I thought this session was actually very good with a manageable noise level and strong reports from a large variety of stations. These results are typical for this time of year as we move into Fall and Winter patterns. It should continue to improve until sometime in late January of early February as the days begin to lengthen. It really is true that the primary limiting factor on an average night is noise. In previous seasons a clear lightning map usually meant big reports.
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet. The Bz is pointing to the North and solar wind velocities are decreased once again, averaging 405 km/s. DST values are nominal:
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, enjoyed trans-Atlantic reports overnight and provided the following details:
“Solstice night provided an interesting session here, which was cut short at 0800Z (4 a.m. EDT) by rain squalls.. It’s good to see increasing activity here as well as in Europe. The higher latitude ‘PNW’ path was open, being spotted by VE6ZC (new one here), and hearing VE7BDQ and WH2XGP. W6XY also spotted my station. Noise levels were abnormally high, both with the LNV and 12′ untuned loop. Single spots from F1AFJ and F59706 at 0508 and 0518Z highlighted the session. Plans to fill in gaps in the radial field continue as hopefully the final grass cutting will occur early next week.”
WD2XSH/17, reported DK7FC and PA3ABK/2 beginning relatively early in the evening:
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he decoded five WSPR stations and was decoded by 41 unique stations, including six DXCC entities:
Roger, VK4YB, had particularly good openings to Alaska and he posted the following statistics in the ON4KST chat/logger:
“Rx 2*WG2XXM (-28) 13*WH2XGP (-22) 41*WH2XXP (-11) 1*VE7BDQ (-23) 1*WE2EPQ (-22) 34*WH2XCR (-15)
Tx 5*WG2XGP (-25) 2*VE7BDQ (-26) 5*W6XY (-27) 12*WE2XPQ (-17) 7*KL7L (-18) 4*WH2XCR (-25)”
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, was decoded by 47 WSPR stations overnight including five VK’s and one JA. John, VK2XGJ, reports that he decoded Ward before VK4YB:
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports that he decoded eleven WSPR stations, including VK4YB while using the western receive antenna overnight. Larry was decoded by forty unique stations including four VK’s and ZF1EJ:
John, VE7BDQ, shared two-way reports with VK4YB:
Phil, VK3ELV, was reported by JH1INM during this session:
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, submitted this comprehensive report from Vancouver, Washington:
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports a quieter night with rain and much of his work to improve his receive conditions may be starting to pay off:
I typically store my personal overnight session data on a network drive here at my station and have done so since 2012 but have decided it may be easier to incorporate that data into these reports. Line item reports of my signal can be viewed here while stations received by my stations can be viewed here. My morning CW session was cancelled due to a late night on 160-meter CW and feeling a little “under the weather” this morning due to a cold. Overnight WSPR results were at 15% transmit cycle which I expect to continue as I work through a number of projects to further improve and evaluate my receive capabilities.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from the trans-African path.
Eden, ZF1EJ, had a strong session with reports around the US. Using the loop, ZF1EJ/1 showcased the broadside null as WG2XKA is missing for that receiver / antenna combination:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports a very rainy night in Alaska but it turned out to be a very good night with two-way WSPR reports with VK4YB. He reports that the stations configuration last night was the Marconi-T for transmitting with the R75 receiver and the “Aceshigh” probe using WSJTx as the decoder. KL7L was designated as “receive-only” using the W1VD / AMRAD probe and the R75 receiver:
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, was reported by WG2XJM in the East in addition to sharing two-way reports with VK4YB. The path to Oceania was strong and CW and JT9 QSO levels persisted through a number of periods for a number of stations. Reports from the West coast and points North were extremely active. Paths to Hawaii will only improve as the season proceeds. Hopefully a solution to Merv’s receive antenna problem will present itself shortly. John, VK2XGJ, reported that he decoded Merv first at 0830z but the report did not properly upload.
Additions, corrections, clarifications, etc? Send me a message on the Contact page or directly to KB5NJD gmail dot (com).