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Poor band conditions and weak overall propagation reported in the East, improving later in the evening in the West allowing a few transcontinental openings; KJ6KO looking for JT9 QSO’s!; VE3CIQ completes first 630 meter CW QSO with WA3ETD; K0KE and WA1OJN show that patience and tenacity can yield long domestic QSO’s under even poor conditions; Strong trans-Atlantic openings and decent trans-Pacific openings reported including KL7L -> JA and VK -> North America

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for January 26, 2017 can be viewed here.

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A few evening storms were present in the south central US, South into central America, the Pacific and across to the Caribbean.   Noise was elevated here in North Texas last night but not a deal breaker.  I left that to propagation.  Southwestern Europe and the western Mediterranean were active in addition to a few storms in Scandinavia.   The bulk of Europe was lightning free.  A few isolated storms were present in central Japan while Oceania remains inflamed as storms in the southeastern parts of Australia spread to the North.  Both the north and south island of New Zealand saw periods of lightning-rich storms.

11-hour worldwide lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions continue at elevated-quiet levels. The Bz is mostly neutral this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 450 km/s.  DST values were erratic and variable through the session but generally remained close to the centerline.

 

 

 

Domestic propagation was mostly poor in the East but appeared to improve in the West as the session progressed.  Solid trans-Atlantic openings persist.  Trans-Pacific openings including paths between KL7 and JA and North America and VK.  QSB was reported to be on a 15-20 second cycle during evening transcontinental openings.

Reverse beacon network reports follow:

 

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!):

Phil, VE3CIQ, completed a CW QSO with WA3ETD, located about 180 miles away.  Phil also completed JT9 QSO’s with K0KE, N3FL and WB4JWM.

Bob, K9KFR, completed JT9 QSO’s with WB4JWM and N3FL.

Keith, K0KE, completed three total JT9 QSO’s, including one that he called an “epic QSO” that was mired in QSB that was on 15-20 second cycle.  Keith submitted these details:

“…2 short [QSO’s] with VE3CIQ and W0YSE and one that took forever but completed with WA1OJN.

We had prearranged that we would try for a qso in the afternoon as Bob said he had seen and called me numerous times over the past few weeks.  I started CQ ing at 0100Z.  He first saw me on PSK reporter at 0119Z.   First decode of me at 0209Z.  Another decode of me at 0203Z but nothing from him.  Took a break and next decode at 0337Z.  Another decode at 0347 and then gone again.   He was back at 0353Z seeing each other at -26.  At 0356 he had me but all I was seeing were speckles on the waterfall.  At 0413 things picked up again and I got my report. and completed 73s at 0421Z.  Certainly not momentous but for those wondering what we were doing last, we were bound and determined to stick to it until the qso was completed.  Enjoyable.  State number 20 for me.”

Jim, W5EST, reported that he decoded a JT9 QSO between N3FL and K9KFR:

0219 -24  0.6 1244 @  N3FL K9KFR -09

0221 -23  0.6 1245 @  N3FL K9KFR RR73

Toby, VE7CNF, reported that he decoded JT9 from K2BLA for the first time while he was in QSO with VE3CIQ:

1136 -26 0.3 942 @ VE3CIQ K2BLA R-17

Neil, W0YSE, reported “Not much JT9 activity on my screen this morning. I did manage to snag a new op last night. It was Greg, KJ6KO who is east of Sacramento CA. I also exchanged reports with Keith K0KE in CO. The only other JT9-er seen here overnight was Steve, VE7SL.”  Overnight, Neil operated WSPR, reporting that “…44 unique stations decoded me which is up considerable from recent sessions…Here are those over 2000 km…( many along the eastern seaboard )

…and I heard these 9 WSPR stations: K2BLA, K5DNL, KA7OEI, KJ6KO, KR6LA, N1BUG, NU6O, VE7BDQ and W1IR.”

Robert, KR7O, reported  “Very good propagation to New England and the NE US.  Quiet conditions have returned by this morning.  K0KE was quite active on JT9, and KJ6KO returned and made at least one contact.  K9KFR and K2BLA were the only stations logged over 2500km.  On WSPR, decoded TC stations, N4WLO (8/-26), K4LY (5/-25), K2BLA (4/-17), W3LPL (20/-23), VE3CIQ (5/-25), W1IR (60/-17), N1BUG (9/-24), ZF1EJ.

