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

Best domestic openings of the season in North America; Trans-Pacific openings impacted by high noise and storms in Oceania; Trans-Atlantic openings on a roll for WG2XKA and WD2XSH/17; Nice reports of VO1NA QRSS10 in Europe; Epic session of Reverse Beacon Network reports; Two-way path between 7L1RLL and WH2XCR

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for October 8, 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.

 

As far as lightning crashes are concerned, it was generally quiet this morning as most lightning-rich storms dissipated overnight from the previous evening’s activity.  A few active storms remain this morning in the Gulf of Mexico and in western Mexico.  WA3ETD reported high “rain static” in Vermont this morning as rain continues and likely will continue for several more days.  High noise was reported in Oceania, creating problems for trans-Pacific paths, according to VK4YB.

11-hour North America lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions are quiet.  So far forecast unsettled conditions have not really manifest. The Bz is pointing to the North this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging in the moderate category near 410 km/s.  DST values continue to ride the centerline, even exceeding it into positive territory for extended periods with the Australian measurement.  Propagation and general band conditions are very good this morning in North America.

 

 

 

 

Reverse beacon network activity was quite robust during this session which can be seen below.  Note that there are some frequency calibration issues with some skimmer receivers so reported frequencies may not be accurate:

 

 

Joe, VO1NA, was reported by several stations during this session in Europe and abroad as he operated QRSS10 on 477.7 kHz.

VO1NA at G0MRF (courtesy G0MRF)

 

David indicates  that he was listening to Joe with  an E-probe and three-foot whip.

 

VO1NA at F4DTL (courtesy F4DTL)

 

Nicholas, F4DTL, also reported the massive Hellschreiber signal from IW4DXW that was observed in the previous session by David, G0MRF:

IW4DXW at F4DTL (courtesy F4DTL)

 

Trans-Atlantic report details can be viewed here.

John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, indicates that he provided reports for nine WSPR stations and he received reports from 42 unique stations including G8HUH and WH2XCR.  John added that the “Far west and PNW opening up here, but QRN still high, rain here.”

WG2XKA session WSPR activity (courtesy WA3ETD)

 

Dave, AA1A / WD2XSH/17, received reports from 43 unique stations including DH5RAE, G8HUH, LA3EQ, PA0EHG, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2 and PA7EY.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported a ‘GREAT’ night of transcontinental openings.  He explains:

“Great propagation this time. My WSPR was decoded by 31 stations (I gained 1 more while preparing this report, hi).

Great Prop to eastern states. All these are well over 2000 km from Vancouver, WA. I got 2 spots from Al, WI2XBV, in Florida, which does not happen very often.”

WG2XSV session WSPR activity (courtesy W0YSE)

 

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

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported that he decoded thirteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 61 unique stations including WE2XPQ, PJ4VHF, ZF1EJ  and six Canadaian stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and VE7BDQ.  Ken also called CQ on FT8 this morning, receiving reports from KC4SIT.

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 56 unique stations.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, indicates good band conditions and low noise this morning and overnight in Florida.  He provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 39 unique stations including PJ4VHF.

Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, reported that it was “A good night here in western North Carolina considering the rain moving in, technical difficulty transmitting/receiving during the session and high QRM. In total 36 stations decoded my WSPR signal and I was able to decode 4 WSPR signals plus Ken’s WG2XXM FT8 signal. I hope to be in a place of answering Ken’s next FT8 and JT65 signals.”

WI2XQU 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy KC4SIT)

 

WG2XXM FT8 at WI2XQU (courtesy KC4SIT)

 

Jay, KA9CFD, indicated good transcontinental WSPR openings this morning, including reported for WH2XCR (-23 dB S/N) and VE7BDQ (-25 dB S/N).

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he experienced a:

“Good path to PNW and Hawaii overnight, 15 stations decoded on 630m. NE EWE antenna until about 0100 then e-probe until about 0200, then back to NE EWE antenna until 0600, then NW EWE antenna until after SR.  High level LF/MF converter with Telefunken FZ-01 473 kHz mechanical filter.  On 2200m NW EWE antenna at SS to 9th order. Butterworth 300kHz LPF, to modified HD-1420. Then e-probe from 0600 to SR.

Best +3000km Spots

WH2XCR  11 spots best -18 SNR @ 0948 & 1036
VE7BDQ     5 spots best -20 SNR @ 0500
WI2XJQ      2 spots best -21 SNR 0830 & -22 SNR 0648
WG2XSV    9 spots best -26 SNR  @ 1044 & 0722
WH2XGP  51 spots best   -2 SNR @ 0948
WH2XXP  63 spots best   -7 SNR @ 1030

109 of 152 WH2XND spots on 2200m from 0128 to 1136 UTC, 72 percent decode rate.”

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 at 0929z that he was “QSX JA beam for 7L1RLL. QRN is high, so it’s a long shot.”  At 1326z Roger added that “As predicted QRN was high and well spread across VK/ZL. As a result TP was a one-way affair. Heard 5, heard by 27.”  Roger received reports from JA1PKG, KJ6MKI, TNUKJPM, VA7JX VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7CNF, W6SFH, W7IUV, WE2XPQ and WH2XGP.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR.

Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, provided reports for seventeen WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from 52 unique stations.  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for twelve WSPR stations including VK4YB.  Larry added that he “…ran QRP Labs SDR on west RX antenna last night, signed as W7IUV.”

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)

 

The evening session began just after sunset with CQ’s on 474.5 kHz CW and persisted for about an hour until full darkness arrived in North Texas.  No RBN reports or QSO’s were logged.  I QRT’ed for the night.  At 1010z this morning, I returned to air with CW and propagation was significantly better with RBN reports from AA4VV, VE7AB, VE6WZ, and VE6JY.  In fact the reports from VE6JY continued through my sunrise period, stopping at  1215z.  I QRT’ed for the morning at 1230z.  Those details can be viewed earlier in this report.  The band was in very good shape.

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity

 

South 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 twelve WSPR stations including WH2XCR.   Eden will remain in a receive-only capacity for a few days as antenna repairs are completed at his station.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

The KiwiSDR at PJ4VHF was active again during this session, providing reports for WG2XXM, WI2XRM, and WI2XBV.  David, G0MRF, reported that he logged in and reset the SDR at some point during this session as it has a 30-minute time-out period to reduce Internet bandwidth utilization, which may explain the lack of widespread reports.  Report details can be viewed here.

PJ4VHF session WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for seven WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from fifteen unique stations. He shared two-way reports with VE7BDQ, WH2XCR and WI2XJQ.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Kevin, KL7KY, provided reports for WE2XPQ and WH2XCR.

KL7KY 24-hour WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for fifteen WSPR stations including ZL2AFP. He shared two-way reports with 7L1RLL, VK4YB, ZL1EE and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from 34 unique stations including JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, KL7KY, VK2XGJ and ZF1EJ.   DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity

 


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