This session had a lot to offer as quiet terrestrial and geomagnetic conditions allowed a large number of stations to hear and be heard overnight, some on very long haul paths, and some of those very long haul openings occurred very late in the session. There were no trans-Atlantic reports registered and this may have been the result of windy conditions in the Northeast keeping a number of stations off the air. Trans-Pacific activity was very good with reports of numerous stations in Oceania and a few reports in Japan.
Geomagnetic conditions were “elevated quiet” although it seems G1 storm levels could begin any time as a geoeffective coronal stream moves into position. The Bz has been variable but was pointing to the North for much of the overnight period in North America and has recently transitioned to the South. Solar wind velocities are increasing, averaging 430 km/s. DST value are beginning to show a decrease but I would expect a surge upward before a significant decrease occurs:
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, split his operating time, spending the evening operating in the Stew Perry Topband DX Challenge on 160-meters. He indicated that during his operating period, propagation to the West was better on 630-meters than on 160-meters and I tend to agree with that assessment based on my own operating. Overnight on WSPR, Doug reports for 630-meters that he decoded six WSPR stations, four of which resulted in positive S/N values. He was decoded by 32 unique stations, ten of which provided positive S/N values.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, submitted the following statistics from Vancouver, Washington:
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he was decoded by 48 unique stations, including three VK’s, WE2XPQ, and WH2XCR, including +1 dB S/N from WH2XCR:
Phil, VK3ELV, received reports from JH3XCU late in the previous session:
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, was decoded by 55 unique stations including six VK’s and ZL2BCG:
Toby, VE7CNF, reported that he was decoded by ZL2BCG for the first time:
John, VE7BDQ, received reports from ZL2BCG and shared two-way reports with VK4YB:
Ron, NI7J / WH2XND, has returned to 630-meters but using a different antenna and receiving decodes of his signal from 53 unique stations, including four VK’s, one ZL, and JE1JDL:
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports “Odd condx, lots of evidence of “spotlight” prop with alternating arrival angles between very high and very low. XGP heard 13 on east BOG including VK4YB with XZO only east sider. IUV heard 12 on SW antenna including VK4YB and no east siders. XGP was heard by 47 including 5 VK’s, ZL, ZF and a number of east siders. Nice to hear and be heard by XPQ again, that path is problematical for me.”
Roger, VK4YB, reported “…Band is very fickle. Prop good to some areas. Noise is low. Some TP at CW strength then sigs disappear. It is not favouring our path at the moment. Code 5.” I was observing similar behavior on 160-meters in the evening last night while 630-meters was relatively stable. Steve, VE7SL, and Roger made a CW QSO attempt today but found themselves moving around to avoid large WSPR signals. Steve noted that the spotlight was elsewhere during this session. Roger’s statistics and details follow:
“Rx 16*wg2xxm (-20) 2*wg2xiq (-27) 35*wh2xnd (-12) 22*wh2xgp (-16) 2*ve7bdq (-27) 2*we2xpq (-26) 28*wh2xcr (-10)
Tx 7*ve6jy (-22) 1*wh2xnv (-25) 7*w7iuv (-20) 2*wh2xgp (-28) 7*ve7bdq (-25) 1*wi2xjq (-28) 10*ve7sl (-15) 16*we2xpq (-22) 30*wh2xcr (-6) 2*ja3tvf (-24) 52*zl2bcg (-4)”
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, had a strong session, reaching out to eastern stations, including ZF1EJ and VE3IQB, and also receiving VK4YB. Rick decoded eleven WSPR stations and was decoded by 26 unique stations:
It was a very good session on 630-meters. Many CW-level reports were received and reported of my signal and being decoded at VK4YB was nice. For what its worth, the path from my stations to VK4YB seems to be best when the path between WH2XCR and ZF1EJ is open of course most days I have transitioned from WSPR to CW well before today’s report at VK4YB occurred so it could just be that those reports are missed most days. I spent time in the Stew Perry Topband DX Challenge, operating in the QRP category and for only a couple of hours of work, I did very well but much of the time was spent working on the logging and keying PC. It seems that the wireless mouse and keyboard have a continuity problem which made automated transmitting and logging difficult. This was not an issue during “check out” last week. I transitioned back to manual keying and logging and had a lot more fun. This was a case where the technology did not enhance the experience but I will get the problems straightened out for the “Big Stew” in December. 160-meters was in very good shape, the band was quiet, and signals were strong. Even so, I am happy that I transitioned back to 630-meters. I did not run CW this morning as I overslept after being up all night during the previous session which also means I didn’t check in on 160-meters again. 630-meter CW will return in the morning by 1020z and will run until near sunrise. Please give me a call if you hear me. My CQ’s are transmitted once every minute so that I can listen around in various directions. My WSPR transmission reports can be found here and my WSPR reception reports can be found here.
Several new or newer receiving stations were observed during the evening including K6BZZ, KK1D, WB4EEH, and KM4RK who was reporting the old frequency of 503.9 kHz and given that he had no reports, its likely he was listening on the wrong frequency. Welcome aboard!
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no reports from Africa or South America during this session.
Eden, ZF1EJ, once again experienced an opening to WH2XCR in Hawaii in addition to reports around the North American mainland. WI2XJQ is believed to have been reported by Eden for the first time:
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had a very strong session in spite of the on set of auroral conditions. He reports, “Shaky hands/vy windy but vivid Au at near K4 onset 0649z.” I guess we will have to see if this event is followed by the forecast G1 storm conditions over the next few days. Laurence received reports from ZL2BCG and JA3TVF in addition to two-way reports with VK4YB and WH2XCR:
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced perhaps his biggest night of the season with stations to the East in North America. Many stations in the Midwest as well as ZF1EJ, provided reports to Merv, who was also hearing very well. Garry, K3SIW, noted on LOWFER that enhancements on Merv’s signal were present at sunrise in recent days and today was no exception. Merv also did well in Australia and New Zealand but its interesting to me that JA stations were absent since numerous other JA reports were recorded for signals in North America and Australia.
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