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I noted in the day that Rick (VK6XT) was very active to the USA for 2 hours after its sunset (11:16z) with 45 dx spots in the wspr database. He was spotted by 6 NA stations at the same time (12:10z).
It was unlikely to imagine a similar event for Europe at Rick sunrise (20:53z). To the best of my knowledge there is no precedent.
Rick is firstly spotted by John (G8DYK) at 18:52z then PA1RZ, OZ7IT, F5OIH, F59706, G3WPD, ON7KO, G4BOO and the latest OH8ALT/P at 21:06Z for a total of 61 dx spots.

I am always amazed by the diversity of the propagation on 160m and sometimes concentration in a small area.
This morning at sunrise, it was "K9 only" for a short opening of 18 minutes with at the end my 20th NA stations of my season (K9YWO):
2014-12-08 07:32 K9AN 1.838170 -24 0 EN50wc 2 F59706 JN07th 6849 50
2014-12-08 07:20 K9PAW 1.838190 -28 0 EN61ar 1 F59706 JN07th 6723 51
2014-12-08 07:14 K9YWO 1.838181 -26 0 EN61fn 1 F59706 JN07th 6708 51

Interesting active night and sunrise on 160m, around 150 dx spots "across the pond", 6 NA stations in the round (K9AN, N3CO, KC2STA, KB1YFS, W1FVB, N2NOM) and 9 EU stations.
To note the long session between KB1YFD and me (38 spots), the same snr level(+/-1) along the night with an early spot:
2014-11-22 23:10 KB1YFD 1.838011 -23 0 FN41ro 10 F59706 JN07th 5555
and the last one at 07:18z.

Thank you to all, Patrick

A real surprise on 160m, between 05:02Z and 06:46Z (EU sunrise), not less than 67 DX spots "across the pond"; 40 from EU and 27 from NA. In the party were: K4MOG, KJ4YBS, N2NOM, WU2M, G0KTN, G8HUH, G3VIR, G4FKK, G4BOO, F59706.
We note a probable new qrpp record (EU to NA) with 200mw (congrats to Martin and Rocco):
2014-11-10 06:38 G4FKK 1.838027 -26 0 IO91wi 0.2 WU2M FN23tb 5440 291
For my part, I was able to decode two new stations (K4MOG, WU2M), bringing my score of my RX challenge to 17 (close to my 19 of last year at the same time.

With the seasonality of 160m, it is nice to see again friends. This morning, Frits was present to the RDV of 160m wspr. Once again, I heard its 500mw (last time 2013/10/09):
2014-10-18 03:58 W1FVB 1.838047 -27 0 FN44ej 0.5 F59706 JN07th 5467 59
2014-10-18 04:58 W1FVB 1.838044 -24 0 FN44ej 0.5 F59706 JN07th 5467 59
He tried to reduce to 250mW without success but it is only "postponed".

Frits wrote in his blog this morning(http://vbradio.wordpress.com)

Second active EU sunrise on 160m wspr of the new season to NA stations. 70 dx spots across the pond in the wspr data base mainly around sunrise window (04:00z and 06:00z). Five NA stations heard in EU (KJ4YBS, K9PAW, VA3MW, K9AN, N3CO) by a gang of seven EU stations whose spotted a least one NA stn. To note the absence of Bob K4RCG of this session despite good cdx. Maybe according map the path was a bit more north of him?
Hope to see more and more EU and NA stations to the coming days joining to the party.
73, Patrick, F59706

Mike told me he would be there this weekend for the recovery of activity on 160m "across the pond". Well he has not missed his appointment. During the night, it was heard by G8DYK, G3ZJG and I F59706. He heard PA0O and especially G3ZJG to score a rare and first 2way across the pond of this new season.
Also to note, Bob K4RCG at my sunrise, heard with SNR=-15. The highest snr since the development of its 160/80m antenna.
A month after the start of the new season and thanks to Mike, my score for my Rx Challenge is up to 9.

