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Current Operating Frequency and Mode

OFF AIR but QRV after dark tonigth

SCHEDULED ACTIVITY: CQ 474.5 kHz CW by 1015z through sunrise most days, WX permitting

Slower night as several NA stations QRT for weather, but WG2XKA heard by G3XKR at QRPp EIRP, FR5 path opens for EA5DOM

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The storm system we had been waiting for finally arrived here in North Texas overnight.  It could have been a lot worse, in spite of high winds, but all antennas at WG2XIQ survived and I am on the air with WSPR2 this morning as I write this report.

As an observer through the session, propagation seemed OK for the stations that were QRV.  John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicates that he was reported by G3XKA while running well under 1-watt EIRP at his station.  John went on to indicate that the Northern east-west path to the Pacific Northwest was open again, with reports from Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, in Washington state.  His last report from Larry was pre-dawn in Vermont, at 1126z.

Perhaps the success was related to the quiet geomagnetic conditions we are currently enjoying.

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The Kyoto DST hovered very closely to zero through the session while the Space Weather Prediction Center generally reported a slightly southerly Bz component.

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Kyoto DST for November 2015


WSPR activity worldwide was high, as has been reported recently but as reported earlier, a few stations in North America were missing as well as reports from the Caribbean and South America.  In all cases, weather was the main factor.  Its unclear what the weather conditions were like at VP9GE.  Regional and continental breakdowns follow:

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North American 24-hour WSPR reports


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European 24-hour WSPR reports


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Australian 24-hour WSPR reports


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Japanese 24-hour WSPR reports


There were no active Caribbean stations through the session although Roger, ZF1RC, appears to have been listening early in the evening with no reports.

Trans-Atlantic activity was limited to the very QRP WG2XKA in Vermont, who had a single report from G3XKR.

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WG2XKA, as reported by G3XKR


In the Indian Ocean, Michel, FR5ZX and Luis, EA5DOM, enjoy success again on the trans-African path.

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FR5ZX 24-hour WSPR reports


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EA5DOM, as reported by FR5ZX


In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, continues to wield power from Maui while reports are about the same as they have been over the past few sessions.  Reviewing some of the very good Alaskan reports from a few weeks prior helped me understand some of the angst of high-latitude operating at MF and LF when conditions are down so far north while we in the lower latitudes are enjoying great conditions.  I  suppose it makes the times when propagation is good in Alaska that much more important.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR reports


In the Pacific, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, continues to have things in order, hearing and being heard by many western stations, as well as reports for Phil, VK3ELV, in Victoria, Australia.

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR reports


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VK3ELV, as reported by WH2XCR


Merv also indicates that John, VK2XGJ, sent a late report of his signal that did not upload to WSPRnet.  John sent a screen shot as proof.  Merv is currently running near full power once again after receiving replacement FET’s for his amp but he is currently troubleshooting a variation in SWR at the antenna.  Its unclear whether this is a carbon trace issue on the base insulator, hardware issue on the antenna or something else entirely.

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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


Hopefully we will have a few quiet days before the next storm system arrives.  I hope to return to morning and evening CW sessions as early as tonight and in the morning.

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