YOUR 630M BLOG BOOK
by James F. Hollander W5EST
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART II: YOUR 630m TRANSMITTING STATION
PART III: 630m PROPAGATION, VARIABILITY, AND MYSTERIES
Radio: it's not just a hobby, it's a way of life
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YOUR 630M BLOG BOOK
by James F. Hollander W5EST
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART II: YOUR 630m TRANSMITTING STATION
PART III: 630m PROPAGATION, VARIABILITY, AND MYSTERIES
2200 Meter Articles
630 Meter Articles
JT9 reports a-plenty for VK4YB at W7IUV; Trans-Pacific openings extend into the East again; VO1NA ->PA0RDT for only Trans-Atlantic opening reported for session; W5EST presents: ''MF Band Comparison: Trans-Pacific 630m/160m''
Big activity on trans-Pacific paths - CW QSO attempt between VK4YB and VE7SL but no joy on the first attempt of the season; W7IUV reporting VK4YB at audible CW levels; VK4YB -> KA9CFD first time report; W5EST presents: ''36 Day Summary View of Trans-Pacific 630m VK4YB-WH2XGP''
Another ''roller coaster'' night for trans-Pacific paths as openings extend into the East; North American JT9 reports of VK4YB heat up and DX QSO plans for first night are underway; EA5DOM -> WD2XSH/17 for first trans-Atlantic opening in a few days; W5EST presents: ''Distance Breakthroughs: N. America – VK''
Geomagnetic storm conditions persist and great trans-Pacific openings continue, although not as far East as the previous session but no less prolific; W5EST presents: ''Build Your Own Composite WSPR Maps''
Noisy night in the central US as geomagnetic conditions cool *for now* but big night for trans-Pacific openings as KU4XR in TN provides 9 reports for VK4YB; VO1NA -> PA0RDT on 477.7 kHz QRP CW; Several CW reports in last few days may mean good CW activity is ahead
Procedures and links for the UTC amateur registration website are here!; Geomagnetic storm conditions return and many report just an average night with not much enhancement but it doesn't matter because US hams can access the band as early as October 16!
CME arrived bringing G1 storm levels again which helped trans-Pacific openings in parts of the South; Eastern stations didn't receive a similar bump but trans-Atlantic reports originated from W1TAG/1; W5EST presents: ''630m/160m Mysteries in Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse Decodes''
Strong night for trans-Pacific paths to East coast and Caribbean as VK4YB -> N3FL, ZF1EJ; Trans-Atlantic skips over the East Coast allowing WG2XXM -> EA8BFK; Many stations in Southeast impacted by hurricane but several find a way to make reports
A surprise X8.3 flare produces a big CME from a limb that may still find its way to Earth; VK4YB -> central US, including KU4XR in Tennessee; Trans-Atlantic path continues to show life with WH2XXC -> EA8BFK
Strong trans-Pacific sunrise peak for many stations in western portions of North American into the central US; W5EST presents: '' ’Leaning Chimney’ Approach to Make Sense of Early and Late Solar Eclipse Decodes''
Kp goes through the roof but many stations experienced a very good night of long haul openings including VK4YB -> WG2XSV; WE2XPQ somehow managed to report WH2XCR through high absorption in Alaska; W5EST presents: ''Scientists on Eclipse Geometry: 3/20/2015 Solar Eclipsed Ionosphere''
Another great night with high activity and excellent domestic and trans-Pacific openings including two-way WSPR reports between VK4YB and WG2XXM; First CME has arrived but has not had the expected impact but the bigger event arrives on Friday; W5EST presents: ''Scientists Report 3/20/2015 VLF/LF Eclipsed Ionosphere. Let’s Compare 2017 2200m/630m Eclipse''
While HF is blacked out, 630-meters shows a number of enhancements prior to sunrise; X9.3 flare around 1200z; N6GN finally assigned WJ2XBZ, now awaits grant approval; W5EST presents: ''Scientists Report March 20, 2015, Ionosphere Under Solar Eclipse''
First trans-Atlantic reports of the season: WE2XGR -> F59706; Trans-Pacific openings collapse as Pacific region receives the brunt of yesterday's M-class flares; CME and subsequent geomagnetic storm expected in coming days; W5EST presents: ''LF/MF/HF Ionosphere Under Solar Eclipse: Funded Scientists Speak Up''
Good-to-average long-haul propagation and excellent domestic openings overnight; A few trans-Pacific openings were missing, however; Some rain statics reported but much of North America was lightning-free; Western LOWFER net 3927 kHz on Sunday mornings
Good session with high activity but noise was higher than many expected as storms rage in the Southeast; G0MRF returns to air after hiatus; Geomagnetic conditions spiked to storm levels again but it didn't seem to negatively impact trans-Pacific or many high latitude openings;JH3XCU presents July/August DX-> JA statistics
The 2017/2018 season begins with mixed results for domestic and trans-Pacific openings; Trans-Atlantic remains missing; Geomagnetic conditions trying to recover but DST values remain depressed; W7IUV testing small backup transmit antenna
G1 storm conditions return but trans-Pacific openings continue to be pretty good for North America on the last day of 2016/2017 season; Great domestic conditions including transcontinental openings; W5EST presents: ''August 12-16 Day/Night 630m Path Absorption: XXP-N6SKM''
Decent session with good trans-Pacific and domestic openings but maybe not quite a good as previous night as unsettled conditions return; VE7CNF once again shows pioneering spirit with ''mobile ops'' on 630-meters; W5EST presents: ''Model Solar Eclipse QSB to Understand Ordinary 630m QSB''
Maybe the best session since last Winter?; Solid trans-Pacific openings and high activity result in a fun, productive night; VK4YB -> ZF1EJ for first time in months; Solid openings to JA from VK4YB and WH2XCR; Trans-Atlantic openings remain AWOL; W5EST presents: ''630m Mysteries in Solar Eclipse Enhancement Intervals''
Noisy nights continue across parts of North America but quiet geomagnetic conditions return producing what might be the best session since last Spring; W5EST presents: ''16 dB: 460m Solar Eclipse Peaks, TN-IN, WSM-SWL/K9''
Trans-Pacific openings were pretty good for western stations as we transition from storm to quiet conditions and then back to unsettled conditions; Many indicate that it was a quiet night, which is a big change; W5EST presents: ''700 KHz (430m) in Solar Eclipse Probes E-region''
Eclipse day is here and many stations are QRV; Geomagnetic condition may be mounting a recovery as another good night of trans-Pacific openings are observed; Band may turn a corner shortly as trans-Atlantic openings are highly anticipated
Geomagnetic conditions finally yielded a propagation bump for many including great trans-Pacific openings; The CF7MM/MM 630-meter maritime adventure story is now in print on VE7SL's blog; Weirdness with the 'racing stripe' at 475. 630 kHz; W5EST presents: ''Visualizing Tomorrow’s Solar Eclipse Where You Live''
Better propagation reported by some operators while others report extreme storm noise as geomagnetic activity peak at G1 storm levels again; Trans-Pacific opening remain strong; W5EST presents: ''Solar Eclipse MF Simulation at W5EST: Why and What''
Average to above average propagation, including reasonably good trans-Pacific openings in spite of high noise levels in Oceania and parts of North America; W5EST presents: ''Upcoming Solar Eclipse Effects on 630M Propagation''
G1 storm levels didn't provide much of a bump to propagation at event onset; Trans-Pacific reports were the session highlight and they were not that great; W5EST presents: ''Viewpoint: 630M Sunrise Simulation and Relation to 8/21 Solar Eclipse''
Improved trans-Pacific openings result in first reports of VK4YB at WG2XSV since the Spring; Noise remains high for a large number of stations worldwide; Geomagnetic conditions are forecast to change again; W5EST presents: ''The 8/21/17 Solar Eclipse in Pacific Northwest of N. America''
Another average night with high noise in North America; Less prolific trans-Pacific openings continue but VK4YB, WH2XCR -> JA again; W5EST presents ''Next Monday, August 21 Solar Eclipse! Will You Be There?''
