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

Another great morning of trans-Pacific openings including several East coast stations reporting VK4YB; CW, JT9 and FT8 in North America and CW in Japan; Fast QSB as geomagnetic conditions remain unsettled

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for September 30, 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.

HERE are a  few mode specific comments addressing where modes are located now and probably where they are best placed in the future.


The main lightning producing storms during this session were located in New Mexico, North into Colorado and Wyoming and South into Mexico as has been the case for a number of days.  Active conditions were also observed from the Yucatan into the Caribbean and parts of Florida.  A few coastal storms were observed this morning off of Long Island and Massachusetts.  At my station in North Texas, the West was largely unlistenable this morning.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions have ranged from quiet to unsettled during this session. The Bz is pointing to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 483 km/s although there is a upward trend in progress this morning. DST values were improving slightly but have retreated in the last few reporting periods.  The band was in very good shape overnight on long haul paths.




Hideo, JH3XCU, reported this morning at 1110z that JA0HXV, JA3TVF, and JR1IZM were QRV on 473.0 kHz CW.

The overnight and morning 472-kHz reverse beacon network breakdown for Europe and North America looked like this:


Trans-Atlantic report details can be viewed here.

Peter, EA8BFK, provided two WSPR reports for WG2XXM during this session for the only legitimate trans-Atlantic WSPR reports.  Peter also reported eight stations in Europe.

Ken, SWL/K9, located in Indiana, reported JT9  CQ’s from WI2XSV during the evening:

Courtesy SWL/K9

Joe, DF2JP, submitted great details of Ruediger, DL4EAI, who was QRV during this session for the first time with 10-Watts TPO.  Ruediger is using a broadband amplifier and notes that “He is now using an older SW-Amp, which I built a few years ago for a SDR-TRX, a Nathan-PA from KN-Electronics (http://kn-electronic.de/Bausaetze/FET-PA50.html.)”  Joe indicates that 6 or 7 dB more are possible in the future.  He included the following exhibits for Ruediger’s operation:

DL4EAI 12-hour test carrier, as viewed by DF2JP (courtesy DF2JP)


DL4EAI session WSPR activity (courtesy DF2JP)


Click to enlarge (courtesy DF2JP)

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that he was decoded by 24 unique stations.  He provided reports for nine WSPR stations.  His best DX for inbound and outbound was WH2XCR and WG2XXM.  Neil added that, “Larry, WH2XGP, and I had a couple of JT9 QSO’s last night. We noticed that PSKreporter was only showing one-way reports. It seems to report only the results of the station who called CQ, so I asked Larry to do a CQ and then HIS results finally showed up.”

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicates that he provided reports for ten WSPR stations and he received reports from 33 unique stations.  He added that this was the first session with two-way reports with ZF1EJ this season but also notes that the “Mississippi wall up again…W, PNW no joy – raining here again.”

David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, report that “The last 12 hours were a new personal best here at WI2XUF for both receive and transmit.  A total of 46 unique spots were generated with my station hearing 12 and 34 hearing me.  N1HO and I went to visit WH2XZO yesterday and help with some antenna work and it is always good to visit others to discuss our current projects and challenges with this most fascinating band of operation.”

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported some improvement at his stations and a few QSO’s and reports during the evening:

“Both cooler weather, less QRN, and good activity made last night the second best of the season with high latitude absorption still a problem.  Thanks to the hours of work by Brandy, N1HO, yesterday, the 3 Paw Paw trees right next to my vertical are down and that may have helped!  Thanks to David, N1DAY (who also helped with the felling of the trees) and his good technique and equipment there will soon be a new southern top hat wire and a higher eastern one.

Last night I operated a little JT9 (contact with XIQ and decoded by others),  FT8 (decoded by several), and CW (peaking 579 at XJM).  WG2XIQ and I were able to contact on JT9, but not FT8 as we had the night before a little later in the evening.

With lower QRN and possibly a better signal with those trees taken down, 9 different stations decoded WH2XZO at +1 or better SNR, best this season and 3 additional stations, including WH2XCR also decoded XZO who decoded 45 unique stations, the season’s high I think.”

