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Usually QRV CW most evenings, tuning between 472.5 kHz and 475 kHz with CQ's on or near 474.5 kHz. Occasionally QRV JT9, 474.2 kHz dial + 1000 - 1350 Hz. QRV some mornings starting around 1100z on CW. Sked requests are welcome. All activity is noise and WX permitting

High noise and QSB plagued North American during this session but a few surprises were reported; A surprisingly high amount of activity in spite of relatively poor band conditions; Unsettled geomagnetic conditions ahead – will we see an enhancement at onset?

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

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The south central US into the Gulf of Mexico hosted strong storms that were creating noise across much of the continent.  The lightning here in North Texas had a very odd character to it, almost visually more violent than normal.  European storms are moving into the Mediterranean region and southeastern Australia has become the focal point for storms in Oceania.  A few storms were present on the south island of New Zealand.

11-hour worldwide lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions are at elevated-quiet levels this morning ahead of unsettled conditions that result from a solar wind stream / coronal hole.  Minor storm levels are possible.  The Bz is pointing strongly to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 380 km/s.  Proton concentrations are at moderate levels.  DST values are marching toward high positive levels.  I would expect these levels to crash at the onset of unsettled conditions.




QSB was the main feature reported by a number of stations during this session.  Transcontinental openings were slow to develops but did manifest at lower signal levels later in the evening.  North and south paths were open in the West.

Reverse beacon network reports follow:


Jim, W5EST, submitted the following screen capture of his WSJTx console showing JT9 activity observed at his station in Little Rock, Arkansas:

courtesy W5EST


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!):

Eric, NO3M, reported a CW QSO with W3TS.  Eric indicated that the QSO was short-lived due to deep QSB.

Ken, K5DNL, reported a JT9 QSO with K0KE, who was operating at 200 mW TPO.  Overnight using WSPR, Ken reported twenty stations and he received reports from 78 unique stations including KL7L, K9FD (/KH6),  ZF1EJ and eight Canadian stations.

Neil, W0YSE, reported high noise in Vancouver, Washington and offered the following comments and statistics for his JT9 and WSPR activity:

“…My WSJT-X waterfall looked like it was snowing yellow specks. It is still that way this morning. 

I had a JT9 Q with Joseph, NU6O last evening. I saw Laurence, KL7L calling cq after that and I called him but no luck. 

This morning my JT9 screen shows evidence of these active stations: W7IUV, K5DNL, VE7VV, VA7MM, NO3M (-23), and then at 0833 KL7L was cq-ing again at a -18 dB. Too bad I was snoozing at that time.

…and I decoded these 12 wspr stations: K1YQP, K4SV, K5DNL, K9FD, KA7OEI, KL7L, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, N6PIG, NU6O, VE7BDQ”

Al, K2BLA, indicated that he split his session between last night and this morning, reporting that “…Noise very high this AM. Saw no JT9 activity last night or this AM. WSPR: Heard by 47; all weaker than normal and only 5 over 3000 km. Heard 11, all weak and none over 2000km. I see the Kp index has kicked up to about 3; maybe higher on the next SWPC report.”

Joe, NU6O, completed a JT9 QSO with KL7L and W0YSE.

Keith, K0KE, reported last week that he was operating at QRP TPO levels due to a PA failure.  As a result he has been experiencing very good results using low power levels with WSPR and JT9.  During this session he completed a JT9 QSO with K5DNL while operating at 200 mW TPO.  He offered these results:

courtesy K0KE


Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:






PA0A -> AA1A

AA1A -> EA8BFK, F59706, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/5, G0VQH, LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, LA3EQ, PA0O


Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:





Hideo, JH3XCU, submitted this link detailing DX -> JA WSPR decode totals and DX -> JA WSPR S/N peaks for the session, as reported on the Japanese language 472 kHz website.


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR summary


South American 24-hour WSPR summary


European 24-hour WSPR summary


African 24-hour WSPR summary


Japanese 24-hour WSPR summary


Oceania 24-hour WSPR summary


Central Pacific 24-hour WSPR summary


Eden, ZF1EJ, reported nine WSPR stations and he received reports from fifty unique stations including LA2XPA and YV7MAE.  Eden shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD.

ZF1EJ session WSPR summary


Martin, YV7MAE, reported three WSPR stations:

YV7MAE session WSPR summary


Laurence, KL7L, completed a JT9 QSO with NU6O and was reported at very strong levels by W0YSE.  Laurence reported nine WSPR stations overnight, including VK4YB and he received reports from 24 unique stations including JA1PKG, JA3TVF, and JE1JDL. He shared two-way reports with K9FD, KA7OEI, KR6LA, N1VF, NU6O, VE7BDQ and W0YSE.

KL7L session WSPR summary


Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported fourteen WSPR stations including VK4YB. He shared two-way reports with K5DNL, KA7OEI, KL7L, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, NU6O, VE7BDQ, VK4YB, W0YSE and ZF1EJ.  Merv received reports from 34 unique stations including JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, TNUKJPM, KL7L and VK3ALZ.

K9FD session WSPR summary


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