It was a very quiet night for most of us in North America, both terrestrially and geomagnetically and that means many big signals were reported.
The geomagnetic field was very quiet ahead of a coronal stream that should bring more storm conditions in the coming days. There have been periods of elevated protons and the Bz is currently pointing to the South. DST values have seen an upward surge. Is the bottom about the fall out?
On Friday afternoon WH2XXP was consistently reported here as we observe rapid improvements on daytime openings:
Mal, G3KEV, was received by Vasily, UA0SNV, on a very difficult overland path between western Europe and remote Central / Asiatic Russia:
Mal also had the good fortune to also be decoded on the trans-Atlantic path at WD2XSH/17:
John, VK2XGJ, is hoping for better band conditions than the previous session. He decoded WH2XCR about eight minutes after local sunset:
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received decodes from 58 unique stations including three JA’s and six VK’s:
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, believes that receive conditions were down but he indicates that it may have been the result of noise conditions at his QTH. He decoded nine WSPR stations as WH2XGP on the eastern BOG. He was decoded by 48 unique stations including JH1INM and five VK’s including two-way reports with VK4YB. He was also decoded by ZF1EJ. Larry decoded VK4YB seven times as W7IUV on the western receive antenna:
Roger, VK4YB, labeled this session a “Code-4” with lower QRN than expected and good propagation. His statistics and details follow:
“Rx 7*wg2xxm (-25) 29*wh2xgp (-20) 41*wh2xxp (-15) 4* ve7bdq (-21) 40*wh2xcr (-16)
Tx 8*ve6jy (-24) 3*wh2xgp (-27) 7*w7iuv (-23) 6*ve7bdq (-24) 13*ve7sl (-24) 13*we2xpq (-20) 42*wh2xcr (-10) 5*jh1inm (-24) 3*ja3tvf (-25)”
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, and Brian, VA7BBG, both reported a mysterious drifting signal in very congested WSPR passband somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. The signal obviously did not decode but there was some speculation based on bits of a CW ID that was heard:
Neil also had a gratifying night of decodes of his signal and reports, “…I am always glad to see an eastern station decode me. That is a more difficult direction for me to cover. Tnx to WA9CGZ for my eastern DX of this session.”
Phil, VK3ELV, received late reports from JH3XCU:
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, received reports from VK4YB:
John, VE7BDQ, shared two-way reports with VK4YB and was received by VK2XGJ:
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, was not transmitting overnight due to high winds that ultimately caused some minor antenna damage. He reports, however, that he decoded six WSPR stations including three decodes of WH2XCR at sunrise.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ received reports from four unique station in what looks like an abbreviated session and he provided reports for eight WSPR stations:
Nicolas, F4DTL, reported that he was seeking QRSS3 QSO’s during the evening, CQing on 476.200 kHz. No word at this time if he completed any QSO’s or received any reports.
WSPR numbers looked very good overnight and it helped that storm QRN in North America was negligible, at least at my QTH. It was encouraging to see reports from Laurence, WE2XPQ, given his current storm damage and overnight snow. A significant number of CW-level reports were observed and received overnight and in spite of being on no sleep, I did call CQ this morning on 474.5 kHz CW and received an audible report from Dave, N4DB, in Virginia. I am hoping to catch Al, WI2XBV, one of these mornings as his sunrise approaches. He should have his radials reinstalled shortly. My WSPR transmission reports can be viewed here and my reception reports can be viewed here.
While no formal census was taken during this session, there were easily 100 stations associated with MF WSPR overnight. WB4JWM was a new receiving stations from Georgia and AK4SK is believed to be a returning station from last season. Welcome aboard!
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from stations in Africa.
Eden, ZF1EJ, decoded VE3CIQ in Ontario and WH2XGP in Washington state in addition to stations in the South that are a “chip shot” to the Caribbean:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, showed some teeth last night in spite of snow and power outages by getting the Marconi vertical repaired and on the again. His efforts and frozen fingers really really paid off:
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, reports very early decodes (time table and comments follow) once again in spite of 10 over S9 static crashes:
“Ok this time today I came out here and fired up at 0200Z to see just what time signals were starting to come through:
XXP 0242Z 1 hour 15 mins before sunset (0400Z)
XIQ o326Z 35 mins before sunset.
Merv experienced a very similar night to the previous full with a full compliment of reports from North America, Asia and Australia. Will he add Europe this winter? Perhaps that path that is currently open to central/ Asiatic Russia will extend a bit further. We have seen European stations decoded in Japan and the antipode is in the Pacific so I hope we are fortunate enough to witness this awesome propagation phenomenon.
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