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

Good trans-Pacific openings but not as good as previous session; Geomagnetic field remains unsettled but is improving; New CW skimmer on the East coast now active; WSPR activity very high for October 1 as many new stations prepare for access to band

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for October 1, 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.

Lighting producing storms were more widespread during this session with active storms continuing in the West as they have been for days and a new system in the north central US into Canada that is contributing to a lot of listening problems this morning.  A few storms remain active in Manitoba and Saskatchewan this morning.  Active Caribbean storms also contributed to an early QRT for ZF1EJ.  Atlantic coastal storms around central  and northeastern Florida contributed to noise during the evening and persist this morning.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions continue at elevated-quiet to unsettled levels.  The outlook on Solarham suggests that we have another day or two of this current event before it subsides. The Bz is pointing to the North this morning and solar wind velocities are up again, averaging near 490 km/s with isolated peaks above 500 km/s which is the moderately high category.  DST values are pulsating at negative levels.  Transcontinental openings were reported at mid-latitudes, however,  and reports from KL7L suggest an improvement in Alaska in spite of continued visual aurora.  Laurence indicates that the K-index was generally heading in the right direction through the afternoon and early evening portions of this session.

 

 

 

There was quite a bit of CW Skimmer activity through this session, including AA4VV in North Carolina providing reports of my signal this morning.  Also notable was WH2XGP receiving reports from VE6WZ and quite a bit of European activity.  I hope that skimmer operators continue to expand their listening capabilities as we go forward.

 

Roelof, PA0RDT, reported VO1NA’s CW on 477.7 kHz after a few days of receiver issues:

VO1NA CW at PA0RDT

 

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, took advantage of good propagation and provided this report on what sounds like a pretty good night:

“A lot of listeners out there now. My 1w ERP WSPR was heard by 27 including XPQ (1x at -26) and XCR (35x, best -13).

I was able to hear 7 WSPR stations this session: VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, and WI2XBQ.

I also decoded Toby/VE7CNF’s JT9 2 times (-25 and -17). I am usually watching for JT9 along with WSPR daily/nightly for anyone wanting to see if they are being heard on that mode. I will watch for other WSJT-X modes by request, especially if it is in the same window (dial at 474.2 kHz). ”

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicated a general improvement in overall propagation in Vermont in spite of unsettled weather conditions which contributed to a noisy night.  John provided reports for twelve legitimate WSPR stations and he received reports from 31 unique stations with VE6XH representing his best DX for the session showing some life in transcontinental openings.

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported high activity “…and similar conditions here to previous night with continued high latitude absorption- 45 unique stations decoding, 10 showing + SNRs,, and 14 decoded, 3 with + SNRs.”

David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, reported that “It was another good night here at WI2XUF with a record total of 48 unique spots – 13 received, 35 Transmissions reported.  As you know, several of us are busy here in NC doing station improvements, wrestling with EIRP calculations, etc. which has been a good learning exercise.  I have noticed some new call signs on my TX list in the past several days, so it looks like interest is starting to pick up in 630M as we approach Oct 16…”

Ken, SWL/K9, located in Indiana, reported that he decoded WH2XGP in Washington state twice using WSPR.

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, indicates that noise was high in Florida but signals were comparatively strong.  He provided reports for nine WSPR stations this morning in addition to my CW signal at a “season best” RST 579.  Al added, “No real DX this AM”

Mike, WA3TTS, reported higher background noise during this session.  He decoded fifteen legitimate WSPR stations overnight, including “…one XCR spot -24 @ 0804, 9 XGP spots best -20 @ 0736, 3 ZF1EJ all -23 0514-0554-0656 utc…also xxp, xxm ,xrm,xsh/15, xhy, xka, xzo, xuf, xul, xxc, ciq.”

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded thirteen WSPR stations which was his most ever.

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

Hideo, JH3XCU, presented this graph detailing DX -> JA WSPR reports per day for the period August 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017:

 

For this session, Hideo,  submitted this link detailing DX -> JA decode totals and DX -> JA S/N.

Roger, VK4YB, indicated at 1310z that he was QRTing early, but added “QRN fair, propagation was consistent to PNW but weaker than yesterday. No East Coast and no Japan. Best DX was the Alberta Twins.”  He received reports from CF7MM, KJ6MKI, N1VF, N6GN, N6SKM, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, WE2XPQ and W7IUV/W. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and WH2XGP.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded eleven WSPR stations and he received reports from 67 unique stations including ZL2AFP, VK4YB, WH2XCR, ZF1EJ and nine Canadian stations.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 67 unique stations including ZL2AFP and VK4YB.

WH2XXP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations and he received reports from 48 unique stations including ZL2AFP, ZL1EE and VK2XGJ.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB.  As W7IUV/W, Larry provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

I briefly called CQ during the evening on 474.5 kHz CW but stopped after almost an hour.  Band conditions were moderately noisy due to continued storm activity in New Mexico.  The situation was a bit more optimistic this morning with skimmer reports from AA4VV (detailed earlier in this report) in North Carolina up to 9 dB S/N prior to his sunrise.  Its great to see that Thomas has configured his skimmer for 472 CW and I hope others can follow suit.  Its an important part of growing CW activity on the band.  Band noise this morning was perhaps a bit better than that of the evening with the primary noise maker for me located in the north central US.  Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported my CQ’s at a season best RST 579 in Florida.  The path East was very good this morning.

At 0124z, VE3CIQ reported that 136 WSPR stations were indicating 630-meter activity on the WSPRnet activity page.  That’s a lot for October 1.  Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Chinese / Philippine 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, QRT’ed early for storms but before doing so, he provided reports for five WSPR stations and he received reports from 28 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 he received reports from eleven unique stations. He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  Laurence also noted KL7KY, the first Alaskan station listening for him in many years.   DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations including VK3HP and ZF1EJ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZL1EE, ZL2AFP and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from 31 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JH3XCU, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK7TW and ZL4EI.   DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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