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

Geomagnetic storm conditions return and the band goes flat as long haul enhancements dry up…for now; More CW skimmer activity in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia; W7IUV provides insight on recent PSKReporter problems

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for September 27, 2016 can be viewed here.

The UTC amateur registration database is hereEven 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)

The storm system that has been draped across North America for several days is gone, leaving lightning-producing systems in the Ontario/Quebec region of Canada in addition to New Mexico, South to Mexico and into Central America.  The Caribbean was also active and ZF1EJ reported that he QRT’ed due to heavy thunderstorms at 0608z.  A system that might be related to a recent hurricane can also be seen in the Atlantic.  I would generally call this morning’s noise conditions manageable here in North Texas.  There were periods of heavy lightning crashes followed by  periods of quiet.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions reached G1 storm conditions with a possibility of G2 storm levels over the next 24-hours according to Solarham due to a geoeffective coronal hole with an active stream.  The Bz is pointing to the South this morning and proton levels were elevated leading up to storm conditions but have since leveled off.  Solar wind velocities are averaging near 540 km/s. DST values exhibited the characteristic peak before dropping off at onset of G1 storm conditions.




Band conditions were poor overnight but in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, two stations received CW Skimmer / Reverse Beacon Network reports, including WG2XSV.  I was unsuccessful this morning but attribute the lack of reports today to active geomagnetic conditions in VE6 (Thanks VE7VV and WG2XSV).

I made contact with Bob, N6TV, who has started the process to include experimental call signs in the official CW Skimmer / Aggregator pattern matching file.   The consequence is that all Aggregator users will be able to download updates that contain these additions.  While this is really only important for another 2.5 weeks, its an important addition for individuals that wish to continue to use their experimental call signs and call CQ.

Roelof, PA0RDT, reported that it was  “Another decent night” of listening to VO1NA’s CW beacon on 477.7 kHz but he acknowledges the impact of the geomagnetic conditions, as represented by the Kyoto DST over the coming sessions.

VO1NA CW on 477.7 kHz at PA0RDT (courtesy PA0RDT)


Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, provided reports for four WSPR stations including VE7BDQ, VE7CA, WH2XGP, and WH2XXP.  Neil received reports from 27 unique stations including CF7MM, K6LG, KJ6MKI, KO6KL, N1VF, N6GN, N6SKM, N7VXA, VA7JX, VE4XC, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7BPB, VE7CA, VE7SL, W0AIR, W6LEO, W6SFH, W7IUV/W, WA6OURKIWI, WD2XSH/20, WE2XPQ, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WI2XJQ, and WW6D.  As previously reported, Neil also received pings from CW Skimmers located at VE6WZ and VE7AB while operating CW at 1W ERP.  He noted that “Switching modes is a bit awkward on my new FT891 compared to my old FT100d (and the FT857d that I used to have).”

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported that cockpit error limited his transmitting overnight.  He has some investigating ahead to determine why the Elad DUP was not outputting “normal” power.  He provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports from thirty unique stations including stations in British Columbia and Alberta.

David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, reported that “Last night was definitely a challenging night on 630M WSPR.   Lots of QRN, but the lesson learned was don’t turn off the radio too early.  From 10pm to 2AM, I was stuck at 31 unique spots, then as morning approached, the band took off for me again, and I ended the 12 hour period with 39 unique contacts – 31 hearing my station and 8 hearing my station.”

Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, reported that he had only one report during this session and is working to determine whether there is a receive problem at his station due to inconsistencies in reports compared to other stations.

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, provided reports for seven WSPR stations through low to moderate noise this morning.  Al also noted that my CQ’s on CW were at RST 559.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded nine WSPR stations overnight, including WH2XCR, WH2XXP, VE7BDQ, WH2XGP, WD2XSH/15, WH2XHY, WH2XZO, WI2XUF, and VE3CIQ.  Mike added that he had “3 XCR decodes best -21 @ 0906, 1 VE7BDQ spot -25 @ 1000, BDQ’s best dx to East…”

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded six WSPR stations in addition to WD2XSH/31 on 477.9 kHz CW who is not too far away.

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, reported that he experienced “Low QRN tonight, but propagation is well down. The good run had to come to an end, but it will be back soon.”  Roger received reports from VF7MM, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, KJ6MKI, N6GN, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7SL, W6SFH, W7IUV/W, WD2XSH/20, WE2XPQ and WW6D. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and VK4YB.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 59 unique stations including VK2XGJ and VK4YB.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for ten WSPR stations and he received reports from 55 unique stations including VK2XGJ, ZL1EE and VK7TW.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB. As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for five WSPR stations.  Larry indicated that he has installed his “Winter” western receive antenna which should provide him a few dB on long haul western paths.  It is reported at W7IUV/W and during this session, he provided reports for nine WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Larry also noted that recent perceived problems with the PSKReporter website, which is often used by JT9 operators to display reports and QSO details, may be the result of operators using non-standard reports and transmissions.  Larry indicates that “CQ de W7IUV” will result in properly uploaded reports while “de W7IUV” will not.  Similarly free text will not be reported but a transmission like “KB5NJD de W7IUV” will.  The website requires standardized data and formatting in order to properly parse information for display.

I was off air during the evening due to my appearance on W5KUB’s Amateur Radio Round table.  The archive can be viewed below starting at about the 26 minute mark.  Thanks to Tom Medlin for the opportunity to speak with his audience.


Due to overnight storms and it being late when I got in, there was no overnight activity.  This morning I was on CW calling CQ on 474.5 kHz, but G1 storm conditions yielded few results for this session.  I received RST 559 reports from Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV.

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, indicated that he was QRT just after 0600z due to  heavy thunderstorms on Cayman.  While on the air, he provided reports for two WSPR stations and he received reports from eighteen unique stations.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, indicates that the night got worse as it progressed with a K index of 6 and visual aurora at his QTH.  He provided reports for five WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from fourteen unique stations. He shared two-way reports with VE7BDQ, WH2XCR and WH2XGP.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for eleven legitimate WSPR stations including VK3HP, VK5FQ, and ZL2AFP. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZL1EE and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from 32 unique stations including JH3XCU, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK3WRE and VK5AKK.  Reports ceased well before sunrise in KH6 which is rare.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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