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

Noise and storms move East; Band conditions improving at lower latitudes; WG2XKA –> DL4RAJ; VO1NA –> PA0RDT; WH2XCR –> JH3XCU

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The band may have turned a corner.  While activity in North America continues lower than normal, band openings appear to exist.  Even the trans-Atlantic path was represented from the high latitudes.  So while the Kpp has been varying through the session and the Bz was generally pointing south, solar wind velocities remain in the lower category and the band seems to be trying to recover.  Of course Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, reported visual aurora in Alaska so recovery may lag a bit  for him compared to many of the other operations.

South central storm QRN has now moved to the East and will begin to have a major impact on stations like Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, and Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV.  This pattern is one that is likely to persist through Spring in North America.  All we can do is fight through it and be on the air when we can in support of 630-meters.

planetary-k-index 031016

 

Kyoto DST 031016

 

Australia 031016

 

Roelof, PA0RDT, reports drastically better band conditions while copying Joe, VO1NA, on CW.

 

PA0RDT 031016

 

VO1NA PA0RDT 031016

VO1NA, as reported by PA0RDT

 

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, reports a generally flat session where all reports are east of the Mississippi river.  Ironically, John has the honor of being reported by DL4RAJ, the sole trans-Atlantic WSPR report for this session.  It’s funny sometimes how a seemingly lame band can yield good, interesting openings.

WG2XKA map 031016

WG2XKA session WSPR activity

 

WG2XKA DL4RAJ 031016

WG2XKA, as reported by DL4RAJ

 

WSPR activity was lower than normal in North America but worldwide 82 MF WSPR stations were observed on the WSPRnet activity page at 0345z.  BD4OS was present from China for the first time and ZS1JEN returned.  Neither station had reports in the WSPRnet database but their participation is appreciated.  We know that the trans-African path exists so its only a matter of time before reports are found.  Al, W5LUA / WH2XES, was also receiving during this session after a long hiatus.  Its my understanding that Al’s 630-meter collaborator, Dave, WW2R  / G4FRE, is in town for a few days so these activities and operations may be related.

Regional and continental WSPR breakdown’s follow:

NA 031016

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

EU 031016

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

JA 021016

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

VK 031016

Australian 24-hour WSPR activity

 

There were no reports from the trans-African path.  UA0SNV and EA8/DJ9XJ were both present but no reports were found in the WSPRnet database.

Eden, ZF1EJ, reported a number of stations in the southern and eastern US during this session:

ZF1EJ 031016

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, experienced improved conditions in spite of visual aurora.  Its expected that recovery in Alaska will be slow and conditions will generally be poor for some time to come.

WE2XPQ 031016

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

WE2XPQ WH2XCR 031016

WE2XPQ, as reported by WH2XCR

 

Kl7L 031016

KL7L 24-hour WSPR activity

 

WH2XCR KL7L 031016

WH2XCR, as reported by KL7L

 

In Hawaii, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced a return of the path to Japan with reports from JH3XCU.  John, VK2XGJ, reports elevated noise levels in Australia which might explain the recent, apparent one-way path of signal from Australia being reported in KH6.

WH2XCR 031016

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 

WH2XCR JH3XCU 031016

WH2XCR, as reported by JH3XCU

 

In Australia, Phil, VK3ELV, and Roger, VK4YB, receive reports from WH2XCR and Phil receives additional reports from 7L1RLL_4 and JH3XCU.  The path persists!

VK4YB WH2XCR 031016

VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR

 

VK3ELV WH2XCR 031016

VK3ELV, as reported by WH2XCR

 

VK3ELV 7L1RLL4 031016

VK3ELV, as reported by 7l1RLL_4

 

VK3ELV JH3XCU 031016

VK3ELV, as reported by JH3XCU

 

Additional anecdotes, statistics, information and comments:

Jim, W5EST, provided the following pre-Friday puzzle fun to take our minds off of the recent poor band conditions (Answer at the end of this report):

TODAY’S PUZZLE

Clue:   These associated things affect SNR.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  & _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Resource Words:

MAT

DRAIN

NOISE

ROTATOR

LAIR

 

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported fair conditions while decoding five unique stations and being decoded by 43 unique stations.  He also notes 56 decodes at WH2XCR, with the best at -9 dB S/N.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reports heavy rain tripping the SWR protection on his system.  He will be QRT until the weather abates.

Mark, WA9ETW, reports that he has made an end-run around his WSPR problems on his Mac by bringing a PC into the ham shack.  Mark has been able to upload his first reports to the WSPRnet database.  Welcome aboard!

ANSWER to Jim’s puzzle (backwards):  noitaidarralosrotanimret

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