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

Low noise and good propagation result in JT9 QSO between VK4YB and KL7L; KL7L <-> W7IUV on JT9; First CW QSO between North America and Hawaii for VE7CNF and K9FD; Great trans-Atlantic openings including W3LPL -> G8HUH for Frank’s first trans-Atlantic report

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for October 23, 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!


Noise was relatively low for a majority of North America.  A few storms were present in the Gulf of Mexico and the southeastern US as well as a  few evening storms in north central US.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions were generally quiet with one period of elevated-quiet levels observed.  A G1 storm watch is in effect over the next 24-hour according to Solarham as a coronal hole is now geoeffective.  The Bz is pointing slightly to the North and solar wind velocities are averaging near 380 km/s.   Protons were elevated during the evening for a few reporting periods.  DST values peaked once again at positive levels but have since begun to trend downward.  Similar periodic behavior  has been observed in recent sessions.




Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:


PSKReporter details for the session follow:

Courtesy PSKReporter


Jim, W5EST, submitted these screen captures of his JT9 receive session from overnight, showing a few difficult QSO’s from start to finish:


Courtesy W5EST


Don, VE6JY, reported the following JT9 data from the morning:

Courtesy VE6JY


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, completed a JT9 QSO with Merv, K9FD at 0700z followed by the first CW QSO between North America and Hawaii on a brief peak when Toby peaked at RST 569 this morning at 0726z. QSB and QRN were reported to be very bad.  Toby also completed a difficult CW QSO with Eric, NO3M and a JT9 QSO was completed with W0YSE.  Some work was also done during the day with Roger, VE7VV, using GMSK which is part of the MMVARI suite.  They were joined by John, VE7BDQ.

Roger, VE7VV, submitted these comments about his GMSK QSO with VE7CNF:

“Yesterday Toby, VE7CNF, and I chatted for almost an hour on ground wave (100 km path) using GMSK at various speeds and power levels. With the 15 baud/WPM speed we had 100% decoding at 1W power levels. The 62 baud speed, which is way faster than either of us could type, was solid at 8W output. Of the various modes that we have tried, I concluded that GMSK15 is the best for keyboard chatting.

Propagation was spotty with QSB last night, but far better than seen for several days. KL7L decoded one of my CQ’s so I am hoping for a QSO with him soon.”

Eric, NO3M, completed a new JT9 QSO with Kermit, W9XA, and Rob, NC0B, in addition to the previously reported CW QSO with VE7CNF.

Rob, NC0B, jumped right into things, making his first JT9 QSO with K5DNL followed by NO3M.  Rob submitted this image of his loading and matching network under the antenna while in development stages before being placed inside of an enclosure:

Courtesy NC0B


Neil, W0YSE/7, completed JT9 QSO’s with VE7CNF, N1VF(Initial) and K5DNL.  He also received two-reports from reverse beacon network nodes in British Columbia and Alberta.  On WSPR overnight Neil reported the following comments and statistics:

Courtesy W0YSE/7


Al, K2BLA, reported low noise and good propagation.  He completed a JT9 QSO with W9XA for an initial contact.  Overnight on WSPR, he received reports from 54 unique stations including PA0O and G8HUH which, Al reports,  “ties my best record”.  He provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations and he shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD (/KH6).

Ken, K5DNL,  reported JT9 QSO’s with NC0B and W0YSE.  On WSPR overnight he provided reports for sixteen WSPR stations including VE3EFF and he received reports from 73 unique stations including ZL2AFP and seven Canadian stations.

Roger, VK4YB, completed a JT9 QSO with Laurence, KL7L (Laurence’s transcript here) this morning at a distance of 11138 km.  Roger indicated that with”…High QRN in Brisbane, it was amazing to hear any DX at all. Laurence had many good traces but it took 30 minutes to get the two vital messages. On WSPR, heard 8, and heard by 29.”  Roger received WSPR reports from JA1PKG/2, KPH, KR6LA, N6SKM, TNUKJPM, VE6JY, VE7AB, VE7BDQ,VE7CNF, W6SFH, W7IUV and W7IUV/W.  He shared two-way reports with WH2XCR and K9FD.

