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Trans-Pacific Report for August 18, 2015: XXM, XND –> DDI, XGJ

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

In spite of geomagnetic storm levels, the WSPR2 path to Oceania once again did not disappoint.  Ron, WH2XND / NI7J  and Ken, WG2XXM / K5DNL were both reported by David, VK2DDI and John, VK2XGJ.  This event marks Ken’s first reports in Oceania via WSPR.  Screen shots of the Berry Mountain Grabber also show a ghost of WG2XIQ at 1120z but a WSPR decode opportunity was missed with a transmit cycle that was too low.

Details and summary follow:


John Simon, VK2XGJ, sent along a screen shot of his WSJT-X console, showing some of the live reports from the morning. John was using a Kenwood R5000 and PA0RDT mini-whip located about 20-feet above ground level.


WG2XXM path the VK2DDI and VK2XGJ (courtesy WG2XXM)


WG2XXM detail level reports from VK2XGJ


WG2XXM detail level reports from VK2DDI


David, VK2DDI, sent this console shot of WG2XXM and WH2XND. David uses a 90-foot tall wire vertical and has a nice view of the ocean from his location.



WH2XND path to VK2DDI and VK2XGJ, including path the KL1X (KL7L / WE2XPQ)


WH2XND detail level reports from VK2XGJ


WH2XND detail level reports from VK2DDI


Berry Mountain Grabber showing WH2XND at 1220z (Courtesy W5EST)



WG2XIQ trace at 1120z at 475.610 kHz.


High absorption appears to have prevented the flame-throwers in the Pacific Northwest from making the trip.  It is my hope that as we move into next week, the additional darkness will allow these reports to continue to improve.  Lets hope for stable solar conditions and good weather on both ends of the path.

In addition to absorption, probably one of the biggest occupational hazards that stations face on both sides of the pond are the large number of stations that are consecutively on the air, each competing for a coveted clear channel to try to make it across interference free.  It can be a challenge but we all pay the same entry fee in this game and we all have an equal chance to put a signal on the air.  A lot of it is dumb luck and a little brute force.  Here is one shot of local QRM that David, VK2DDI, experienced:

Local qrm1

I think I described it in one venue as being like watching a defensive driving video.  You do your best to avoid the other drivers and hopefully you get to your destination without incident.  Lets all be careful out there and have a good time getting to the other side…