This session was very similar to the previous as QRN levels continue to be very low and the geomagnetic field continues to stabilize. Probably the biggest question is whether it is too quiet, geomagnetically speaking, for interesting openings to occur. The results suggest that the recent activity has provided enough energy to keep the band “stirred up”, at least at mid and lower latitudes and the virtually non-existent noise has permitted even the weakest stations to be heard. That’s my experience here in Texas and I realize that it may be completely different where you are located. As I call CQ this morning on 474.5 kHz CW, the noise floor is completely smooth, almost like 10-meters, with no static crashes whatsoever and hour before sunrise.
Geomagnetic conditions continue to improve as the Kp has transitioned from quiet-elevated to quiet through the session. The Bz is currently pointing to the North and solar wind velocities are averaging near 425 km/s. DST values are approaching nominal levels.
One of the more exciting openings that is observed from time to time is between western Europe and central / Asiatic Russia, which is a very difficult path due to the land mass between the two regions. DJ0ABR has once again been reported by UA0SNV after what seems like an eternity since the last major opening on this path. The most recent, in fact, involved European reports in Japan. Report details for the opening can be viewed here.
Trans-Atlantic reports were less robust during this session although WG2XKA reports that he was QRT due to local weather conditions which may have impacted others in the region. WD2XSH/17 decoded G8HUH on WSPR2 for the sole trans-Atlantic report for the session. Those report details can be viewed here.
Toby, VE7CNF, operated WSPR during the day and reports that he was “Decoded by VE6JY 855km last at 1:30pm PST, WW6D 1200km at 9:18am when I started.” and “VE6JY 855km started decoding me again at 3:02pm PST.”
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports that this was his second consecutive night to be decoded by ZF1EJ as the good nights continue in spite of the persistent rain. Rick decoded eight WSPR stations and was decoded by 28 unique stations. Those unique report details can be viewed here.
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reports,
“Best of the season 42 unique decodes of WH2XZO perhaps due in part to the fallen leaves and less sap in the trunks of the many trees in my yard. The 16 decodes by XCR, 32 by VE7SL, 3 by VA7JX (first time ever), and 7 by XSV (most ever maybe) create this conundrum. Why didn’t I decode XCR or any VE7s? With QRN levels very low, is the continued, bothersome line noise, remaining after after 3 months of complaints to Duke Power, limiting my receive? “
Doug also reported this morning in the ON4KST chat that,
“Conditions only fair with John’s CQs barely 549 on KAZ and 339 on loop. XXM and XSH/15 also stronger on KAZ, but XXP stronger on loop! Go figure! I think the loop includes more higher angle radiation than the loop. Is that right? Is there another explanation? All are very similar azimuth from here.”
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports:
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he was decoded by 58 unique stations including VK4YB. That trans-Pacific report can be viewed here.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, reports that he was decoded by 62 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2EIK, VK2DDI, VK2XGJ, and ZL2BCG. Those trans-Pacific reports can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, reports “Despite appearances, TP is becoming more difficult. It’s been remarkable to date, but, how much longer can we go?” Roger received decodes from VE7SL and ZL2BCG during this session. His report details can be viewed here.
Ken, SWL/EN61, reports that last night was bizarre with respect to signals from the Pacific Northwest. He typically hears that area as well as others in his region but last night those reports where down while reports from my area, the south central US, were above normal compared to reports filed by others in his area.
Mike, WA3TTS, reported on LOWFER:
“I was listening on my NW EWE antenna and split receive on the IF for 630m as well. Only a few WH2XCR decodes overnight on 630m WSPR2 and no captures from the contingent of stations on the NW side of the continent….compared to the prior night when my 630m station detected several WG2XSV WSPR2 signals.
2016-11-16 09:48 WH2XCR 0.475598 -32 0 BL11je 1 WA3TTS EN90xn 7439 54
2016-11-16 09:54 WH2XCR 0.475598 -29 0 BL11je 1 WA3TTS EN90xn 7439 54
2016-11-16 10:24 WH2XCR 0.475599 -29 0 BL11je 1 WA3TTS EN90xn 7439 54
73 Mike wa3tts”
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicates that he has completed the build of G0MRF’s 300-watt class-D amplifier and has posted some thoughts on the build and where he goes next with the on air testing here(scroll almost to the bottom of the page).
I thought this session brought many of the elements of the previous session with strong, persistent CW-level openings out to 1200 miles and a number of good openings like the -5 dB S/N reported at VE7SL on WSPR during the night. The band will support easy CW QSO’s if stations will make plans to operate, either by a predetermined QSO or planned calling. Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported at 2355z, about 30 minutes after my sunset, that I was copyable on the western-facing KAZ antenna. He also reported me this morning at RST 549 on teh KAZ and RST 339 on the loop. Its been nice to receive reports of my calling in the evenings and morning. Speaking of which, because of the coincidence of my evening CW session with household activities and chores in the evening (like dinner!), I am going to move the evening CW session, starting tonight, to 0200z and will probably call for an hour or so. Morning’s won’t change for now. Perhaps later calls will give western stations more of a chance to report my signal or call me for a QSO. My WSPR transmission reports can be found here and my WSPR reception reports can be found here.
98 MF WSPR stations were observed at 0000z on the WSPRnet activity page. Several new or newer receiving stations were observed including but not limited to K6JQ, VE3039SWL, VE3MNA, and VE2VAX. Its good to see additional eastern Canadian activity.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported stations in eastern and western Canada in addition to providing WSPR decodes for WH2XCR, whose report details can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had a better night of getting a signal out of Alaska as well as being heard. Most reports are from paths that are largely salt water except for VE6JY, which appears to only cross land. Laurence’s two-way reports with WH2XCR can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, was received for what I believe the be the first time at VK6XT. He also had good coverage across eastern and southern Australia in addition to reports from ZF1EJ/1 and WA3TTS. He also heard WH2XZO is South Carolina. Also of note, his reports in Australia occurred until sunrise. Recently they have been ceasing much earlier. Merv’s Australian report details can be viewed here.
W5EST’s current line of thinking regarding CW is going to be interrupted today to present a response to Monday’s blog about station configuration from Roger, VK4YB. We will return with Part 2 of Jim’s discussion tomorrow. Jim, W5EST, present, “VK4YB STATION DIAGRAM”:
“Roger VK4YB sends us his station block diagram in response to the Nov. 14 blog. Readers, please click on the diagram to its full size. The legend and diagram are worth reading and studying two or three times—lots of meat with economy of words! And send us your station block diagrams including station control to blog. TU!”
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