Relatively average session with reduced activity due to storms in North America; Trans-Pacific paths reported as OK but not as good as the previous session; Unsettled geomagnetic conditions have yet to materialize but solar wind velocity is up
Incredible night of trans-Pacific openings as WH2XXP reported at VK6LX at a distance of 15447 km; Unsettled geomagnetic conditions may be on the horizon again; VK4YB finds workable compromise as he works to repair damaged antennas; Noise remains a big problem for much of North America but changes are coming
Geomagnetic conditions become unhinged as a strong storm threatens propagation; Encouraging results from Reverse Beacon Network tests in the Pacific Northwest, VE6 and VE7; Great openings for WH2XCR including several two-way reports with VK
Relatively strong trans-Pacific paths and decent domestic openings but trans-Atlantic openings remain closed - when will they return?; VK4YB reports the presence of the ''Mackerel Sky'' during this session; WH2XCR -> JA1NQI/2 but path to Oceania not quite as good as recent sessions
Trans-Pacific openings rebound a bit as the roller coaster ride continues; WH2XCR -> JA1NQI/2 plus a multitude of VK/ZL stations; More eastern stations reporting WH2XCR for the first time in months; Transcontinental opening also show major improvements; VK4YB presents ''SSB on 630-meters down-under''
Very strong night for trans-Pacific openings for a number of stations as geomagnetic conditions remain quiet and relatively stable; WH2XXP reported by VK4YB 31 minutes before sunset in VK; Band activity was improved
Great improvements for trans-Pacific paths but domestic openings may continue to be masked by storm noise; G0MRF reports portable 630-meter activity from a hill in Sussex on Friday night; W5EST presents ''630m D-Region Sunrise: Comparing Some Daily SNRs''
Very noisy and stormy night near many population centers in North America had impact on activity; ZL1BPU's push to add stations in New Zealand is paying off; W5EST presents '' 'Eyeball’ Geometry of 630m D-Region''
Improvements abound as DST values push North of the centerline; VO1NA QRSS10 on 477.7 kHz but reports in Europe are all white noise for this session; Transcontinental and Trans-Pacific paths remain a bit dicey as robust openings fail to develop
CME shockwave arrives bringing a few enhancements, including a return of ZF1EJ -> WH2XCR; Storms continue to keep many stations off air while others struggle to hear as this weird Summer continues; N6LF publishes his results from his recent antenna rebuild that uses elevated radials
New WSJTx mode 'FT8' breaks some of the Summer monotony in North America; WSPR reports from E51WL continue; Tonight is Night of Nights XVIII at KPH; W5EST presents ''Part 7: Astronomical 630m SS/SR, 6-Month Seasonality, N/S Hemispheres''
Geomagnetic condition continue at unsettled to storm levels as an M-class flare threatens; E51WL continues to provide reports for North America and Australia; FSQCALL activity between ZL and VK; 'Night of Nights XVIII' on Wednesday night, July 12; W5EST presents ''Part 5: 630m Sunsets, Hemispheres Compared''
E51WL continues to provide reports for North America and Australia; Geomagnetic storm conditions return with a new coronal hole; VK4YB provides evidence as to why he should be inducted into the ''Hall of Flame''
Similar session to previous with decent domestic openings in spite of noise and somewhat 'flat' long haul propagation; E51WL reporting stations from North Cook Islands; W5EST presents ''VK4YB Operating Schedule with 630m Fixed Directive TX Antennas''
Consistently quiet geomagnetic conditions but only limited trans-Pacific openings; Decent openings between VK4YB and JA3TVF, 7L1RLL4, and TNUKJPM; Strong storms once again peppered across North America
Quiet geomagnetic conditions continue but so do noisy terrestrial storms; VK -> JA path returned and trans-Pacific path between North America and Oceania remains open; Digital mode experimentation in western North America
Another very average Summer night in North America; Quiet geomagnetic conditions but plenty of noise; Very consistent openings between KH6 and VK; W5EST presents ''Part 2: 630m Capacitively Segmented TX Loop Reduces HV RF''
Very noisy evening as terrestrial storms pepper North America but quieter conditions prevail by morning revealing great domestic openings; 'So-so' Trans-Pacific openings and a meager night in Alaska for WE2XPQ
Field day is here and with it, the MF and LF demonstration and outreach opportunity; VK4YB 472 kHz CW QSO with ZL1ZLD memorial station; Trans-Pacific paths are generally unchanged from the previous session although path between JA and VK has improved
Parts of North America reporting strong signals and low noise while others are washed out by storms; DST values push strongly to positive values; WE2XPQ amazingly decoding WSPR stations while transmitting CW; ZL2BCG transmitting again; Trans-Pacific paths generally down from highs earlier in the week
Very quiet geomagnetic conditions and relatively quiet band by morning but trans-Pacific openings favor lower latitudes; Domestic openings were mostly nominal for Summer Solstice; K4SV assigned WI2XZB
G1 geomagnetic storm conditions return and more of the same stormy terrestrial weather in the East but activity and propagation may have been moderately improved; Trans-Pacific and transcontinental paths were once again open; WE2XPQ in Alaska returns to air
Geo-effective coronal hole brings unsettled conditions and terrestrial storms impact activity in the East; A few transcontinental openings observed in spite of band conditions and WH2XXP -> VK4YB -> JA1NQI/2, JA3TVF paths open; Experiment between VK4YB and VE6XH comes to seasonal end and 630-meters fares surprisingly well
Elevated-quiet geomagnetic conditions continue plus big storms in the central region of North America make for a noisy night; Generally flat long-haul and domestic propagation; FCC 17-33 published in Federal Register but that DOES NOT mean you can get on the air in 30 days!; W5EST presents ''PART 2: SMALLER FOOTPRINT, 40’ HIGH TOP-FED INVERTED DELTA TX ANTENNA ON 630M''
Session not quite as robust as the previous for many reports but not a bad night in spite of QRN and decreased geomagnetic conditions; Great openings between Oceania and Asia; Beware of Internet rumors about fake UTC notification procedures!; Field day outreach opportunity station sign up in progress
Mostly quiet evening with lots of activity turns noisy by morning as generally quiet geomagnetic conditions continue on what was probably considered an average Summer night in North America; New MF and LF allocations reported in PY2; Recent post-sunrise openings between VK and KH6
Another night of average domestic propagation as geomagnetic conditions appear to be mounting a recovery; Numerous transcontinental openings reported; Trans-Pacific path opens between North America and Oceania and Oceania and Asia
Geomagnetic conditions reach unsettled levels again as seasonal storms in North America are more wide spread and impact band activity; Trans-Pacific paths to North America are cut off but VK4YB -> JA1NQI/2, JA3TVF, JH3XCU; More SSB in Oceania
Wildly varying and even 'Bizarre conditions' reported over night after a brief daytime geomagnetic disturbance; The North American noise profile continues to look the same; Trans-Pacific openings cut off between Oceania and North America and Oceania and Asia
Quiet geomagnetic conditions but more storm noise in parts of North America as the southern hemisphere turns to Winter and trans-Pacific openings hang on for another night; Some areas reporting best S/N in weeks
Average to below average domestic propagation with relatively high noise in many areas of North America as geomagnetic conditions return to quiet levels, VK4YB presents, 'The VK4YB 630m 'Bottom Hat' Vertical Antenna'
A better session overall with numerous transcontinental openings reported; Openings between North America and Oceania continue to be closed but VK -> JA, KH6 continues; VK4YB presents 'The Mackerel Sky'
Geomagnetic conditions sending mixed messages but terrestrial weather leaves the band with more seasonal noise; A few transcontinental openings in North America; W5EST presents, 'AZ-WA 630m PATH SIMULATION FOR 8/21/17 SOLAR ECLIPSE'
Average-to-depressed band conditions continue but some transcontinental openings observed; VK4YB -> ZF1EJ; JH3XCU awarded JARL 475 kHz-10 award; W5EST presents 'PACIFIC NW 630m PATH SIMULATION FOR 8/21/17 SOLAR ECLIPSE'
Continued improvements for domestic openings; Trans-Pacific openings were slow to develop and were limited to path between VK and JA; W5EST presents 'VIEWPOINT: HOW WILL 630M RF PATHS BEHAVE IN THE 8/21/17 SOLAR ECLIPSE?'
