The details for February 8, 2017 can be viewed here.
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Lightning-rich storms were active from Mexico and across the Gulf coast of the US. Another Atlantic system was off shore from Florida to the mid Atlantic region. Hawaiian and Pacific storms were very active. Northern Europe was mostly lightning-free but southern Europe through the Mediterranean region continues to experience isolated storms. Japan experienced storms in the central portion of the country with a very active system off shore in the Pacific to the East. In Oceania, New Zealand was storm-free and Australia was mostly clear aside for storms in the western third of the continent.
Geomagnetic conditions are quiet. The Bz is pointing to the North this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 375 km/s. DST values are favorable and at positive levels.
Propagation was strong but erratic early, stabilizing as the session progressed. QSB went from fast, “toggle switch”-style fades early in the evening to long, slow fades later and overnight. Transcontinental propagation was excellent, including difficult high latitude paths near the auroral oval as were trans-Atlantic openings, which progressed to the West as the session continued. At least one “polar” opening was observed. Trans-Pacific openings remain but were probably down a bit from recent sessions.
Reverse beacon network reports follow:
The evening session began with a trans-Atlantic test between stations in the Northeast and Europe prior to 2300z. The band was open early but was very unstable. Stations would come and go rapidly and paths were mostly non-reciprocal. What follows are steam-of-consciousness reception reports and comments from stations on both sides of the Atlantic that were posted in various chats and / or the RSGB reflector:
Joe, VO1NA, indicated that in light of good trans-Atlantic conditions, he was activating a CW beacon on 477.7 kHz in hopes of receiving a QSO request. Someone inquired about Joe’s ability to operate JT9 but it sounds like it will take some effort to accomplish at this point. Joe received a late report from Roelof, PA0RDT, who indicated that “Your 12 WPM CW signal achieved good aural copy around 01:30 UTC. Propagation was a bit sketchy with deep fading.”
Rik, OR7T, reported at 2249z,”Excellent transatlantic propagation right now, just being copied by AA1A in JT9 (and earlier in WSPR).” Rik noted at 2304z that N1BUG was being reported by EI8JK and 2E0ILY. He also indicated this morning that he “…got one copy by AA1A around 23 UTC, but had to go QRT at midnight UTC (not retired yet, I had to get out of bed at 05:30 UTC). Tomorrow I have a day off, so if condx are as good the coming night I will certainly give it a try. My (estimated) ERP is about 700mW, so rather QRP.” Rik submitted this JT9 reception transcript.
Paul, N1BUG, noted to Mal, G3KEV, when there was some question early in Europe as to whether stations were being heard in North America: “AA1A has decoded you several times. I have seen you on the waterfall but haven’t got a decode yet.” This was posted around 2300z with big changes to come.
Bill, VE1YY, reported seeing both sides of the N1BUG / G3KEV QSO and had these comments and statistics for his station:
“G3KEV being copied here FN85ga in QSO with N1BUG (20180208, 0000 UTC).
G3KEV is -24dB
N1BUG is +2 dB”
Chris, 2E0ILY, submitted this receive transcript for the period prior to 2352z.
Mal, G3KEV, first reported N1BUG at 2315z at -28 dB S/N and not again until 2341z at -27 dB S/N. N1BUG indicated that QSB was bad and that he would continue to CQ. QSB was noted in Europe as well. Mal indicated at 0115z that N1BUG was increasing in signal strength to -22 dB S/N. He also noted that NO3M was heard at -25 dB S/N. Eric and Mal completed a JT9 QSO at 0131z. Mal sought an FT8 QSO with N1BUG but the depth of detection of FT8 coupled with QSB did not permit a QSO to occur.
Rolf, LA2XPA, reported a number of unsuspecting JT9 stations during the trans-Atlantic test including W7IUV on a very challenging path near the auroral oval:
Stefan, DK7FC, reported N1BUG and NO3M during the session and indicates that he will make an effort to get into the action in the future.
Jan, LA3EQ, submitted this JT9 receive transcript for the session, noting that “Thru lastnight I let my computer monitor JT9 instead of WSPR. I copied NO3M and N1BUG for the first time on 630m with JT9 mode…received on my Miniwhip and IC-7100 last night at JO28XJ.”
