It was obvious very early on that this session was going to be significantly better than the previous. While storms persisted in the south eastern US, they did not seem nearly as potent as what was seen in the previous session. Signals were strong early as John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, in Vermont reported my signal at 2312z, well before dark here in north Texas. John was first reported here at 0030z. He reports that the path between Vermont and the West coast / Pacific Northwest was open and he had over 1000 spots for the session. Curiously, he reports no trans-Atlantic spots, which appears to have been limited to the coastal areas of Massachusetts.
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported an above average 42-unique spots for his station but S/N reports were lower than normal, perhaps due to the recently loss of one of his top loading wires which will be repaired shortly. The WH2XXP to WH2XGP ratio was 105:10 with no reports of WH2XCR on KH6. It seems the Central US was the cut off point for KH6 during this session. He also reports that QRN from Coastal storms was high but propagation was good. While Doug had few reports from the Pacific Northwest, Larry, W7IUV / WH2XQP, indicates that Doug was very strong in Washington state, which suggests that the storm noise was having a significant impact in South Carolina. My guess is that the “normal” 2:1 ratio for XXP:XGP might have been achieved if the QRN were not present.
The geomagnetic field was quiet through the session and the Bz component, as reported by the Space Weather Prediction Center, was pointing slightly to the south through the session. Solar wind was moderate at an average of 450 km/s.
VE3OT’s “MP” QRSS6 beacon on 475 kHz was as loud as I have ever heard it. The signal was audible and armchair copy, particularly on the “MP MP” CW ID after each QRSS cycle.
Steve, VE7SL, reported that “MP” was a solid RST 559 with no QSB at all.
Toby, VE7CNF, operated a JT9 beacon once again and was reported by Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, at -15 db S/N at 0030z. A few hours later Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, operated a JT9 beacon that culminated in a QSO with Larry.
There were 87 MF WSPR stations recorded on the WSPRnet activity page as of 0230z. There were four new (or newer) stations observed through the session, including KA7SWP, KF5RLL, WB0VAK and 4Z4TJ. I normally exclude the tracking of new stations outside of North America because its often too difficult to keep up with but 4Z4TJ was separated from the main group of stations and easy to identify. Welcome aboard!
John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, received an email from WB0VAK in Minnesota containing reports after a brief listening period on 630-meter WSPR during the session. He hears remarkably well.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There was daytime activity through this session but the only reports catalogued were from Mike, WA3TTS, and Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, due to timing and scheduling problems with gathering screen shots. Mike reports that WG2XIQ was decoded four times during the 1600z hour with the EWE directed to the southwest. Doug reports the best ever daytime S/N levels from my station, details below:
Trans-Atlantic reports were provided by WD2XSH/17 for four stations: DK7FC, EA5DOM, G8HUH, PA0A
The trans-African path to Michel, FR5ZX, on Reunion Island yielded reports for DK7FC and EA5DOM.
EA8BVP and EA8/LA3JJ on the Canary Islands provided reports for a number of continental Europeans:
In the Atlantic Ed, VP9GE, provided reports for a few stations in the US:
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, reported most of the active stations across the US.
In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had only a brief operating period before a power outage. He was reported by Steve, VE7SL, prior to losing power.
In the Pacific, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, was once again reported by VK2XGJ and JA1NQI-1 in addition to stations on the North American mainland. The signals appeared to stop west of the Mississippi river for some reason. Merv also reports that he spotted VK3ELV at 1540z with a report of -26 db S/N, but an Internet outage prevented the report from uploading.
John, VK2XGJ, sent a note that Merv’s initial spot did not upload properly so he included a console screen capture with that report as well as reports for Phil, VK3ELV:
Other anecdotes, statistics, information and reports:
Steve, VE7SL, reports that WG2XXM and WH2XXP were loud during the event while listening with the 10-foot by 20-foot loop oriented east-southeast. Steve also reports my WSPR CW ID at RST 569.
Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, has burned up his loading coil while testing the one-kilowatt amp. Repairs are in progress.
Jim, W5EST, has the following session profile for VE2PEP:
“Germain, VE2PEP, receives 630 meters from Thetford Mines, south of Quebec City. His station–at about 5000 kilometers transatlantic distance–provides one of the westernmost Canadian destinations for transatlantic WSPR spots. Meanwhile, Germain’s QTH lies far enough east and north to sensitively test when the northern path is open from the Pacific Northwest. The reach of VE2PEP covers the entire USA as well. Oklahoma’s WG2XXM and Texas’ WG2XIQ lie exactly 50% farther from UK/EU than VE2PEP on the same great circle path. However, neither of these station pairs of performances, as checked so far to UK/EU in last year, nor their transatlantic multihop modes geometrically correlate.”
Additions, corrections, clarifications, etc? Send me a message on the Contact page!