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Probably QRT tonight and in the morning due to storms in the area

Very noisy band conditions reports by many resulting in an average session; Trans-Pacific paths remain open with many in the Midwest providing reports VK4YB; Path to JA strong for VK and KH6

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for October 3, 2016 can be viewed here.

The UTC amateur registration database is hereEven if you don’t think you will use these bands, REGISTER!  Doing so prevents UTC from future PLC coordination in these bands near your QTH.  While amateur interference to PLC systems is a myth and PLC systems are migrating away from RF, there is no reason to give them a reason to do something weird in the future.

HERE are a  few mode specific comments addressing where modes are located now and probably where they are best placed in the future.

Many stations reported a very noisy night which may have been driven bt a massive storm system ranging from Kansas to the Great Lakes.  Rain static was high here in North Texas this morning and a few storms remained active in the Gulf of Mexico into the Caribbean.  A few evening lightning strike were reported in the West.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions have ranged from quiet to elevated-quiet levels.  The Bz is pointing to the North and solar wind velocities are averaging near 400 km/s.  DST values have improved but generally remain below the centerline.   The Australian measurement indicates a few periods where DST levels were at positive levels for brief periods.





CW Skimmer reports were largely confined to Europe during this session except for VE7CNF reports at VE7AB:

Courtesy Reverse Beacon Network


Glenn, N6GN / WJ2XBZ, reported that his part-5 application was finally granted and so he took his maiden voyage during this session.  He rapidly cobbled together a 60-foot loaded vertical and received initial reports from W7IUV/W.  He noted that due to a typo, his initial reports were under the call sign ‘WJ2XBQ’ but he corrected the situation and experienced good results for his first outing.

WJ2XBZ session WSPR activity


Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, performed a remote SDR experiment during this session.  Here are the details:

“I tried something different last night. I brought up the kiwiSDR at Edmonton, AB to see if it would see my WSPR. Finally it did appear as the prop improved. Then I tried JT9 and I was decoded by the AB SDR. Then on to FT8, and again I was decoded at that AB location.

This morning I brought up the same kiwiSDR and got these results:

It was interesting to see that the two middle decodes were the same SNR of -13 for both FT8 and JT9 at almost the same time.

As w0yse/ve6 (SDR remote) I decoded these unique WSPR stations last night from Edmonton, AB:

The station is apparently a cooperative effort by VE6JY and VE6SLP. Here is the website addr: http://kiwisdr.ve6slp.ca:8173

Neil also supplied this report for WG2XSV:

“I was heard by 27 this session. Here are those over 1000 km.

The last line is from the kiwiSDR at Edmonton Alberta.

As WG2XSV, I heard these WSPR stations: : VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XJQ”

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reportd “High latitude path slightly improved decode by VA7JX. First time decode by N1VF. Results were 42 and 11 with RX suffering. Didn’t rotate my loop to favor E-W during the night.”

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, has returned to transmitting for the season.  He provided reports for twelve WSPR stations including WH2XCR who was reported ten times, best at -19 dB S/N.  This represents his best reports from WH2XCR.  Al added that it was “Noisy last nite moderate to low this AM.”

David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, reported that he “…went to RX-only mode last night.  630m was fairly quiet and I provided reports for 13 stations last night.  I am getting some consistent local noise on my waterfall that I need to track down.  Recently installed a number of LED night lights in the house, and I think that is the problem.”

Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, submitted the following comments:

“David WI2XUF and Bob finished repairing the 3 ele inverted L… David changed the 3 vertical elements to 6 and raised the vertical to a height of 86 feet. He also removed the 5 foot spreader that was at the end of the horizontal section of the L and fanned the 3 horizontal in a pattern pointing between 43 and 95 degrees (that’s where the trees were). Each of the 3 horizontal elements were extended to the 100-110 foot length,

Last night (best night yet for being spotted) result in 40 stations decoding my signal. Doug WH2XZO, who operates to the south of me in EM85 had 42 spots. This is the best ratio WI2XQU has ever had with WH2XZO (who has made improvements to his station lately). Below is the map. I only listened “off the coil” but was able to provide decodes to 4 stations. I will do an analysis today of the stations Doug spotted that I did now and give report tomorrow.”

WI2XQU session WSPR activity (courtesy KC4SIT)


Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports from 27 unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded eleven WSPR stations.  He indicates that the noise floor was low but there were “plenty of S5 static crashes.”

Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.

Hideo, JH3XCU, submitted this link detailing DX -> JA decode totals and DX -> JA S/N peaks for the session, as reported on the Japanese language 472 kHz website.

Roger, VK4YB, indicates thunderstorms in the area, resulting in an early QRT.  He received reports from CF7MM, JA3TVF, KA9CFD, KJ6MKI, N1VF, NO3M, TNUKJPM, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7SL, W7IUV/W and WA3TTS. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and WH2XGP.

Jay, KA9CFD, reported at 1051z that he had decoded eleven WSPR stations in the previous fifteen minutes.  At 1108z, he provided reports for WH2XCR and at 1114z he reported that he decoded VK4YB.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded fourteen WSPR stations overnight and adds that this was the “…First time I have heard both VK4YB and WH2XCR in the same session,  SE and NE EWE early, SW late then NW EWE late to SR.”

Mike also indicated that NO3M and KA9CFD were able to decode VK4YB during the 1114z transmission but he was only reporting WH2XCR during the same cycle.  Raw WSPR data is posted to Mike’s dropbox, located here.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations and he received reports from 67 unique stations including VK4YB, ZL2AFP, PJ4VHF (four decodes, best -27 dB S/N) and eight Canadian stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and ZF1EJ.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 64 unique stations including ZL2AFP, VK4YB, VK2XGJ and VK3ALZ.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for ten WSPR stations and he received reports from 49 unique stations including ZL2AFP and VK2XGJ.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB.   As W7IUV/W, Larry provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including VK4YB.


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


South American 24-hour WSPR activity


European 24-hour WSPR activity


Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for nine WSPR stations and he received reports from 31 unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


The KiwiSDR at PJ4VHF on Bonaire provided reports for WG2XXM during this session.  Report details an be viewed here.

PJ4VHF 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, indicates that the “Iono still recovering up here – still a few dB of excessive attenuation on TP.”  Laurence provided reports for five WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from seven unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with VE7BDQ and WH2XCR.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, reported high noise on Molokai.  He provided reports for fifteen WSPR stations including VK5FQ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZF1EJ and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from 42 unique stations including JA1NQI, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, TNUKJPM, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK3WRE, VK5AKK, ZL2BCG, ZL4EI and ZL2AFP.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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