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Current Operating Frequency and Mode

QRT but I'll be back tonight, WX permitting

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

Good session culminating in storm conditions, a little QRSS from WA2XRM, open path to JA for WH2XCR

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

General atmospheric noise here in Texas was higher than previous sessions but that might be the result of this weekend’s storms finally pushing off to the east.  Similarly John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, reported a high noise level but attributed much of that to neighborhood electronics.  In spite of these noise reports and what is perceived as a Thanksgiving weekend hangover here in the US that has resulted in lower activity (60 reported MF WSPR stations as of 0500z), conditions seemed very good, at least in the lower-48.  John goes on to indicate that the path to the Pacific Northwest and west coast were quite good, with reports from KK6EEQ and N6SKM.  Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported strong westerly propagation but a generally poor path to the northwest.  Trans-Atlantic reports continue to be under performers, however.

Geomagnetic conditions spiked during this session, resulting in a Kp of 5.

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The Kyoto DST also saw a dip that corresponded with the change in geomagnetic conditions.

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Kyoto DST for November 2015


The Space Weather Prediction Center saw a significant increase in solar wind speed, in excess of 500 km/s, with a Bz component at either 0 or slightly southerly, which I think is interesting under the circumstances.  I would have expected the magnetic field to have seen a significant southerly turn.

WSPR was the dominant mode through the session and continental / regional breakdowns follow:

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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


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

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DK7FC, as reported by WD2XSH/17


In the Caribbean, not much has changed since the previous session with Eden, ZF1EJ, issuing reports for most of the stations that were on the air.

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


In addition to transmitting, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, in Alaska is also operating WE2XPQ/1 as a receive only station using the active east-west facing loop.  WE2XPQ continues to use the active probe.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity. Note that the WE2XPQ/1 tag on the map is covering the actual transmitting station tag, WE2XPQ.


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WE2XPQ/1 24-hour WSPR reception activity


In the Pacific, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, has another strong night, including a report from JH3XCU/1:

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by JH3XCU/1


Paul, W0RW / WA2XRM, operated QRSS3 through the session with very good success, running 120-watts to a 30-foot tall vertical.  Paul’s signal was reported by Steve, KK7UV / WH2XNV in Montana and Jim, W5EST, in Arkansas.  A couple of screen shots are shown below:


WA2XRM QRSS3, as reported by KK7UV / WH2XNV



WA2XRM QRSS3, as reported by W5EST


Jim sent some additional screen shots showing some interesting effects but I am going to refrain from posting those at this time until they are better understood.

Bill, N3CXV / WH2XRR, reported that he could hear my CQ’s this morning on 474.5 kHz CW at RST 429 at 1132z.  This morning path is usually pretty good so perhaps this is the effects of the elevated geomagnetic activity.  My daily CW sked resumed this morning at 1130z and at 1200z WG2XIQ returned to WSPR2 for the day.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports that his antenna is still iced up and that general conditions through the session seemed to be degraded but it may have been lower activity creating the largest impact.

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