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OFF AIR for storms - just one more night - should be QRV Saturday night!

Noisy band conditions and flat propagation dominate this session; QSB is fast and plentiful; Geomagnetic field changes are on the horizon again; KL7L -> TNUKJPM in Japan using WSPR2; WE2X and K1RGO complete first QSO’s

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for October 19, 2016 can be viewed here.

The UTC amateur registration database is here.  

HERE are a  few mode specific comments addressing where modes are located now and probably where they are best placed in the future

Curious about who is on the air making two-way QSO’s?  Roger, VE7VV, is maintaining this list.  If you complete QSO’s, be sure to let us know so he can add you to the active operator list.


Noise, which was largely comprised of what sounded like lightning crashes, was elevated during the evening, particularly to the East.  Judging from the lightning map, the storms in the Gulf of Mexico are a logical choice for the source but this has been a  bit of a mystery through the session.  The noise seemed to be down this morning, however.  Storms were active in the Caribbean and a few evening storms which contained lightning didn’t seem to create many problems here in North Texas.  An active system is impacting the Pacific Northwest and Vancouver.  W7IUV reported that QRN was bad and signals overall were generally down in the evening.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions have been at quiet to elevated-quiet levels.  Solarham suggests that unsettled conditions are on the horizon.  The Bz is pointing to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 360 km/s. DST values are trending to more negative values through this sessions after a trend toward the centerline for several days.  Elevated proton levels were detected during a few reporting periods.




Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:


PSKreporter details for the session follow (Note that I do not believe that the trans-Atlantic reports displayed actually occurred on 630-meters):

Courtesy PSKReporter


Laurence, KL7L, submitted this screen capture of his JT9 receive window in Alaska:

Courtesy KL7L


The following stations provided reports of their two-way QSO’s as well as any additional activity that might have occurred during this session:

Eric, NO3M, reported that he completed QSO’s with Fred, N3FL, and a new stations, K1RGO, located in Connecticut during the evening.  Eric indicated Sal had a nice signal and was a smooth CW operator.  Later in the evening Eric reported a signal that was in the noise on 473 kHz and it was suggested that it may have been W0RW.  It might have also been WE4X in Tennessee.

Doug, K4LY, reported that he completed QSO’s with David, WE4X, on FT8 and JT9 last night. Doug added that  “QRN returned and no other contacts. WSPR- 57 decoding K4LY and 13 decoded.”

Referencing Doug’s QSO with WE4X, Doug indicated that through a few emails with David he learned that he attempted QSO’s with K9MRI and WA9CGZ, receiving signal reports from both but fading before the QSO’s could be completed.  Presumably these QSO attempts were using JT9 or FT8.  Doug points out that remarkably, Dave is using a modified Icom-7300 set to just 4-watts output.  His antenna was a 117-foot long wire strung between trees and fed with zip cord to an MFJ-939B tuner.  This is a temporary setup and its unclear whether he is using a low pass filter on the output of the Icom but in reality his output on 472 kHz is probably a fraction of a watt (the remainder of the power existing as harmonic content) so its remarkable that he was able to even be heard by a few stations, much less complete a QSO with Doug.  Congrats to David for his efforts and his first 630-meter QSO.  I look forward to working him soon!

David, N1DAY, reported that he completed an FT8 QSO with Wayne, K9SLQ,  during the evening.  David added that he provided reports for ten WSPR stations and received WSPR reports from 54 unique stations during a 12-hour evening and overnight  operating period.

Mark, VA7MM, reported CW QSO’s with W7IUV and VE7CA and a JT9 QSO with N6GN.  Mark heard K5DNL’s JT9 CQ at -25 dB S/N but Ken was not hearing him.

Toby, VE7CNF, reported evening JT9 QSO’s with CF7MM and W7IUV.

At KB5NJD, the evening yielded no new QSO’s as noise was elevated to the East and propagation was a bit flat.  Several new stations were QRV on CW and fortunately there were other ops that were able to welcome them to the band.  John, AE5X, from Houston sent me this email report:

“Hardly DX but wanted to let you know I’m receiving your CQ at 0028Z in Houston at 599. Rig: Flex 6300 and random wire 50 feet long. I hope to be able to transmit in a week or so – working on an antenna.”

I QRT’ed fairly early in hopes up being up by 0900z.  This morning was a bit more productive with lower noise but QSB was active as I responded to a CQ of NO3M  on CW who had been up all night reworking his rack rig to improve stability.  He was successful after rewinding coils and changing a “grid frequency” and we exchanged RST 549 reports with one another before the band faded.  We QRT’ed just as the path closed.  Wayne, K9SLQ reported my intermittent calls this morning at RST 569 at 1110z.  He also called me during the evening but I was not hearing him.