David, G0MRF, was actively involved in the action using his remote system, submitting this screen capture:
Jim, W5EST, submitted the following screen capture of his WSJTx console showing JT9 activity observed at his station in Little Rock, Arkansas:
Here is an early evening JT9 receive transcript at KB5NJD while listening Northeast:
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!):
Paul, N1BUG, completed a hard-fought JT9 QSO with G3KEV at 0059z. Paul posted these comments for the session. He also indicated that he was listening with his 30-foot tall low noise vertical for this QSO.
Paul also completed JT9 QSO’s with KC4SIT, KC3OL and W7IUV.
Eric, NO3M, completed a JT9 QSO with G3KEV around 0131z.
Eric also noted later in the evening that many European stations were being reported on JT9 including:
Eric also realized a QSO that he has been patiently waiting on for a very long time: NO3M -> KL7L in Alaska. This is a difficult path from Pennsylvania and consistent hearing in Alaska for several JT9 cycles can be challenging but he and Laurence got it done overnight. With this accomplishment I won’t be surprised if Eric is WAS #1.
Eric indicated that the receive antenna for the trans-Atlantic QSO was “…the 3-element broadside beverage array (1200ft elements, 300 ft spacing between each, 1:2:1 feed)” For the opening to KL7L, he reported using “…a 1200ft single beverage (1/2 wl). very disadvantaged in NW direction until circle array back up, but it work. like having a 270 ft bev on 160m.”
Finally, Eric reported state #32, completing a JT9 QSO with N4WLO. Eric indicated that it seems like this station responds to CQ’s rather than CQing himself, at least during this session.
Mal, G3KEV, reported CW QSO’s with OH2BCI, DF5QG and DJ6CB around 1700z. Mal also completed JT9 QSO’s with N1BUG and NO3M. Mal posted the following comments, referencing comments posted by N1BUG:
“…Last night propagation could have been better but we did achieve the object of a QSO and NO3M was a bonus. Best reception of your signal peaked –21 dB then settled to around –26 dB for some time during the night after we had the QSO. You were visible on my waterfall but I could see the QSB take you right at times. Thanks to you and NO3M for your effort and all the other input from stations near and far for their observations and reports.
On a good night we might make it on FT8. Although I was getting good reports from AA1A I did not get any decodes this end although I frequently decode his WSPR signals. I did expect a QSO with him but maybe he was not in QSO MODE Will probably be around tonight and see what transpires.”
Al, K2BLA, reported that he “Did not spend much time on JT9 last night but worked KC4SIT with strong signals both ways. Other things to do so went back to WSPR: heard by 48; best DX VE7SL; heard 23 including G0MRF and G8HUH.” Al was also reported on JT9 by LA2XPA.
Larry, W7IUV, was reported by LA2XPA on JT9, which is a difficult path near the auroral oval. Larry also completed JT9 QSO’s with K9KFR and N1BUG.
Tom, WB4JWM, completed JT9 QSO’s with KC3OL, W9XA and KC4SIT. He followed those QSO’s with FT8, completing QSO’s with K9KFR and KC4SIT.
Ted, KC3OL, completed JT9 QSO’s with N1BUG and WB4JWM.
Ken, K5DNL, operated WSPR through this session, reporting 24 stations including KL7L and he received reports from 93 unique stations including KL7L, GM4OAS, YV7MAE, F59706, ON5KQ, G0VQH, PA0RDT, G0LUJ, ZF1EJ and seven Canadian stations.
James, W4BCX, reported a “great session to both west coast and Europe heard 20 stations and heard by 80.”
Neil, W0YSE, reported CQing with WSQCall during the evening. Roger, VE7VV, indicated that he “…tried answering ur CQ, but prop not good enuf. You were -20 to -12 in QSB, got almost 100%.” Neil indicated that QRN was a big problem and that he would try again later in the evening.
Ben, N1VF, reported that he opened WSQCall and quickly received three characters: “hi.” I admit that this is kinda creepy! Roger, VE7VV, indicated that it might have been him: “…At one point I was replying to Nei’s CQ’s and sent a “hi neil”.”
