This was a big night leading to a big report so I will be as brief as possible. It was quiet in Texas with numerous pre-sunset reports in spite of a storm system just east of the Rockies spanning the heartland of the US:
Geomagnetic activity was quiet with a BZ pointing to the North and solar wind velocities averaging a low 360 km/s. DST values continue to be nominal. Protons have been elevated during a few reporting periods this morning:
Andy, KU4XR, reported DK7FC for the first time from his station on a very difficult path, using an elevated feed OCF antenna at 30 feet (30 foot vertical section) and a single 300-foot long horizontal section. Andy posted these details on the 600-meter research group email reflector:
“I was quite excited when I saw a WSPR trace on the waterfall in the 01:02 time frame. I knew Stefan was the only station there at the time.. He was TXing every 10 minutes, Propagation was very nice to me, and the 01:12 frame produced my one, and only ( so far ) ‘ confirmable ‘ TA reception on 630 meters..”
Also noteworthy from Andy was his first report of the season of WH2XCR in KH6:
In a message posted on LOWFER, Andy expounds on the performance on his new antenna:
“I’ve been using this dipole / tree combo since Tues. I finally found the optimum connection point late Thursday.. and Fri. produced my first TA… The unbelievable thing about this setup is the noise reduction.. with the dipole in the air as a dipole should be.. the powerline buzz, and neighborhood noise is awful.. When I connected one end of the dipole to the trees ( Terminated ?? ) the noise flat out went away and my radio is quieter than it has ever been… can’t explain that. but sure will take it … hi – hi”
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, had a late start after a computer problem but “made it across” and offers the following comments:
“Following a late start due to a corrupt Windows profile that prevented logging into my WSPR laptop, the session was very productive thru rain showers. The ‘PNW’ path continues to be generally open, with spots from VE7KPB representing a new one here. XKA was spotted by G8HUH and F59706 multiple times. Safe to say things are improving at a rapid pace! I’m giving much thought to going to a LINUX dedicated WSPR system here…”
WD2XSH/17 had reports for G8HUH, PA3ABK/2, DK7FC and DH5RAE:
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded eight WSPR stations and was decoded by 45 unique stations including six DXCC entities. Ken adds that the path to VK was good:
Roger, VK4YB, reported a “Code-8” this morning and mused about Steve, VE7SL, indicating that the band would be very good on a morning that he was not able to be active. That was the case today. Reports were extensive but he shared two-way decodes with John, VE7BDQ, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, and Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP. Roger reported the following on the ON4KST chat/logger:
“Rx 26*WG2XXM (-20) 1*WG2XIQ (-28) 22*WH2XGP (-13) 44*WH2XXP (-6) 10*VE7BDQ (-20) 3*WE2XPQ (-25) 44*WH2XCR (-12)
Tx 33*WH2XGP (-17) 2*VA7MM (-29) 29*VE7BDQ (-20) 14*WD2XSH/20 (-22) 20*WE2XPQ (-13) 4*KL7L (-14) 16*WH2XCR (-22)”
John, VE7BDQ, reported an “interesting night”, decoding fourteen WSPR stations including the two-way reports with VK4YB detailed above. He was also decoded by 26 unique stations during the session.
Phil, VK3ELV, received reports late in the previous session from JH1INM and JH3XCU:
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, was decoded by 53 WSPR stations including five VK stations:
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, had a massive night running just 15% transmit cycle. He decoded eleven WSPR stations using the western flag receive antenna. He was decoded by 43 unique stations including VK5ABN, ZF1EJ and shared two-way reports with VK4YB. Most notable is the very rare opening to TF3HZ where the great circle path is through the auroral oval. Larry adds that he decoded Roger 33-times with a session best report of -17 dB S/N and a best report from Roger at -13 dB S/N from 22 decodes. If not illegal, both CW and JT9 would have been easy.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ performed an analysis of the path between WH2XGP and TF3HZ and had the following comments:
“I ran an appx path profile and superimposed the Au on the path at mid time of the opening – and came up with the attached.
Interestingly the path was not open at all here in KL7L and signals from my 138.8305 DCF39 station was very weak a this time. Note the path shown in Yellow is close to actual Gt Circle but not exact.”
Halldor, TF3HZ, reported that there was no Aurora in Iceland last night and the K-index was very low:
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports a new receiving station and a pretty solid session overall:
Ken, SWL/EN61, in Indiana reports “First decode of xcr for this rx season … 0818z -29db. First decode of va7mm at this qth … 0922z -27db.”
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports a few new receive stations hearing him over this session:
I spent the session transmitting at 15% as I continue to evaluate my receive system ahead of upcoming improvements. The antenna was directed to Alaska overnight in hopes of catching WE2XPQ but it did not happen this night. Received stations can be viewed here and stations that received me can be viewed here. It was nice to have Roger, VK4YB, active this morning and encouraging me to increase my transmit cycle during a propagation peak. Its been a few months since I made it across last. While an impromptu CW or JT9 session is not out of the question this weekend if the weather cooperates (It seems highly unlikely for the next two nights), I may make a few calls. Otherwise the plan will be for the normal morning CW and possibly JT9 after 1000z on Monday.
There were 93 MF WSPR stations observed on the WSPRnet activity page during the North American evening. As that page notoriously excludes stations that miss reporting cycles, I suspect there were probably over 100 stations at points during the evening. Its remarkable to see this much activity on 630-meters in September! Welcome to KK7UV who provided reports for a number of stations during this session. AF5WV was also new for this session but he had no reports in spite of many strong stations nearby and his software was reporting the old 503.9 kHz frequency. Its my best guess that he is using CAT to control his rig and is therefore listening on the wrong frequency. There is no email address listed on his QRZ entry so if anyone knows how to get in contact with him, please direct him to this page for details on the new frequencies.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, had a nice treat this morning, with reports of WH2XCR 15-minutes after local sunrise in Cayman. Eden also did well reporting stations around the US. The difference between the LPA and small loop directed to the Northwest is evident:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, took advantage of very good high latitude and trans-Equatorial propagation to be decoded by a number of stations including two-way reports with VK4YB:
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced the return of large-scale eastern reports in North America, including reports from VE3IQB, SWL/K9, KU4XR and the previously detailed ZF1EJ decodes after sunrise. VK openings continue to be extremely healthy but the absence of reports from Japan is a mystery as no storms were in the area and a number of stations were present:
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