Better night on the air in spite of high-speed solar wind and more terrestrial storms in the southern and midwestern US; Trans-Pacific path between Oceania and North America returns and VK -> JA path continues to produce results
Wild, roller coaster propagation for North America with a variety of Summer noises reported still resulted in a pretty good session for May; DF2JP returns to MF with Hellschreiber; Solid openings between KH6 and Oceania; MF Solutions transmit converter registration ends tonight, drawing tomorrow - REGISTER NOW
Very active night of storms in North America complicates on air activity for many; Trans-Pacific path slightly better than previous session but not by much; K4SV files Part-5 application in recent days to get a jump on Part-97 implementation
Quiet geomagnetic conditions continue but VK4YB reports 'near collapse' of trans-Pacific propagation while path from VK to JA continues to buzz; Weak signals reported around North America;W5EST presents 'PART 5: 630M ON-TRACK vs. CROSS-TRACK IN AUGUST 21, 2017, SOLAR ECLIPSE'
Propagation maybe a little down from the previous session as DST values move back into the red; Slightly noisier night in North America as western storms organize further; Trans-Pacific paths remain fickle but open
Slightly elevated geomagnetic activity overnight as noise conditions varied significantly; More VK4YB -> ZF1EJ plus good VK openings to JA; Good openings between WH2XCR and Oceania although path to JA remains closed
'Strange conditions' reported overnight as quiet geomagnetic conditions return; VK4YB -> ZF1EJ first time report!; Great openings on VK -> JA path; MF Solutions drawing registration open until May 12 with drawing on May 13!
Geomagnetic spike to unsettled levels during the early evening; Stormy conditions in Pacific Northwest and coastal Southeast; W5EST presents 'PART 2: 630M SNRs DURING THE AUGUST 21, 2017, SOLAR ECLIPSE'
Quiet geomagnetic conditions but high QRN from gulf coast storms; Trans-Pacific openings continue to produce results; Trans-Atlantic paths remain closed; August eclipse favoring North America could be an interesting opportunity
Better domestic propagation for North America and improving trans-Pacific openings as high noise moves to the East coast; W5EST presents 'LATE APRIL: 630M PRE-SUNRISE ENHANCEMENTS WITH XXP TRANSMITTER'; MF solutions transmit downconverter drawing and giveaway registration in progress – REGISTER NOW!
Stable, quiet geomagnetic conditions but just an average night for domestic openings, no trans-Atlantic openings and generally poor to weak trans-Pacific openings; W5EST presents, '630M PRE-SUNRISE ENHANCEMENTS: HOW SOON MIGHT THEY START PRE-SR?'; MF solutions transmit downconverter drawing and giveaway registration in progress - REGISTER NOW!
More strong storms in Central and Midwestern US creating problems for operators in the eastern half of North America; Situation only moderately better in the West where trans-Pacific paths struggle to hang on; MF Solution transmit downconverter drawing and giveaway registration period is open!
Another average night dominated by shorter openings that were slow to develop in North America; 475 kHz mystery carrier continues; Trans-Atlantic openings continue to be missing while trans-Pacific openings are depressed
Much improved propagation as geomagnetic storming conditions decrease allowing DH5RAE -> K4RCG, N4DB, K3RWR/3 and VK4YB -> WA3TTS plus others; W5EST presents, 'Does 630m nighttime ionosphere show contour surface variation?'
Geomagnetic storming continues but overall terrestrial storm QRN was down for many and stations in the South fare better than those in the North; Great trans-Pacific openings between North America and Oceania
Consecutive periods of G2 storm levels over night with more to come; WI2XUL maiden voyage was successful in spite of high noise and even netted a CW QSO; Relatively typical session for trans-Pacific openings to Oceania but an absence of trans-Atlantic openings continues
Average session for April as quiet geomagnetic conditions return and terrestrial noise builds; Why I don't report OPERA data; Difficult two-way path between ZF1EJ and WH2XCR returns; W5EST presents 'Billiards in the sky: candidate 630m pre-sunrise reflection concepts'
Decent domestic propagation results in transcontinental openings in spite of high noise; Quiet geomagnetic conditions as we continue to wait for major impact from coronal hole; WG2XPJ finds more trans-Atlantic success; W5EST presents 'SUNRISE AT ALTITUDE EXPLAINS PRE-SUNRISE FREQUENCY DEPARTURE ON 600KHz?'
A few more trans-Atlantic reports for WG2XPJ; Quiet geomagnetic conditions ahead of forecast coronal hole; Terrestrial storms in central US 'thin the herd'; So-so trans-Pacific conditions are nothing like yesterday
Decent domestic propagation but QRN widely distributed around North America; Geomagnetic conditions reach unsettled levels after very quiet levels in previous session; Trans-Atlantic openings continue to be "hit or miss"; A few Trans-Pacific openings but less robust than normal for usual suspects
Relatively strong session of domestic and trans-Pacific openings while trans-Atlantic paths are much weaker; More 'digital mode madness' in British Columbia; CW QSO attempt between VE7SL and VK4YB; High latitude propagation improvements at WE2XPQ
Variable propagation across the globe resulted in isolated long haul openings; Strong Texas storms mean big noise in North America; KP2XX providing reports for North American and Caribbean stations; WI2XUF application granted after long wait
All around a weaker session - even domestic openings around North America were down a bit as strong storms in the Midwest make listening difficult; WH2XXP -> JA3TVF, JH1INM, VK4YB, and VK2XGJ trans-Pacific session highlight
Unsettled geomagnetic conditions progress to storm levels and seems to cut off trans-Atlantic paths but domestic openings shine again; Trans-Pacific paths impacted by storms in Oceania but paths to Asia yield some result; WH2XCR returns to air
Excellent domestic openings that seem to coincide with more unsettled geomagnetic conditions; A few trans-Atlantic reports return while trans-Pacific reports "dry up" a bit; Good night for CW and quite a bit of digital activity in VE7
Another bizarre propagation night where regional openings dominated in many areas of North America; Trans-Pacific openings were great including big JA openings for WH2XXP; Real geomagnetic recovery on the horizon? High noise in the southern and central US - we own it until October!
