Conditions overnight in North America were quite good. Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, indicates that quiet transcontinental conditions, the best for 2016 at his station in South Carolina, resulted in a much improved WH2XXP to WH2XGP spot ratio, now at 163:54. Doug also reports that this session equalled all-time best reports for both stations, with WH2XXP at -6 db S/N and WH2XGP at -14 db S/N. Doug adds that there were no reports to or from WH2XCR in Hawaii. John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, transitioned to receive-only during the session due to high winds and generally poor weather conditions but reports that he heard 9 unique stations with openings to the Southwest and Pacific Northwest.
The geomagnetic field was quiet while the Bz component was generally southerly through the session. The solar wind was elevated with levels in excess of 500 km/s.
Daytime activity included a CW beacon from Steve, KK7UV / WH2XNV, in Montana, who was reported by Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, in Washington state at RST 559 with QSB on the eastern BOG. There were no other reports posted.
In Europe, EA5DOM and 9H1BT completed what is believed to be the first CW QSO between these two countries on 630-meters. Other stations attempted QSO’s but its unclear which attempts were successful.
JD, KD4IDY, from the LOWFER list reported VE3OT’s “MP” during the day from Kansas. He posted the follow screen capture to the LOWFER list:
During the evening, “MP” was loud, even audible here in Texas.
WSPRnet reports that 76 MF WSPR stations were active as of 0300z. Several new (or newer) stations were present in North America during this session including WA3DSP, KF6SJ, WB4SIA and WA9VNJ. I have a screen capture of my reports from WA9VNJ that I will share later in this report as it is pertinent to the discussion.
Jim, W5EST, provided the following daytime WSPR map from 1810z to 2110z during the session. I appreciate this information gathering as the data gathering schedules are often complicated and I end up missing something.
Complete regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
There were no trans-African reports through this session.
AA1A provided trans-Atlantic reception reports for DK7FC:
EA8BVP provided reports to DK7FC during this session from Canary Islands.
Ed, VP9GE, provided several reports from Bermuda during the session.
In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, and Roger, ZF1RC, both yield some very nice and similar reports from across North America.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had a pretty good night in Alaska in spite of “warm” temperatures and high winds. KL7L was the receive station though the session.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had yet another strong night with reports from VK, JA, KL7 and the eastern US.
Other reports, statistics, comment and information:
Jim, W5EST, provided some fun for this session, with a 630-meter “word puzzle”. The answer will be listed at the end of this report. Puzzle follows:
630 METER PUZZLE:Using all 18 letters from the resource words, complete words for four connected things found at some 630m stations. Enjoy!_ A _ I _ _ S _ _ R _ _ _ E T E _ V _ _ _ I _ _ L T _ _ H A _MARVEL, RADIO, PART, COT.
A new reporting station, WA9VNJ, like one of his Wisconsin amateur radio counterparts from the previous session, was hearing extremely well and reported my signal 53 times at 100 mW. Just remarkable:
My hope next is to run JT9 and CW from this operating position when there are active stations for QSO’s. At “full ” power, the converter develops 20-22 watts of output which appears to be good for about 0.5 watts ERP into my current antenna system. One of the nice features of this new set up is that the receive pass-though is implemented on the MF Solutions board so when conditions are quiet and I can listen on the transmit vertical, I can run full break-in CW and never have to listen to relays in the RF chain clanking around. Thanks to all for the reports. I will do this again soon.
ANSWER TO 630 METER PUZZLE provided by Jim, W5EST, above (read backwards): tahpot lacitrev retemoirav slaidar.
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