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

Band openings are moving targets as QSB remains active but many good openings observed including JT9 QSO between W7IUV and VK4YB; Trans-Atlantic reports heat up again for AA1A and ZF1EJ; Noise remains unseasonably high as storm system marches across North America; More good openings around the Pacific rim including KL7L -> JA1PKG/2; W3LPL reports first time decodes in KH6

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for October 21, 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.

Spot stations calling CQ on any mode here on DXSummit and help them find a QSO!


A cluster of storms in Iowa made a lot of noise across North America.  I can only imagine what it was like in the Midwest.  There were also a number of storms in the Gulf of Mexico.  QRN made he band sound like mid-Summer at times.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions remain quiet for now but the feeling is that we are observing the “calm before the storm”. The Bz has been quite variable overnight, with periods ranging from -5 nT to +5 nT and proton counts elevated to the moderate category.  Solar wind velocities remain calm and are averaging near 370 km/s this morning.  DST values have made a surge for the centerline and positive values.




QSB continues to be quite erratic.  A barrier continues to exist periodically between East  and West.  For those of us in the central US, propagation it is equally challenging in both directions except for brief openings, in some cases with exceptional S/N reported.  Propagation wasn’t necessarily poor but  the band was moving around and operators had to be ready when it was their turn.

Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:


PSKReporter data for the past 24-hours follows:

Courtesy PSKReporter


Laurence, KL7L, submitted this log of received JT9 stations at his QTH in Alaska.


The following stations provided reports of their two-way QSO’s as well as any additional activity that might have occurred during this session (this is not necessarily a complete list – only what was reported!):

Larry, W7IUV, completed another two-way JT9 QSO with VK4YB this morning.  Larry also completed JT9 QSO’s with NO3M at 1102Z and K5DNL at 1132z.  He completed a CW QSO with KK7UV at 1110z.  Larry sent these comments including additional details of the his session activity:

“First of all, I made an error the other day when I reported the number on initials I had. I said 21 but it was really 19.

The last two nights conditions up here have been quite poor. Last night I made no contacts at all. Besides poor prop, activity seemed low.

I got up early this morning because I couldn’t sleep, not because I thought conditions would be any better. Good thing I did because in spite of horrendous QRN, There was activity and prop.

On CW, I made an initial contact with KK7UV.

On JT9, I made an initial contact with NO3M and repeat QSO’s with W0YSE, K5DNL, and VK4YB.

My total initials is now 21 and yes I counted correctly this time!

I did hear W0RW on CW but Paul peaked at only 339 for a few seconds. It is going to take much better conditions to make it with Paul I think.

Daytime WSPR at 1 w or less will continue to provide a chance for others to work on their station optimization.”

Ken, K5DNL, completed JT9 QSO’s with W5EMC (New station), ZF1EJ, W7IUV and NU6O.  For Ken’s overnight WSPR activity, he provided reports for eighteen WSPR stations including three Canadian stations.  He received reports from 79 unique stations including VK4YB, ZL2AFP, KL7L, K9FD (/KH6),  ZF1EJ  and seven Canadian stations.

Al, K2BLA, reported JT9 QSO’s with K9MRI and VE3CIQ.  During a brief WSPR session, Al received reports from 54 unique stations which was a new record for his station and he provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations.

Roger, VK4YB, reported “Low noise again, but propagation is mediocre. QSB seems high but maybe that’s because we are using more JT9. Only Larry worked on JT9. On WSPR heard 8, heard by 30.” Roger received WSPR reports from JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG/2, N6GN, N6SKM, VA6JX, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7AB, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, W6SFH, W7IUV/W and WA6OURKIWI.  He shared two-way reports with K9FD, KL7L and W7IUV.

Neil, W0YSE, reported JT9 QSO’s with Joe, NU6O, and Larry, W7IUV, this morning.   He added that he “…saw traces JT9 of Ken/K5NDL at -27, -25, and later again at -27.”  A very big deal for Neil during this session was his signal being received by ZL2AFP.  Congrats Neil!

