The details for January 21, 2017 can be viewed here.
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In North America it was reported by many that this was a very quiet night with isolated reports of this being the quietest night of the season. Others were less optimistic as storms were present in the Southwest, Southeast and Caribbean. It was very quiet here in North Texas during the evening. European lightning activity decreased significantly from the previous session but a number of storms were observed along the Adriatic coast. Japan is experiencing lightning-rich storms once again in the center of the country. In Oceania weather conditions look as they did in the previous session, with eastern coastal regions free of lightning but high activity in the Sea of Tasman near the north Island of New Zealand. Western, northern and southern coastal regions of Australia remain very active.
Geomagnetic conditions continue at elevated-quiet levels. The Bz is pointing to the North this morning and solar wind velocities were quite variable over the session but averaging near 450 km/s. DST values peaked during this session but have since taken a downward trend.
What a great night for propagation! A number of transcontinental openings were reported leading to QSO’s during this session in North America. QSB was active with reports indicating that it was like a “toggle switch” where stations did not fade, rather they were just gone. Trans-Atlantic opening approached record levels along the East coast and well into the North American mainland. The path between KL7 and JA continues to be open this morning.
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:
David, G0MRF, updated us on his remote station located in IO91FR, reporting that it has been a success “…in that it has provided me with many QSOs around Europe and a nice JT9 QSO with AA1A.” This exercise has not been without challenge, however, as he has dealt with a number of computer crashes and Internet outages at the remote site which has complicated his ability to access the system for real-time operating. David noted that it can be an expensive drive at $1.64/ liter. David also added that,
“The system is now back on WSPR only, 500mW radiated from 06.00 to 22.00 and 5W overnight. That is giving me a lot of data about potential QSOs. In the past 2 weeks the signal has been received by 38 stations in the USA. That sounds very good, but looking more closely at the received signal levels suggests that JT9 QSOs would only be reliable with a handful of stations in the North East. Once you get a few hundred km inland, the signals quickly drop below -26. Unless you have exceptional propagation. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an ‘open message’ facility in WSPR. – QSOs down to -30 would be a nice to have.“
From last night, David reported that he “…spent 4 hours from 00.00 to 04.00 last night with the receiver left monitoring JT9. Sadly nothing to report from across The Atlantic. Although there was a ‘flurry’ of activity from Europe earlier in the evening. Having switched the RX back to WSPR at around 04.00 it was good to see signals from AA1A and N1BUG being received consistently here for 3 hours until 07.18 UTC.” David submitted the following transcript of JT9 stations received during the evening and overnight – its good to see the activity:
The ARRL grid chase leader board can be viewed here. Personally I found it a bit confusing at first glance when looking at data specifically for 630 meters (thanks K2BLA).
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!):
Greg, KJ6KO, completed his first reported JT9 QSO with K1YQP as reported by KR7O, who was Greg’s second JT9 QSO. Robert indicates that he was not hearing K1YQP who has been running at milliwatt-TPO levels recently. Greg was last reported to be using an inverted-L, presumably for 160 meters and resonated and matched for 630 meters. Robert added that he copied Greg “…on WSPR reporting +27 prior to him showing up live. He made a few other contacts after me.” Roger, VE7VV, reported later that he observed KJ6KO completing additional JT9 QSO’s with W0YSE, W7IUV, AH6EZ, N6PIG, and VE7VV.
Tom, WB4JWM, completed JT9 QSO’s with VE3CIQ, K9KFR, and KC3OL. Tom was testing an omnidirectional receive antenna during this session.
Joe, NU6O, completed a JT9 QSO with KL7L.
Eric, NO3M, completed a quick CW antenna test QSO with W7IUV and went on to work N6LF during a brief appearance. Eric and KL7L were reported CQing on alternating cycles using JT9 in hopes of completing a QSO but openings did not line up for a QSO during this session.
Bob, K9KFR, was reported to be calling W0RW on CW but no QSO was completed. Bob did complete a JT9 QSO with KC3OL. He also reported that N6LF was at RST 559 during a CW QSO with NO3M and W0YSE was at RST 339.
Ted, KC3OL, completed JT9 QSO’s with VE7SL, K9KFR and WB4JWM.
