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CQ 474.5 kHz CW and alternately tuning 472 kHz - 475 kHz for signals.

WH2XCR plows strong path to JA and VK once again, WA2XRM CW beacon reports, VK3ELV hits trifecta with three JA reporting stations

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

I was away last night so rather than being a first-person witness to band activities I am having to back track and figure out what observations I might have had if I had been at the operating position with headphones on.

A review of my data suggests that the band was very strong, with several periods of spot light propagation that yielded many strong S/N numbers only to be followed by major decreases.  I enjoy nights like this because they usually turn out to be pretty good.

The geomagnetic field continues to be reported as unsettled but conditions are much quieter than they were.  Perhaps this turbulence is the reason for the major shifts seen overnight.  Solar wind speeds have decreased below 400 km/s.


The Kyoto DST indicates some instability following a peak near 0 nT but was generally headed toward positive values once again.

KYoto DST 121815

The Australian DST shows similar variability.

Australia DST 121815

Paul, W0RW / WA2XRM, operated a CW beacon on 480 kHz at 15 wpm through this session.  Paul provided the following post-session report:

WA2XRM email 121815

Jim, W5EST provided a number of screen shots as well as good commentary.  The following was taken from 0911z to 0920z:

WA2XRM QRSS30 W5EST 121815

WA2XRM 15 wpm CW beacon, as reported by W5EST. Note the onset of a fade on the right side of the screen.


I do not have WSPR statistics for the evening but spots were plentiful through the session.  Daytime activity showed a stable, consistent path to W0JW from WG2XIQ.

WG2XIQ daytime 121715

WG2XIQ daytime WSPR activity, as reported by W0JW


WG2XIQ daytime W0JW 121715

WG2XIQ, as reported by W0JW


The regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

NA 121815

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


EU 121815

European 24-hour WSPR activity


JA 121815

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


VK 121815

Australian / New Zealand 24-hour WSPR activity


Trans-Atlantic activity was limited to reports of DK7FC by WD2XSH/17.

DK7FC WD2XSH17 121815

DK7FC, as reported by WD2XSH/17


EA8BVP continues to report DK7FC and EA5DOM.

EA8BVP 121815

EA8BVP 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, had a nice night of reports, including several for WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 121815

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


WH2XCR ZF1EJ 121815

WH2XCR, as reported by ZF1EJ


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reports no visual aurora but I am certain it is forthcoming after an increase in his local K-index, as reported on the ON4KST chat/logger.  He still managed to achieve reports along the west coast and pacific.

WE2XPQ 121815

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, continues to enjoy very strong propagation into the mainland US as well as VK and JA.  Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported that Merv was some 30 db down from where he normally is reported but still being decoded.  It seems that even without visible aurora, the poles are still struggling.

WH2XCR 121815

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


WH2XCR VK2XGJ 121815

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


WH2XCR VK2XGJ 121815

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ. These are additional early reports that were not uploaded


WH2XCR JH3XCU1 121815

WH2XCR, as reported by JH3XCU/1


WH2XCR JA1NQI2 121815

WH2XCR, as reported by JA1NQI/2


Phil, VK3ELV, has a solid session in progress, being reported by three JA’s.

VK3ELV 121815

VK3ELV 24-hour WSPR activity



VK3ELV, as reported by TNUKJPM


VK3ELV JH3XCU1 121815

VK3ELV, as reported by JH3XCU/1


VK3ELV JA1NQI2 121815

VK3ELV, as reported by JA1NQI-2


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