630-meters seemed pretty good during the evening but a number of stations reported variable band conditions and openings through the early evening. My impression was that the band was relatively stable but there are significant differences between the northern US and the southern US and stations that provide reports. Locally I detected very little noise during the evening but a number of areas continue to experience problems associated with precipitation static.
Geomagnetic activity finally reached G1 storm levels for a couple of reporting periods. The Bz has been variable but never straying far from unity. Solar wind velocities are high, averaging near 650 km/s. DST values experienced a significant decrease at the peak of storm activity but appear less erratic than previous session.
Numerous trans-Atlantic openings were reported during this session, including WG2XKA receiving reports from DJ0ABR and DL4MAU. WE2XGR reported F1AFJ and EA5DOM while WD2XSH/17 reported EA5DOM and G3KEV. Recent addition to 630-meters, VE9GJ, reported EA5DOM, G3KEV, and G0MRF while Vernon, VE1VDM, operated several receive configurations which have not yet been identified. As VE1VDM/RX, he decoded DH5RAE and EA5DOM. His second receive configuration designated as SWLVDM reported EA5DOM. In past seasons Vernon was using a random length wire (maybe 300 foot if memory serves) located approximately 30 foot above the ground. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports that he was on the air again after his SWR returned to normal after the recent ice storm. Neil provided these session statistics:
“WG2XSV was Heard by these 22 stations:
K3SIW/1, KB0BRY, KU4XR, N3IZN/RX, N6RY, N6SKM, NO1D, VA7JX, VA7MM, VE6ZC, VE7BDQ, VE7KPB, VE7SL, W0AY, W7IUV, WB0VAK, WG2XIQ, WH2XAR, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WI2XJQ, WW6D
and Hearing 7: VA7JX, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XJQ”
Neil added that he also experienced very good daytime conditions. He explains:
“Yesterday, mid-day, I was getting an occasional decode from distances of over 600 km and 800 km, both north and south.
CA near the bay area was hearing me around noon PST (553 miles):
20:16 WG2XSV 0.475760 -28 0 CN85rq 2 N6SKM CM97bq 891 (km) 176 20:10 WG2XSV 0.475762 -28 0 CN85rq 2 N6SKM CM97bq 891 176
….and at 2:38 PM, I was heard up north at 410 miles:
22:38 WG2XSV 0.475758 -25 0 CN85rq 2 VE7KPB DN29cm 661 47
My power is about 1.3w ERP, but I am reporting it as 2w EIRP…..hoping for action by the FCC some day…”
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported decodes for eight WSPR stations. He was decoded by 26 unique stations and his unique report detail for the session can be viewed here.
Trans-Pacific report details for this session (excluding KH6 and KL7) are aggregated here.
John, VK2XGJ, reported that VK3ZUM is working to begin transmitting on 630-meters. It seems we will likely have another operator in VK shortly.
Roger, VK4YB, reports that he has repaired the northeastern antenna, directed to North American from Australia. He expects to work on the “JA” antenna tomorrow. During this session he provided reports to WH2XXP, shared two-way reports with WH2XCR, and was received at VE7SL, W7IUV / WH2XGP and WE2XPQ.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 60 unique stations including JA1NQI-2, VK2XGJ, VK4YB, and ZL2BCG.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports that he was not transmitting during the session due to an error but he successfully reported VK4YB on both of his stations.
I overslept this morning so there was no CW from my station, instead WSPR continued uninterrupted. I suspect the variometer was not frozen this morning so a CW session would have been possible. I hope to be QRV tonight near sunset. Daytime WSPR reports were less robust than the previous session although late afternoon full-sun reports were submitted by SWL/K9 in Indiana. Unfortunately I was very busy yesterday so I did not gather those reports for presentation here. Overnight WSPR reports were numerous but less robust than the previous session. A number of CW level reports were registered but most reports were at least in a range consistent with those required for a JT9 QSO to be completed. My WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.
114 MF WSPR stations were observed by WG2XXM on the WSPRnet activity page at 0245z. KZ3X and VE3HFQ were observed as new receiving stations. Welcome aboard!
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for VE3CIQ, WD2XSH/15, WG2XIQ, WG2XKA, WG2XXM, WH2XXP, and WI2XBV. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports that he was “receive only” again but he successfully decoded VK4YB and WH2XCR as well as a few others in North America in spite of auroral activity. Laurence’s report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, reports persistent high QRN as a long line of storm fronts move across the Pacific. He expects this behavior to continue through the week and into next weekend. In spite of the noise, Merv shared two-way reports with VK4YB and was received by 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI-2, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JF1LKS, JH3XCU, VK2XGJ, and ZL2BCG. Merv’s DX report details can be viewed here.
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