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CQ 474.5 kHz CW and alternately tuning 472 kHz - 475 kHz for signals.

Many good openings reported but generally average early October session; PJ4VHF KiwiSDR reporting 630m; QRA64 and MF – are they a match?; Wide ranging noise conditions reported along with high band activity; No CW skimmer reports for North American stations

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for October 2, 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 central US into the upper Midwest was the focus of storms during this session.  A few storms were present along the Gulf coast and the Caribbean continues to see quite a bit of activity. Pockets of rain across North America also contributed to local rain static.

11-hour North American lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions continue at elevated-quiet to unsettled levels.  The Bz is pointing slightly to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 425 km/s, down from the previous session.  DST values have generally exhibited stability in spite of negative levels although the measurement from Australia suggests two periods of significantly unsettled conditions.

 

 

 

 

Roelof, PA0RDT, reported that VO1NA’s CW on 477.7 kHz was marginal aural copy due to static:

VO1NA CW at PA0RDT (courtesy PA0RDT)

 

CW Skimmer activity for the session was limited to Europe in spite of CW activity in North America:

Courtesy Reverse Beacon Network

 

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported that he was decoded by 23 unique stations located in Hawaii, South Dakota, Oklahoma,  Alberta Canada and Arizona.    He provided reports for seven WSPR stations including VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, WG2XXM (OK), WH2XCR (HI), WH2XGP (WA), WH2XXP (AZ), and WI2XJQ (WA).  Neil added that he “…tried to hit some CW skimmers both last night and this morning but no luck. I also sent out some JT9 and FT8, but no results showed up on PSK reporter.  I am continuing to monitor JT9 most of the time while also TXing WSPR and will look for other modes by request when possible.”  Neil added that WH2XCR continued to be decoded just prior to local sunrise.

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported that he decoded eight WSPR stations and he was decode by 27 unique stations.   Phil added that it was  “…a nice surprise at dawn- ZF1EJ and WG2XXM.”

VE3CIQ session WSPR activity

 

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported moderate QRN this morning, noting as several operators have today, that QRN disappeared near sunrise.  Doug indicates continued high latitude absorption and that “…conditions better with 2x WH2XCR, N6SKM for first time this year, good activity, and 46 decoding and 12 decoded”

David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, reported that “It was another good night here at WI2XUF with a total of 45 unique spots – 10 RX, 35 TX.  A few weeks ago, WI2XQU – Ernie showed me the KiwiSDR website and it was good to have a chance to see my signal at distance relative to others last night.  A good exercise for anyone interested in that sort of thing.  Going over to WI2XQU’s QTH today to help with a few antenna upgrades.”

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports from eighteen unique stations.

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations this morning, including WH2XCR.  Al noted that he also heard my CQ’s this morning: “Also hrd one FB 589 CW signal. Moderate noise that dropped just before SR.”

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded eleven WSPR stations overnight.  He inferred that propagation was down with “only 3 XGP decodes, no XCR or other T/P.”

Ken, SWL/K9, located in Indiana, reported that he decoded WH2XCR once and WH2XGP ten times,  best report at  -23db S/N.  Ken also submitted a screen capture showing digital activity of WG2XXM with QRA64, another FSK mode found in the WSJTx suite:

WG2XXM QRA64 signal reports at SWL/K9 (courtesy SWL/K9)

 

Dave, N4DB, reported quiet conditions.   He decoded ten 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, indicated that “Light QRN progressed to heavy QRN as the session progressed. Propagation similar to last night but some JA reports tonight.”  He received reports from CF7MM, JA3TVF, KJ6MKI, N1VF, N6GN, N6SKM, TNUKJPM, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, VE7SL, W7IUV/W, WE2XPQ and WW6D.   He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and WH2XGP.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded twelve WSPR stations and he received reports from 67 unique stations including VK4YB, ZL2APF (11 decodes), PJ4VHF and seven  Canadian stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR, ZF1EJ and VE3CI.  Ken also operated QRA64, receiving decodes that were previously reported above with SWL/K9’s entry.  Ken indicates that the mode bares further testing.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 61 unique stations including VK4YB, ZL2AFP and VK2XGJ.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for ten WSPR stations and he received reports from 43 unique stations including ZL2AFP and VK7TW.  Larry shared two-way reports with VK4YB.   As W7IUV/W, Larry provided reports for ten WSPR stations including VK4YB.

 

The evening session was noisy, although I called CQ on 474.5 kHz CW through sunset for operators who like to observe the transition from day to night.  I also had hoped to receive a report from AA4VV’s skimmer but no luck.  I QRT’ed just after it was dark here.

I returned to air around 1006z this morning with CQ’s and received a report from ZF1EJ at RST 539 at 1026z.  Al, K2BLA / WH2XBV, reported that I was at RST 589 this morning with moderate noise.  No reverse beacon reports were registered and I did not see AA4VV active in the RBN station list so given my signal strength in the Southeast, I’m guessing that Tom’s skimmer was not active during this session.

I QRT’ed for the morning at 1156z.  It was a good morning session in spite of no additional QSO’s.

There were 143 active WSPR stations as of 0300z according to VK4YB.  This count was close to the number during the previous session at the same time.  Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

South American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

European 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Chinese 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 27 unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

David, PJ4VHF, was listening on 630-meters for the first time, providing three reports to WG2XXM.  Report details can be viewed here.  WG2XXM forwarded a note from David indicating that “The reports came from someone using our KiwiSDR receiver here on Bonaire (bonaire.twrmon.net:8073) which uses a DX engineering amplified whip.”

PJ4VHF 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for three WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from eight 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 twelve WSPR stations including VK3HP. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZF1EJ and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from 39 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI, JA1PKG, JA1PKG/2, JA3TVF, JR1IZM, TNUKJPM, KL7KY, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK7TW, ZL2AFP and ZL4EI.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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