The details for January 07, 2017 can be viewed here.
The UTC amateur registration database is here.
Working grids for the first time in 2018? Be sure to upload your logs to LoTW so the 630m operators participating in the 2018 Grid Chase Event can receive credit. Details on LoTW can be viewed here.
The current band plan used on 630 meters can be viewed HERE
WAS operator list detailing stations that are two-way QSO-capable can be viewed here.
It was mostly quiet in North America in spite of a few storms in the Caribbean and Desert Southwest. Southwestern Europe and the western Mediterranean continue to experience strong storms but much of the European mainland is lightning free. Oceania remains active with a number of storms in the southeastern portion of Australia and in the Sea of Tasman approaching the south island of New Zealand.
Geomagnetic conditions were very quiet. The Bz is pointing slightly to the North this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 285 km/s. DST values remain at positive levels, exhibiting good stability.
Domestic propagation was surprisingly very poor during the evening and subject to strong QSB across North America. Openings were more hopeful in the West, however. KL7L reported spotlight-style openings during the late evening as he completed a couple of JT9 QSO’s. Laurence also received late polar openings to Europe in the pre-dawn hours. There were a number of reports of strong trans-Atlantic openings in the East and Southeast and improvements on trans-Pacific paths were also evident.
Reverse beacon network reports follow:
Jim, W5EST, submitted the following screen captures of his WSJTx console showing JT9 activity observed at his station in Little Rock, Arkansas:
Roelof, PA0RDT, noted a better night than the previous, reporting VO1NA CW on 477.7 kHz:
The following stations provided reports of their two-way QSO’s and/or any additional activity that might have occurred during this session (this is not necessarily a complete list – only what was reported!):
Ken, K5DNL, completed a JT9 QSO with WB4JWM. Using WSPR overnight, he reported 26 stations including KL7L and K9FD (/KH6). He received reports from 89 unique stations including K9FD (/KH6), YV7MAE, ZF1EJ and ten Canadian stations.
Al, K2BLA, reported that he “…Worked WA3ETD on JT9 for a new 2018 Chase grid. Also worked K9MRI (not new). WSPR: Heard 19 including K9FD. Other than Merv, no DX over 2000 km. Heard by 60 including G8HUH. AA1A and I share the honor of being G8HUH’s strongest TA report at -18. Low noise.“
Roger, VE7VV, reported that “630m sigs were down at least 10 dB in the early evening, but picked up later to average (or better) levels, NO3M decoded one of my JT9 CQ’s and I had JT9 QSO’s with VA7MM and NU6O.“
Joe, K9MRI, completed JT9 QSO’s with WB4JWM, K2BLA and WA3ETD.
Tom, WB4JWM, completed JT9 QSO’s with K5DNL and WB4JWM.
John, WA3ETD, completed JT9 QSO’s with K9MRI, K2BLA and VE3CIQ.
Joe, NU6O, completed JT9 QSO’s with KR7O, N6PIG/7, VE7VV and KL7L.
Larry, W7IUV, completed a JT9 QSO with KL7L.
Jim, W4BCX, located in Florida took advantage of good trans-Atlantic openings, reporting that it was a”…Very good session and finally with a two way with K9FD/KH6 plus report from G8HUH, F59706 and 80 other stations. My location sure helps…“
Robert, KR7O, reported “Quiet conditions and very low activity early on. Except for a few west coast stations, KB5NJD (CW – 539) and KC3OL (JT9) were the only stations received. Conditions/activity improved after about -330Z. Worked NU6O. Copied 11 stations on JT9, best KL7L, NO3M and N9RU (first reception). Made a few WSPR tests and was copied by 19 with 18 copied, including K4SV (70/-17), K2BLA (2/-22), W4BCX (22/-23), W1IR (14/-23), AA1A (5/-26) and ZF1EJ.
ZF1EJ – 3 spots, -26
K9FD – 106 spots, -4
KL7L – 74 spots, -4
VK4YB – 3 spots, -27“
It was a very poor session at KB5NJD with high QSB and weak signals. I received early JT9 calls from N9RU, located in a needed grid, but his signal faded into the noise and no QSO was completed. He appears to hear well, providing a large number of JT9 reports to the Hamspots site. I called CQ on JT9 and CW for a bit to no avail at different times during the evening but the band deteriorated with time here in North Texas. Perhaps it was better much later as others in the West observed. I heard K8RYU early, just before full dark, but never heard him after that initial CQ. KR7O reported my CW at 0330z at RST 539 with no filters in place suggesting a very decent path but he indicated that my signal faded quickly. I expect to be QRT tonight due to strong evening storms.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
ZF1EJ -> LA2XPA
KL7L -> LA2XPA
K2BLA -> G8HUH
W3LPL -> LA2XPA
GM3YXM -> N1BUG
G3KEV -> AA1A, N1BUG
G8HUH -> AA1A, N1BUG
W4BCX -> G8HUH, F59706
G0MRF -> N3FL, G0MRF, N1BUG
W1IR -> DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, G0LUJ, G8HUH, A2XPA, SM4GOJ
AA1A -> EA1FBU, EA2HB, EB8ARZ/1, F4DTL, F59706, F5WK, G0LUJ, G0VQH, G3KEV, G4KPX, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, M0NKA, M0TAZ, OR7T, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
7L1RLL -> K9FD
KL7L -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JH1INM, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM, VK4YB
K9FD -> 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, KL7L, VK4YB, ZF1EJ
VK4YB -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, K9FD, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, NU6O, VE6JY, VE6XH
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported fifteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 61 unique stations including LA2XPA and YV7MAE. Eden shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported five WSPR stations:
Laurence, KL7L, reported seven WSPR stations and he received reports from 27 unique stations including LA2XPA, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JH1INM, JH3XCU and TNUKJPM. He shared two-way reports with AH6EZ, K9FD, KR6LA, NU6O, VA7MM, VK4YB and W0YSE.
Vaughn, AC7N (/KH6), reported WSPR for K9FD and NU6O:
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported seventeen WSPR stations. He shared two-way reports with 7L1RLL, AH6EZ, K4SV, K5DNL, KL7L, KR6LA, KR7O, NU6O, VA7MM, VK4YB, W0YSE, W4BCX and ZF1EJ. Merv received reports from 46 unique stations including JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL and JH3XCU.
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