This session was different from the previous session but not necessarily poor. Even higher latitudes enjoyed some nice openings including a trans-Atlantic report and more KL7 to JA. Band conditions were quiet and activity was high as many stations were probably trying to seek refuge from the CQ World Wide CW contest occurring this weekend on HF. While the previous session showed significant enhancements with North / South paths, East / West paths are beginning to return to pre-storm form.
Geomagnetic conditions are currently at elevated-quiet levels. The Bz spent much of the overnight pointing to the South but those levels moderated compared to the onset of storm conditions and currently the Bz is pointing to the North. Solar wind velocities are averaging 630 km/s, down from the previous session. DST values remain negative but have stabilized, showing slight improvements without the spikes observed during the peak of the storm.
EA5DOM was heard by FR5ZX on the trans-African path. This report represents the second consecutive session of long haul openings across Africa. The report detail can be viewed here.
Trans-Atlantic reports were tempered during this session with WD2XSH/17 providing reports for EA5DOM. Those report details can be viewed here.
The MF QRSS QSO Party in Europe is occurring tonight. Vinny, DL6II reported on the RSGB-LF reflector that activity will center around 476.15 kHz.
Mal, G3KEV, reported that his best WSPR DX for the session was UR5FFC and EB8ARZ at a distance of 3149 km.
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reports that he decoded nine WSPR stations and was decoded by 39 unique stations with similar band performance to the previous night although some high latitude absorption was observed. Doug added that his double half delta receive antenna, which has only been marginally better than his amplified loop on 630-meters, performed well on 80 and 160-meters.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, provided the following comments and statistics for the session:
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported a better session, decoding eight WSPR stations and receiving reports from 26 unique stations. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Trans-Pacific reports for the session are aggregated here.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he was decoded by 55 unique stations, including VK4YB and ZL2BCG. Ken reports that this was his first ZL decode on 630-meters.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 65 unique stations, including 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI-2, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JF1LKS_3, JH1INM, JH3XCU, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK4YB and ZL2BCG. Ward had a very strong session.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports descent conditions and provided reports to VK4YB and ZL2BCG (first time reception) and received reports from 55 unique stations, including JA1NQI-2, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK4YB and ZL2BCG.
Roger, VK4YB, provided DX reports to WG2XXM, WH2XGP, WH2XXP and ZL2BCG and received DX reports from JA1NQI-2, JA3TVF, JH1INM, JH3XCU, VE7BDQ, VA7JX, VK7TW, ZL2IK, and ZL2BCG.
ZL2BCG has experienced a number of successful sessions while receiving and more recently as he has begun transmitting. During this session he decoded WSPR signals from VK4YB, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, and WH2XXP. He was decoded by VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK4YB, W1CK, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, and ZL2IK.
Mike, WA3TTS, reports, “Another evening with a high number of WH2XCR captures (27) , although fewer than the previous session. Best at -21. The lower limit captures were encouraging with one at -33 as well as pairs of -32 and -31 captures which have not been very common with XCR…“
“I ran the split IF output of the LF/MF converter to also listen on 2200m overnight. 166 WH2XND captures and WD2XES was also active with 18 captures overnight. 73, Mike wa3tts”
Band conditions were very good this far South although the +20 dB S/N reports from WB0VAK observed in the previous session were replaced with multiple decodes per transmit cycle and single digit-negative S/N reports. Many CW-level reports were registered although the band seemed to move around more than previous sessions. I am not sure last night would have presented the 10+ minutes of CW-level stability observed in previous sessions. WH2XCR reported my signal down to -6 dB S/N and during a similar period I was hearing him at -13 dB S/N… I probably could have heard -13 dB S/N with narrow filters on CW but unfortunately those openings are intermittent and difficult to predict. I think the takeaway here is that propagation in both directions is improving as we approach the Winter solstice. I feel confident that we will get a CW QSO. I was also pleased to be heard twice and for the first time by ZL2BCG. Both evening and morning CW sessions were quiet. With CQWW CW starting during the evening I did not have high expectations for a QSO but kept the schedule as a matter of consistency. I can walk around the house and listen on wireless headphones as the keyer does all the work so it’s no hardship for me. My WSPR transmission reports can be viewed here and my WSPR reception reports can be viewed here.
Activity was very high during this session with 111 MF WSPR stations observed at 0005z on the WSPRnet activity page. K6SBO joined the receiving action. I don’t think this station is new to 630-meters but this may be the first reports of the season.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports to WD2XSH/15, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WH2XZO and WI2XBV. Al, WI2XBV, just returned to air after getting his antenna system rebuild completed so nice to see him receiving DX reports. Eden has provided several consecutive days of reports to WH2XCR, which is a recent significant improvement and shows that the band is getting better on difficult paths. Eden’s report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced higher absorption as a result of th recent geomagnetic activity but managed reports from JA1NQI-2 and shared two-way reports with VK4YB. Laurence’s DX report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced another strong night with repeat two-way reports at WG2XKA in Vermont and WH2XZO in South Carolina. The path to the eastern US continues to be very strong. Reports in JA were strong with seven stations hearing Merv, even after local sunrise in KH6, and three VK’s including two-way reports with VK4YB. ZL2BCG also shared two-way reports with Merv. His DX report details for the session can be viewed here.
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