The details for September 16, 2016 can be viewed here.
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It was a very noisy morning here in North Texas. The system that is bisecting the continent is making listening for CW signals tough. Many in the East reported a relatively quiet night so at least someone is enjoying some peace. The fact that they are not hearing these storms may say something about domestic propagation overall, however. The Gulf of Mexico was also active and there are Atlantic storms present.
Geomagnetic conditions continue at G1 to G2 storm levels due to a geoeffective coronal hole. According to Solarham this storm pattern should subside a bit, becoming more unsettled in the coming days. The Bz is neutral this morning but has been quite variable through the session. Solar wind velocities peaked over 650 km/s during the evening and overnight and continue to show “gusting” from one reporting period to the next this morning, greatly impacting average values. Proton levels have decreased tremendously. DST values continue to meander at negative levels somewhat erratically in step with spikes in Kp. It sure doesn’t seem like we experienced much enhancement during this event compared to the previous event but perhaps the ionosphere is “just played out and tired.” Stations in the West fared fared far better than others.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, submitted these comments for the session:
“…I was heard by 18 unique stations, including Merv/XCR in HI ( as usual 😊 ). There are a lot of listeners in western NA these days. 160m seems to have been rather sparse by comparison.
I heard 10 including 1 from Roger/VK4YB at the extreme limit of WSPR decoding ability. I presume that means the noise was minimal at the time I captured his signal. My antenna was my TX top loaded vertical at 45′ which was in detune mode and was aided by my ANC-4 noise canceler. “
Neil added that he was also listening for JT9 between his WSPR transmissions and he decoded Toby, VE7CNF, twice:
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicates that he provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports from nineteen unique stations. John added that activity was good but only an average session in Vermont. It’s good to have him QRV again as persistent weather system have impacted much of his activity late this Summer.
Phil, VE3CIQ, reported that he decoded eight WSPR stations and he was decoded by eighteen unique stations while operating mostly at 30 watts TPO to a 42-foot vertical with no top loading in an effort to focus his energy at lower angles as he continues some testing. Phil notes that during this session, the lower ERP didn’t make much difference as he was not heard beyond 1200 km.
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported that in South Carolina, “Still poor high latitude E-W. The 32 spots of XZO up slightly with new station and best DX VA1VM at 1961 km. Decoded 9.”
David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, reported “It was a busy day here at WI2XUF. I thought I had escaped Irma wind damage, but noticed that part of the antenna had detached from the apex anchor, So I took it down, reattached everything, and upgraded the vertical element insulators and all is back in order again. Last night was lower QRN and I had a total of 35 uniques – 8 RX and 27 TX. Now if only I could remove that mountain right behind my house!”
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for ten WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from nineteen unique stations. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and my CW signal at RST 559. He added that QRN was moderately high in Florida through his two-hour morning listening session.
Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded ten WSPR stations overnight, including his session best DX, WH2XXP, who was decoded at -8 dB S/N and ZJ1EJ at -22 dB S/N. Mike added that he only decoded ZF1EJ four times. “…There was a broadband noise “fog” mostly masking the racing stripe signal around .635. Saw light traces of XGP a few times but no decodes.” Referencing recent reports of VE3CIQ, Mike indicates, “VE3CIQ best SNR 9/16 -14 @ 0218. 9/15 best SNR -9 @ 0936. 9/4 best SNR +2 0110. Difference over prior evening SNR could just be higher background noise. Pretty sure I had the antenna NE for the 0218 decode.”
Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded ten WSPR stations through S-3 QRN.
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, received reports from 7L1RLL4, CF7MM, K6SRO, KJ6MKI, KR6LA, N6GN, N6SKM, VE6JY, VE6XH, W6SFH, W7IUV, WE2XPQ, WG2XSV, WH2XGP and WI2XJQ. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and WG2XXM.
John, VK2XGJ, reported that he was QRV with his “WSPRlite” device during this session. Be on the look out for his signal. I think this may be John’s first time transmitting on 630-meters!
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded seven WSPR stations and he was decoded by 52 unique stations including VK4YB, WH2XCR, ZF1EJ and six Canadian stations. One of those Canadian stations was VA1VM at a distance of 3039 km and this may be Vernon’s first appearance on the band this season. Ken added that he decoded VK4YB two-minutes before his sunrise in Oklahoma.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 62 unique stations including ZL2AFP, VK4YB, VK2EIK, VK3ALZ, VK3GJZ and VK5AKK.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for ten WSPR stations and he received reports from 34 unique stations including VK3ALZ and ZL2AFP. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for ten WSPR stations including VK4YB.
I spent the session operating CW, beginning my activity on 474.5 kHz about 10 minutes before local sunset at 0022z. The band was relatively quiet at the time but Dave, N4DB, in Virginia indicated as my location progressed into darkness that he was not hearing me. Furthermore, NO3M indicated that I was RST 229 at 0115z which put me in full darkness so it was obvious that this was not going to be a stellar early evening session.
I was pleased to receive a report from Nick, WB5BKL, about 150 miles Southwest of me in the hill country of Texas. He indicated that I was RST 529 while listening with a K3 and 40-meter end fed zepp at about 40-foot. He indicated that it was a quiet night which may or may not have been a feature of the short antenna. At any rate, that is easily QSO quality CW levels and I appreciate the report. Thanks Nick – See you on the band this Winter!
This morning I started CW again at 1005z and it was noisy. A frontal boundary is sweeping East and ranges from Mexico to Canada, bringing lots of lightning QRN. I continued to call through sunrise and was pleased to receive a report from WI2XBV in Florida at 1042z at RST 559. It doesn’t seem like we got much of a bump from the geomagnetic activity so this one “was a push” I am afraid. I QRT’ed at sunrise.
Oh, remote CW skimmer seems to have crapped out for some reason last night so I have restarted the wideband grabber until I can investigate. As much as I like the idea of remotely locating a skimmer box for the band, if I have to fool with it every day or even every few days to keep it running, that may be a deal breaker. The grabber, using spectrum lab, has been left untouched for as long as six months without me doing anything to it and it works perfectly. Hopefully there will be some more proficient skimmer operators that can set their systems up and more consistently provide the service than my system has been able to provide thus far. I’m not throwing in the towel yet but I am not sure how much more time I have to spend on it.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for nine WSPR stations. He received reports from 26 unique stations. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, has been very consistent over the past few days, providing reports for four WSPR stations including VK4YB and WH2XCR. DX report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including VK3HP. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and ZF1EJ. Merv received reports from 28 unique stations including VK2EIK, VK3ALZ, VK3NFI, VK5AKK, VK7TW, ZL2BCG, ZL4EI and ZL2AFP. DX report details can be viewed here.
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