Neil, W0YSE, indicated a strong session of CW, JT9 and WSPR and he files this detailed report:
“…I heard Rudy N6LF on CW last evening on 474.0 in QSO with Eric NO3M. I strained to try an hear Eric, but I think I only imagined it. After they finished I gave Rudy a call and he had me QSY down to 473.0 for a short one where we exchanged 599’s. Rudy is only 133 miles south of Vancouver WA.
I saw via the chat that my CW was heard in AK by Laurence KL7L who said that I was 339 up there. Robert KR70 said I was 599. Robert is 614 miles south in Madera CA.
On JT9 Larry W7IUV was showing up a strong RED on my waterfall, as he often does. We had a QSO, followed not long after that with a QSO between me and Bill N6PIG/7 to the west of me in So. central WA.
This morning I am seeing JT9 decodes of 10 others on my screen. That’s a lot of activity!!! Decoded were NC0B, K5DNL, KL7L, NU6O, VE7SL, WA9CGZ (-27), KJ6KO (a first for me I think), VE7VV, AH6EZ/7, and VE7CNF.
On WSPR, I was running a bit over 1w EIRP last night to break in a new FET in my old HB amp. I was heard by 39 stations. Here are the most distant ones:
…and these 13 WSPRers were heard: AH6EZ, K5DNL, KA7OEI, KJ6KO, KL7L, KR6LA, KR7O, N6LF, N6PIG, NU6O, VA7MM, W4BCX, W7IUV.“
Ken, K5DNL, reported JT9 QSO’s with WB4JWM, VE3CIQ and WA3ETD. Using WSPR overnight, he reported thirty stations and he received reports from 88 unique stations including KL7L, F1AFJ, G0LUJ, F59706, YV7MAE, EA8BFK, ZF1EJ and eleven Canadian stations. Check out Ken’s website, K5DNL.com, where he has a number of 630-meter products for sale that may help you get on the air.
Al, K2BLA, reported that he “…Worked WB4JWM and W7IUV last night on JT9. IUV is a new 2018 grid. Did not hear any JT9 this AM. WSPR: Heard by 61 including PA0O, G0LUJ, EA8BFK and YV7MAE. Heard 21 including G0MRF. Low noise.”
Rob, NC0B, reported a JT9 QSO with Paul, N1BUG, for a new state quite early in the evening (0021z) as well as W7IUV. Rob added that he enjoyed “…Great conditions tonight with W7IUV and I each peaking at +5 during tonight’s contact.” Paul noted that QSB during this QSO with Rob was like a toggle switch where Rob immediately disappeared rather than fading down.
Larry, W7IUV, reported a number of stations on JT9 and CW during this session. He completed a brief CW QSO with NO3M to test antennas and he completed a JT9 QSO with KL7L.
Robert, KR7O, reported a great session and a QSO with a new station, Robert explains:
“No daytime propagation until 21Z when W7IUV and N6LF started decoding. Copied by six on ground wave out to 300km. Periods of lightning crashes, but quieted down some later in the evening. Good activity on JT9 and CW. On CW, copied KB5NJD (419), NO3M (up to 529 with lots of QSB), W7IUV (599, –68dBm), W0YSE (599, –80dBm) and N6LF (599, -70dBm). Good conditions and the highest activity seen since New Years.
On JT9, worked new station KJ6KO (CM98). Heard K5DNL, KB5NJD, K2BLA, K9KFR, KL7L, KC8OL, WA9CGZ and NO3M plus the regular western stations. Called K2BLA who peaked at -20, but not worked. On WSPR heard by 28, including W0DJK, K9AN, SWL/K9 and NO3M with only sporadic beaconing. Heard 23, including WD8DAS (-26), WA9CGZ (-30), NC8W (2/-26), N1DAY (-28), K2BLA (3/-17), W3LPL (4/-26), W4BCX (12/-17), AA1A (-26) and ZF1EJ.