Ben received a first time report using WSPR from W5OXC at -26 dB S/N at 0516z. NO3M reported Ben’s JT9 calls as well but QSB was victorious and no QSO was completed: 0624 -25 0.5 827 @ NO3M N1VF -25. They have made it before using Ben’s short, but very successful vertical. It’s great to see these long transcontinental openings.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
ZF1RJ -> LA2XPA
DH5RAE -> NO3M
OR7T -> AA1A
LA8AV -> VE1YY
W3LPL -> G0LUJ, LA2XPA
F1AFJ -> VE1YY, AA1A
DL6TY -> W1IR, N1BUG
EA4GHB -> NO3M, N1BUG, AA1A
F4DTL -> NO3M, W1IR, AA1A
G3XIZ -> NO3M, N1BUG, AA1A, VE1YY
G8HUH -> AA1A, AE2EA, N1BUG, NO3M, VE1YY
PA0LSB -> AA1A, AE2EA, N1BUG, NO3M, VE1YY, W1IR
PA3ABK/2 -> AA1A, AE2EA, N1BUG, NO3M, VE1YY, VE3CIQ, W1IR
PA0A -> AA1A, AE2EA, N1BUG, N2BJW, NO3M, VE1YY, VE2PEP
K5DNL -> GM4OAS, YV7MAE, F59706, ON5KQ, G0VQH, PA0RDT, G0LUJ
AA1A -> 2E0ILY, F59706, G0LUJ, G0VQH, G8HUH, LA2XPA, PA0O, PA0RDT
W4BCX -> DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, EA2HB, EA8BFK, F59706, G0LUJ, GM4OAS, LA2XPA
G0MRF -> AA1A, AB1KW, AE2EA, K2BLA, K4LY/P, KN1H, N1BUG, N1HO, N2BJW, N2HQI, N3FL, NO3M, SWL/K9, VE1YY, VE2PEP, VE3CIQ, W1IR, W3LPL, W4KZK, YV7MAE
W1IR -> DG3LV, DL4RAJ/2, DL5XL, EA2HB, F1AFJ, F59706, G0KTN, G0LUJ, G0MJI, G0VQH, G4FTC, GM4OAS, LA2XPA, M0TAZ, ON5KQ, PA0EHG, PA0LSB, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PI4THT
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
KL7L -> JA1PKG, VK4YB
VK4YB -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA5AEA, K1YQP, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, SWLCN74XP, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7SL
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Pascal, FR5DH, reported PA0A using WSPR.
Eden, ZF1EJ, was reported by LA2XPA using JT9. Overnight Eden reported seventeen WSPR stations and he received reports from 33 unique stations including LA2XPA and YV7MAE.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported eleven WSPR stations including G0MRF.
Laurence, KL7L, completed a huge JT9 QSO with NO3M. Both he and Eric have been patiently waiting out good band conditions on this difficult path and were rewarded. Details and screen captures are posted earlier in this report. Using WSPR overnight, Laurence reported six stations and he received reports from 23 unique stations including JA1PKG. He shared two-way reports with K5DNL, KA7OEI, KR6LA, N1VF, VE7BDQ and VK4YB.
Laurence noted this morning that he had two JT9 reception reports on his screen:
0927 -25 1.3 899 @ CQ VE7VV CN88 !Canada
1204 -26 0.0 1100 @ CQ VK4YB QG62 !Australia
He also added that “12Z seems the favorite time here for Roger YB over the past period. Nature is Cryogenically cooling the rx system here this morning – well sub zero”
Roger, VK4YB, indicated “Moderate QRN. The band opened 90 minutes after sunset. Best path was to Alaska. KL7L decoded my JT9 at -26 and was 2-way on WSPR. No reports East of VE6XH.” Roger reported three WSPR stations and he received reports from twenty unique stations including JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA5AEA, K1YQP, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, SWLCN74XP, VE6XH, VE7BDQ and VE7SL. He shared two-way reports with VK4AQJ and KL7L.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), was off air during this session.
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