Propagation overnight was average as another geomagnetic event impacted higher latitudes to one degree or another. QRN has been elevated at my QTH as rain and a few storms have plagued the region up into the upper Midwest for the last few days. I anticipated a rain-out overnight, which never fully manifest but the coming days may be hit or miss.
Geomagnetic activity reached G1 storm levels with a Kp of 5. Bz continues at variable levels and solar wind velocities continue above 650 km/s. Australian DST values have shown more instability than Kyoto over the last 24-hours, however, both indicator continue at negative levels.
Brief trans-Atlantic openings were observed as WD2XSH/17 was reported by G3XKR and G8HUH. WG2XKA was reported by G0LUJ. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Paul, W0RW / WA2XRM, posted the following notice of operation on the 600-meter research group email reflector:
“WA2XRM will be back on CW tonight from 2000 EST, 26 Dec., until 0100 EST, 27 Dec. 2016.
That is 0100z – 0600z, (27 Dec,. Zulu Day) on 479.9 kHz. Sending a Special CW Christmas Message at 15 WPM. Put your cans on (ear buds in) and your narrow filter on and see if you can copy my CW. Cross band Q’s are not allowed but you can send me an email at email@example.com. New WA2XRM SWL QSL will be sent.”
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported that “…continued disturbed conditions and apparent lower activity resulted in only 10 unique spots by and 33of WH2XZO.”
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WH2XZO, reported lower activity in some areas during this session but there was lots of activity in the Pacific Northwest:
“WG2XSV reports hearing: VE7CNF, WE2XPQ, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XBQ
and was heard by only 18 this session: WE2XPQ, WH2XCR, N3IZN/RX, N6RY, NO1D, VA7MM, VE7AB, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, VE7KPB, W0AY, W7IUV, WB6HYD, WH2XAR, WH2XGP, WI2XBQ, WI2XJQ, WW6D”
Trans-Pacific report details for this session (excluding KL7 and KH6) are aggregated here.
John, VK2XGJ, reported WH2XCR,WH2XGP, and WH2XXP, all before 1024 z. John added that storms were marching up the coast as well so QRN was elevated.
Roger, VK4YB, reported this morning, “QRN was lower tonight and early indications were promising, but condx slipped away towards midnight as the beams lost their directivity. Only JA3TVF was able to decode despite one hour on the JA beam. Nevertheless a successful session overall. I am not sure if WH2XAR is a new one for me.” Roger also received reports from VA7MM, VE7AB, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, W7IUV and WW6D.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 62 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, and ZL2BCG.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, received reports from 41 unique stations including VK4YB, VK2XGJ, and ZL2BCG. Larry provided reports to twelve unique stations. As W7IUV and listening on the western receive antenna, Larry provided reports to ten unique stations, including VK4YB.
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he was decoded by 59 unique stations including six decodes from VK4YB, best at -23 dB S/N and a distance of 13442 km, and 85 decodes from WH2XCR, best at +6 dB S/N, and a distance of 6007 km.
Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, received reports from VK2XGJ and shared two-way reports with VK4YB.
Mike, NR5O / WH2XAR, reported VK4YB for the first time.
As previously reported, noise was elevated at my stations and wet conditions made long-term operating decisions for the session difficult. Due to oversleeping I remained on WSPR this morning until a brief rain shower signaled that it was time to QRT. Showers will continue through the day and may be possible over the coming days so its difficult to predict my operating schedule at the moment. S/N values to and from my station appeared better with stations in the Pacific Northwest during this session. Perhaps it was the lack of noise or perhaps those stations had more time to recover from the effects of the geomagnetic event. Its pure speculation. My WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here and my WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.
102 MF WSPR stations were observed on the WSPRnet activity page at 0200z
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for VE3CIQ, WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XIQ, WG2XKA, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, and WI2XBV. Report details for these stations can be viewed here. Eden also operated ZF1EJ/1, which utilizes his new transmit antenna and he provided reports for VE3CIQ, WD2XSH/15, WD2XSH/17, WG2XIQ, WG2XKA, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, and WI2XBV. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, was likely impacted by additional absorption when the geomagnetic field became active once again just as the band was trying to recover from previous event.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced an especially good session in the West and Pacific Northwest due to high numbers of active stations. Activity in Oceania was also decent with reception reports from VK2XGJ and ZL2BCG and two-way reports with VK4YB. Merv also reported VK3HP and those reports have become the new normal most days. Merv shared two-way reports with WE2XPQ and continues to receive reports from ZF1EJ. Merv’s report details for the session can be viewed here.
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