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

Pretty good trans-Pacific openings but sometimes technology gets in the way; Trans-Atlantic WSPR reports return for WI2XRM and WD2XSH/17 and VO1NA reported on QRSS10 at PA0RDT; Coast to Coast CW Skimmer/ Reverse Beacon reports this morning; Good band activity in spite of relatively high noise

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for October 5, 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 storm system bisecting  North America in the previous session is a bit more fragmented but no less noisy in the impacted areas.  The evening was active in the Northeast with a few individual storms through the Midwest, some of which continued this morning.  Its remains quite active from the Desert Southwest into West Texas and parts of western Oklahoma.  Lightning-producing storms remain active in and around Florida and the Caribbean.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions cycled between quiet and elevated-quiet Kp levels. The Bz is pointing to the North and solar wind velocities are averaging near 365 km/s.  DST values remain near the centerline with a few excursions to higher positive levels observed on the Australian measurement.




Roelof, PA0RDT, indicated on the RSGB-LF reflector that  VO1NA’s QRSS10 signal was seen again, noting that “Propagation was somewhat better and showed a nice pre-dawn enhancement. At 05:00 UTC the signal could easily be copied aurally.”  Roelof packaged his visual captures here.

Garry, K3SIW, referring to VO1NA, reported on LOWFER that “Joe ran a beacon on 477.7 kHz last night sending at QRSS10. Began trying to copy it with ARGO at QRSS30 and found signal good enough to switch to QRSS20 by 0230Z and to QRSS10 by 0330Z. Signal was up and down afterwards, often visible at QRSS3, with best copy around 0600Z.”

Courtesy LOWFER, K3SIW


Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:

Courtesy Reverse Beacon Network


Trans-Atlantic report details can be viewed here.

Jim, W4BCX / WI2XRM, received eighteen WSPR reports from EA8BFK.

Dave, AA1A / WD2XSH/17, received one WSPR report each from LA2XPA and PA0RDT.

Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, provided reports for six WSPR stations and he received reports from 26 unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, indicates that this was a very short transmitting session for him this morning due to “wandering SWR”  at the transmit antenna, even while using reduced power.  He indicates that there is water in the junction box.   Al provided reports for ten WSPR stations including WH2XCR and he received reports from 32 unique stations including VE3, VE6, and VE7.  He also reported my CQ’s this morning on CW at RST 559.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded thriteen WSPR stations overnight using the “NE EWE antenna SS to about 0400, then NW EWE antenna to past SR.”  Mike noted that “Best DX XJQ and XGP from PNW. no T/P or T/A WSPR2 propagation overnight here which I could detect.  I did run manual spots overnight, which was helpful to sort VA2WW/P, who did not appear to upload his data, so the WSPR DB would not confirm his presence.  SWL/K9 had the same experience and made a query to that effect on the chat page. Spots from VA2WW/P were  received at my station but the WSPR DB does not report them, so his call does not appear in the WSPR log for unique call search….”

Mike submitted these summary statistics:

XJQ 6 decodes best -22 @ 1012
XGP 46 spots, best -16 @ 0816
XXP 67 spots, best -9 @ 0642
ZF1EJ 29 spots, best -20 @ 0740
VE3CIQ 8 spots, best -12 0112
VA2WW/P 8 spots, best -14 at 0142

Mike also submitted these statistics for VA2WW/P (from DOS command line SORT/+40):

