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Solstice is here and the band goes wild; More high latitude reports from Norway: WG2XPJ, VE3EFF, WH2XZO, WD2XSH/17, WG2XXM, WG2XKA, WG2XIQ -> LA2XPA; Good trans-Pacific propagation as late evening QRN reduction brings stations from the noise

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

What a great night.  The band was quiet here in Texas and signals were strong and plentiful.  A few storms in the Atlantic may have plagued stations in the Northeast and East coast, however.  Noise in Australia abated some in the late evening permitting what remains of trans-Pacific propagation to yield nice reports.  Propagation seemed really quite good and while high latitude openings favored eastern stations during this session compared to previous sessions when western stations were on the action, everyone had an opportunity to be heard somewhere during this session.

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12-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions continue at quiet to elevated-quiet levels although the Bz is pushing to the South for persistent periods now and solar winds velocities are at high levels, averaging 700 km/s.  DST values have shown significant drop-offs and all indications are that G1 storm condition are looming.

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Trans-Atlantic openings and high latitude openings, in particular, were a highlight of this session.  All trans-Atlantic reports for this session included reports from Rolf, LA2XPA, and many were first time reports.  All reports were one-way.  Rolf operated two separate decoders during this session but its unclear at this time which two he was using.  He reported in previous sessions that he was using a Kiwi and 600-800 foot long beverages, all short on 630-meters but obviously offering some directivity and S/N improvements.  David, G0MRF, confirmed that Rolf was using the same beverages and Kiwi, only two different WSPR software packages.  WG2XPJ and WG2XIQ received reports from LA2XPQ and LA2XPA/2.  VE3EFF received reports from LA2XPA.  WH2XZO received reports from LA2XPA/2.  WG2XKA received reports from TF3HZ, LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, G3XKR, and DJ0ABR.  WG2XXM received reports from TF3HZ, LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, VK4YB, and ZL2BCG.  WD2XSH/17 received reports from DJ0ABR, DL-SWL, G0LUJ-1, G3XKR, LA2XPA/2, PA0RDT, and TF3HZ.  Report details for these stations can be viewed here.

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, provided these comments for the session:

“High latitude opening to east opening but not to west. How could that be? Decoded 11 and decoded by 50, nothing unusual except the LA2XPA/2 decode, 32 degrees and 6572 km.”

In a separate email, Doug reported on his receive antenna changes:

“I’m looking forward to reading about the LA2XPA antennas.  His decode last night is by far the furthest north of any WH2XZO decode.

Both the Super KAZ beaming west and the Double Half Delta beaming NNE seemed to offer slight improvements at first over my Wellbrook loop, but I was disappointed that it was only slight.  In both cases the geometry, limited by available trees, was not perfect.

Yesterday, I took down the Double Half delta and put up a small K6SE designed Delta. The triangular loop has only 72′ of wire, but I’m using a recently acquired  Wellbrook  FLG100LN amplifier.  The small delta antenna is correctly proportioned and beaming NE toward New England and Europe.  Last night’s A/B testing indicated that it was significantly better than the very good Wellbrook loop on the LW broadcast stations, MS broadcast stations and 160M.  On 630M my decodes of WG2XKA and XSH/17 were the strongest ever, +16 dB and + 5 dB, and the largest difference between their decodes of XZO so I’m optimistic that it will be better for TAs.

I also now have the opportunity to compare a small amplified loop vs. a much larger loop which theoretically has the the azimuth and elevation plot.”

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, received reports from 61 unique stations including VK4YB, ZL2BCG, LA2XPA, LA2XPS/2 and TF3HZ.  He added that he received reports from eight DXCC entities.

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WG2XXM session WSPR activity (courtesy K5DNL)

 

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, provided the following additional comments for session:

“A very interesting solstice night session.  After two years or longer, TF3HZ on Iceland finally spotted this station.  The polar path was definitely open, as LA2XPA and LA2XPA/2 spotted XKA 30 times.  G3XKA and DJ0ABR also appeared, but the spotlight was clearly beaming directly on Norway for a sustained period.  WH2XCR also heard XKA, and the PNW was well represented.  I operated at my grant level which requires about 225W TPO to the short vertical.”

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WG2XKA session WSPR activity (courtesy WA3ETD)

 

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV,  reports that he was “receive-only” overnight as his transmit antenna was configured for a daytime FEMA event on 60-meters.  Neil provided the following statistics:

“GM John. WG2XSV was RX only on MF this session :

Hearing these 10 stations: VA7MM, VE7BDQ, VE7SL, WE2XPQ, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XBQ”

 

Trans-Pacific report details for this session (excluding KH6 and KL7) are aggregated here.