Neil’s first report at ZL2AFP Courtesy W0YSE


Paul, W0RW, was reported on 473 kHz calling CQ on CW at 0627z by NO3M which resulted in a QSO.  Paul was also heard by Steve, KK7UV but indicated that Paul was not hearing him.   I completed a CW QSO with Paul at 1145z, reporting him at RST 449 and receiving RST 339.  He peaked moments after we signed at RST 559 and easy armchair copy.  He faded to nothing about two minutes later, returning about 5 minutes later.  QSB was deep and tended to be of variable duration.  Here is a recording:

My (KB5NJD) QSO with Paul was the highlight of the session.  I went to bed very early in hopes of being up early to look for K9FD (/KH6).  Merv heard me on a brief QSB peak and that was it.  Steve, KK7UV, in Montana, reported me in the noise mix at RST 339.  I briefly heard a QSO between W7IUV and KK7UV, but it was a rough morning.  Recording follows:


I made it a point to tune around for the remainder of the session, making only a few calls.  It was clear that propagation was very selective given my limited reverse beacon reports at AA4VV in the Carolinas.  It was an enjoyable morning session nevertheless.

Joe, NU6O,  indicates that JR1IZM reported his  CQ on JT9.  No QSO was completed.  Joe received one WSPR report from JA1PKG/2.

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.

Trans-Atlantic report details can be viewed here.

Dave, AA1A, received WSPR reports from sixteen European stations including DK7FC/P, DL-SWL, DL4RAJ, EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, G0KTN, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/1, G0MJI, G4ZFQ, LA2XPA, OR7T, PA0O, PA0RDT and PA7EY.

Eden, ZF1EJ, received reports from EA8BFK for a second consecutive day.

Frank, W3LPL, reported  that he was received by K9FD (/KH6) over a five hour period during this session while operating at approximately 3W TPO.  Frank’s transmit antenna is a remarkable 197-foot tall inverted L with over 300 foot of horizontal section and 30,000-foot of radials.  Frank’s next task is to determine his antenna current so he can accurately determine his EIRP.  He believes that he is withing a few dB of 5W EIRP at this time.

Courtesy W3LPL


David, N1DAY, reported that he decoded fourteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 54 unique stations.

Ernie, KC4SIT, reported that his result were “best ever” for his station.  He provided reports for fifteen WSPR stations, including W7IUV at a distance of 3291 km.  He added that five other stations were in excess of 1000 km away from his QTH in North Carolina.

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded fourteen WSPR stations but no one in the Pacific Northwest. VE3CIQ was the sole Canadian and  Eden, ZF1EJ, was Dave most distance report.

W0YSE reported that  the WSPRnet activity page indicated 149 active WSPR stations during the late evening.  Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


European 24-hour WSPR activity


Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, completed a JT9 QSO with K5DNL during the evening, noting that its been “slim pickins” over the past few days.  Overnight Eden provided reports for eight WSPR stations and  he received reports from 49 unique stations, including EA8BFK and K9FD (/KH6).  If you are just getting your feet wet on 630-meters, perhaps you are using WSPR to evaluate your system, consider loading WSJTx if you have not already done so and make a sked with Eden using JT9 or FT8.

ZF1EJ session WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L, is hoping to spend some time on JT9 tonight and is working on the stations today.  During this session he provided reports for eight WSPR stations and he received reports from eighteen unique stations including JA1PKG/2 and ZL2AFP. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, K9FD, VE7BDQ, W0YSE and W7IUV.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

KL7L session WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD (/KH6), attempted QSO’s this morning in North America and Oceania but QSB was too much.  Merv provided reports for nineteen WSPR stations including VK3HP and ZF1EJ.   He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZL1EE,  ZL2AFP and KL7L. Merv received reports from 34 unique stations including JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG/2, JE1JDL, VK2XGJ, VK7TW and ZL4EI.   DX report details can be viewed here.

K9FD session WSPR activity


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