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Current Operating Frequency and Mode

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

Very good band conditions for lower latitudes as geomagnetic field begins to stabilize; WG2XKA –> DL4RAJ; Big night in the Pacific For WH2XCR: VK3ELV –> WH2XCR –> JA1NQI-2, JH1INM, JH3XCU, VK2XGJ, ZF1EJ

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Band conditions appear to be very good for many in spite of the recent geomagnetic storming.  It seems Kp levels are beginning to stabilize over multiple reporting periods in spite of continued solar wind in excess of 500 km/s and a south-pointing Bz.

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Kyoto DST 021916


Australia DST 021916


John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, in Vermont provided the following comments on the session:

WG2XKA email 021916

WG2XKA 021916

WG2XKA session WSPR activity


Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, in South Carolina sent this report:

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Doug mentioned low power operation at his station.  He has experienced multiple failures of his Astron power supply over the last few months.  It seems that while his particular model has plenty of capacity to run his PA, it is not able to provide that capacity at high duty cycles.  While 30% transmit cycle of WSPR is hardly high duty cycle, perhaps less expensive and lower quality filter capacitors are being used that result in these failures.  Its unfortunate as I have had high hopes that Astron would provide an inexpensive alternative to some of the other 24-28v power supplies on the market.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, in Vancouver, Washington, sent the following note.  Neil also mentions power supply issues but fortunately he found a solution that yielded good results.

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WSPR activity was very good, with 74 MF WSPR stations observed at 0245z.  Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

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North American 24-hour WSPR activity


EU 021916

European 24-hour WSPR activity


JA 021916

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


VK 021916

Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


There were no reports from the trans-African path.  UA0SNV and UA4WPF were present during the session but had no reports in the WSPRnet database.  I am hopeful about UA4WPF as he is closer to western Europe than UA0SNV but RF still has to cross quite a bit of land.  Its my hopes that on the right night he will have similar success as UA0SNV has had from much further away.

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, was reported by Clemens, DL4RAJ, for the sole trans-Atlantic report for the session.

WG2XKA DL4RAJ 021916

WG2XKA, as reported by DL4RAJ


Eden, ZF1EJ, and Roger, ZF1RC, provided reports from the Caribbean.

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ZF1RC 24-hour WSPR activity


ZF1EJ 021916

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


WH2XCR ZF1EJ 021916

WH2XCR, as reported by ZF1EJ


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, was seriously impacted by the most recent geomagnetic activity but he was decoded by VE7BDQ and decoded WH2XCR during this session.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


WH2XCR WE2XPQ 021916

WH2XCR, as reported by WE2XPQ


At tropical latitudes, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced much better propagation during the session:

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


WH2XCR VK2XGJ 021916

WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


WH2XCR JH3XCU 021916

WH2XCR, as reported by JH3XCU


WH2XCR JH1INM 021916

WH2XCR, as reported by JH1INM


WH2XCR JA1NQI2 021916

WH2XCR, as reported by JA1NQI-2


VK3ELV WH2XCR 021916

VK3ELV, as reported by WH2XCR


Phil, VK3ELV, received the following reports from early in the session in Oceania:


VK3ELV, as reported by TNUKJPM


VK3ELV JH3XCU 021916

VK3ELV, as reported by JH3XCU


VK3ELV JA1NQI2 021916

VK3ELV, as reported by JA1NQI-2


Additional statistics, comments, information, and anecdotes:

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reports that he decoded ten stations, and was decoded by 42 unique stations during the session.

Jim, W5EST, provided a correction to some information from a previous commentary as well as some “Friday fun” in the form of a puzzle:


Thanks to Neil WG2XSV W0YSE for pointing out a couple of corrections for the Feb. 15 Extended Mode Table.  John has entered the corrections to the Feb. 15 blog itself.

Correction 1:JT9 does not have a database that I know of.  PSK Reporter does have a JT9 spotting service.  PSK Reporter is a spotting service that includes selectable JT9 on the map link. No database appears there that I’ve found. A clickable geographic map does show information about recent stations spotted, see this link: http://pskreporter.info/pskmap.html . You can see stats and reporter call signs at: https://www.pskreporter.info/cgi-bin/pskstats.pl

To check if your station’s WSJT-X feeds JT9 data to PSK Reporter, go to WSJT-X menu item File\Settings\Reporting. In mid-screen “Network Services” make sure the checkbox is checked: “Enable PSK Reporter Spotting.” When you are receiving JT9, check the PSK Reporter web site http://pskreporter.info/pskmap.html  to make sure the upload is actually working. If not, e-mail and tell us the problem and any fix you know of. We’ll also try to find out more because there’s numerical URL information near that checkbox that may be relevant.

Correction 2:  Hellschrieber is NON linear, like CW. The Table is corrected to say “Yes” nonlinear is ok.  Regarding Opera, I’ve changed the entry to “Yes?” until we find out differently.


Clue:  Some of many things radio amateurs would like. Answer with three numbers X, Y, Z.

X   –  Y  +  2  = 160

3X  +106  – 4Z =  80

-2X + 3Y -116  =  40″


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