This session was characterized by low noise for a significant number of stations which meant many big signal reports. Big reports led to a flurry of station activity both on transmit and receive, with 119 MF WSPR stations observed at 0526z by Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV. I recorded 101 stations at 0030z. Good transcontinental openings were observed, particularly at high latitudes with VE3CIQ and WG2XKA sharing two-way reports with WH2XGP. The path to Europe opened briefly but many prolific openings were observed in and around the Pacific Rim. It was a good night.
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet, favoring good propagation. The Kp looks interesting, showing a periodic nature over the previous few sessions. Often when the Kp is extremely quiet there is not enough spark for quality openings to develop but perhaps the small spikes of the Kp injected enough energy to allow signals to propagate without significant negative impact. The Bz is currently pointing slightly to the South and solar wind velocities continue at low levels, averaging 350 km/s. DST values are nominal.
Luis, EA5DOM, was reported several times by WD2XSH/17 representing the only trans-Atlantic reports for the session. Those report details can be viewed here.
Phil, VE3CIQ, reports that he decoded fifteen WSPR stations and was decoded by 46 unique stations.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he received reports from 68 unique stations within 12-hours which may be a new record for his station. His best DX reports included decodes by WH2XCR, WE2XPQ, and VE1HF.
Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reports that conditions must have been really good as he was decoded by WH2XCR for the first time ever. He also received reports from 32 unique stations and it leaves Al wondering if it was all good propagation or perhaps his new antenna. We both ultimately agreed a little bit of both probably helped.
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reports, “Conditions and activity (119 stations) very good. quite good. SNRs not remarkable, but decoded 12 unique and decoded by my all time record 58.” Doug also indicates that he activated the remote receiver at the University of Alberta in Victoria and reception was very good.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports that he decoded nine WSPR stations and was reported by 43 unique stations, which Rick believes may be a record for his station. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Paul, N1BUG, reported a very noisy night but he indicates that a beverage termination has been compromised and that may be a cause. He is investigating.
Trans-Pacific reports details for this session are aggregated here.
Roger, VK4YB, reports that a storm has taken down his phone line and it may be a few days before we see receive reports from his station. He indicates that he will continue to transmit blindly but has not received any reports from other stations in the last 12 hours so it seems that he may be currently off air. Hopefully the trouble can be resolved quickly and the situation there is stable.
Joe, WI2XBQ, indicates a really good night with reports from 45 unique stations, including JH3XCU, JA1NQI-2, and ZF1EJ. Joe adds that broadcast signals from JA were strong with 774 kHz presenting Q5 audio. Signals from VK were weak at Joe’s QTH, however.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 76 unique stations, including 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI-2, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA8SCD, JE1JDL and JH3XCU.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, received reports from 65 unique stations, including JA1NQI-2.
Mike, WA3TTS, noticed the weirdness of the session as well and had another good night of transcontinental reports:
“Favorable but rather odd propagation last night with WI2XBQ providing more decodes than WH2XGP to the NW. Path to WH2XCR was up as well.
“LF was also consistent and above average last night with 201 decodes of WH2XND on 2200m wspr2 (best -11) using my NW EWE antenna and split IF output for dual band receive. 73 Mike wa3tts”
The European MF QSO Party this weekend will focus on CW. A few stations have already staked out frequencies. Make a few QSO’s and support the activity weekend!
David, G0MRF, reports that his club will be active on 476.2 kHz from 2100z and 2300z tonight.
Early evening WSPR yielded better results than the previous session. Like the previous session, however, the Midwest reported strong signals through the evening and overnight while eastern and western stations experienced more variability. It was also nice to hear and be heard by WE2XPQ. Laurence received reports from a number of stations deep into the North American land mass overnight. This morning’s CW session resulted in solid S5 reports under low QRN conditions from Steve, KK7UV / WH2XNV. Similarly, Eden, ZF1EJ, reported me at RST 559 at 1141z. The band was very quiet and there were times that I thought I was hearing a calling station but have decided it was probably weak pre-sunrise broadcast hash. I QRT’ed about 1300z. I have been neglecting evening CW recently due to workload and schedule but hope to get back to that as time is available. Most of my QSO’s come from evening sessions. My WSPR transmission reports can be found here and my WSPR reception reports can be found here.
In addition to the previously reported high level of band activity, KC1UCK was observed as a new receiving station during this session. Welcome aboard!
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports to fifteen unique stations including VE3CIQ, VE3EFF, WD2XSH/15, WG2XIQ, WG2XKA, WG2XPJ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, WI2XBQ, WI2XBV, and WI2XJQ. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced a nice night with decodes from seven JA stations. He was also heard/heard by my station so propagation and recent antenna work at Laurence’s station are really making a nice difference. Laurence also shared two-way reports with WH2XCR. His DX report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, received reports from many stations on the North American main land including first time two-way reports of WI2XBV in Florida and repeat two-way reports at VE3CIQ. Merv was also heard by JA1NQI-2 and that report detail, as well as two-way reports with WE2XPQ, can be viewed here.
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