I was prepared to call this session a bit of a bust but a review of the numbers suggests that the band was only slow to open, perhaps due to high QRN in the East during the evening or the Winter storm raging in New England that has apparently damaged antennas at N1BUG and high winds were also reported by K4LY / WH2XZO in South Carolina. K2BLA / WI2XBV QRT’ed early due to extreme QRN in Florida during the evening. As it turns out, this was a pretty good night, particularly for domestic openings. Western stations seem to have taken advantage of trans-Pacific openings but the lack of trans-Atlantic openings remains a mystery.
Geomagnetic conditions are quiet but the Bz continues to point slightly to the South. Solar wind velocities are averaging near 350 km/s and DST values are very near unity and in many cases reaching into positive territory. A geoeffective coronal hole should be moving into position during this session according to Solarham and we should observe the return of G1 storm conditions.
Paul, W0RW / WA2XRM, is running his CW beacon once again on 479.9 kHz and indicates that he received a 100% perfect copy report from Steve, AA7U, located in AZ last night at 0330z. He posted the following announcement for the coming session on the 600-meter research groups email reflector:
“WA2XRM will be back on CW tonight from 2000 EST until 2300 EST, 30 Dec. 2016.
(That is 0100z until 0400z, 31 Dec. Zulu Day) on 479.9 kHz. CW is at about 15 WPM. Put your cans on (ear buds in) and your narrow filter on and see if you can copy my CW. New WA2XRM SWL QSL will be sent.”
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, had success with reports from recent new stations and submitted these statistics and comments:
“WG2XSV, Vancouver, WA reports
Hearing 8: WE2XPQ, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XBQ, WI2XJQ
Heard by 23: KD0S, KE5YKP, N3IZN/RX, N6RY, N7DTP, NO1D, VA7JX, VA7MM, VE7BDQ, VE7KPB, VE7SL, W0AY, W7ACM, W7IUV, WA6MTZ, WB6HYD, WG2XIQ, WH2XAR, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WI2XBQ, WI2XJQ, WW6D
Nice to see South Dakota and Southern Texas on my wspr map again.”
WD2XSH/42 was reported to be QRV near 500 kHz. I am not aware of any reports and Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported that he spent ten minutes trying to find updated information. My hope is that this stations will transition down to where the bulk of the activity currently is located as I think it would improve his chances of being reported.
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for eight WSPR stations and was reported by 24 unique stations. Unique report details for Rick can be viewed here.
Trans-Pacific report details for this session (excluding KL7 and KH6) are aggregated here.
Roger, VK4YB, reported at 1432z that he was “…hearing a CW station on 475.960 sending the code group JR. It is not in my list of NDBs. I only hear it on the NNW beam.” I wonder if this is the new JR1 stations that was been providing reports recently? Roger reported at 1515z a “Very strong opening to JA taking place now. Reports from ten JA stations, up to -15, so far. I will stay on the NNW beam until dawn.” Roger received reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA8SCD, JA8SCD5, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, TNUKJPM, VE1SL, W7IUV, and WI2XBQ. Roger provided reports to WH2XGP and WH2XXP. Any missing JA reports from this session will be included in the next session.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 66 unique stations including VK2XGJ, VK4YB, and ZL2BCG.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, received reports from 45 unique stations including VK4YB and ZL2BCG. Larry provided reports to ten WSPR stations. As W7IUV and listening with the western receive antenna, Larry provided reports for ten WSPR stations including VK4YB.
Evening CW testing of the KX3 yielded better results but I really need a QSO using this receiver to make an accurate determination. The little rig is starting to grow on me for receiving on 630-meters with the Heathkit 1420 converter. I transitioned to WSPR after about 45-minutes of CW and the band seemed flat to start but as previously reported, performance may have been the result of QRN in the East. The band improved significantly as the night progressed with good reports from the north-central and Midwestern US. There was no morning CW as I woke to a sinus headache again and slept in. I hope to do better tomorrow and expect to be QRV around 2300z on 474.5 CW. My WSPR transmission report details can be viewed here. My WSPR reception report details can be viewed here.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for VE3EFF, WD2XSH/15, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, WI2XBQ, and WI2XBV. Report details for these stations can be viewed here. ZF1EJ/1, utilizing his new transmit antenna for receive, provided reports for VE3EFF, WD2XSH/15, WG2XIQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XNG, WH2XXP, WH2XZO, and WI2XBV. Report details for these stations can be viewed here.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, shared two-way reports with WH2XCR. This session was down compared to the previous night.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, reported 7L1RLL and shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ. He was also received by JA1NQI, VK2XGJ, ZL2BCG, and KA9CFD who indicated several reports in the eastern US. Other’s in the eastern US like WI2XBV shared two-way reports with Merv and WH2XZO was reported in KH6. Merv’s DX report details for this session can be viewed here.
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