ZF1EJ – 3 spots, -24
KL7L – 2 spots, -25
VK4YB – 13 spots, -21“
The band was in good shape at KB5NJD last night and like the previous session, the stations that were patient and willing to wait out QSB cycles were generally rewarded. I completed JT9 QSO’s with WB4JWM, K8TV and VE3CIQ. The QSO with VE3CIQ almost didn’t happen and if we “needed” the contact, it would have been “borderline” at best. An attempt with WA3ETD resulted in “toggle switch” QSB and a QSO was never completed. A number of stations were heard through the evening including N1BUG and W7IUV. W7IUV reported my CQ’s on CW at various times during the evening at a variety of levels depending on where the QSB cycle was at the moment. I heard Larry working NO3M during an antenna check on CW. I heard N6LF during his CW QSO’s with NO3M and W0YSE but Rudy has been down with the flu recently and he shut down quickly after his QSO with Neil. I made a few calls nevertheless. I also detected W0YSE during his QSO with N6LF. It would have been good enough for easy JT9 and probably a quick exchange on CW.
A few calls on CW through the evening resulted in a number of eastern RBN reports. I don’t recall any from VE6 or VE7, however, which is interesting since I was hearing W0YSE in Vancouver, Washington.
I enjoyed this session more than many recent sessions. Activity was good and there were a lot of surprises. I wish I had the energy to make it a late night. I slept in on Sunday morning so I missed any morning activity.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
DH5RAE -> VE1YY
EB8ARZ/1 -> VE1YY
VE3CIQ -> LA2XPA
EA4GHB -> AA1A, VE1YY
F1AFJ-> AA1A, VE1YY
F1AFJ -> AA1A, VE1YY
ZF1EJ -> G0LUJ, LA2XPA
GM3YXM -> AA1A, N1BUG, VE1YY
K2BLA -> PA0O, G0LUJ, EA8BFK
K5DNL -> EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ
W3LPL -> EA8BFK, F1AFJ, G0LUJ, LA2XPA
G8HUH -> AA1A, AB1KW, AE2EA, N1BUG, N3FL, VE1YY, WA1GPO
W4BCX -> DH5RAE, EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G8HUH, LA2XPA, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA7EY
G0MRF -> AA1A, AB1KW, AE2EA, K2BLA, K4LY/P, N1BUG, N3FL, NC8W, NO3M/3, VE1YY, VE3CIQ, W1XP, WA1GPO, WB3AVN, YV7MAE, ZF1EJ
N1BUG -> DG3LV, DH5RAE, DK2LO, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, DL5XL, EA2HB, EA8BFK, EB8ARZ/1, F1AFJ, F4DTL, F59706, F6GEX, G0IDE, G0LUJ, G0MRF/P, G3WCB, G4KPX, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, ON5KQ, ON5TA, OR7T, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0PJE, PA0RDT, PA7EY
AA1A -> DH5RAE, DK2LO, DK6UG, DL/PA0EHG, DL1KAI, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, DL5XL, EA2HB, EA8BFK, EB8ARZ/1, F1AFJ, F4DTL, F59706, F6GEX, G0IDE, G0LUJ, G0MRF/P, G3WCB, G3XBM, G4KPX, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, LA3JJ, ON5TA, OR7T, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0PJE, PA0RDT, PA7EY, PC1Z, PI4THT, PI9ESA
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
NU6O -> VK4YB
W7IUV -> VK4YB
KL7L -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, JA8SCD5, TNUKJPM
VK4YB -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, K1YQP, K6PZB, K6SRO, K8MI, KJ6MKI, KK6EEW, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, NO3M, NU6O, VA7MM, VE6JY, VE7CNF, W7IUV, ZF1EJ
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported 24 WSPR stations including VK4YB and G0MRF and he received reports from 42 unique stations including G0LUJ, LA2XPA and YV7MAE.
Martin, YV7MAE, experienced a banner session, reporting ten legitimate WSPR stations including G0MRF.
Laurence, KL7L, completed JT9 QSO’s with NU6O and W7IUV. He indicated that there were no additional JT9 stations on his console receive window this morning. He heard N6LF on CW at RST 559 during the evening. Laurence indicated that WSPR was off line with WSPR for most of the night but he noted that when he started WSPR this morning the path to Japan was open. He reported eight WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from three unique stations including JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA8SCD5, TNUKJPM and JH3XCU.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), was off air during this session.
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