The details for September 14, 2016 can be viewed here.
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It was a noisy morning, possibly noisier than during the evening. The western US remains active this morning after evening storms and there are active lightning-producing storms in the Gulf of Mexico, the central US and Ontario, just North of the Great Lakes region. I have yet to be able to isolate which of these storms is impacting me this morning but I suspect it is the system in the Gulf given their proximity to me here in North Texas. A few storms were present in New England and parts of the Midwest. WA3TTS reported that the Irma remnant was just West of his location in Pittsburgh during the evening. K4LY offered a completely different assessment from South Carolina where it was a quiet night of strong signal levels in spite of poor higher latitude East and West openings. This session is very confusing. We are in the bizarro world!
Geomagnetic conditions are odd. The Kp suggests that conditions are quiet but according to Solarham a coronal hole is geoeffective which will result in elevated solar wind velocities for a few days. Current solar wind velocities are averaging near 405 km/s, down from the previous session. The Bz is pointing to South more strongly than the previous session and proton levels remain elevated with one recent value suggesting 22 protons/cc. The general proton level is trending downward, however. DST values are approaching the center line or in some cases have surpassed it, reaching some of the highest positive values in a few weeks. So the geomagnetic indicators are conflicted and providing many mixed messages, at least for my liking.
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, previously reported a quiet night of strong signals with poor East and West high latitude openings. He received reports from K4RCG, N4DB, KU4XR, N3FL, NF4E, WA3TTS, and WI2XUF at positive S/N levels and he shared two-way reports with WH2XCR but he laments no VE6 or VE7. Doug added, “Only 7 unique decodes from here despite + SNRs of XXM, XXP, and XUF. 35 who decoded XZO.”
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from seventeen unique stations. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, reported “Last night saw a lot of QRN here at WI2XUF. I received 6 unique stations, and was decoded by 28 unique station with most being East of the Mississippi.”
Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported some rain static in Florida this morning. He decoded eight WSPR stations including WH2XCR and my CW signal on 474.5 kHz at RST 569.
Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded nine WSPR stations overnight, including his best DX, WH2XGP, who he provided 33 spots ranging from -13 dB S/N at 0854z to -26 dB S/N at 0938z. Mike also provided 21 spot for ZF1EJ, ranging from -14 dB S/N at 0835z to -25 dB S/N at 0542z. Mike added that he “Went to single band 630m rx around 1000 UTC with FZ-01 473 kHz mech filter but no luck on T/P path. Replaced west branch RG6 section and repaired fractured solder joint on NW EWE ant transformer seem to have restored antenna pattern and proper operation.”
Dave, N4DB, reported very low QRN in spite of rain and no Pacific Northwest stations. He decoded seven WSPR stations.
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, indicates that “Storms return to the Tasman sea, which might account for the lower VK/ZL participation. TP Propagation mostly favoured the traditional Pacific North West area. The Alberta twins, Dan and Don, were prominent in reports as were both of Larry’s receivers. The spotlight made a southern foray during a single time slot enabling 4 central Californian stations to decode. I had to QRT at the best time for the East coast owing to high winds. The SWR was all over the place. The winds have eased now and all antennas have survived.” Roger received reports from CF7MM, 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI-2, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, K6SRO, KJ6MKI, N6GN, N6SKM, VE6JY, VE6XH, W6SFH, W7IUV WE2XPQ, WG2XSV and WH2XGP. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, provided reports for nine WSPR stations and he received reports from 53 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, WH2XCR, ZF1EJ, and six Canadian stations.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 65 unique stations including ZL4EI, VK4YB, VK2XGJ, VK3GJZ, VK3ALZ, VK3NFI, VK3WRE, and VK5AKK.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for nine WSPR stations and he received reports from 37 unique stations including ZL2AFP and VK2XGJ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for eight WSPR stations including VK4YB. Larry added that “Condx here seemed so-so compared to last week. Newly rebuilt TX antenna seems about 2 dB down from old one. Hope it’s mostly condx. Still have more work to do on it.”
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV,indicated that he:
“…finally got around to switching radios on 630m yesterday. My old FT100d has been limping along lately with age problems, not unlike myself, hi. The FT891 is now working the 630m position and seems to be doing a good job, now that I have it connected to control all my various relays for detuning the vertical and for T/R switching the transverter in and out.
My 200 mW was heard by 16 unique stations this session. Best TX DX was WH2XCR/HI who copied me 22 times with a best SNR of -17.
I heard only 7, but I spotted Roger, VK4YB twice (just barely) as seen below…
Merv, WH2XCR, was my other RX DX. His 1W ERP is a welcome nightly feature on my wspr screen. “
Neil also submitted this very interesting link which is for a WSPRnet map viewing alternative that is actually linked at the bottom of WSPRnet map pages (Its WSPRnet sanctioned). I guess this was a workaround for recent Google Maps access problems that often occur in the evening once the daily maximum map rendering value has been achieved. Its a bare bones rendering but it does seem to work when the main site is not rendering maps.
I made two WSPR transmissions during the early evening during the sunset period. It was mostly standard fare. I was testing reports from my CW Skimmer / Remote Beacon Network node and received a report from a local user that operates under my second station call sign from time to time. The system did, in fact, decode him. This morning I called CQ through the very noisy pre-sunrise period and received two reports from the system in spite of overloading the receiver although I does append an extra letter ‘T’ to my callsign, which can be problematic but its just the reality for a receiver that is only one mile away from my station. If I can find a quiet location that is 25-50 miles away with Internet I would absolutely relocate the skimmer. I am hoping for a test from WG2XJM shortly.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for nine WSPR stations. He received reports from 25 unique stations. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for five WSPR stations including VK4YB and WH2XCR. DX report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations including VK3HP and VK5FQ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and ZF1EJ. Merv received reports from 34 unique stations including JA1NQI-2, JA3TCF, JH2XCU, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK3GJZ, VK3NFI, VK3WRE, VK5AKK, VK7TW, ZL4EI and ZL2AFP. DX report details can be viewed here.
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