VK4YB JT9 QSO with KL7L (Courtesy VK4YB)


Larry, W7IUV, reported a tough evening but ended up with a morning for the highlight reel.  Larry explains:

“Last night was very frustrating. Conditions seemed good but just could not make many contacts. Heard some east side guys that couldn’t hear me. Heard W0RW on CW but he couldn’t hear me. Heard NC0B work W0RW but Rob then disappeared before I could call in.

Prop was very unstable with strong QSB, although QRN was very low.

On JT9, worked NC0B for an initial and N1VF as a repeat.

This morning I got up late and was pleasantly surprised by KL7L on JT9. Made the QSO with Laurence for an initial QSO.

Current stats:

43 total QSO’s
23 initials
11 states
1 Province”

Larry indicates that family commitments may result in sporadic activity over the next few weeks.

I (KB5NJD) was largely in listening mode last night but a few calls resulted in a CW QSO with Wayne, K9SLQ.  Recently CW QSO’s with Wayne have occurred in the morning so it was nice to work him during the evening for once.  I also briefly heard K7SF as he popped out of the noise briefly on a CQ that was also reported by the reverse beacon network.  That’s encouraging and I hope to be able to complete a CW QSO with Steve in the near future.  I called it an early night as I was planning on being QRV at 0900z (4 AM Texas time).

The noise this morning was low but QSB was quite active.  I received a report from Steve, KK7UV, in the ON4KST chat but he indicated that the band was actively moving around.  I heard someone calling me in the noise but never could be enough to call back more than “QRZ?” a few times.  At 1030z, I had a sked with Steve, KF5RY, on 474.5 kHz CW and we chatted about 30 minutes before each of us had to get the day started.  I think we are planning on being QRV in the morning at 1030z as well.

This has already been a full day at 10AM after encountering a wide array of situations so far today so I’m not sure what my evening operating will include tonight but I will definitely be QRV in the morning.

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.

Jim, ZL2AFP, received WSPR reports from K9FD, KPH, and W7IUV/W.

Trans-Atlantic report details can be viewed here.  The trans-Atlantic WSPR log follows:




PA0A -> W1TAG/1






Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he “…Heard 17 stations on 630m overnight including K9FD, VE7CNF, and W0YSE at over 3000 km paths  NE EWE antenna SS to 0500 then NW EWE antenna to SR.”

Courtesy WA3TTS


Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded fifteen WSPR stations including W7IUV on the transcontinental path.

David, N1DAY, reported that he “…noticed during the last 2 storm systems out of the south that my higher latitude communications to western Canada has improved.  I had a total of 69 spots last night, 14 RX and 55 transmit of which 18 were at a distance > 1000 km with a few occurring at >3000km”

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


European 24-hour WSPR activity


Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR activity


Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations and  he received reports from 44 unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with K9FD.

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L, completed JT9 QSO’s with VK4YB (previously presented with transcript and screen capture earlier in this report) and W7IUV (transcript from Laurence’s side).  Laurence indicated that he was up at 0345 AM Alaska time to make it happen and it seems to have paid off.  While on WSPR, Laurence provided reports for five stations and he received reports from fourteen unique stations including JA1PKG/2. He shared two-way WSPR reports with VK4YB, K9FD, VE7CNF and W7IUV.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

KL7L session WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD (/KH6), completed, as previously reported, the first CW QSO ever with Toby, VE7CNF, between North America and Hawaii on 630-meters under amateur radio rules.  This CW QSO followed a JT9 QSO between both stations. Merv  provided reports for fourteen WSPR stations including VK3HP and ZL1EE.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZF1EJ and KL7L.  Merv received reports from 33 unique stations including JA1NQI, JA1PKG/2, JH3XCU, KPH, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ and ZL4EI.   Select DX report details can be viewed here.

K9FD session WSPR activity


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