Thanks to all and GL, Patrick

Great to see the first active night of the new season to NA stations. Around 50 dx spots across the pond in the wspr data base between 01:46z and 05:10z and three NA stations heard in EU : KJ4YBS, K9PAW and K4RCG. We can congratulate Bob (K4RCG) for the new and effective 160m antenna.
W3PM, K9AN and K9YWO were "on air" but have not been heard.
I'm naturally optimistic for the rest of the season and the running score of my Challenge. Good luck to all, 73

Today, at my sunrise i spotted our friend George: 2014-08-09 03:44 K9PAW 1.838193 -30 0 EN61ar 1 F59706 JN07th 6723
This first NA station opens my new season and my Rx Challenge. The goal is to spot (Rx) the greatest number of UNIQUE CALLSIGN of North American station (W and VE). The previous season I had reached the number of 39 unique callsign. I'm using the same antenna system (2x Wellbrook ALA100 loop) and wires configuration for the new period.

Nice surprise on reading the log of 160m WSPR last night; i heard PY9MP exactly at my sunrise (04:29z)

2014-07-30 02:22 PY9MP 1.838095 -25 0 GH13dw 10 SM6WZI JO67mp 10417 30
2014-07-30 02:34 PY9MP 1.838097 -25 0 GH13dw 10 G8JNJ/A IO90hx 9238 32
2014-07-30 04:14 PY9MP 1.838097 -22 0 GH13dw 10 F59706 JN07th 9184 36
2014-07-30 04:22 PY9MP 1.838097 -22 0 GH13dw 10 F59706 JN07th 9184 36
2014-07-30 04:32 PY9MP 1.838097 -23 0 GH13dw 10 F59706 JN07th 9184 36

No more to say for this surprising and short event of the night. Only hopes to see again Everaldo in 160m wspr
with a bit more of EU station in his log. He managed to lower power to 5w with succes :
2014-04-18 02:08 PY9MP 1.838095 -26 0 GH13dw 5 F59706 JN07th 9184 36
2014-04-18 01:58 PY9MP 1.838095 -26 0 GH13dw 5 F59706 JN07th 9184 36
2014-04-18 01:58 PY9MP 1.838095 -24 0 GH13dw 5 OZ7IT JO65df 10261 32
2014-04-18 01:42 PY9MP 1.838095 -24 0 GH13dw 5 F59706 JN07th 9184 36

The daily total of 160m spots is falling rapidly. Other bands are now attractive even by night. It is time to summarize my 160m NA Rx Challenge: I logged 37 unique callsign of NA station (27 for the previous season) and here is the list with the output power:

The activity on 160m is always consistent from one week in particular on the period from 05:00z to sunrise. I spotted this night a new entry (W8CT). The 34th NA stations in my list.
As noted by Jim (WB5WPA) new stations come on 160m. In this respect, I welcome Jim (VE1RBR) for its recent arrival on 160m. In a few weeks he has already spotted all major European stations and even Leigh (VK2KRR). Good job, really FB station!!!
73 - Patrick

That night a highway was opened between Dan and Europe on 160m. A continuous signal throughout a night is rare.
Between 00:12z and 06:42z, I spotted KC2STA 47 times without missing period.
This is an opportunity to draw a graph to highlight the gray line near my sunrise (06:27z).

An hour before SR SNR was -22,
30mns before SR SNR is -11 or +11 db of gain!!
At SR SNR is still -14 to collapse then in few minutes (06:42z).

Dan was spotted by six other European stations: OZ7IT, SM6WZI, PA0O, CT1JTQ, G8JNJ/A, G3ZJG.

Since the beginning of the winter I'm mostly focused on 160m. With the arrival of my TS590 I wanted to verify its ability on MF instead of my Drake.
That first night of this winter was a success with 47 rx dx spots for 5 unique NA calls:
2014-02-08 03:32 WG2XIQ 0.475666 -28 0 EM12mp 1 F59706 JN07th 7991
2014-02-08 01:06 WG2XJM 0.475750 -26 0 EN91wr 5 F59706 JN07th 6206
2014-02-07 23:16 WG2XKA 0.475723 -27 0 FN33ir 1 F59706 JN07th 5619