Storms in the Southwest marched Eastward and increased the noise floor a bit here in Texas and probably significantly for stations in the vicinities of these storms but as this was Christmas Eve, probably only a handful of active operators really noticed the increase. I’ve not received any reports of precipitation static from Winter weather but I suspect it was present wherever Winter weather was present.
Geomagnetic conditions continue to range from elevated-quiet to unsettled levels. The Bz continues to present itself in a variable manner, swinging from North to South on either side of unity and solar wind velocities continue at high levels, with average velocities currently near 650 km/s. DST values bounced around once again through the session.
Trans-Atlantic paths opened as WD2XSH/17 was decoded by F1AFJ/1, G3XKR, and PA7EY. WG2XKA received reports from G3XKR. Reports details for these stations can be viewed here.
Mike, WA3TTS, listened for the Fessenden Christmas transmission from Brian, WA1ZMS / WI2XLQ, once again and filed this report:
“[Here is] A youtube video link of WI2XLQ received on Christmas Eve using my MF/LF converter, SE EWE antenna, and a Collins 75A-4A (a 75A-4 with W2VZQ modifications) as the intermediate frequency receiver. The Collins receiver was recapped and all tubes checked/replaced using dynamic conductance tube tester. It had a few out of tolerance resistors, but the overhaul went pretty smoothly.”
Luis, EA5DOM, reported a successful Christmas CW message event and posted this final report:
“Hi MFThank you for the reports. This year I got a great interest between the EA CW OMs and they were spoiled to chase for the beacon. So the goal was fully achieved. Hope this will lead some of them to go further active in the low bands The final message with reporting station ended with 28 EA and 8 from abroad:TEST TEST DE EA5DOM EA5DOM , MERRY XMAS , TNX REPORT EB3FRN EA5IHK EA2AWD EA4NZ EA1FBU EA3AER ON5TA EA5RJ EA1RV EA5SW EA5FX ik5srd EA6AMI EA5IGD EA3PP EA4XA EA4GMX ON7ZO EA5TV EA5XY EA5CV F5NFB EA1SB EA4MZ EA4XA EA3AKG EA5AHN EA9MH SM2BYC EA5ATC 9H1CG EA3AGB G6AVK EA4BHK EA5KK EA5YN IS0GRB 73 73 KHope to be able to arrange something similar in 2017, but in LF ! 😉 73 de Luis EA5DOM”
Paul, W0RW / WA2XRM, indicates that he received no additional CW reports but indicates that he will plan on sending another message for New Years Eve. Stay tuned for details.
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported a slightly less disturbed session, decoding eleven WSPR stations and receiving reports from 41 unique stations.
Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported that he ran three cycles of JT9 before returning to WSPR during the evening. I saw his last transmission but since the software was configured for WSPR I never observed a decode and was thinking I was seeing VE7BDQ who was running a WSPR / JT9 combo transmission every 20 minutes.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, submitted the following statistics and comments for the session:
“WG2XSV reports: A weaker night with Minnesota being best reach to my east. AK and HI exchanged 2 way reports with me.Hearing these 7: VE7BDQ, WE2XPQ, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXPHeard by only 19: KK6NON, N3IZN/RX, N6KOG, N6RY, NO1D, VA7MM, VE6ZC, VE7AB, VE7BDQ, W0AY, W7IUV, WB0VAJ, WB0VAK, WE2XPQ, WG2XIQ, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WI2XJQ, WW6D”
John, VE7BDQ, shared two-way reports with VK4YB.
My activity was limited to WSPR during this session due to Christmas activities, aside from seeing JT9 from WI2XBV once during the evening. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I can return to a normal operating schedule of CW in the mornings and evenings by tomorrow or later in the week, weather permitting. My 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, reported WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XIQ, WG2XKA, WG2XXM, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, and WI2XBV. Report details for those stations can be viewed here. As ZF1EJ/1, Eden decoded WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XIQ, WG2XKA, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, and WI2XBV. Report details for these stations can be viewed here. Unless Eden changed something with his station configuration, the transmit vertical seems to have beaten the other receive antenna (LPA) for the first time since comparisons began.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, shared two-way reports with VK4YB and ZL2BCG in spite of continued percolation at high latitudes. His report details for this session can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZL2BCG, and WE2XPQ and was decoded by JA1NQI, JA1NQI-2, JR1IZM and VK2XGJ. Reports continue to the East coast of North America as well as Caribbean. Merv’s report details for this session can be viewed here.
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