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OFF AIR but returning after dark on Saturday night

Talk of “best night ever” from many stations as trans-Pacific paths result in big openings between North America and Asia / Oceania in spite of reported high noise. Another night of trans-Atlantic openings for two East coast stations; The night G3KEV discovered FT8; More new CW skimmer activity observed

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for October 9, 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.


There were only a few lightning-rich storms in North America during this session.  Remnants of hurricane Nate are active this morning in the Southeast but I am really not hearing those storms this morning during my CW session.  A few evening storms were present from the Southeast into New England but many stations in the region were surprised that band conditions were as good as they were.  A few evening and overnight storms were also observed in the West but have dissipated this morning.  In Oceania VK4YB reported high QRN near Australia but relatively quiet band conditions in New Zealand.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions remain at quiet levels.  The Bz has been very stable this morning and is pointing to the North.  Solar wind velocities are averaging near 360 km/s.   DST values remain very stable at or above the centerline at positive levels.  Domestic transcontinental propagation, particularly on paths moving from West to East, was quite good.




Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow (Note that G2XSV reports at VE6WZ and VE7AB are for WG2XSV) :

courtesy Reverse Beacon Network


Roelof, PA0RDT, reported VO1NA’s QRSS10 signal on 477.7 kHz overnight and indicates very strong signals.

VO1NA QRSS10 at PA0RDT (courtesy PA0RDT)


Mal, G3KEV, created a stir in Europe when he tried FT8 on 630-meters for the first time.  While the details were fragmented and sketchy, reports from the RSGB-LF reflector suggest that Mal completed QSO’s with G6AVK and IZ7SLZ.  He also received reports from DL4RAJ, G0MRF, and HF1D.  Also receiving fragments of the completed QSO’s were G4JNT and G3XBM.  While not the first QSO’s on 630-meters using FT8, these may represent some of the first activity in Europe.

Dominico, IZ7SLZ, reported the EbNaut signal of Riccardo, IW4DXW, at 16-watts TPO.  This mode is a form of coherent BSPK used most often at LF and particularly in Europe.

Courtesy IZ7SLZ


Trans-Atlantic report details can be viewed here.

Jim, W4BCX / WI2XRM, provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 44 unique stations including G8HUH.

Rob, K3RWR / WH2XXV, provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 66 unique stations including G8HUH and ZL2AFP.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, indicates that “It was another good night for me. I was heard by 39 stations (8 more than last session). This is the first time I have been received by WI2XUL, I believe, and KC4YLV in N. Colorado is a new one for me and might be a new listener on the band.

Here are those over 1500 km who decoded my 1.5w ERP (a slight increase in power compared to last week).

As WG2XSV I heard these 8 stations: VE7CNF, WE2XPQ, WG2XXM, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WH2XXP, WI2XBQ, WI2XJQ

I also used the kiwiSDR at VE7AB in CN88il all night and decoded these 20 stations: 


Neil also supplied these JT9 reception reports for VE7CNF:

0514  -4 -0.0 1176 @  V VE7CNF CN89
0516  -2  0.1 1175 @  V VE7CNF CN89


Rick, W7RNB / WI2XJQ, reported good activity but he indicates that propagation may have pulled back a bit for reports at his station.  He provided reports for nine WSPR stations and he received reports from thirty unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Joe, WA9CGZ / WI2XSV, reported a new record for his stations, receiving reports from fifty unique stations.

Ernie, KC4SIT / WI2XQU, indicated a very good session, providing reports for seven WSPR stations and receiving reports from 67 unique stations.

WI2XQU session WSPR activity (courtesy KC4SIT)


David, N1DAY / WI2XUF, indicated that he achieved his station record, providing reports for fifteen WSPR stations through the session from coast to coast.  David added that hurricane Nate impacted his station with power outages, high winds and  antenna damage but none of these things had a major negative impact on his receiving results.

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations and he receive reports from 45 unique stations including stations in VE3, VE6, and VE7.  He indicates that he shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and he heard my CQ’s at RST  579 through moderate noise in Florida this morning.

Joe, K9MRI / WI2XUL, reported that he decoded fourteen WSPR stations including his session best DX, WH2XCR.  Joe also called me on CW last night but I never heard him and by the time I realized he had been calling, it was too late.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded eighteen WSPR stations overnight, including “…XCR, XBQ, VE7CNF, WG2XSV, WH2XGP, WH2XXP all +3000km”

Jay, KA9CFD, reported a number of decodes of WH2XCR overnight as well as many reports for West coast stations.  He also reported my CQ’s this morning on CW and at 1125z indicated that he decoded thirteen WSPR stations in the previous hour of listening.  Jay’s best DX was WH2XCR.

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded fourteen WSPR stations on what he classified as one of his better nights of receiving.  Dave indicates that his best DX was WH2XGP at 3469 km but he is hoping for VK4YB one day.

