Radio: it's not just a hobby, it's a way of life

Current Operating Frequency and Mode

OFF AIR but will be QRV on CW somewhere between 472.5 kHz and 475 kHz after dark

SCHEDULED ACTIVITY: CQ 474.5 kHz CW by 1030z through sunrise most days, WX permitting

In spite of the G2 storm levels, the band was open for stations that could hear through the noise.

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

It was another noisy night as the storm system that has plagued North America for much of the previous week in one way or another moved into the Gulf of Mexico.  This system has been very slow moving and given many stations a taste of the potential noise levels to come this summer.  A G2 magnetic storm that upset magnetometers during the morning yesterday appears to have only had a minimal impact on propagation, perhaps adding a necessary spark at lower latitudes.  Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported good band conditions while in full sun, prior to the storm noise propagating into his Florida location.  Solar wind persists above 500 km/s and the Bz has been variable through the session.

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Mark, WA9ETW, reported a high noise level with few signals being reported at his station as a result.  He was successful at hearing VE3OT/B during the evening, however.

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, is proof that the band was open during the session, with a report from WH2XCR.  John submitted the following comments and provided a map of his activity.

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WG2XKA map 031216

WG2XKA session WSPR activity


Mike, WA3TTS, adds further support that the band was open with his report of an open path to WH2XCR.

WH2XCR WA3TTS 031216


WSPR activity was typical worldwide, with 80 MF WSPR stations observed at 0330z on the WSPRnet activity page.

Regional and continental WSPR breakdown’s follow:

NA 031216

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


EU 031216

European 24-hour WSPR activity


VK 031216

Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


JA 031216

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


There were no trans-Atlantic or trans-African reports during this session.  UA0SNV and ZS1JEN were present but no reports were found in the WSPRnet database.

EA8/DL9XJ reported a large number of stations across Europe during this session.  David, G0MRF, reports that his transmissions were from his portable commercial antenna site.  He had a very strong session.  Pictures and an email report follow the complete EA8 dataset below.

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EA8/DL9XJ 24-hour WSPR activity


PA3ABK2 EA8_DL9XJ 031216

PA3ABK/2, as reported by EA8/DL9XJ


G)MRF EA8_DL9XJ 031216a

G0MRF EA8_DL9XJ 031216

G0MRF, as reported by EA8/DL9XJ


G8HUH EA8_DL9XJ 031216

G8HUH, as reported by EA8/DL9XJ


F6GEX EA8_DL9XJ 031216

F6GEX, as reported by EA8/DL9XJ


F5WK EA8_DL9XJ 031216

F5WK, as reported by EA8/DL9XJ


F4DTL EA8_DL9XJ 031216

F4DTL, as reported by EA8/DL9XJ


F1AFJ EA8_DL9XJ 031216

F1AFJ, as reported by EA8/DL9XJ


EA5DOM EA8_DL9XJ 031216

EA5DOM, as reported by EA8/DL9XJ


DK7FC EA8_DL9XJ 031216

DK7FC, as reported by EA8/DL9XJ


DJ0ABR EA8_DL9XJ 031216

DJ0ABR, as reported by EA8/DL9XJ


DH5RAE EA8_DL9XJ 031216

DH5RAE, as reported by EA8/DL9XJ


DF2JP EA8_DL9XJ 031216

DF2JP, as reported by EA8/DL9XJ


G0MRF email 031216

Comments from David, G0MRF, on his operation from the commercial tower site


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G0MRF commercial tower portable site


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G0MRF exciter and amplifier at the portable commercial site


Eden, ZF1EJ, was successful in reporting a few stations as the gulf storms approach from the West.

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, continues to provide and receive baffling reports in spite of the auroral conditions.  KL7L was designated as receive-only during this session.

