The details for January 18, 2017 can be viewed here.
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Storms were present in the Northwest and off of the mid Atlantic coast of North America. The Caribbean through Central America also hosted storms that were heard in North America. KR7O reported lightning static in southern California. Northern Europe experienced a few storms but the bulk of regional storm activity was in the eastern Mediterranean. Japan was storm free while Australia was mostly “in the clear” along the eastern and southern coast. New Zealand had storms on both islands. As the entire region is inflamed with storms, I am certain that listening is miserable.
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet. The Bz is pointing slightly to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 300 km/s. DST values are stable above the center line and are trending upward.
Domestic propagation during the early evening was pretty good in spite of QSB. Trans-Atlantic openings were very good once again, with many stations located well into the continent reporting and being reported. Trans-Pacific openings were average at best but perhaps not as good as the previous session.
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:
Paul, W0RW, reported that Ike, KW7T would be QRV using CW at 0300z on 474.5 kHz +/- 500 Hz. No QSO’s were completed. He is using 20-watt TPO and a wire antenna which seems to favor the southeast.
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!):
Tom, WB4JWM, completed JT9 QSO’s with W4KZK for a new state, as well as K0KE, KC3OL and KB5NJD. Tom indicated that there was quite a bit of QSB on signals.
Ralph, K8RYU, completed CW QSO’s with AA1A and KB5NJD.
Keith, K0KE, reported JT9 QSO’s with WB4JWM, K9SLQ and K9MRI. He added that he is “Looking for more activity.“
Neil, W0YSE, reported JT9 for “…K9KFR (best of -27 at 0542z), KL7L -23, VA7MM -4, and NO3M 10X, -21. All of those were just CQ’s and no evidence of QSO’s…” Neil operated WSPR as well, submitting the following comments and statistics:
“I was heard on WSPR by 39 stations, which is up from recent sessions. Here are the farthest ones:
Out of 39 spotters:
…and I heard 14, which is also up from resent sessions. Notable was a decode from Roger VK4YB, which has not happened for weeks. Since we are about a month past solstice I suspect I will start seeing more of Roger’s call sign on my screens.
Other WSPR-ers heard were AH6EZ, K5DNL, K9FD, KA7OEI, KL7L, KR6LA, KR7O, NU6O, VA7MM, VE7BDQ, W1IR, W3LPL, and W7IUV.”
Robert, KR7O, reported, “Daytime conditions improved slightly. Full decodes of W7IUV all day with improved SNR compared to the previous few days. KA7OEI also popped in a couple of times. Considerable lightning static last night. On JT9, copied K5DNL, KB5NJD, K0KE, VE7CNF, KC3OL, W0YSE and KL7L. On WSPR, I was copied by 16, with K5DNL and K9FD being the best DX. Heard 20, including TC stations K9SLQ (-30), K2BLA (5/-20), W3LPL (4/-27), W4BCX (3/-27), W1IR (15/-17) and ZF1EJ. If the power is correct on this spot, it is a pretty amazing reception,
2018-01-18 02:38 K9SLQ 0.475779 -30 0 EN70jr 0.005
The VK path improved significantly this morning.
ZF1EJ – 2 spots, -27
KL7L – 50 spots, -9
K9FD – 88 spots, -7
VK4YB – 13 spots, -21″
Al, K2BLA, indicated that he was only active this morning, reporting that he “…Did not hear any JT9. Made a few CQ’s without avail. WSPR: heard by 50 including YV7MAE and a number of PNW. Heard 15. Not on last night so no TA’s to report.“
Ken, K5DNL, indicated that he operated WSPR overnight, reporting 27 stations and receiving reports from 94 unique stations including LA2XPA, KL7L, EA2HB, EA8BFK and YV7MAE. Check his website for items that he has for sale, K5DNL.com .
The band was pretty good at KB5NJD during the evening. I completed a JT9 QSO with WB4JWM around 0100z and watched a number of other active stations during this time frame. N9RU called me but disappeared after the initial call. That seems to happen just about every time he calls me. I transitioned to CW, working K8RYU at 0122z. Signals were fine but I noted QSB at the end of his first transmission. It never became a problem and we could have continued for a while, but one never knows and had I gotten long winded, the bottom might have dropped out. I was listening around the time that KW7T was reported to be active but never heard him or any one calling. Hopefully he will continue to be active regularly, which is how most operators find success. I was not QRV this morning.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
W4KZK -> LA2XPA
W1XP -> G0LUJ
DH5RAE -> AA1A
WA1OJN -> LA2XPA
DL6TY -> W1IR
PA0A -> N1BUG, AA1A
ZF1EJ -> G0LUJ, LA2XPA
F4DTL -> NO3M, AA1A, N1BUG
F1AFJ -> AA1A, NO3M, W1IR
W3LPL -> G0LUJ, LA2XPA, M0NKA
K5DNL -> LA2XPA, EA2HB, EA8BFK
PA3ABK/2 -> N1BUG, AA1A, W4BCX
W4BCX -> EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, M0NKA, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2
W1IR -> EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G4KPX, G4ZFQ, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, M0NKA, PA0RDT
N1BUG -> EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G4KPX, G4ZFQ, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, M0NKA, M0TAZ,PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2
G0MRF -> AA1A, AB1KW, AE2EA, N1BUG, N2HQI, N3FL, N4WLO/1, NO3M, VE1YY, VE3CIQ, W1IR, W3LPL, W4BCX, WA3TTS, WB3AVN, ZF1EJ
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
KL7L -> K9FD
W7IUV -> VK4YB
K9FD -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, KL7L, VK4YB
VK4YB -> JA3TVF, K1YQP, K9FD, KJ6MKI, KK6EEW, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, NU6O, SWLCN74XP, VA7MM, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, W0YSE, W6SFH, W7IUV
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported seventeen WSPR stations including G0MRF and he received reports from sixty unique stations including LA2XPA and YV7MAE.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported six WSPR stations including two stations in New England.
Laurence, KL7L, reported eleven WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from twenty unique stations. He shared two-way reports with K9FD, KA7OEI, KR6LA, NU6O, VA7MM, VE7BDQ, W0YSE and W7IUV. Laurence briefly operated JT9 during the late evening and also this morning but no QSO were completed. W0YSE reported Laurence’s JT9 CQ’s, best at -23 dB S/N.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported seventeen WSPR stations. He shared two-way reports with K5DNL, KA7OEI, KL7L, KR6LA, KR7O, NU6O, VA7MM, VE7BDQ and W7IUV. Merv received reports from 35 unique stations including ZF1EJ, JA1PKG, JA3TVF and JH3XCU.
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