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

Good propagation but poor listening conditions due to strong storms in the central US; Good trans-Atlantic openings for the East coast; KL7L testing station for QSO modes – now we need a quieter night

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for October 22, 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!


Big storms in the central and midwestern US meant big noise for all of North America.  A few storm were also present in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.   W0YSE/7 reported high levels of rain static.  The Gulf of Mexico was also active but looks similar to recent sessions.    Many stations were QRT through this session due to poor weather and few QSO’s were completed.  This session also coincided with the October running of the Stew Perry Topband DX Challenge which was also impacted by noise conditions and generally weak propagation.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions were observed at quiet to elevated-quiet levels but changes are on the way according to Solarham. The Bz is pointing slightly to the North but has exhibited quite a bit of variability through the session.  Solar wind velocities are  averaging near 400 km/s with periods observed in the moderate category.  DST values are off of their highs and trending down.  An M-class (M1.1) flare was observed during the day resulting in a brief bump in X-ray flux.




Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:


Courtesy PSKReporter


Neil, W0SYE, was QRT due to poor weather conditions in the Pacific Northwest but he was able to provide the following JT9 receive reports for part of the evening:

Courtesy W0YSE/7


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!):

Toby, VE7CNF, reported that he completed a JT9 QSO with Ben, N1VF, which was capture by Neil, W0YSE/7, and posted above.  Toby also attempted a JT9 QSO with K9FD (/KH6) but band conditions were rough at best and a QSO was not completed during two separate attempts.

Al, K2BLA / WI2XBV, reported very high noise in Florida.  He operated briefly, providing reports for six WSPR stations at much reduced S/N levels. Al received reports from  26 unique stations including K9FD (/KH6).

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded thirteen WSPR stations overnight but no stations in the Pacific Northwest.

Trans-Pacific WSPR 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, indicates that “Noise has returned somewhat and propagation is much the same. I saw no traces of JT9 and did not CQ. On WSPR, heard 9 (best K5DNL) and heard by 29 (inc W7RNB).”  Roger received reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG/2, JE1JDL, KPH, N1VF, N6SKM, VE6JY, VE7AB, VE7BDQ, W1CK, W6SFH and W7RNB. He shared two-way reports with K9FD, KL7L and W7IUV.

Ken, K5DNL, called CQ on JT9 this morning after storms cleared but the noise levels were S9 plus.  He returned to WSPR for three hours, hearing one WSPR station and he provided reports for 48 unique stations including VK4YB, ZL2AFP, K9FD (/KH6) and five Canadian stations.

Larry, W7IUV, was also impacted by storm QRN and opted out of much operating besides WSPR.  Larry indicated that he was hearing VK4YB using the western WSPR RX (W7IUV/W) and he received report from ZL2AFP and VK2XGJ.  He shared two-way WSPR reports from the main station with VK4YB.

Rick, W7RNB, was receive-only in the Pacific Northwest but successfully reported VK4YB.  His unique WSPR report details can be viewed here.

Trans-Atlantic WSPR report details can be viewed here.

Jim, W4BCX, received reports from EA8BFK.

Dave, AA1A, received reports from DH5RAE, DK7FC/p, DL-SWL, DL4RAJ, EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F4DTL/2, F59706, G0KTN, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/1, G0MJI, G0VQH, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2 and PA7EY.

Ernie, KC4SIT, indicated that he received fifteen WSPR stations in spite of high noise levels.  Ernie added that the current on-ground antenna is hearing better than the inverted-L under the current noise conditions.

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, provided reports for five WSPR stations and he received reports from 27 unique stations including K9FD.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L, reported at 0518z that he was “shaking down” the station with JT9.  Unfortunately we in the lower-48 were severely afflicted with noise and storms.  Laurence’s JT9 signal was not reported by anyone but that WILL happen in the future, I am certain.  While on WSPR, Laurence provided reports for VK4YB and W7IUV.  He shared two-way reports with K9FD (/KH6).  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

KL7L session WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD (/KH6), attempted a JT9 QSO with VE7CNF twice during the evening but QRN levels were extremely high resulting in no QSO.  Overnight on WSPR, Merv provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations including ZF1EJ, VK3HP, ZL1EE and VK1DSH. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and ZL2AFP. Merv received reports from 24 unique stations including JA1PKG/2, JE1JDL, KL7L, KPH, VK2XGJ (first reported seven minutes before local VK2 sunset), VK3ALZ, VK7TW, ZL4EI. Select DX report details can be viewed here.

K9FD session WSPR activity


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