 

Roger, VK4YB, reported “Our Summer Solstice brought good propagation. The early evening was wiped out by QRN, which thinned out a bit later enabling a few rx spots…Without the QRN it would have been a receive bonanza, as it was many traces did not decode.”  Roger received long-haul reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI-2, JA1PKG, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, VA7MM , VE7BDQ, VE7SL, and WW6D.

 

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 59 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, and ZL2BCG.

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports that he decoded fourteen WSPR stations using his western receive antenna, including eleven decodes of VK4YB. Larry indicates that his performance to the west appears to be down, possibly indicative of a problem.  He decoded seventeen WSPR stations using his eastern BOG, including many eastern stations. Larry notes that spurious signals many have compromised early eastern openings.  Larry was heard by 49 unique stations including VK4YB, ZF1EJ, and ZL2BCG. He added, “Seems like NA activity was down plus a little hi-lat absorption.”

 

John, VE7BDQ, reported that he was only transmitting three times each hour for a limited time overnight and he submitted these comments and statistics:
“Got 19 uniques in last 12 hours wspr’ing including ZL2BCG .. Only 11 RX with WH2XCR and WG2XKA both tx and rx”
John added VK4YB to his receive list later in the session.

 

Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, reported that he was heard by 29 unique stations which he indicates is a below average number.   He also noted that the trans-Pacific path was open with a decode from WH2XCR one hour and ten minute before sunset in Hawaii.  Joe adds that “Signals to XCR were in single digits during opening to zl2bcg…Signal from 4QR, 612 khz still strong at this time. Signals from JA are weak.”  He later indicated that he “…spotted VK4YB 12 times best of -20 @ 11:00z.”

 

Paul, W0RW / WA2XRM, indicates that he received reports of his CW beacon in the previous session from Fritz, W1FR, in Iowa (Andy, KU4XR, in Tennessee was reported in yesterday’s report).  During this session he received a report from W4OP.  Paul has been operating CW in the evenings on  479.9 kHz.

 

ARRL.org indicates that Brian Justin, WA1ZMS / WI2XLQ, will operate the Fessenden Christmas Eve transmission again this year.  More details can be viewed here.

 

I was a passive participant during this session due to a number of tasks that I needed to complete, so there was no early evening CW from my station.  WSPR ran through the day with first reports for the evening by KA9CFD in the 2200z hour.  There were no reports to or from WE2XPQ suggesting that the high latitude path was compromised but the path to LA2XPA and LA2XPA/2 was open, with several reports of my signal at Rolf’s station. Its amazing to me that there were no reports for me at TF3HZ.  I suppose this suggests that this opening was duct mode and did not open up over Iceland.  My WSPR reception report details can be viewed here and my WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here.  There was no morning CW today as I woke up with a headache and didn’t figure that listening to noise was a good idea.

 

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WG2XIQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

106 MF WSPR stations were observed on the WSPRnet activity page around 0200z.  W5DPK, KB1VXY, KH6ILT and NK8O were observed as listening during this session.  Welcome aboard!

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

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North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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South American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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African 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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Central / Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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Australian and New Zealand 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, reports that he is preparing his new transmit antenna so that he can join us on the air shortly.  He provided receive reports for WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XIQ, WG2XKA, WG2XPJ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, and WH2XZO and he added that his last decode of my signal was at 1342z,  two-hours after his local sunrise.  Report details for these stations can be viewed here.  Eden added that he was briefly listening as ZF1EJ/1 using the FDM-DUO and his new transmitting antenna but the PC controlling the DUO shutdown a few times so the dataset is incomplete.  While ZF1EJ/1 was operational, Eden provided reports to WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XIQ, WG2XKA, WG2XPJ, WG2XXM, WH2XXP, and WH2XZO.  Report details for those stations can be viewed here.

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

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ZF1EJ/1 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports that aurora was beginning to ramp up, weakly pulsing and behaving like a spot light this morning.  Even so Laurence experienced good reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI-2, JA1PKG, JE1JDL, JH3XCU and two-way reports with VK4YB and WH2XCR.  Laurence’s report details for this session can be viewed here.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR,  was hearing well once again, with reports for WG2XKA and WH2XZO on the East coast of North America as well as reception reports from ZF1EJ, JA1NQI-2, JH3XCU, ZL2BCG, VK2XGJ, and two-way reports from VK4YB.  His DX report details for this session can be viewed here.

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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