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Storms ravage Ohio to Mississippi overnight impacting lives and operating condtions, Much better conditions at high latitudes, WH2XCR reported by JA1NQI, VK3ELV reported by JA1NQI and JH3XCU

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Last night was not very good on a lot of levels.  Severe storms lined up from Ohio to Mississippi leaving tornadic destruction and chaos in their wake.  Its bad enough when it happens in the Spring but its particularly heartbreaking when it happens at Christmas.  Please keep those affected in your thoughts and prayers.

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Remnants of the destructive storms this morning that impacted lives from Ohio to Mississippi and push further into the southeastern US


For those fortunate enough to not be physically impacted by these storms and actually enjoy some radio time, the noise was intense and generally propagation seemed poor in the early evening.  Something is clearly not right at the moment as propagation should start picking up in the late afternoon to points east but it feels more like early spring conditions where the days are getting longer and the band opens later.  The band did get a little better, returning to communication quality sometime after 0700z.  S-meter reading during the evening were peaking 20db over S-9 here in Texas.

The geomagnetic field was generally quiet although it was somewhat agitated near sunrise here in Texas.  Solar wind was also elevated, exceeding 500 km/s.

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The Kyoto DST continues to meander in the negative region with no clear trend.

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Kyoto DST for December 2015


The Australian DST saw a return to positive values but no stable trend is apparent.

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WSPR activity was slightly below average through the session, probably a result of the storms mentioned earlier and Christmas preparations.  At 0230z, 71 MF WSPR stations were reported on the WSPRnet activity page.

Regional and continental breakdowns follow:

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North American 24-hour WSPR activity


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European 24-hour WSPR activity


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Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


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Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

There were no trans-Atlantic or trans-African reports during this session.

In the Caribbean, Eden, ZF1EJ, and Roger, ZF1RC, offer the following reception reports on a very noisy night:

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


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ZF1RC 24-hour WSPR activity


In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had a better session than previous with reports along the western US and Hawaii, plus reception of Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR.  The reports from Merv aexceed recent previous session reports.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ


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WE2XPQ, as reported by WH2XCR


In Hawaii, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had another nice night, being reported by JA1NQI-1 and breaking through the noise to be heard by Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM.  Merv actually heard more stations last night than I did here in Texas, where I am significantly closer to those transmitter.

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by JA1NQI-1


In Australia, Phil, VK3ELV, was reported by JA1NQI-1 and JH3XCU:

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VK3ELV 24-hour WSPR activity


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VK3ELV, as reported by JA1NQI-1


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VK3ELV, as reported by JH3XCU

Brian, WA1ZMS / WG2XFQ, has the following on air special event:

WG2XFQ email

Because of Christmas activities I will conclude this report here.  Like today, tomorrow’s report will be produced later in the day or in the evening.

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