Transcontinental paths return but QRN is deafening; Trans-Pacific openings outshine trans-Atlantic paths; British Columbia and Pacific Northwest showing lots of activity with JT9, RTTY, and PSK31; Geomagnetic conditions show improvement but some late afternoon flaring increasing attenuation?
A few trans-Atlantic openings develop as solar wind and geomagnetic activity begins to calm; High noise returns with new storm system in the central US; More JT9 activity in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia; It's a tough life on the beach for KL7L/XE; DJ2FP returns to MF after a flash-over event; Hans Summers offers big discount on U3S to commemorate R&O
Weird combination of storm QRN and the return of persistent geomagnetic storm levels resulted in a slightly better session than the previous night for some; Big JA openings for WH2XXP; Trans-Pacific paths from Oceania greatly diminished; K9JWV/WI2XJG SK
High QRN in North America seems to be impacting just about everyone in some way; Geomagnetic conditions were headed in the right direction but storm levels returned during the evening; A few trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific openings observed but band continues to be poor for long haul paths
It was a tough one - 27 hours with a Kp > 5!; Depressed trans-Atlantic openings but several Trans-Pacific enhancements; More poor terrestrial weather conditions in the East means more noise; 'Cellar Dwellers On the Go' prepares for release in VK
Slightly improved trans-Atlantic openings as European station reported in southeastern US; VK4YB reports best trans-Pacific opening of 2017; Another coronal hole expected to impact Earth in coming days
What a difference a day makes - deteriorating geomagnetic conditions and terrestrial storms add complications to the session and significantly reduce trans-Atlantic reports; Early trans-Pacific openings favor path to Oceania; WI2XTC grant approved
The trans-Atlantic bubble moves around again as geomagnetic activity reaches unsettled levels but more European stations reported in North America; Trans-Pacific openings favor Asia from North America but don't count out Oceania
Maybe more varied band activity than we had during the Winter peaks; Many trans-Atlantic openings, including high latitudes openins between WH2XGP and LA2XPA/2; WE2XPQ in Alaska reported by N1BUG in Maine on a very difficult path; Crossband JT9 QSO, W0YSE/7 <-> VE7CNF; Final night of European MF QSO party focusing on CW; 'Noisy, average night' reported in Oceania; WE2XPQ 'JA bonanza' strikes again/a>
Low noise and quiet geomagnetic conditions result in many trans-Atlantic openings including WH2XXP -> LA2XPA/2; Night two for the European MF QSO party is in the books with night three and CW ahead; JT9 QSO number 3 between VE7SL and ZF1EJ; Solid maiden voyage for WI2XQU
Night one of the MF QSO party in Europe brought good trans-Atlantic openings for many eastern stations plus a large number of reports for G8HUH in North America; Trans-Pacific paths to both Asia and Oceania remain open; WI2XUF assigned to N1DAY; It was nice to rag chew on CW last night and this morning
The widespread trans-Atlantic openings of previous sessions dissolved but didn't disappear completely; Strong storms in Oceania mean poor receiving conditions down under; WI2XSV grant approved while WI2XUD assigned to W6IEE
Very quiet geomagnetic field and increasing DST levels yielded strong trans-Atlantic openings including DL4RAE -> WH2XZO, N1BUG; Trans-Pacific paths rebound as well; MF QSO Party in Europe TONIGHT!; WI2XSX grant approved
Generally quiet geomagnetic conditions result in another night of solid trans-Atlantic openings; Blizzard conditions in the East has impact on activity, particularly in the Northeast; Trans-Pacific openings more depressed than previous sessions
Geomagnetic field receives another jolt of unsettled conditions yet trans-Atlantic openings for New England flourish; Trans-Pacific openings favored lower latitudes; 'Goodbye to Winter ' MF QSO Party coming this week for Europe; Post-sunrise reports between WH2XCR and WE2XPQ
Pretty good session with average to above average domestic openings; Take-two on geomagnetic recovery attempt; One-way Trans-Atlantic openings retreat to New England; Trans-Pacific openings continue for another night
Slight improvement for trans-Atlantic openings as noisy storm system moves into the southeastern US; Domestic openings reasonably good; Trans-Pacific openings to North America at least as good as the previous session; Geomagnetic conditions improve through the session
Trans-Atlantic reports completely cut off; Trans-Pacific paths open but less prolific than recent sessions; More unsettled and geomagnetic storm levels; Terrestrial storms in South Central US and Midwest keep many stations QRT while noise makes listening tough for many in North America
Trans-Atlantic openings struggle although WD2XSH/17 receives a few 100 mW reports; Trans-Pacific openings begin early with much improved path to Oceania; Mystery signal on 477 reported in Europe; DF2JP kite antenna planned for tonight
Profoundly disturbed geomagnetic conditions don't disrupt all trans-Atlantic activity; QRN in the East decreases as storm system moves out to sea; Trans-Pacific openings favor path to JA as high QRN impacts openings to Oceania; Big aurora in Alaska
Just when you thought trans-Atlantic openings couldn't improve; Trans-Pacific openings not too shabby either as North America --> Japan continues to be hot; WH2XGP <-> WG2XIQ JT9 QSO after a bit of a dry spell; Big storms in the coming days in KH6... Enhancements ahead or just QRN?
More big trans-Atlantic openings including first time crossing for WI2XBV; TI3/W7RI and XE2Ej providing reports and hearing well; Trans-Pacific openings favored North America --> JA path over path to Oceania
Solid night on trans-Atlantic paths in spite of weather QRT for some in Northeast; Active trans-Pacific path to JA and more ZL stations QRV in a single session than ever before?; Quiet band conditions for much of North America as geomagnetic activity continues to decrease; WA2XRM QRSS3 activity redux
Geomagnetic conditions settle again and terrestrial noise ramps up again in the Midwest but propagation looked pretty good; Gaps in QRN in Oceania allow a few reports on trans-Pacific paths; DF2JP kite antenna set for launch at sunset!; Softrock RX/TX LF/MF mod report from VE7VV; WA2XRM operational announcement
Geomagnetic storm conditions return but great trans-Atlantic openings ahead of storm; Good domestic propagation including transcontinental opening; Trans-Pacific openings were good but less robust than previous session
Very active night of trans-Atlantic openings including first time reports for EA4GHB; MF from Turkey - TA4/G8SCU WSPR receive QRV; High winds and rain mean no kite antenna at DF2JP; High latitude fast and deep QSB in North America during evening; WA9CGZ assigned WI2XSV - waiting for grant
Good transcontinental openings in North America and decreasing noise in Oceania make for a slightly above average session; Roller coast ride continues as trans-Atlantic numbers are down again; WH2XXP --> JR1IZM; Another kite antenna experiment forthcoming at DF2JP
Average night for many stations around the South as high noise returns to parts of North America and Oceania; Very quiet conditions in Pacific Northwest and New England result in good transcontinental openings; Great trans-Atlantic openings for a few stations in New England
Unsettled conditions return but decent trans-Atlantic and domestic openings and 'fair' trans-Pacific openings; WE2XPQ --> XE2EJ; First time CW QSO between WI2XJQ and WG2XSV; KL7L/M in KH6 brief receive session from the beach yields good results
Noise and bad weather shift to the Southeast as favorable geomagnetic conditions continue; Strong trans-Atlantic openings for many stations; Noise impacting reports in Oceania but path to North America is open; Strong openings to Asia from North America
Trans-Atlantic openings return including high latitude western openings but QRN in Oceania makes trans-Pacific path from North America to Australia tough; Great transcontinental openings in the evening from the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia
Great openings in and around North America during the evening and overnight but why not more trans-Atlantic openings?; Trans-Pacific path yields first ever report including VE7SL --> JA1NQI plus other regulars; XE2EJ listening for the first time and providing reports to North America; Evening JT9 and CW fun for a number of stations taking advantage of long band openings
Mixed reviews on the session but DK7FC --> WI2XFI and VK4YB --> WG2XIQ; QRN high in Oceania and Pacific, making JT9 QSO attempt between VK4YB and JR1IZM difficult; Trans-Pacific path very much open, however; A little evening CW and JT9 during the evening in North America
Generally strong domestic propagation and band conditions but noise remains a player in East; Limited trans-Atlantic openings but trans-Pacific openings continue to provide results even if reports are impacted
Very high noise for the eastern half of North America; Quieter geomagnetic conditions with significant improvement for trans-Pacific paths but fewer trans-Atlantic openings reported; More JT9 QSO attempts between VK4YB and JR1IZM
Good-to-average session as geomagnetic conditions continue to calm; Much of the same for domestic, trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific openings; KL7L/KH6 continues to experience high noise but WE2XPQ experiences another strong night; Nice JA and VK openings for WH2XCR
Trans-Atlantic openings in the East are plentiful for another night; Trans-Pacific openings are depressed once again; Domestic openings continue to be very strong around North America; Tonight is the 2nd Annual Midwinter 630-meter Activity Night!