Trans-Pacific report details, excluding ZF1, 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 “Storms continue as forecast. New Zealand was relatively clear enabling ZL2APF to capture a rich bag of decodes including WH2XXC. No such luck here.  The Alberta twins amassed more than 100 YB spots between them. Don had 3 receivers going by the looks of it, and I was getting into all of them.  There were no spots further East in mainland USA but Eden, ZF1EJ, had one spot at -25 which was the high light of the session.”  Roger received reports from JA1PKG, JE1JDL, JR1IZM, KL7KY, KR6LA, N1VF, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7AB, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7CNF, W6SFH, W7IUV, WE2XPQ  and WH2XGP.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and WI2XBQ.

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM provided reports for seventeen WSPR stations and he received reports from 83 unique stations including VK4YB, ZL2AFP, WE2XPQ, KL7KY, ZF1EJ and nine Canadian stations.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR, VE7CNF and VE3CIQ.

Joe, NU6O / WI2XBQ, indicate that this session was his “best night ever” with “fantastic propagation to the East” including thirteen reports East of the Rockies.  Joe provided reports for ten WSPR stations and he received reports from 45 unique stations including ZL2AFP and JA1NQI/2.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB.  Joe added that “Spots to the east occurred in three bursts at 05, 09, and 11 hours UTC.”

Ward, K7PO / WH2XXP, received reports from 72 unique stations including ZL2AFP and VK4YB.

WH2XXP 24-hour WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reported an “Outstanding night, XGP decoded 22 stations on east 800′ BOG, including VK4YB and WE2XPQ off the back I think a new record for me.  XGP was decoded by 74 unique reporters including JA1NQI/2, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, VK4YB, ZF1EJ, ZL1EE, & ZL2AFP, a new record also.”  As W7IUV, Larry provided reports for fifteen WSPR stations including VK4YB.

WH2XGP session WSPR activity (courtesy NI7J)


Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM, reported the completion of this beautiful transmitter  that will be used on “opening night”.  He indicated on the 600-meter research group email reflector that he is “Hoping to operate this transmitter and a HRO-5 on 630M for the “first” night of US amateur operation starting at 8 PM EDT next Sunday night (0000z Monday). After a while, I’ll switch to the main station, running CW and digital.  If there’s activity, I’ll probably be QRV all night until sunrise.”

The good propagation from the previous session remained largely in tact through the evening portion of the session.  I began my CW CQ’s on 474.5 kHz right at sunset and shared the very rare “almost full sun” two-way QSO with WG2XJM.  Eric was tuning the band, looking for a signal and heard me calling.  Its been rare to see these early “still light outside” openings on 630-meters between our stations but he was a solid RST 559 while I was listening omni with the single short preamp-coupled vertical element and he was easy copy as he told me about his search for signals.  He reported that I was also RST 559.  By the time we signed a few minutes later, his signal was peaking at at a true RST 599.  All of this occurred between five and ten minutes  after local sunset.  I said last week when he and I worked that that QSO was probably our last under Part-5 rules but it was nice to get “one more” using the experimental call signs.  Will there be another before next week?

I also received calls from Joe, K9MRI / WI2XUL, but was not hearing him here while listening omni.   By the time that I had a report from him on the ON4KST chat, he was long gone and I didn’t have a chance to try to listen in his direction while he was transmitting.  I’ve not had good success hearing Joe in the past but I seem to do well into that area.  There are a lot of different reasons why that path may not be reciprocal.  I QRT’ed at 0148z.

This morning I returned to air around 1010z, calling CQ on 474.5 kHz CW.  Reverse beacon reports were slow to arrive but they did finally being to roll in, starting with a 0 dB S/N report from WZ7I at 1038z followed by a 6 dB S/N report from AA4VV at 1056z, and consecutive reports from VE7AB and VE6WZ at  1105z and 1106z, respectively at 2 dB and 5 dB S/N.  Its interesting to see the reports move around.  I suspect QSB is very fast this morning which isn’t helping reports.  While not as good as yesterday, propagation and band conditions are very good.  I continued to call until 1225z.  One late VE skimmer report was registered just prior to my QRT.

My plan for “opening night” at this time is to call CQ on CW while listening simplex and cross band on 40-meters.  Details of the activity will be forthcoming as the big night gets closer.

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


Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations including WH2XCR and VK4YB.  Eden continues in a receive-only capacity as antenna repairs are completed at his station.  DX report details can be viewed here.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, provided reports for eight WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from 22 unique stations including ZL2AFP.  He shared two-way reports with VE7CNF, WG2XSV, WH2XCR, WH2XGP, WI2XBQ, and WI2XJQ.  DX report details can be viewed here.

WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


Kevin, KL7KY, provided reports for ten WSPR stations including VK4YB and WH2XCR.  DX report details can be viewed here.

KL7KY 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, provided reports for fourteen legitimate WSPR stations including ZL1EE. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and WE2XPQ. Merv received reports from 46 unique stations including JA1NQI/2, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, KL7KY, VK2XGJ, ZF1EJ, ZL1EE and ZL2AFP.   DX report details can be viewed here.

WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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