The details for February 3, 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.
Noise was elevated in parts of North America in the evening, probably from storms in Mexico and in the Pacific. South central Europe and the Mediterranean remain active with isolated storms into northern Europe. Northern Japan experienced early storms while activity in Australia has begun to increase again in the North and East. A few isolated storms were observed on the north island of New Zealand.
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet. The Bz is pointing to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 300 km/s. DST values have been variable but at positive levels.
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:
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 VE3CIQ, K3MF, ZF1EJ, N3FL and K2BLA. Using FT8, Tom completed a QSO with K9KFR.
Bunky, K4EJQ, was heard calling K1RGO on CW but its not clear whether a QSO was completed. Bunky was heard shortly after sending details to someone so its probably safe to say that he was working Sal.
Bob, K9KFR, reported a solid CW QSO with W0RW, ranging from RST 559 to 579. Just days ago Bob reported working Paul at RST 339 and he was seeking a more solid QSO. He got it!
Neil, W0YSE, spent considerable time on WSQCall during the evening and overnight, with good success and a number of reports and QSO’s along the West coast. Neil submitted this detailed description of his activity:
“Had a nice long chat on WSQcall with Roger VE7VV last night for over an hour. We were also able to “ping” each other’s machines for signal reports, etc. Before we were done we switched to CW for a bit and then tried FSQcall as QSB started working against us. FSQ was faster but not as good for decoding, but that might have been due to the fact that our signal path was deteriorating fast at that point.
After that Robert KR7O came up on my WSQ screen with this:
‘KR7O:9bhello 630m de KR7O
Keyou cannot copy my qrp’
He was probably running his usual 4w TPO, which is indeed QRP! That was a surprise. (tnx Robert).
Then Mark VA7MM hopped on board with WSQ and we had a few exchanges including this: va7mm:79w0yse!va7mm? which has HIS station telling MY station to send a request for a SNR report back to HIS station (didja follow all that?). This possible only when the “CALL” button (or SELCAL, depending on which version you are using) is active.
…and there is more…..
This morning as I look at the KST chat, I see that Laurence KL7L was receiving my “sounding” message (beacon) overnight:
‘wscall sounder from neil coming thru w0yse:e2 2w eirp Vncvr WA.’
as well as seeing that he also caught the end of my WSQ chat with Mark:
‘wsqcall w0yse:e2 2wadirp.vvv va7mm:79Neil tnx 73 cuagn de va7mm gn’
I am having a lot of fun with WSQCall so I think I will continue with it on 472.5 (dial) nightly for awhile so that others can ‘ping’ my station for signal reports with a “w0yse?” command (no quotes).“
Ken, K5DNL, reported JT9 QSO’s with K2BLA, K8TV and ZF1EJ. Using WSPR overnight, he reported 21 stations and he received reports from 97 unique station including KL7L, 2E0ILY, PA0RDT, F1AFJ, G1UVY, EA2HB, F59706, F6GEX, YV7MAE, ZF1EJ and ten Canadian stations using just 50 watts TPO. Ken also proposed a JT9 activity event on the first Saturday morning of each month. Please weigh in on this proposal.
Al, K2BLA, reported that he “Worked N3FL, WB4JWM last night and VE3CIQ and K5DNL this AM on JT9. All uploaded to LOTW so any station that has worked me for the first time in 2018 please upload the info to LOTW so I can gather a few more grids. Right now the Grid Chase count makes 630m look like a dead band. WSPR: Heard 21 including G0MRF. Heard by 65 including VE7,6,4,3,2,1. Hey VE5 land: turn your receivers on. Also heard by YV7MAE. Low noise last 24 hours.”
Robert, KR7O, reported:
“Good propagation still masked by high noise. Very low activity on JT9 prior to 0600Z. KA7OEI popped in and worked KJ6KO after 06Z. VE7BDQ, K2BLA, K5DNL and K9KFR were the only other stations decoded overnight. Played around with W0YSE for a while on WSQCall. During that period, I was occasionally seeing a trace around 473.5. Later on K9KFR mentioned that he was on CW there. I later narrowed down the filter, but nothing heard.