Big opening between WE2XPQ in Alaska and OH1TSM in Finland; Very confusing propagation as unsettled/storm levels continue to permit many strong trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific openings; 2nd annual Midwinter 630-meter activity night tomorrow night (Saturday!); VO1NA CW reported at G3XKR
Geomagnetic storm conditions set-in but trans-Atlantic openings continue at high levels along the East coast of North America; Record band activity achieved overnight; WI2XBV JT9 QSO with WG2XIQ; 2nd Annual Midwinter 630-meter Activity Night is this Saturday night!
If you thought the previous session was great, this one may have been better with many reporting record nights in North America; Trans-Pacific openings rebound a bit; Midwinter 630-meter activity night this coming Saturday night!
Remarkable night of trans-Atlantic openings as DST surges; JT9 QSO between VE3CIQ and ZF1EJ; Openings to JA were present but noise may be impeding path to VK and ZL; Midwinter 630-meter Activity Night this Saturday night in North America!
Quieter, improved propagation and band conditions overnight with some trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific openings; An evening of sub-audible CW with WG2XSV; Good openings to Asia and Oceania in the Pacific
Very strong night for domestic activity and reports in North America; Good trans-Atlantic openings, including high latitude path to LA2XPA but DX not as good from previous session; WI2XRM and WI2XRE granted this morning
Great propagation and band conditions return with massive trans-Atlantic openings!; VE7SL and ZF1EJ complete first JT9 QSO; VO1NA QRV 477.7 kHz CW; JA and VK openings continue for the western US and Pacific
Trans-Atlantic reports continue to roll as geomagnetic conditions calm again but southeastern US storms continue to create lot of problems for the eastern half of the US; Formal announcement of the upcoming Midwinter 630-meter Activity Night
What a difference a day makes! Geomagnetic conditions show some improvement and trans-Atlantic path responds; Pacific openings returns with VK -> JA, WE2XPQ -> JA1NQI, JH3XCU; WH2XXP -> VK4YB; Elevated QRN in parts of North America; WH2XCR returns!
Great night of trans-Atlantic openings including high latitude paths to LA2XPA from western US; Depressed conditions in the Pacific; Reasonably good domestic openings and high activity but its been tough to find a QSO
ZF1EJ, WG2XKA, WG2XPJ -> LA2XPA plus others take advantage of trans-Atlantic openings; High QRN and stations QRT for Winter weather and strong storms but amazingly band activity was at record high levels
Very high level of activity but band not as good as previous session in spite of many indicators suggesting it might be; G8HUH owns trans-Atlantic paths; High noise in Pacific and Oceania and elevated noise in parts of North America
First night transmitting for ZF1EJ and what a great night it was!; More localized trans-Atlantic reports; Tough session on the trans-Pacific path; Daytime enhancements from eruption; Canadian cross band stations set transmit and listening frequencies for February special event
Pretty good night for domestic paths but limited long-haul propagation in North America; G3KEV -> FR5ZX ; WG2XJM <-> WG2XIQ on JT9; Very slow speed CW experiments at WG2XSV; Daytime ground wave testing at WA2XRM
Slow start turns to very good night all around as several periods of unsettled geomagnetic conditions return; Good trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific and trans-African coverage overnight; It was almost like an impromptu JT9 QSO party in North America; WA2XRM CW beacon redux
Great trans-Atlantic openings but the band continued to experience effects of early session unsettled conditions; JT9 QSO between WI2XBQ and WG2XIQ; Better late than never for Pacific openings; Big night for WE2XPQ with reports from JA1NQI and two-way reports with VK4YB
Noisy night in North America masks some signals and makes for difficult listening; Unsettled geomagnetic conditions return overnight; Good trans-Atlantic openings but 'bizarre' trans-Pacific conditions
Much improved propagation overnight as the Bz holds firm; Some areas report record precipitation static; Trans-Atlantic reports return to typical distributions; Good CW signal WA2XRM; TI3/W7RI providing reports from Costa Rica
Much quieter session as lightning abates but Winter storm causes antenna problems for some; DH5RAE, DJ0ABR, EA5DOM, F1AFJ -> N1BUG; Early trans-Pacific opening reported at VK2XGJ; WA2XRM plans CW activity tonight
Noisy session that wasn't particularly good for domestic communications; More trans-Atlantic openings and a return of high latitude reports; No break for trans-Pacific openings; What's a good night in February for the next special event?
Another night of very good domestic openings and a few trans-Pacific openings ahead of the next geomagnetic storm; High precipitation static this morning in Texas and probably other destinations; WA2XRM CW beacon reports from the evening
Band shows some recovery as trans-Atlantic paths open once again; Trans-Atlantic openings continue to improve again; EA5DOM Christmas CW message redux; More WI2XLQ Fessenden Christmas transmission reports
Solstice is here and the band goes wild; More high latitude reports from Norway: WG2XPJ, VE3EFF, WH2XZO, WD2XSH/17, WG2XXM, WG2XKA, WG2XIQ -> LA2XPA; Good trans-Pacific propagation as late evening QRN reduction brings stations from the noise
High latitude / polar paths open again: WH2XGP, WG2XXM, WG2XKA -> LA2XPA; Good night for trans-Atlantic openings as trans-Pacific destinations report high QRN; Strong domestic openings in North America
Trans-Atlantic energy shifts West as WH2XXP reported by DJ0ABR; Better trans-Pacific openings than in previous days; Next geomagnetic event on the doorstep as good transcontinental openings continue to present daily results
Early trans-Atlantic reports suggested good session ahead and path didn't disappoint; PY2GN gets noise relief from his utility; WH2XCR reports decent, early openings to Ukraine on 160m - does that mean a good night ahead on 630m?
Unsettled conditions keep things interesting and operators on their toes while precipitation noise plagues many; EA5DOM and G8HUH reported in North America; SV8CS reported at OY6FRA again; VK4YB returns on the NNW antenna with JA reports; WH2XCR receives only US reports from JA for the session
Valve now tightly closed on Arctic polar openings ahead of impending G1 storm but trans-Atlantic reports get a boost; Trans-Pacific path continues to be strong to Asia and a few reports from Oceania return; ZS6KN and FR5ZX are QRV - operators are standing by!
