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Both trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific paths open with many reports from JA; QRN high again in parts of North America during evening and overnight; WI2XJQ reports VK4YB for first time

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Early in the evening 160-meter CW operators were finding success on the high latitude path to OX – Greenland, leaving many on 630-meters to wonder if trans-Atlantic openings might occur at some point during the night.  WG2XKA and WE2XGR/3 were not disappointed, each being reported in Germany by several stations.  WE2XGR/3 reports that he decoded eleven WSPR stations including DH5RAE and was decoded by 21 unique stations during the session.

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WG2XKA, as reported by DL4RAJ

 

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WG2XKA, as reported by DJ0ABR

 

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WG2XKA, as reported by DH5RAE

 

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DH5RAE, as reported by WE2XGR/3

 

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WE2XGR/3, as reported by DL4RAJ

 

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WE2XGR/3, as reported by DJ0ABR

 

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WE2XGR/3, as reported by DH5RAE

 

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, reported very quiet conditions in Vermont during the evening, even reporting my signal earlier during this session than any time previously during this season.  He offered these comments:

“This session was marked by wildly varying conditions.  Noise levels were low, and WG2XIQ was spotted very early indicating possibly good conditions – however reported strengths varied by 10 dB in consecutive time slots.  XKA was spotted by PNW stations and heard others, but with no bi-directional reports.  However, T/A occurred with DH5RAE, DL4RAJ  and DJ0ABR, all in the 0430 slot – a single spot from each.”

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WG2XKA session WSPR activity

 

Unfortunately John’s quiet conditions were not the case everywhere and the same weather pattern that has been plaguing the Plains and Midwest into the South for several weeks once again made listening a challenge.

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11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Similar weather conditions were observed in parts of Australia, most notably Queensland, resulting in no QSO attempts this morning between VK4YB and VE7SL.  A significant number of trans-Pacific / trans-Equatorial reports were registered, however, as the evening progressed:

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6-hour Oceania lightning summary

 

Domestic propagation itself seemed quite good on a number of paths.  In fact, WH2XGZ was reported by a number of stations in the East and West for the first time during this session:

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WH2XGZ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Geomagnetic conditions were very quiet with a Bz pointing to the North and solar wind velocities averaging 280 km/s, in the very low category.  DST values suggest good propagation is a possibility, particularly at higher latitudes:

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In spite of storms in northwestern Australia, the trans-Pacific path was relatively healthy including reports of signals in Alaska, Arizona, Washington, and British Columbia to name a few.  The “other” trans-Pacific path produced results as well, allowing WH2XXP, WE2XPQ, and WH2XCR to receive reports from JA1NQI-2 and JH3XCU.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, had a nice session, albeit somewhat down from the previous session where he was decoded by seven VK.  He was decoded by JA1NQI-2 for a second consecutive night.  John, VK2XGJ, reported that his sunset was at 0749z and Ward’s first decode was at 0800z:

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WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

 

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VK2XGJ console showing very early reports from WH2XXP

 

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WH2XXP, as reported by JA1NQI-2

 

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WH2XXP, as reported by VK2XGJ

 

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WH2XXP, as reported by VK3ELV

 

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WH2XXP, as reported by VK4YB

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports that he decoded twelve WSPR stations including VK4YB.  He was decoded by 41 unique stations including VK4YB and ZF1EJ in addition to numerous stations in the East early in the evening.  Larry was listening with the western receive antenna and reports that no decodes of stations in the eastern portions of North America were made.  He adds that high latitude absorption appears to be present once again:

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VK4YB, as reported by WH2XGP

 

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WH2XGP, as reported by VK4YB

 

Roger, VK4YB, reports the following statistics with North American stations:

“spots 12*WH2XGP (-19) 25*WH2XXP (-18) 25*WH2XCR (-19), decoded by WH2XGP WI2XJQ VE7SL WE2XPQ KL7L.”

Phil, VK3ELV, in addition to numerous reports with North America, was also reported by JH3XCU and JH1INM after the reporting period in the previous session:

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VK3ELV, as reported by JH1INM

 

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VK3ELV, as reported by JH3XCU

 

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, had a big night, decoding VK4YB for the first time.  He decoded ten WSPR stations and was decoded by eighteen unique stations:

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Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, submitted these statistics and comments which suggest that activity may be improving as much as signal levels.  Neil also provided a screen capture of his JT9 receive session from overnight, posted below:

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WG2XSV overnight JT9 activity

 

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, is making comparisons between an E-Probe and a loop on receive and reported the following for the session:

“First WH2XGZ decode (with loop) 2016-09-17 10:46 WH2XGZ 0.475667 -29 0 EM10bi 1 K4LY EM85wb 1562 66.   Quiet early then noisy night. Decoded 11 and decoded by 20 inc VE4XC first time this season. TU.”

WSPR activity was very high during this session, with 81 WSPR stations observed during the evening in North America.

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

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North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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South American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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Australia 24-hour WSPR activity

 

There were no reports from the trans-African path.

Eden, ZF1EJ, reported stations on both sides of the continent with the main station which uses a LPA antenna while nulling stations in the northeastern US on the second stations using the small loop:

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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ZF1EJ/1 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports that in spite of numerous decodes, the path to the Pacific Northwest was down by several dB.  He decoded VK4YB, however, and JA1NQI-2 also submitted reports for his signal:

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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WE2XPQ, as reported by JA1NQI-2

 

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VK4YB, as reported by WE2XPQ

 

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WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ

 

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KL7L 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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VK4YB, as reported by KL7L

 

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WH2XCR, as reported by KL7L

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, was being heard over a very large area, with VE3IQB and WG2XJM in the East to JA1NQI-2 and JH3XCU in the West to VK3ELV, VK2XG, and VK4YB in the South to WE2XPQ in the North.  Signals were certainly down from the previous session but the mid-to-low latitude paths appear to be good on the East / West path:

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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WH2XCR, as reported by JA1NQI-2

 

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WH2XCR, as reported by JH3XCU

 

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WH2XCR, as reported by VK3ELV

 

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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ

 

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WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB

 

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