WE2XPQ 031216

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


WE2XPQ WH2XCR 031216

WE2XPQ, as reported by WH2XCR


KL7L 031216

KL7L 24-hour WSPR activity


WH2XGP KL7L 031216

WH2XGP, as reported by KL7L


In Hawaii, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, received reports once again from John, VK2XGJ, and sees a return of reciprocity in the path to VK4YB.  The path to the eastern US was open, including a report for WG2XKA in Vermont.

WH2XCR 031216

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


WH2XCR JH3XCU 031216

WH2XCR, as reported by JH3XCU


WH2XCR VK4YB 031216

WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB


WH2XCR VK2XGJ 031216

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


WG2XKA WH2XCR 031216

WG2XKA, as reported by WH2XCR


WH2XCR KL7L 031216

WH2XCR, as reported by KL7L


In Australia Phil, VK3ELV, and Roger, VK4YB, receive reports from WH2XCR.  Phil receives additional reports from JH3XCU and TNUKJPM.

VK4YB WH2XCR 031216

VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR


VK3ELV WH2XCR 031216

VK3ELV, as reported by WH2XCR



VK3ELV, as reported by TNUKJPM


VK3ELV JH3XCU 031216

VK3ELV, as reported by JH3XCU


Jim, W5EST, presents a very timely discussion entitled, “STATION LIGHTNING PROTECTION”:

“A lot of us, me included, know there’s important reading material out there but there’s just so extensively much of it! Today’s post points to the first of a 3-Part series on station lightning protection by Ron Block, KB2UYT. QST carried it June-August, 2002. http://www.arrl.org/lightning-protection  I’ve written this in my own words based on the ideas I learned. Write to us with corrections and further tips from your own experience to include in a future blogpost!

Make lightning strike energy go to earth and away from your station. Radio professionals protect exposed installations and service continues.  An only partly-protected radio station risks much damage.

In the shack, define what priority items to protect.  Usually TX and RX units are high priority, tuner is medium and antenna/transmission line are lower priority.


Make an accurate block diagram of  all shack equipment units with the precise connections shown between labeled blocks and indicate the top priority units like expensive TX, RX or transceiver equipment.  Diagram every receiver, transmitter, amplifier, transceiver, antenna tuner, and coax switch as blocks with their connections to each other, to the top priority units and to antennas. Label the feed line highest and lowest MHz, write in the max amount of RF power, and type of each connector. Draw feedlines and other lines leaving shack as labeled lines to edge of the block diagram.

Diagram any other electronic devices, showing connections between them. Look behind equipment, find and diagram all connections. Include power supplies, computers, controllers, modems, network routers and hubs, etc.  If AC power connects to a block or acts as an AC extension cord or extended AC wiring, draw a line to the diagram edge and label it with its voltage and current. If a feed line carries DC or AC control power as well as RF power, show peak AC/DC voltage and current. Show any control lines to electronics elsewhere in house or outdoors, and to relays, lighting, rotators, other motors. Diagram any connection to any type of wiring to elsewhere in house, to telephone or DSL line or cable TV/modem, and connection to antenna for GPS, TV, or satellite.

Diagram every electrical conductor or conductive object within a few feet of a shack radio unit(up/down/sideways/forward/back) whether electrically connected to it or not. Examples: telephone on shack desk, computer, keyboard, mouse, unused wall AC or cable outlet out of sight, plumbing, anything listed earlier above.

Draw a closed loop boundary around all the diagram blocks to reveal all of the lines going through the boundary to the edge of the diagram. Lightning-protect all such lines with line protectors grounded together.

Your body conducts electricity and breaches the boundary, so don’t touch shack equipment or conductors during a thunderstorm. A lightning strike has ~3-4 pulses rising within a few microseconds per pulse separated by ~50 millisecond intervals.  40 to 90 Tstorm days a year can be expected in USA locations in the block-shaped geography NM-IA-VA-FL-NM, with Florida the most.  A 75’ tower in a region of 50 Tstorm days/year will be struck once a year on average.

More tomorrow.  Stay safe!”


Additions, corrections, clarifications, etc?  Send me a message on the Contact page or directly to KB5NJD <at> gmail dot (com)!