This session was strong with some experiencing precipitation static while others of us had no noise and in many respects the session seemed to be in-step with the very good DX propagation observed on 160-meter CW during the evening and overnight. The distribution of trans-Atlantic openings was interesting and geomagnetic conditions continue to recover. Atlantic storms may have increased the noise floor in the eastern US but it does not appear that these storms were detrimental to reports, in general, and trans-Atlantic reports specifically.
Geomagnetic conditions were very quiet as the Kp bounced between 0 and 1 through the session. The Bz has similarly remained very near unity, bouncing only slightly North and South through a number of reporting periods. Solar wind velocities continue at moderate levels, averaging near 420 km/s. DST values are stable and generally measuring above unity into positive territory. Let’s hope for extended periods of positive DST as the last time we observed these numbers, “polar” openings were observed.
Trans-Atlantic openings began early again as Paul, N1BUG, reported DK7FC (peak -14 clearly audible), PA0A (-22), and EA5DOM (-22) just after local sunset through 0100z. VE2PEP, WG2XKA, and VE3CIQ all reported DK7FC and WG2XXM was reported by F59706 and G3XKR. The biggest winner for this session was WD2XSH/17, who decoded DK7FC, EA5DOM and PA0A and received decodes from DK7FC, DL-SWL, F1AFJ, F1AFJ/1, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ-1, G3XKR, G8HUH, and PA0RDT. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports:
“GM John. I see that Minnesota made a good showing last night. Got 3 listeners from that state this session, KA0JWC, WB0VAK, and WB0VAJ. It turns out that VAK (David), and VAJ (Kay) have the same physical address on QRZ.com
Of course the BC gang always make a good showing with 6 of them hearing me last night. So the score is BC 6, Minnesota 3, LOL.
I have a new local listener, SWLW7, at the bottom of this list. He (or she ? ) is across the river in Beaverton, Oregon about 16 miles from my Vancouver WA location. Things are getting busy all up and down the west coast of N. America.”
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he was decoded by 65 unique stations including F59706 and G3XKR plus 84 decodes from WH2XCR, best at +5 dB S/N at a distance of 6007 km.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, indicates very strong signals during this session with very cold local weather conditions. He provided reports for fourteen WSPR stations (includes three bogus phantoms) and was reported by 35 unique stations. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Ken, SWL/EN61, in Indiana, reported “…good level of activity. 18 stations decoded overnight.”
Trans-Pacific report details for this session (excluding KL7 and KH6) are aggregated here.
Roger, VK4YB, received reports from JA3TVF, VE7CNF, VE7SL and W7IUV and successfully provided reports for WH2XGP and WH2XXP.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XGP, was decoded by 63 unique stations including VK4YB and VK2XGJ.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP provided reports to fourteen WSPR stations using the eastern receive antenna and was decoded by 56 unique stations including VK4YB and ZF1EJ. As W7IUV and using the western receive antenna Larry decoded twelve WSPR stations including VK4YB. He adds that openings to the East were better last night including several reports of eastern stations that have recently been elusive. Larry also indicates that attenuation at high latitudes persists.
I opted to run CW at 2300z in spite of being bogged down with work. The wireless headphones allowed me to move around so it helped as the CQ machine ran. I transitioned to WSPR prior to 0000z as my attention was wandering with other distractions. You can look at this session’s CW activity as a live beacon for what its worth. WSPR reports were actually slow to develop here. The number of reports versus the number of receiving stations didn’t add up and reports were somewhat anemic compared to what had been recently observed. The system here was operating nominally so I will blame propagation and move on. Overnight many CW level reports were registered in addition to easy JT-level reports. I felt like domestic conditions developed nicely as the night progressed. Morning CW was very quiet. Eden, ZF1EJ, reported my signal at RST 539 at 1131z. I QRT’ed early to check 160-meters where numerous JA’s were heard in the noise – the band was active. I had a quick chat with Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM, who was strong and in the clear at or shortly after his sunrise. Europeans on 160-meters during the evening were as strong as I have ever heard them here, completely in the clear and quite numerous. I expect that trans-Atlantic reports on 630-meters only lacked more stations in the clear in order to observe additional reports. The path was definitely open. My WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.
Band activity was high with 111 WSPR stations observed on the WSPRnet activity page at 0023z. WB0VAJ joined WB0VAK as a second receiver / antenna combination at their QTH in Minnesota (I got it right this time!). It was also reported earlier that SWLW7 was listening from Oregon. Welcome aboard!
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for VA7MM, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, VE7SL, WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, and WH2XZO. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced a bit of a step back from the previous session which showed some improvements. UPDATE: Laurence indicates that there was a power outage at his station and he did not bring his station back on line until around 1300z so the reports shown are limited to after that restart.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, was hearing stations in the northeastern US like VE3CIQ and was heard well into the southeastern US by WH2XZO in spite of Atlantic storms that must have increased Doug’s noise floor pretty significantly. Merv experienced good coverage across North America. He also did well into Asia, with reports from JA1NQI-2, JA1PKG, and JH3XCU. In Oceania, reception reports from VK2XGJ continue as well as two-way reports with VK4YB. Merv’s report details for the session can be viewed here.
Jim, W5EST, reports that he will be taking time off through the holidays unless something big needs to be reported immediately but will return in January. Thanks to Jim for all of his previous contributions.
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