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, provided reports for fourteen WSPR stations this morning including ten reports for WH2XCR, best report -22 dB S/N, which Al indicates is the loudest Merv has ever been at his QTH in Florida.  Al also heard my CQ’s on 474.5 kHz CW at RST 569 through moderate noise this morning.

Dave, N4DB, reported relatively good band conditions although the Pacific Northwest eluded him during this session.  He decoded eleven WSPR stations with a low noise floor of S 2 – 3 with preamp turned on.

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, experienced another amazing night.  W0YSE/7 indicates that Roger received reports from at least 45 stations that were greater than 10000 km away and he provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations including VK1DSH, VK2COW, VK3BNC, VK3HP, VK5CV, VK5FQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XBQ, ZL1EE, ZL2AFP.  He received reports from CF7MM, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM, KA9CFD, KJ6MKI, N1VF, N6GN, N6SKM, VA7JX,VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7VV, W7IUV/W, WD2XSH/20, WE2XPQ, WG2XJM, WH2XXC, WW6D, WA3TTS and WI2XJQ.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WG2XXM and WI2XBQ.  Roger added that it was “Another great night of TP. QRN was not too bad, although storms were inland and more offshore. Heard 14 and heard by 45, 3 less than the max.  WH2XXC was a new one. Not sure of my best DX because N3FL is further away if his QRA of FM19KA is correct. His address in QRZ says FM19UA, which would make him 40km short of Rob.”

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, provided reports for fifteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 66 unique stations including EA8BFK and eight Canadian stations.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZF1EJ and WH2XCR.  Ken received nineteen reports from VK4YB, best -17 dB S/N.

Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations and he received reports from 26 unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded thirteen WSPR stations overnight, including “best VK4YB -31 @ 1102, 3 XGP spots best -23 @ 1012, zf1ej 25 spots best -14 @ 0726…also xxp, xxm, xsh/15, xhy, xka, wi2xsv, xzo, xuf, ciq, xxc.”

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 59 unique stations including  VK4YB, VK2XGJ and VK2EIK.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 43 unique stations including ZL2AFP and VK2XGJ.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB.  As W7IUV/W, Larry provided reports for twelve WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


This was another busy session.  I started just before 0100z with JT9, calling CQ around 1200 Hz.  I worked WH2XZO pretty quickly near the detection limit and tried to follow up that QSO with another using FT8 but we were both below the detection limit during this session which is a perfect example of where JT9 can excel compared to FT8.  That’s not a knock against FT8 but  sometime you need that extra 4 dB that JT9 offers.  I do note that QSB was very fast and on one peak I decoded WH2XZO’s CQ on FT8 but that all there was.  ZF1EJ reported my JT9 at -20 dB S/N during this operating session.

JT9 QSO between WH2XZO and WG2XIQ


I called CQ on 474.5 kHz CQ starting at 0154z until 0233z and during that time I completed a quick QSO with WG2XJM in Pennsylvania.  Eric had reported me at RST 569 earlier in the session but QSB was active during our QSO where my signal ranged from RST 539 to RST 339.  We both noted quite a bit of noise due to storms to my West.  It was good to work Eric one more time as WG2XIQ.  This may be our last QSO before the band opens up.

This morning I received reverse beacon network / skimmer reports from VE6WZ at 3dB S/N which is an improvement over recent 1 dB S/N reports at Steve’s station.  I QRT’ed shortly after sunrise in North Texas and noted high noise when listening to the West, which kept my receive antennas pointed away from some of the prime directions for that time of day.  I received RST 529 reports from ZF1EJ at 1054z and Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported me at RST 569 in Florida through moderate noise.

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 nine WSPR stations and he received reports from 32 unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR, WG2XKA, WG2XXM, WH2XXC, WI2XUF and WH2XZO.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for four WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from six unique stations. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for nineteen legitimate WSPR stations including ZL2AFP. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, VK1DSH, ZF1EJ, ZL1EE  and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from 35 unique stations including JH3XCU, VK2COW, VK2EIK, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK3DB, VK3WRE, VK7TW and ZL4EI.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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