Roger, VK4YB, indicated that “QRN was low tonight. Plenty of rain but no lightning with it. Propagation is still in the doldrums. Worked Grant, VK3HP on FT8. WSPR: heard 7, heard by 27.” Roger received WSPR reports from CF7MM, JA3TVF, JH1INM, KR6LA, KU7Z, N6GN, N6SKM, TNUKJPM, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, W6SFH and W7IUV/W. He shared two-way reports with K9FD, KL7L and W7IUV.  Roger was also monitoring for DX JT9 activity, seeing K5DNL’s signal too inconsistently for a QSO.  He also attempted a JT9 QSO with NU6O.

Ken, K5DNL, operated JT9 during the morning session up through sunrise in an attempt to complete a QSO with VK4YB.  Today was not going to be the day given the fast QSB but a few openings were observed.  Ken received reception reports of his JT9 from W7IUV, who indicated that the path always seems to be open.  Overnight Ken operated WSPR, providing reports for nine WSPR stations and he received reports from 68 unique stations including a single decode from VK4YB.  He also received reports from KL7/VE6 and seven unique Canadian stations.  Ken shared two-way reports with K9FD (KH6).

Joe, NU6O, sought a keyboard to keyboard QSO during the evening after calling CQ with JT9 and completing a QSO with W0YSE/7.  No details on whether he found anyone to chat with at length but NO3M recommended Domino-EX or GMSK, for future reference.  Joe received JT9 reports from VK2XGJ but completed no additional QSO’s during this session.  This morning Joe operated a bit of WSPR and received DX reports from ZL2AFP and VK2XGJ.

Neil, W0YSE/7, reported a CW chat with Steve, K7SF, about 30-miles South of Neil’s QTH on the Oregon side of the Columbia river.  He and Steve discussed Steve’s work to remotely locate his variometer at the antenna and he was working on building a remote RF ammeter.  I like QSO’s like this and wish that I was close enough to have been involved.  Congrats guys!

Larry, W7IUV, reported poor conditions and high noise in Washington state.  He completed QSO’s with the following stations:

NU6O (JT9)
Larry notes that he is running out of local stations to make contacts with and adding new stations have been slow to come online.  He added that his unique QSO count stands at 21 and he wonders how that compares to stations in the East.  Larry indicates that he is running WSPR during the day to help new operators get their stations in order.  Larry shared two-way WSPR reports with VK4YB and received WSPR reports from ZL2AFP, VK2XGJ, and ZL1EE.


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.

Al, K2BLA, indicates that he was looking for new JT9 signals this morning but only found local signals so he transitioned to WSPR for a bit, providing reports for eleven WSPR stations and received reports from 33 unique stations.  He shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD.

Toby, VE7CNF, reported that his JT9 signal was reported once by WB0DBQ in EN46 at -28dB S/N around 0630z.

Tom, KJ4YBS, reported FT8 activity with K9SLQ, K4LY and the QSO between K4LY and WE4X.  Tom indicates that he is using a 160-meter dipole for receive but is not ready to transmit yet.

Courtesy KJ4YBS via K9SLQ


Trans-Atlantic report details for the session can be viewed here.

Dave, AA1A, received WSPR reports from PA0O, EA8BFK and EB8ARZ/1.

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded eleven WSPR stations including W7IUV who he has not reported in  several days at Dave’s station.

Robert, KR7O, reported that his best WSPR reception for the session was of W7IUV:

2017-10-19 12:04 W7IUV 0.475688 -1 0 DN07dg 5 KR7O

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he “…Heard 13 overnight on 630m. Only DX past 3000km was W7IUV with. 26 spots from Larry’s station. Best SNR -13 @ 0656, min SNR -30 @ 1038 utc. NE EWE from SS to 0440, then NW EWE until sunrise… “

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


South American 24-hour WSPR activity


European 24-hour WSPR activity


Asiatic Russia 24-hour WSPR activity


Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L, provided reports for four WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from ten unique stations including dawn reports from TNUKJPM in Japan. He shared two-way reports with K9FD, and NU6O.  DX report details can be viewed here.

KL7L 24-hour WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD, provided reports for fourteen WSPR stations including VK3HP. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, KL7L, ZL1EE and ZL2AFP.  Merv received reports from 42 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, TNUKJPM, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK7TW and ZL4EI.   John, VK2XGJ, reported that his first report of Merv came at 0754z at -25 dB S/N.   DX report details can be viewed here.

K9FD 24-hour WSPR activity


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