Night three of big Arctic polar path openings between North America and LA2XPA; Trans-Atlantic path produces results: WG2XKA -> G0LUJ, G0MJI; WG2XXM -> F1AFJ, G3XKR; G8HUH -> WD2XSH/17; Coronal hole approaches, G1 storm levels anticipated
Arctic polar openings from North America continue as LA2XPA shows the value of quiet locations and big receive antennas; More trans-Atlantic / trans-Pacific openings but Oceania path is almost gone for the season
Quiet night for most as path from Europe opens slightly: EA5DOM -> WD2XSH/17; Healthy openings to Asia from North America; Interesting transcontinental openings; MF QSO Party this weekend on CW in Europe
Great domestic propagation and band conditions including early transcontinental between WH2XGP and WA3TTS and WG2XSV and ZF1EJ; Another big night for JA, VK, ZL, and stations in western North America; MF CW QSO party in Europe this weekend!
WH2XXP -> DJ0ABR, WG2XXM -> F1AFJ, G3KEV -> WD2XSH/17; Big night of JA's for VK4YB, WE2XPQ, and WH2XCR; High QRN in North America from southeastern US storm system; Longest daytime reports at WG2XSV; A worthwhile overnight experience with an otherwise doomed U3
G8HUH -> N1BUG, WD2XSH/17; Good trans-Pacific coverage although big storms in central US and Australia impact otherwise good propagation; MF QRSS QSO Party night two redux; High latitude JA path opens again
Another night of different propagation as geomagnetic activity continues to stabilize; Trans-Pacific showing life on E / W paths but N / S less impressive; Night one European MF QRSS QSO party; UR5FFC -> FR5ZX; WH2XZO -> N1BUG 75 minutes after sunrise
Geomagnetic conditions moderate with trans-Atlantic openings giving way to better trans-Pacific conditions; EA5DOM -> FR5ZX; MF QRSS QSO Party tonight in Europe!; First time reports at ZL2BCG for WG2XXM and WG2XIQ and first time reports at WH2XGP for ZL2BCG
G1/G2 storm finally pops and band goes wild with big openings on many long haul paths; MF QSO Party in Europe on QRSS this weekend; KH6L joins the receiving ranks in Hawaii; Huge reports on many domestic North American paths particularly at WB0VAK; JA openings continue in spite of active auroral conditions
Only unsettled geomagnetic conditions so far as transcontinental, trans-Atlantic, and trans-Pacific openings continue to produce; VE3CIQ <-> WH2XCR; VA7BBG maiden voyage of his new transmitter; More WA2XRM QRSS30 captures; WG2XSB audio
Another major outbreak of JA openings in the West but no trans-Atlantic reports; Very good domestic and transcontinental openings in North America in spite of elevated noise; Geomagnetic conditions beginning to percolate ahead of next forecast storm; More reports for WA2XRM QRSS CW
EA5DOM -> FR5ZX first of season; WE2XPQ -> ZF1EJ/1, WG2XIQ and WA3TTS first time ever!; G8HUH -> WD2XSH/17; Another big night of JA's for WH2XCR, WE2XPQ, and VK4YB; QRSS30 captures of WA2XRM at WG2XSV
A very quiet night and high activity led the way to early domestic and trans-Pacific openings and a few trans-Atlantic openings; Big JA opening for WH2XXP, WE2XPQ, WH2XCR; A welcome yet unexpected CW rag chew with WD2XSH/12 in the early evening; WG2XSV captures WA2XRM QRSS
Big trans-Atlantic openings for North America is early evening; PA0A -> UA0SNV-1; KP2XX QRV and reporting southern stations; Good transcontinental coverage; High activity in VK6; WA2XRM planned activity tonight
Quiet terrestrial and geomagnetic conditions return but was there enough spark for strong signals?; DJ0ABR -> UA0SNV; WD2XSH/17 -> G8HUH; WH2XCR -> VK6XT and ZF1EJ/1; WG2XKA completes G0MRF amp build; Server relocation in the coming days
Great propagation with high activity and only slightly higher QRN; WD2XSH/17, WE2XGR/3, WG2XKA take advantage of trans-Atlantic openings; Trans-Pacific openings improve significantly; WG2XSV reports good transcontinental openings
Here comes the storm! - another G1 storms arrives just in time for the weekend 630-meter special event; WD2XSH/17 -> G0LUJ_1; WH2XCR -> ZF1EJ/1; Several transcontinental openings reported; VI4SEA redux from VK4YB
More trans-Atlantic reports from DK7FC at WD2XSH/17; Higher latitude eastern path begins to open again; Geomagnetic field starting to show signs of new activity; W5EST zooms in on the T/R and QSK question
Trans-Atlantic returns as DK7FC and PA3ABK/2 are heard at WD2XSH/17 and WG2XKA is reported at PA0RDT; DST shows a peak and begins to drop as protons increase; More T/R switching and QSK talk from W5EST
Early transcontinental reports for WG2XKA and WH2XGP; Eastern half of North America and Australia fighting weather and QRN; VA7BBG testing new transmitter; VE7CA CW 475.5 kHz; WG2XKA reveals his plans for special event; W5EST talks QSK at 472
Propagation and QRN improves in North America; Several early reports and transcontinental openings observed; VI4SEA receiving JT9 and CW reports; Daylight savings time ends during the next session in the US
Poor propagation / band conditions or did WSPRnet gremlins give that appearance?; VI4SEA special event success results in schedule adjustment; JT9 and Hell activity in Europe; HF SWR Bridges at 472 - here is what ops think; ZS6KN continues to transmit WSPR from South Africa
ZS6KN QRV WSPR2 - who is listening in Europe?; A little Halloween Hellschreiber; TI7/W5EXJ's 'laser beam' up the Mississippi River; WG2XSV makes his first JT9 QSO with WH2XCR in Hawaii; VI4SEA special event in progress; Berlin treaty special event publicity on RAC website
TI7/W5EXJ shows up on WSPR - several reports exchanged; Storms in Oceania result in anemic trans-Pacific conditions; European MF QSO party wrap-up; Very high band activity and many new receive stations
Quiet night for most in North America as geomagnetic field at quiet to unsettled levels; Lean session on the trans-Pacific path to Oceania as storms plague eastern VK; Night two of MF QSO party in Europe a success; WH2XGP at WH2XCR two-hours before sunset in KH6; More JT9 in the Pacific Northwest; VE stations tune up for upcoming cross band special event on 630-meters
DK7FC -> WE2XGR/3, WE2XGR, WG2XJM -> G3XKR; VO1NA CW audible at PA0RDT; Enhances and early propagation in the Pacific; Is forecast geomagnetic storm a 'paper tiger' or just late?; WH2XXP -> CE0Y??? What's this? Big night for WE2XPQ
Quiet geomagnetic conditions but elevated noise from most recent storm system; WG2XJM -> G3XKR; Trans-Pacific path open but less robust due to storm in VK; Daylight openings begin to emerge as Autumn progresses; Pre-sunset reports at WH2XCR
Average propagation and band conditions but more QRN than the lightning map represents; Quiet geomagnetic conditions return; DK7FC -> WE2XGR/3; WH2XCR -> ZF1EJ; WG2XSV JT9 at VE6JY; Good trans-Pacific openings to Oceania and Asia
Pretty good night in North America in spite of slightly reduced S/N as the geomagnetic storm continues; QRN from South of the border; Nice two-way CW between WH2XZO and WG2XIQ; WG2XSV reports first ever reports of VK4YB!
