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Probably QRT tonight and in the morning due to storms in the area

Procedures and links for the UTC amateur registration website are here!; Geomagnetic storm conditions return and many report just an average night with not much enhancement but it doesn’t matter because US hams can access the band as early as October 15!

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for September 15, 2016 can be viewed here.

Its a big day!  OMB released the process for Part-97 implementation here. eCFR has added the bands to their tables here. UTC Amateur registration database is here.  YOU MUST WAIT 30-DAYS FROM THE REGISTRATION DATE!  Thanks to Hideo, JH3XCU, for posting this information!

Even if you don’t think you will use these bands, REGISTER!  Doing so prevents UTC from future PLC coordination in these bands near your QTH.  While amateur interference to PLC systems is a myth and PLC systems are migrating away from RF, there is no reason to give them a reason to do something weird in the future.

I filed with the website just as soon as the link was posted so if UTC doesn’t says anything or additional information does not come down, WG2XIQ will be no more in 30-days.  These are exciting developments!  Unless I am told otherwise, I will be QRV on 474.5 kHz CW on October 15, 2017 as KB5NJD.  Mark your calendar for a QSO!

Noise returns to the central portions of North America from Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico and into the Great Lakes region.  Parts of Florida were also impacted as well as the Caribbean.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions reached G2 storm levels during this session due to a geoeffective coronal hole according to Solarham. The Bz is pointing to the South this morning and solar wind velocities peaked over 650 km/s during the evening with averages this morning near 610 km/s.  DST values are variable but suggest disturbed and possibly enhanced band conditions.





David, G0MRF, reported a very timely and effective, minimalist WSPR experiment at his station overnight.  He explains:

“Last evening I wondered just how simple an antenna could be and still generate some reports using WSPR.

Using 60 feet of wire, I started with two garden canes taped together at the garage to make a 12ft ‘vertical’ The far end of my ‘inverted L’ was supported at the top of an upstairs window at about 20 feet above ground level. The ‘ground’ was a single 4ft earth rod and a connection to the mains supply earth. Looking at it, most wouldn’t consider this as a viable antenna for 30m, much less 630m.

With 20 Watts TPO and with 3 coils all in series to resonate the wire, there wasn’t much movement on the RF ammeter in the antenna.  Surprisingly though, the signal was clearly visible on the DK7FC grabber at 700km, so probably OK for QRSS / JT mode QSOs out to that distance.  After several hours there were reports from 34 stations, with the best being LA2XPA at 1400km.  It just goes to show that even poor antennas and modest output power are good enough to get started on 630m.”

G0MRF session WSPR activity (courtesy G0MRF)

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, indicates that “Conditions continue poor on high latitude E-W paths.”  He provided reports for six WSPR stations and received report from thirty unique stations.

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, indicates moderate noise in Florida this morning.  He provided reports for seven WSPR stations including WH2XCR.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded eight WSPR stations overnight but added that he had ” only 1 XGP @ 0956 -25 on 630m…”

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded seven WSPR stations.

Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.

Hideo, JH3XCU, submitted this link detailing DX -> JA decode totals and DX -> JA S/N peaks for the session, as reported on the Japanese language 472 kHz website.

Roger, VK4YB, indicates that “Very few VKs on earlier but then the big football game ended and they all showed up.  Pretty average night in the end. Noise was low. H5, HB 33.”  Roger received reports from 7L1RLL4, CF7MM, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, K6SRO, N6KOG, KJ6MKI, N6GN, N6SKM, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7VV (not uploaded), W6SFH, W7IUV, WE2XPQ and WI2XJQ. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and WH2XGP.

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for eight WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from seventeen unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from 47 unique stations including VK4YB, VK3ALZ, VK2XGJ, WH2XCR, ZF1EJ  and  six Canadian stations.

Roger, VE7VV, reported that “Last night I had 22 decodes of VK4YB last night (not uploaded) with a best s/n of -20, best ever for me, and CF7MM had 35 decodes of him.”

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 58 unique stations including EJTSWL, ZL4EI, VK4YB, VK2XGJ, VK2EIK, VK3ALZ, VK3BNC, VK3GJZ, WK3WRE, VK7TW and VK5AKK.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for nine WSPR stations and he received reports from 32 unique stations including EJTSWL, VK2XGJ, VK3WRE, VK7TW, and ZL4EI.   He shared two-way reports with VK4YB.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for ten WSPR stations including VK4YB.  Larry indicated that “Condx seem down here but yet was heard by 6 VK’s and 1 ZL. Odd but typical that it is more difficult to work east coast than VK!”


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


European 24-hour WSPR activity


Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for six WSPR stations. He received reports from 21 unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for four WSPR stations including VK4YB and WH2XCR.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations, including VK5ABN. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and ZF1EJ. Merv received reports from 33 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, EJTSWL, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK3NFI, VK3WRE, VK5AKK, VK7TW, WE2XPQ and ZL4EI.   DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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