171005 0156   5 -16 -0.45   0.4757112  VA2WW/P 27             -1     1    0
171005 0044   2 -23 -0.45   0.4757107  VA2WW/P 27             -1     1    0
171005 0204   6 -12 -0.53   0.4757108  VA2WW/P 27             -1     1    0
171005 0034   2 -22 -0.49   0.4757106  VA2WW/P 27             -1     2    0
171005 0118   3 -21 -0.45   0.4757109  VA2WW/P 27              0     1    0
171005 0128   5 -17 -0.49   0.4757109  VA2WW/P 27              0     1    0
171005 0142   5 -14 -0.45   0.4757111  VA2WW/P 27              0     1    0
171005 0106   2 -23 -0.49   0.4757108  VA2WW/P 27              0     3    0

and finally

“Notice no grids reported in this data, so I am not sure if he was attempting two part transmissions or not.  We know the / in the call sign creates issues for data set transmission, I filtered out 2 bandit entries with the sort and edit process this AM, it may have taken 5 minutes or less along with the upload to wspr DB.  Without the use of the DOS SORT/+40 command it would have been tedious to extract the VA2WW/P data and I simply would not have know about it if WSPR was in auto-upload mode and I was not paying close attention to the WSPR log display screen on the WSJT-X dashboard.”

Dave, N4DB, indicates a quiet night in Virginia.  He provided reports for nine 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, experienced software problems during this session, complicating his session.  Before the problem began, he received reports from CF7MM, JA3TVF, KJ6MKI, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7SL andWG2XSV.   He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and WH2XGP.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, indicates that “It appears that the ionic fog to my east lifted this session. My 1w ERP WSPR got all the way out to Eric in Western PA.  I also heard Roger/VK4YB again, which is rare for me. I envy all those in the PNW that hear him often.”  Neil added the following statistics:



WG2XSV session WSPR activity (courtesy W0YSE/7)


Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, indicates that “Last night was not as good as the previous session.”  He provided reports for six WSPR stations and he received reports from 26 unique stations including nine reports from ZL2AFP, best at  -20 dB S/N at 0852z and VK2XGJ.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 59 unique stations including ZL2AFP and VK4YB.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for eleven WSPR stations and he received reports from 51 unique stations including ZL2AFP.  Larry experienced an upload problem with W7IUV/W but indicates that the “usual suspects”  were heard including many decodes of VK4YB.  Larry also indicated that he has returned to his modified Softrock SDR for WSPR and JT9 reporting as he continues to adjust the QRP Labs SDR.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


I operated briefly during the evening, calling CQ on 474.5 kHz CW as I tested an amplifier that I repaired for someone.  Near the end of my operating session, I was pleased to receive a recording and report from Andy, KU4XR, who indicated:

“I heard you calling CQ, and recorded a couple of rounds.. The first 30 seconds is with 2.4 KHz IF Bandwidth, the last 30 second CQ is with both of the 500 Hz IF Filters engaged .. I rate the 2.4 KHz reception at an RST – 589 ( listening thru my desktop speakers ) , I have to give the 500 Hz reception a RST – 599+ Absolutely beautiful copy here in Friendsville, TN. – EM75xr …”


I QRT’ed at 0207z for the night and returned this morning around 1010z,  calling CQ on 474.5 kHz again.  Reverse beacon network indicates that I was heard at +4 dB S/N at VE6WZ at 1054z, 1115z, and 1123z and at +11 dB S/N at AA4VV at 1101z.  I’m quite encouraged by these reports from both sides of the continent.  I suspect there are other grabbers are listening but without the pattern matching file that has been updated to include experimental call sign formats, its going to be hit or miss.  This is a very good start, however.

QRN was not bad to the East but I feel like I am missing out by not being able to listen to the West as storms continue through New Mexico.  Hopefully these storms subside before mid-month and stay out of my area.


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


South American 24-hour WSPR activity


European 24-hour WSPR activity


Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR activity


Chinese / Philippine 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 26 unique stations including PJ4VHF.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.  Eden’s DX report details can be viewed here.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, received reports from six WSPR stations including WH2XCR.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Kevin, KL7KY, provided reports for three WSPR stations including WH2XCR.

KL7KY 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations including WE2XPQ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and ZF1EJ. Merv received reports from 35 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1NIQ, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, KL7KY, VK2XGJ, VK7TW and ZL2AFP.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

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