On WSPR I copied 16, including TC stations N4WLO (33/-19), K4LY (3/-26), K2BLA (3/-15), W3LPL (6/-25), W4BCX (3/-26), W1IR (30/-24) and ZF1EJ.
ZF1EJ – 3 spots, -25
VK4YB – 34 spots, -19“
Keith, K0KE, reported that he operated WSPR at 500 uW TPO, receiving no reports. The highlight, however, was two reports of VK4YB: 1300z VK4YB -27, 1342z VK4YB -30.
Dave, AA1A, operated WSPR at 200 mW TPO, receiving reports from G8HUH and PA0RDT. He provided reports for G3KEV, LA8AV, G0MRF and G8HUH.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
KA1R -> PA0A
VE3CIQ -> G8HUH
G3KEV -> AA1A, N1BUG
ZF1EJ -> G8HUH, LA2XPA
W3LPL -> LA2XPA, LA3EQ
AA1A -> G8HUH, PA0RDT
LA8AV -> AA1A, N1BUG, VE1YY
WB3AVN -> G8HUH, LA2XPA, PA0RDT
K4LY -> F6GEX, G8HUH, PA0RDT
W4BCX -> EA2HB, F6GEX, G1UVY, G8HUH, LA2XPA, PA0RDT
K5DNL -> 2E0ILY, EA2HB, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G1UVY, G8HUH, PA0RDT
G8HUH -> AA1A, AE2EA, AL7OP, N1BUG, N2HQI, N3FL, NO3M/3, VE1YY, VE3CIQ, W1IR, WA1GPO, WA9WTK, WB3AVN, ZF1EJ
G0MRF -> AA1A, AE2EA, K2BLA, K3MF, K4LY/P, KA1R, KJ4YBS, N1BUG, N2HQI, N3FL, VE1YY, VE2PEP, VE3CIQ, VE3IQB, W1IR, WA1GPO, WA3TTS, WB3AVN, YV7MAE, ZF1EJ
W1IR -> 2E0ILY, DH5RAE, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, DL5XL, EA1FAQ, EA1FBU, EA2HB, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G0MJI, G1UVY, G3WCB, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, LA8AV, M0NKA, M0TAZ, ON5KQ, OR7T, PA0EHG, PA0LSB, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA1SDB, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PI4THT, PI9ESA, SM4JST/RX1
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
VK4YB -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA5AEA, JE1JDL, JH1INM, JH3XCU, K0KE, K1YQP, K9AN, KJ6MKI, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, TNUKJPM, VA7MM, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, W0DJK, WA6OUR, WB7ABP
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, completed JT9 QSO’s with WB4JWM and K5DNL. He reported twenty WSPR stations including G0MRF and G8HUH and he received reports from 57 unique stations including G8HUH, LA2XPA and YV7MAE.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported fourteen WSPR stations including G0MRF and ZF1EJ.
Laurence, KL7L, remains in a receive-only capacity until poor weather subsides allowing him to evaluate antenna damage. Using WSPR overnight, he reported six stations including VK4YB. Laurence was also monitoring WSQCall, reporting W0YSE and VA7MM:
“wsqcall w0yse:e2 2wadirp.vvv va7mm:79Neil tnx 73 cuagn de va7mm gn…and w0yse:e2 2w eirp.Vrcvr wthaqf onn. By Wscall sounder from neil coming thru w0yse:e2 2w eirp Vncvr WA.”
Roger, VK4YB, reported that “The storms have moved further North but still enough QRN to prevent any reception. I was hoping to repair antennas and try new Delta loop but continuous rain has made antenna work unpleasant. WSPR reports have been good. The best from W9AN, Illinois, W0DJK, Minnesota, and K0KE, Colorado. The band is slowly opening up further East.” Using WSPR, Roger received reports from 24 stations including JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA5AEA, JE1JDL, JH1INM, JH3XCU, K0KE, K1YQP, K9AN, KJ6MKI, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, TNUKJPM, VA7MM, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, W0DJK, WA6OUR and WB7ABP.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), was off air during this session.
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