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QRT but I'll be back tonight, WX permitting

SCHEDULED ACTIVITY: CQ 474.5 kHz CW by 1000z through sunrise most days, WX permitting

Another busy night in the Pacific, Trans-Atlantic returns, all in spite of storm levels.

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Storm levels return to planet Earth as a recent CME breaches the geomagnetic field.  Solarham indicates only two periods of unsettled and storm levels through the session, however.  Propagation was actually very solid through the session with both successful trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific activity.  Lightning noise appeared to be significantly lower than the previous session.  John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicates that this session was the best so far this week, with both paths to the Pacific Northwest and US Southwest open.  John also reported two European stations.

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The Kyoto DST was relatively stable, remaining  slightly negative through the session.

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Kyoto DST for November 2015


Solar wind exceeded 500 km/s for a period of time but was down to the mid-400 km/s by the  sunrise in the central US.

There were persistent daytime reports of WG2XIQ, mostly in the upper to mid-20’s db S/N.  The daily  snapshot is usually taken at or near 2100z for the previous 6-hours.

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WG2XIQ 6-hour daytime WSPR activity


WSPR activity was very high once again, with MF WSPR operator numbers in the 80’s by 0400z.  There were no South American, trans-African, or Atlantic reports through the period although records indicate that Ed, VP9GE, was present.  The continental and regional breakdown follows:

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North American 24-hour WSPR activity


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European 24-hour WSPR activity


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Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


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Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


There were several North American stations that reported Europeans through the session:

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DK7FC, as reported by W3CSW


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DK7FC, as reported by WG2XKA


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EA5DOM, as reported by WG2XKA


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EA5DOM, as reported by WD2XSH/17


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DK7FC, as reported by WD2XSH/17


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DK7FC, as reported by W1TAG


In the Caribbean, both Eden, ZF1EJ, and Roger, ZF1RC, are on station for the session.  Eden once again reports Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR.  Jim, W5EST, reports that there were periods of thunderstorms through this session in Cayman.

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by ZF1EJ


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ZF1RC 24-hour WSPR activity


In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, saw a slight reduction in reports, presumably due to increased absorption through the session, but was still well represented in the west and Pacific Ocean.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


In the Pacific, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had reports from Asian, Oceania,  North America and the Caribbean.  It would be great to find someone in Peru or Ecuador.

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


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WH2XCR, as reported by JA1NQI-2


Additionally, Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, was reported by John, VK2XGJ.

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WH2XGP, as reported by VK2XGJ


John Simon, VK2XGJ, sent along the following screen shot with some of the reports for Merv and Larry:


VK2XGJ WSPR console with reports and waterfall for WH2XGP and WH2XCR


A single “new” reporting station was identified through the station, AF7M, of Tucson, Arizona.  Welcome Aboard.

Through this session I was performing some tests with another receive antenna, the short receive vertical as reported on Steve’s, VE7SL, blog.  I did not go to great pains to make the antenna perfect, using a power toroid and about 18 feet of wire hoisted into the pecan tree out front.  The antenna worked as advertised, with very low noise levels and subsequently very low output and I realize that I would have been better served to use a longer antenna element.  That will be version 2.  I did miss a number of regular stations as a result.  The antenna appears to be about 8 db down from the transmit vertical and 5-6 db down from the other receive antenna, which I have taken great effort to balance the levels so they are all virtually the same.    I will revisit this antenna, increasing the length of wire used and use the proper “J” core for the transformer but it is definitely a winner and has a place on the receive antenna coax switch.

My CQ session at 1100z yielded no additional random QSO’s but I did receive an RST 549 report from Eden, ZF1EJ, on the ON4KST chat/logger. My daily local CW sked occurred around 1130z and at 1200z I had returned to WSPR for the daytime session.  Through the day today I am using the “regular” receive antenna’s although I did use the short receive wire vertical during my CW sked with good results.  It was not hearing some of the noise that the other antennas were reporting.

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