong night for trans-Pacific paths to Midwest, East coast and Caribbean as VK4YB -> N3FL, ZF1EJ; Trans-Atlantic skips over the East Coast allowing WG2XXM -> EA8BFK; Many stations in Southeast impacted by hurricane but several find a way to make reports

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for September 12, 2016 can be viewed here.

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The main lightning sources were found in the West and Desert Southwest during this session.  The remnants of hurricane Irma  continues to push inland, increasing noise due to rain and causing damage for a number of stations in the southeastern US.  It was very quiet here in the central US.  A few evening storms were present in Northern Canada.  Mexico remains active South of the Yucatan.

North America 24-hour lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions were at elevated-quiet levels.   Solarham reports that the CME associated with the X8.2 flare from two days ago off of the western limb of the sun will likely result in a glancing blow on September 13 after further analysis.  A new C-flare had been reported at 0729z during this session that was associated with a type II radio emission and subsequently a high likelihood of coronal mass ejection.  The data will be further analyzed today to determine if this event is earth directed.  This morning the Bz is pointing slightly to the South and solar wind velocities are up from very low levels in the previous session, averaging near 450 km/s.  Proton levels were beginning to decrease but the emission this morning may have started the increase in proton levels once again.  DST values are at or above the center line, moving into positive territory and might represent the typical increase observed before the large decrease associated with geomagnetic events.

 

 

 

 

Trans-Atlantic reports were further inland during this session, skipping over the East coast entirely.  Report details can be viewed here.

Session trans-Atlantic WSPR activity

 

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations and he received repots from 54 unique stations including ZL2AFP,  EA8BFK and  seven Canadian stations.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, WH2XCR, ZF1EJ, and CF7MM.

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported that “Our 40 MPH gusts was enough to cause minor damage.  Still raining and haven’t inspected the TX antenna, but the vertical solder joint apparently broke at the small B&W coil up 18″ in the vertical, and the coil is lying on the ground.  The Wellbrook loop performed well with 10 unique decodes including WH2XCR.  I will have to see if my northwestern favoring Delta antenna in the woods is still up. I want to reorient it to favor west and see if I can decode VK4YB.”

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports from 22 unique stations.  Rick indicates that this was a better session based on data.  His unique report details can be viewed here.

Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, was originally impacted by storm conditions battering his region but he reported that “WI2XQU was able to twice spend an hour transmitting last session. This was after the wind of Irma slowed to 25 mph gust around midnight local time. I also spent approximately the same amount of time listening. Even with wildly changing SWR there were 26 stations decoding my sign the furtherest being W0AIR at 2069 km. I provided decodes to 7 stations. Wind remain at 5-10 mph at this QTH in western NC at 10:15 local.”

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded eight WSPR stations overnight, including session best DX, WH2XXP, at +2 dB S/N at 1030z through moderate QRN.

David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, reported that he, like many others in the southeastern region, was being impacted by the hurricane remnant.  He provided a few reports and offered these comments for the session:

“Last night in RX only mode, I had a total of 8 spots, most distant being XXP with intermittent listening.  Not sure yet if I still have an antenna in the air as Irma was really whipping the evergreen antenna masts around last night.  Some others have reported wind damage to their systems, so we have some work to redo once the rain stops.”

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported that he would be operating in a receive only capacity for a few days.  During this session he reported hearing WG2XKA, WG2XXM, WH2XXC, WH2XXP, WI2XQU, WI2XSV and ZF1EJ.

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded nine WSPR stations in quiet conditions in spite of rain bands from the hurricane remnant.

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, reported that “The band was quiet again and I was hoping to hear some long haul DX but only the regulars came in. Propagation was wide spread but fairly weak.  The spot from John, N3FL only just squeaked in at -33dB. Eden, ZF1EJ and Joe, WI2XSV received again and there was a 2-way with Ken, WG2XXM.  The East coast has been reached, the Atlantic and now the USA to Japan paths have opened as predicted. What next?”  Roger received reports from CF7MM, JA1NQI-2, JA3TVF, KJ6MKI, N3FL (first time report), N6GN, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7SL, W6SFH, W7IUV, WE2XPQ, WG2XSV, WH2XGP and WI2XSV. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and WG2XXM.

VK4YB session WSPR activity (courtesy VK4YB)

 

John, VK2XGJ, reported that today’s reports began three minutes after his local sunset at 0748z with WH2XXP and again fifteen minutes after local sunset at 0800z.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that “TP reception was good here this session. I decoded Roger/VK4YB twice on the vertical.”  Neil submitted the following statistics and comments:

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 66 unique stations including JA1NQI-2, ZL2AFP, ZL1EE, VK4YB, VK2XGJ, VK3NFI, VK3GJZ, VK3WRE, and VK5AKK.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, indicates that he was receive-only through this session.  He provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including VK4YB.   As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for ten WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Overall I spent more time listening than transmitting through this session.  I started with CW  at 0018z, calling through the sunset transition and QSYing to WSPR at 0106z.  My WSPR session lasted only until 0154z where I transmitted at 25% duty cycle and near 1W ERP.  The band was decent and noise levels were low and I would probably label the evening as average.  I transitioned back to CW at 0157Z for a brief period that ended at 0224z.  This morning I opted to simply listen again, this time using a short receive vertical instead of the transmit vertical, which is a receive “workhorse” when the bands are quiet.  Different antennas often have very different responses to weak signals so I wanted to see if any trans-Pacific reports were going to be heard today using the smaller antenna…    In a perfect world I would use multiple antennas and receivers simultaneously but that complicates my operation significantly.  My transmission report details from the evening can be viewed here and my reception reports from the entire session can be viewed here.

WG2XIQ 1-hour WSPR activity

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

South 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 eleven WSPR stations including VK4YB. He received reports from 29 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 three WSPR stations including VK4YB and WH2XCR.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations including VK3HP. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and ZL1EE. Merv received reports from 41 unique stations including JA1NQI-2, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, EJTSWL, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK3NFI, VK3WRE, VK7TW, ZL4EI and ZL2AFP.   DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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