QRN was up a bit during this session, at least for those of us in the central and eastern US as a storm system moved across areas that will make way for more rain and storms through the weekend. Propagation was a mixed bag depending on expectations as QSB was quite evident but plenty of WSPR decodes were reported even if at reduced or rapidly varying S/N levels. Daytime propagation was good enough for openings across North America which is a change from recent sessions that have been somewhat lackluster on similar paths.
Geomagnetic conditions continues at elevated-quiet to unsettled levels. The Bz continues to point to the South but some variability has been observed over the course of the session. Solar wind velocities are averaging 615 km/s but has been variable through the session, ranging from above 700 km/s down to near 590 km/s. DST values are probably not any worse but continue at negative levels.
Probably the biggest opportunity during this session in North America was the Fessenden Christmas transmission recreation by Brian, WA1ZMS / WI2XLQ, located in Virginia. Mike, WA3TTS, documented the transmissions from his QTH near Pittsburgh:
Another big event for the session in Europe is the Christmas CW message operated by Luis, EA5DOM. Roberto, IS0GRB, located in Sardinia submitted this recording of Luis’s signal, using a modified FT-920 and a mini-whip antenna:
Vinny, DL6II, reports that he has a new grabber on the air that can be viewed from his QRZ Page. Vinny reported the following details for the grabber:
“Currently it’s observing MF/LF digital and QRSS segments in JO30NX. MF/LF WSPR and LF Opera RX is also running 24/7. MF eqipment is a T antenna, bandpass filter, transverter and K3 radio. LF equimpment is a PA0RDT and TS590 radio. Observing the whole amateur MF and LF spectrum and even lower frequencies are planed for the future.”
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported good propagation on WSPR for a station at higher latitudes and provided these comments and statistics:
“Good propagation this session. Got 2 reports from Eden/ZF1EJ, 1 report each from XJM, TTS, and KU4XR. Had some new listeners: KE5YKP, in S. Texas, KC7CM near Seattle, and KK6NON north of San Diego whose call looks familiar but the old data base did not show any reports from him older than last night.
I was able to hear these 8 : WE2XPQ, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XBQ, WI2XJQ”
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reports that he decoded seven WSPR stations during this session and was decoded by 28 unique stations. His unique report detail can be viewed here.
Trans-Pacific WSPR report details for this session (excluding KL7 and KH6), are aggregated here.
Roger, VK4YB, received reports from JA1NQI-2, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH1INM, VE7AB, W7IUV, WI2XBQ, and WW6D. Roger provided reports to WH2XXP and WH2XGP.
ZL2BCG, provided reports for WG2XXM and received reports from W7IUV and WW6D.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, received reports from 61 unique stations including ZL2BCG and eighty decodes from WH2XCR, best report 0 dB S/N at a distance of 6007 km.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from VK4YB, VK2XGJ, ZL2BCG.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, received reports from ZL2BCG. As W7IUV, Larry reported ZL2BCG and VK4YB.
I am pleased to report that I have replaced the ailing power supply reported to be creating problems in the previous session. The first test was a nice daytime JT9 QSO with Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM, about an hour after local noon. The QSO went quickly and did not require any repeats although Eric noted that by the end of the QSO my signal was headed down, which is common on the approach to sunset before rocketing back to normal levels after sunset.
I also transmitted JT9 for a few minutes during the evening and received reports from WA9ETW (-12 dB S/N) and N1BUG (-23 dB S/N). QSB was evident through the transmissions. Rain in the local area limited my overnight operating although I did get a couple of hours of transmitting in before transitioning to “receive only” overnight. Receiving was very good, with numerous stations reports. I suspect I will be only receiving at best through the bulk of the weekend due to storms and storm threat. My abbreviated WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for VE3CIQ, VE3EFF, WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XIQ, WG2XSV, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, WI2XBQ, and WI2XBV. Report details for these stations can be viewed here. Eden also utilized the new transmit antenna for listening (designated as ZF1EJ/1) and he provided reports for VE3CIQ, VE3EFF, WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, WI2XBQ, and WI2XBV. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports a solid night under the circumstances, with decodes from JA1NQI-2, JH1INM and VK4YB. His report details for this session can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced a solid night as well, reporting stations on the East coast including WH2XZO and WI2XBV as well as receiving reports from ZF1EJ and WA3TTS. Merv was popular in Japan with reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI-2, and JR1IZM as well as reports from ZL2BCG and VK2XGJ and two-way reports with VK4YB. Merv also decoded VK3HP who has been doing well from southeastern Australia. Merv’s report details for this session can be viewed here.
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