The details for September 24, 2016 can be viewed here.
The UTC amateur registration database is here. 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.
Click here to view the proposed “considerate operators” frequency usage guide for 630-meters under Part-97 rules that was developed with the input of active band users. This is intended as a guide for new users showing up on the band. (updated: graphic only as text is confusing and easily misunderstood)
North America was once again bisected by an arc of evening storms, ranging from Mexico to Ontario. A few of those storm persisted this morning but they were generally overshadowed by a system in the Gulf that didn’t seem too problematic this morning as far as noise is concerned, at least not here in North Texas. The Southeast reported some impact from these storms. A few storms were also active along the Colorado / Utah border.
Geomagnetic conditions remain quiet although a coronal hole is nowfacing Earth and may result in solar wind enhancements over the next 48-hours, resulting in unsettled conditions according to Solarham. The Bz is pointing to the North this morning with proton concentrations elevated to moderate levels. Solar wind velocities are averaging near 345km/s. DST values have rebound rather quickly, with both indicators either at or exceeding the centerline into positive territory.
Trans-Atlantic report details can be viewed here.
John, W1TAG/1 / WE2XGR, provided reports for nine WSPR stations including EA5DOM. Regarding other activity on the band, John indicated that “…all normal on 630m WSPR.”
Mal, G3KEV, reported that his best WSPR DX of the session was SP5XSB at a distance of 1440 km.
Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported:
“A bit more activity this session. My 1w WSPR was heard by 25 stations. Here are those over 1000km. I was decoded only 1 time by XPQ in AK this session, as seen below:
…and I heard these 7 wspr stations: VE7BDQ, VE7VV, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XJQ.
…and I got 17 JT9 decodes of John/VE7BDQ with a best of -10 dB.”
Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, indicates that he received reports from both VE6XH and VE6JY in addition to WH2XCR for what Doug calls “one of the season’s high counts”, receiving decode from 39 unique stations. He decoded six WSPR stations.
Phil, VE3CIQ, reported that in Ontario, he experienced a”Noisy evening, but conditions are certainly improving”
Roger, VE7VV, reported by email that “…last night my WSPR was heard by 4 new stations, VE4XC, N1VF, N7BYD, and K8PZ. PZ was a real surprise, MI on 630m from coastal VE7, 2958km to the east, with 25W out and a 40 ft vertical ‘lazy L’, -31db but there! Surely that indicates some good E/W propagation.”
Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for nine WSPR stations and he received reports from 24 unique stations. Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.
Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded nine WSPR stations overnight, including “xgp, xxp, zf1ej, xxm, xsh/15, xhy, xzo, ciq, xxc. missed xrm…26 XGP decodes best 17 @1044, 60 XXP decodes, best -13 @ 1042, 27 ZF1EJ decodes, best -15 0610…XGP best -17.”
Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded eight WSPR stations with no surprises overnight.
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, indicates that it was “A noisy night with storms skirting to the South of Brisbane and more over New Zealand. Heard 10 through the QRN and 47 managed a decode, one less than the record.” Roger received reports from CF7MM, JA1PKG, JA1PKG/2, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, KJ6MKI, KR6LA, N6GN, N6SKM, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, W6SFH, W7IUV, WA6OURKIWI, WE2XPQ, WI2XBV (first time report) and WW6B. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR, WG2XXM, and WH2XGP.
Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, provided first time reports for VK4YB this morning in spite of noise conditions in the Florida. He provided reports for seven WSPR stations and my CW calls at RST 569. Al adds that he “…Could have copied XIQ after the lightning crashes subsided.”
Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded eleven WSPR stations and he received reports from 55 unique stations including ZL2AFP and six Canadian stations. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, WH2XCR, and ZF1EJ.
Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 61 unique stations including ZL2AFP, VK2XGJ, and VK4YB.
Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations and he received reports from 48 unique stations including ZL2AFP. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for ten WSPR stations including VK4YB. Larry added that the “Path to VK-ZL down, but hi-lat to east coast up some” and also reported a JT9 decode of VE7BDQ:
502 -18 -0.3 1211 @ DE VE7BDQ
Larry also indicated that PSKReporter is once again not posting 630-meter JT9 reports.
My evening session began around 0015z with CW on 474.5 kHz, just prior to sunset. The band was noisy from another large arc of storms that bisected North America so I didn’t expect this session to be long-lived. I QRT’ed at 0145z without much fan fare and began again this morning shortly after 1000z. The band was considerably quieter this morning and while there may have been a few signals present it was very difficult to know for sure. I spent the session listening omni as one of the main receive antennas is receiving a modification to be completed later today. I received reports from K2LBA in the Florida who indicated that I was at RST 569 in spite of lightning noise in his area.
As I mentioned in previous reports, I will be speaking with Tom Medlin, W5KUB, on the Amateur Radio Roundtable show, which can be viewed at W5KUB.com and will be simulcast on WBCQ 5130 kHz at 8pm CDT on Tuesday night (Wednesday, 0100z). The discussion will be a continuation and refresher of our previous chat in April and will focus on topics that might be important to prospective 630-meter operators who don’t have large antenna farms or large plots of land available to them. We will also discuss the evaluation methods of the band as operators decide whether they want to undertaken the awesome excursion into lower-MF.
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for four WSPR stations. He received reports from 32 unique stations including WH2XCR.
Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for seven WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from fifteen unique stations. He shared two-way reports with VE7BDQ, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WI2XBQ, and WI2XJQ. DX report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for sixteen WSPR stations including VK1DSH, VK3HP, and ZF1EJ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZL1EE and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from thirty unique stations including JH3XCU, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK7TW, ZL4EI and ZL2AFP. DX report details can be viewed here.
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