VK4YB -> WG2XJM, VE3IQB when K=5??? - Another fantastic night of trans-Pacific opening during a G1 storm; PA0A -> UA0SNV for a second night of multiple reports; WG2XKA and WD2XSH/17 on the trans-Atlantic path; CW activity increasing on 630-meter
Strong, early signals at WH2XCR; Quiet band conditions and strong domestic signals with some trans-Pacific openings; WSPRnet outage in the West / Pacific / Asia this morning?; ZL2BCG makes a big splash. providing reports for a number of stations
Transcontinental JT9 QSO between VE7SL and VE3CIQ; Single trans-Atlantic report and comparatively poor trans-Pacific openings leaves some asking 'Is it over?'; Good domestic openings in North America but poor domestic performance reported in Australia
Another Kp spike in early North American evening but long haul propagation slightly improved; DK7FC -> WD2XSH/17, WE2XGR/3; More QRN from central US storms; Late reports of WD2XSH/15 and sunrise peak at WH2XCR in Texas; High JA WSPR activity
Another spike to the geomagnetic field during the early evening in North America and some openings disappear; Low to moderate QRN in evening but a very noisy morning; DK7FC -> WD2XSH/17; Very active path, KH6 -> JA and VK -> JA
Geomagnetic storm continues but conditions more unsettled overnight; Early reports to the Pacific Northwest from the South; Much improved and stabilized propagation for mid and low latitudes; Maybe some Improvements at higher latitudes?; F4DTL CW beacon QRV; RN4AGC QRV on difficult path; JA action beginning to increase at WH2XCR
Active geomagnetic storm dries up trans-Atlantic openings for the moment and 'largest storms in 50 years' in southern Australia create QRN problems; High activity continues with several new receiving stations; ZL2FT listening and successfully reporting VK
Great domestic propagation plus a few trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic openings including 50 mW ERP IK0VVE -> WD2XSH/17; Probe vs. dipole comparison at WD0AKX; Massive activity on 630-meters and its only September
F5WK, PA3ABK/2 reported in North America by many; VK4YB sharing two-way reports with many in North America, other VK's hearing North America in spite of high noise; VK4YB -> WG2XSV first time!; Geomagnetic storm conditions overnight with more likely on the way
Big night of trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific openings as overnight QRN remains relatively low and geomagnetic conditions are quiet; Wow! WH2XGP -> TF3HZ; WH2XCR -> ZF1Ej 15-minutes after sunrise; DK7FC -> KU4XR 1st time reception!
Trans-Atlantic path dries up but trans-Pacific path produces big results including first time reports for WH2XXP at JA1NQI-2; ZP4KFX listening during session; Noise conditions in parts of North America
Trans-Atlantic openings returns for this session complementing the trans-Pacific opening in the West; Noisy start to evening gives way to much quieter morning; WH2XGZ makes transmitting début on 630-meters
Very noisy session sounded like mid-Summer in parts of North America and Australia at times; Another trans-Pacific JT9 attempt by VE7SL and VK4YB; Trans-Pacific path open for higher ERP stations on North American mainland; G4DMA/m listening
Strong geomagnetic storm continues but propagation is good through this session; Elevated storm QRN across North America; Numerous trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic reports; VK4YB reports 'best session ever' ; Data indicates great harmonic suppression for the G0MRF amplifier
Pretty good propagation as band continues to be impacted by recent G1 storm; Wall of noise continues to divide North America from Mexico to the Midwest; WH2XGP path to VK continues; WH2XXP QRV with lots of VK reports; Late night JT9 in Pacific Northwest; WH2XCR -> JA1PKG
Ouch! Geomagnetic 'perfect storm' makes for rough evening in North America but big surprises by morning; VK4YB <-> WH2XGP ->VK2DDI,VK2XGJ, VK3ELV EJTSWL; A first with VK4YB -> VE7CNF, VA7MM; VK4YB <-> WH2XCR ->EJTSWL, JA1NQI-2, VK2DDI, VK2NP, VK2XGJ, VK3ELV; G0MRF amplifier ready for air; W7RNB builds a noise canceller; Upcoming CLE event this weekend; KL7L antenna comparison redux
Another night of great propagation with lots of noise in the South during the evening, improving by morning; VK2XGJ, VK2DDI <- WH2XGP <-> VK4YB -> VE7SL; WG2XXM -> VK4YB; Late evening / early morning JT9 action; First JA of the season - WH2XCR -> JA1NQI-2; 8P9EH listening; More antenna comparisons in Alaska and the Caribbean
Another night of improving and very reasonable band conditions; VE7SL <--> VA7MM/mm first time two-way cross band SSB on 630-meters; Transcontinental path between VE3CIQ and WH2XGP; VK4YB has quantified his transmit antenna directivity
Bizarre, noisy session in North America but I can't claim propagation was poor; WG2XIQ --> VK2DDI; VO1NA QRV QRSS10477.7 kHz; WI2XJQ antenna improvements continue; Loop stick testing in Indiana; WH2XCR --> VK2EIK for first time report
Band recovering from minor storm and was good in the South overnight; ON5TA QRV MF WSPR finds first success; PU3VRW/SWL QSX 503.9 kHz; WH2XZO reports details of recent RX antenna problems; VE3EFF doing well at 1W TPO and inverted L
Much better session with significant decreases in noise level for some; WE2XPQ antennas down for relocation; Sounds of 630-meters at Field Day 2015 and looking forward to MF, LF, and VLF at Field Day 2016
Quiet geomagnetic conditions and noisy terrestrial wx means mixed bag in North America; ZS1JEN QSX 472 WSPR; PY2TI QSX 503.9 kHz; VO1NA reported in previous session at PA0RDT; WH2XIL 470 kHz CW with ground dipole
Trans-Atlantic path opens for DK7FC to WE2XGR/3 as geomagnetic field becomes more active; 3B8IK listening from Mauritius; Quiet morning after a noisy beginning to the night; Big turnout from ops in and around Minnesota!
Propagation continues to improve as noise increases; ZL1AKI first ZL receive station in over a year; More details on VK2FPQ crystal set; Daily reports through the summer; An ARRL Field Day demonstration opportunity for 630-meters
More of the same as the band continues to produce results; VK4YB SSB reported S9+ at 877km on a crystal set; DF2PY CW sessions continue in evenings; Oddly depressed band conditions in the Pacific ocean
Transcontinental band openings continue as stations dodge storms and wait for relief; New part-5 application issued call sign in record time ; DL0IL/p final redux with pictures; Field day 2016 activity?
Geomagnetic conditions improve resulting in a slightly better session with transcontinental openings in North America; Texas --> KH6 --> VK paths restored and improving; Antenna testing continues for several stations
Hopes were high early but stormy terrestrial and space weather spoil some of the fun; VE3EFF QRV for first session; EA5DOM --> WE2XGR/3; 630-meters from a condo!; Experimenting and development for the next season has begun!
Surprisingly good session after noisy start; More solar wind gives way to quieter conditions; WG2XXM --> VK4YB --> WI2XBQ; Early WH2XCR reports at VK2XGJ; KL7L/KH6 extends stay in Maui - life is tough sometimes
Elevated Kp and solar wind led to brief storm conditions and southerly Bz; Strong night with KH6 <--> VK; WG2XXM --> VK4YB; WI2XHK first transmissions and reports on 630-meters; VE3CIQ --> VK4YB??? Is it possible?
