What a night! The evening session started with standard fare although it was obvious from the amount of activity that the band was very good and probably going to improve as the night progressed. QRN was variable across North America where most of the noise seemed to be generated by precipitation rather than real thunderstorms. Storm activity in South Texas and along the gulf coast did not have the impact that the data suggests that it might at my station and was easily nulled with receive antennas.
Geomagnetic conditions were very quiet with the Bz continuing to point slightly to the South but generally very near unity. The solar wind velocity is extremely calm, averaging 275 km/s. DST values continue at stable, nominal levels.
These very quiet geomagnetic conditions favored northerly paths, including reports of DK7FC at WD2XSH/17. Those trans-Atlantic report details can be viewed here.
Probably the biggest news of the session were the remarkable polar openings from WH2XGP, WH2XXP, and VE3EFF to LA2XPA. Extremely quiet auroral conditions are required for such openings to manifest and occurs very rarely. Given the number of reports for these stations it seems like many other stations might have had a chance to be heard. A number of stations were QRT for weather and activities on other frequencies. Hopefully the auroral region will remain sufficiently quiet for these openings to occur again. Report details for these remarkable openings can be viewed here. Steve, VE7SL, noted an interesting data anomaly for LA2XPA reports. An late excerpt from LA2XPA data can be seen here. Note the interesting groupings of reports.
John, VE7BDQ, reports that after four hours of activity he received reports from 37 unique stations. He provided reports for seven WSPR stations during his operating period.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported that he decoded seven WSPR stations and was decoded by 39 unique stations including N1BUG and ZF1EJ. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Night one of the MF CW QSO Party in Europe was a big hit with many participating stations. A transcript of DX Summit cluster spots is posted here. Thanks to David, G0MRF, for reminding me of the cluster reports! Below are a number of report excerpts from stations that were originally posted on the RSGB-LF reflector:
Andy, F6CNI, reported that his transmit antenna was down but that he was able to listen: “I am listening now 472 to 475.5 and heard at this moment 6 stations on CW from G and DK !” He added later, “I heard 16 stations in 7 DXCC countries. The first QSO I heard was DJ6CB / G3YXM at 1657 TU. The strongest and best report 599+ to EA5DOM calling some CQ beginning at 1822 TU. Some stations was calling him but no QSO. Later he worked DK7FC.”
Vinny, DL6II, reported high QRN but he was managing to hear DK7FC, G4GIR and G3XIZ. He added later that, “EA5DOM 579 and PA0LCE 449 has been heard without QSO nr Cologne.” Vinny indicates that he needs a few more dB and station improvements are in order.
Spiros, SV8CS, reported that he was hearing Stefan, DK7FC, calling CW on 473.4 kHz at RST 579. He completed a QSO with Stefan as well as IZ7SLZ and posted this video of Stefan’s signal:
Luis, EA5DOM, reported that from his location so far from the center of activity, even with low QRM and QRN, he was struggling to hear stations other than DK7FC.
Stefan, DK7FC, reported “That was an interesting evening. 14 CW QSOs, as many as JT9 and QRSS/DFCW together! CW is the favorite in 2016. Worked G3XIZ, G3YXM, EA5DOM, G4GIR, DL6TY, DL6II, G3KEV, F5OFK, IK5QLO, DK8ND, SV8CS, PA0LCE, IZ7SLZ, F6BWO. The signal of EA5DOM is impressing, good copy all the time, even now during higher QRN levels. Luis, we could talk for hours :-)”
Andy, KU4XR, took advantage of very quiet polar path conditions, decoding Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ from Tennessee. He posted the following comments and statistics on LOWFER:
Mike, WA3TTS, enjoyed a lower than normal noise floor with fewer QRV QRO stations. He offered these reports and details:
Trans-Pacific report details for the session are aggregated here.
Roger, VK4YB, reports more bad news about his recent storms and the impact to his antennas. Roger is OK and will rebuild but it may take a while:
“After the storm that took down the telephone line, two more storms struck the next evening. They were described by the Met Bureau as super cells, the worst kind. Hail stones the size of tennis balls were recorded. Incredible lightning display and ear shattering thunder. The winds were terrific and just looking at the way those 100ft trees were being blown around like saplings,I knew my antennas didn’t stand a chance. And so it was. The antenna farm was wrecked. There were little bits of wire here and there caught up in the tops of trees to mark where the 630m beams used to be. Only my 80m vertical survived by some miracle. It’s going to take some time to get back on air and I’m going to be missing the action in the meantime.”
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 70 unique stations including LA2XPA on the remarkable polar opening as well as trans-Pacific openings to JA1NQI-2, JA3TCF, and JH1INM.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, received reports from 62 unique stations also including the remarkable polar opening to LA2XPA and trans-Pacific opening to JA1NQI-2 and VK2XGJ. He decoded ten WSPR stations using the eastern BOG. The second western receiver designated as W7IUV did not provide many results for this session.
After a day of cold rain where everything outside was soaked I was brave and started the main station at half TPO. The match was good and the stations operated for a few hours at that power level until I increased to full power. No problems with the match in spite of a fine mist. Weather conditions were consistent and stable (it was wet but not pouring down rain!) so the match was going to be ok. I shut down at bed time due to anticipated heavy rain overnight, which did arrive so it was a good call to QRT. The band was in good shape although early reports were typical for the active stations. The big openings did not begin until later in the session. My abbreviated WSPR transmission details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception details can be viewed here. The U3 will be replaced in the near future so that I can resume QRPPP tests.
Activity was very high and consistent, with 110 MF WSPR stations observed at 0102z and 112 MF WSPR stations at 0244z on the WSPRnet activity page. New or recently returning stations include (but not limited to) N6PIG/5, W6SFH, KB2DSQ, and KB3CHM. Welcome aboard!
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for VE3CIQ, VE3EFF, VE7BDQ, WD2XSH/15, WG2XIQ, WG2XPJ, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, and WI2XJQ. Those report details can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced a remarkable night of reports from stations in the eastern regions of North America, including reports from WA3TTS, VE3CIQ, VE3EFF and the previously reported KU4XR. Laurence took advantage strong openings to JA again, including late decodes from the previous session that were reported after a 45-minute gap in decodes on approach to sunrise. He continues to receive reports on the approach to sunrise today and many of those details will be included in tomorrow’s report. Laurence’s DX report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had another good night, decoding ZL2BCG for the sole reception report from Oceania during this session. He was also heard by VK2XGJ in addition to 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI-2, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, and JH3XCU. Merv experienced good coverage across North America including the Caribbean. His DX report details can be viewed here.
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