ZF1EJ – 10 spots, -25

KL7L 19 spots, -20  Nothing after 0630Z.  Not sure if QRT or propagation disappeared.

AX4YB 6 spots, -22

Ken, K5DNL, operated WSPR overnight, reporting 25 stations and receiving reports from 87 unique stations including KL7L, F59706, F6GEX, ZF1EJ and twelve Canadian stations.  Check Ken’s website, K5DNL.com, to see a few products that he has for sale to help you get on the air.

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported a strong night of trans-Atlantic openings using WSPR.  He supplied the following statistics:

courtesy VE3CIQ

 

It was a poor night at KB5NJD.  Precipitation static from storms to the West was present through the evening.  I called CQ using JT9 briefly during the early evening, only receiving a couple of stations but no QSO’s were completed.  I made a few calls on CW to no avail.  Others commented that the band seemed down but there were a few bright spots.  I received a number of reverse beacon reports in the later evening from the East but none in the West.  I was QRT this morning.  This weekend’s activity will be hit or miss due to forecast storms.

Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:

W4BCX -> EA8BFK

ON7ZO ->AA1A

LA8AV -> VE1YY

PA3ABK/2 -> AA1A

K5DNL -> F59706, F6GEX

PA0A -> WA9WTK, N1BUG, VE1YY

ON5TA -> VE1YY, W1IR, AA1A

EA4GHB ->VE1YY, N1BUG, AA1A

ZF1EJ -> G0LUJ, LA2XPA, LA3EQ

G0MRF -> AA1A, N1BUG, N3FL, VE1YY, W1IR

DL6TY -> AA1A, N1BUG, VE1YY, W1IR

GM3YXM -> AA1A, KA1R, VE1YY, W1IR

W3LPL -> DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, G0LUJ, GM3YXM

VE3CIQ -> F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY

F5WK -> AA1A, K9AN, KA1R, N1BUG, N2BJW, N2HQI, N3FL, VE1YY, VE2PEP, VE3CIQ, W1IR, W1XP, W3LPL, WA3TTS, WA9WTK, WD8QLY

AA1A -> DL1KAI, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, DL6TY, EA2HB, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G4EFE, G4FFC, G4ZFQ, G6KSN, GM1004SWL, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, M0NKA, ON5TA, OR7T, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PI4THT

W1IR -> DH5RAE, DK6UG, DK7FC, DL1KAI, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, DL5XL, EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, F6CNI, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G3WCB, G4EFE, G4ETG, G4FFC, G4MSN, G4ZFQ, G6KSN, GM1004SWL, GM3YXM, LA2XPOK2BVG, ON5TA, OR7T, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PI4THT, PI9ESA

N1BUG -> DH5RAE, DK6UG, DK7FC, DL1KAI, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, DL5XL, DL6TY, EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F4HTX, F59706, F6CNI, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G3WCB, G4EFE, G4ETG, G4FFC, G4ZFQ, G6KSN, GM1004SWL, GM3YXM, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, M0NKA, M0TAZ, OK2BVG, ON5TA, OR7T, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PI4THT, PI9ESA

Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:

NU6O -> JA1PKG

KL7L -> 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA8SCD5, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM

AX4YB (VK4YB) -> 7L1RLL4, AX5FQ, AX5ZVS, AX7TW, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, K6SRO, KJ6MKI, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, NU6O, SWLCN74XP, TNUKJPM, VE6JY, VE6XH, WB7ABP

 

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

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Oceania 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, reported sixteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 54 unique stations including G0LUJ, LA2XPA and LA3EQ.

ZF1EJ session WSPR summary

 

Martin, YV7MAE, reported W4BCX.

YV7MAE session WSPR summary

 

Laurence, KL7L, indicated that high winds kept him from transmitting for much of the night.  He reported eight WSPR stations including AX4YB (VK4YB) and he received reports from thirteen unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA8SCD5, JH3XCU and TNUKJPM once he began transmitting this morning.  He shared two-way reports with  KA7OEI, KR6LA and NU6O.

KL7L session WSPR summary

 

Merv, K9FD (/KH6), was off air during this session.  He indicates that he will be back on the air in the future but has a number of obligations demanding his attention at the moment.


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