Noisy night in North America with persistent unsettled geomagnetic conditions; KL7L/KH6 receiving portably from near a volcano, decodes VK4YB and others; WG2XSV reports CW levels in the morning from the Pacific Northwest
Path between Australia and North America was active for several stations including VK3HP --> WH2XCR and VK4YB --> WE2XPQ; WG2XKA --> DL4RAJ for sole trans-Atlantic report; Daytime reports and evening JT9 at WG2XSV
Improving propagation as storm conditions transition to unsettled conditions; WG2XKA cut off to West but DL reports to East; Daytime WG2XSV; WH2XGP --> VK4YB, VK2XGJ; WG2XXM --> VK2DDI, VK2XGJ; WH2XCR --> VK, JA, and ZF1EJ
Oddly quiet session with strong signals across North America; WH2XGP --> VK2XGJ, VK2DDI, VK4YB continues; WG2XSV continues to impress at 200 mW ERP; Pre-sunset and post-sunrise reports in VK for WH2XCR
Quiet but elevated geomagnetic conditions give way to an average to below (recent) average session; A pair of trans-Atlantic reports for EA5DOM; JA0GBO transmitting and creating some excitement in Japan
Improved geomagnetic conditions result in better band conditions but southern storm QRN makes listening difficult; WG2XXM --> VK4YB, VK2DDI; WH2XGP --> VK2XGJ; New station 'JF1LKS' receives WH2XCR and VK3ELV
Geomagnetic storm yields a challenging session but a few trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific reports are received; WG2XSV persistent daytime reports at VE7SL; ZF1EJ and ZF1RC report WH2XCR; VK3ELV --> VE7SL
Great session for trans-Atlantic reports in both directions; Strong domestic transcontinental openings; WG2XSV 200 mW WSPR success; WH2XGP --> VK4YB; WH2XCR two-way reports with VK and JA path open again
Florida and Gulf storms yielded brutal noise for the southern US but the band was wide open with good reports from more distant stations; Trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific reports continue; Amazing post-sunrise propagation between WH2XZO and the Cayman Islands; WG2XSV show the difference a radial makes; 'VK Bonanza' for WH2XCR
Lower latitudes seem OK while some higher latitude paths continue to experience excessive absorption after more hits to the GMF over night; Two new Part-5 stations - WI2XFO and WI2XFI; JA and ZF1 paths are back for WH2XCR
Geomagnetic storm levels return but more Trans-Atlantic reports including more reports for G0MRF/p; More WSQ2 activity in the Pacific Northwest; High absorption in Alaska; VK path restored to WH2XCR after storm QRN decreases
'JA explosion' as WE2XPQ bags six JA's, WH2XGP --> JA1NQI-2, and WH2XCR --> JA1NQI-2, JH3XCU; UA0SNV decodes DK7FC, DJ0ABR; VE3OT audible on 474.5 kHz; EA8 portable activity and even some trans-Atlantic reports
WH2XGP decodes VK3ELV WSPR's; JH1INM decodes WE2XPQ WSPR's; DK7FC --> WE2XGR, WH2XZO; KP2XX makes another appearance ; WH2XGP QSO's with WG2XIQ on JT9 and JT65A; More CW and Phone with VK4QC and VK4YB
Good band conditions but higher latitudes more impacted than previous sessions; Two active EA8 stations; WH2XZO --> WG2XSV for only second time in 2016; Path between VK and KH6 persists on first day of Autumn down under
Band sounds less like Spring is approaching and more like early Winter in North America; Very early reports of WH2XCR at VK2XGJ; WG2XSV --> WG2XKA in VT for second night in a row; Upcoming portable activity from G0MRF
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
Big action in Pacific: WE2XPQ --> JH3XCU, JH1INM, JE1JDL; VK3ELV --> WH2XCR --> VK2XGJ, JH3XCU, JA1NQI-2; Trans-Atlantic path yields reports between New England and DK7FC; WG2XSV --> KL7 as JT9 beacon
A band opening that spanned the globe: VK3ELV --> KL7L; WH2XCR --> VK2XGJ, VK3ELV, JH3XCU; Trans-Atlantic activity from Europe to New England that extends even further south: DK7FC --> K4LY; WG2XSV's strong session with JT9 level to Eastern US
Elevated geomagnetic conditions and proton density still allow for a pretty good session; EA9MH listening for the first time; DK7FC --> WE2XGR, WE2XGR/3; WE2XPQ --> VE7BDQ on WSPR15; WH2XCR --> JA2NQI-2, VK2XGJ, VK3ELV
A slow start yields good session in North America; Midwinter 630-meter activity weekend almost here; WE2XPQ --> VE7BDQ, JA1NQI-2 on WSPR15; WH2XCR --> VK2XGJ, JA1NQI-2; VE1HF trans-Atlantic reports; High level of band activity
Interesting pre-sunset propagation yields strong reports across North America and strong domestic conditions overnight; VE3OT CW audible in Texas; WSPR15 activity in Europe and Alaska, VE1HF --> G3XKR
Another night where band conditions depended on your location, high MF participation nevertheless; Early peaks on path from WB0VAK to WH2XGP; 'MP' reports PA failure; FR5ZX returns; VO1NA QRSS3 on 477.7 kHz
Cautiously optimistic start to session resulted in a great night; WH2XGP reported by VK2XGJ; CW levels between WG2XJM in PA and WH2XCR in KH6; Low latitude trans-Atlantic; ZF1EJ reports VE1CNF, WH2XCR; 'MP' QRSS returns
Significantly improved conditions in wake of afternoon shock wave; WE2XPQ --> JH3XCU in spite of elevated proton levels; WH2XCR gets JA trifecta + VK; Early spots throughout North America; WG2XSV --> KL7L @ 200 mW ERP; WSPRnet continues to struggle under load
Fair-to-good conditions in North America overnight in spite of high speed solar wind and unsettled geomagnetic conditions, QRSS30 at 100 mW in the afternoon, Successful QRPPP WSPR in the evening, W5EST profiles recent activity at W0RPK
Strong night for parts of northern US with good to fair conditions in the south, EA8/LA3JJ has a big night while on holiday, VE3OT's nice QRSS3 signal, Nice JT9 activity in Europe as warm up to Friday's MF QSO Party
Band was strong and very similar to previous session, FR5 and EA8 remain active, Another strong showing from WH2XCR with VK2XGJ, JA1NQI, and JH1INM, MF digital mode QSO party planned for January 8 in Europe
G0MRF/p improves his best DX record on QRSS3 with SV8CS and SV3DVO QSO's and some reception of VO1NA, FR5ZX testing transmitter/hearing numerous EU's again, Tests continue at ZF1RC, Another big night in the Pacific for WH2XCR
Good to fair band conditions in North America, Strong trans-African path from Europe to Reunion Island, Antenna comparisons in the Caribbean, VP9GE reports North America, Another strong session in the Pacific
Surprise solar wind stream blows geomagnetic field out of kilter, Low latitude propagation generally ok, WI2XBQ now at 0.5-watts ERP and reported by WH2XCR in KH6, Thoughts on the current state of WSPRnet
A first: WG2XIQ and WH2XCR complete first two-way JT9 QSO between mainland US and KH6, Geomagnetic field cools but so does trans-Atlantic, European reports continue to trickle out of FR5ZX, WA2XRM continues his QRSS30 quest
Special event results in lots of CW action, QTC, and SWL reports, WH2XCR at QRPPP ERP heard by VK2XGJ, WH2XZO WSPR's heard by several at microwatt ERP, Pirates on the high seas - literally, and a lot more...