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

Excellent propagation and very low noise for North America; Very high noise reported in Oceania for a second night; VE7SL returns to MF activity for first time since band opens for US and completes transcontinental JT9 QSO’s; Big crystal-controlled CW signal from K4EJQ on 472.3 kHz

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for October 26, 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.

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Noise was very low in North America during this session as storms in the Atlantic dissipated almost entirely.  The same could not be said for Oceania, where VK2XGJ reported that he was shutting down early due to 20 dB over S9 noise crashes from local storms.  VK4YB reported that his S-meter was well above S9 for most of the evening, complicating listening.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions have been mostly unsettled with periods of elevated-quiet.  G1 storm conditions remain possible over the next 24-hour according to Solarham. The Bz is pointing firmly to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 530 km/s.   DST values are relatively stable on the negative side of the centerline.  No deep excursions were observed during the overnight period.




Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:


PSKReporter presented the following digital activity during the previous 24-hours:

Courtesy PSKReporter


Jim, W5EST, submitted this JT9 receive transcript from his station in Little Rock, Arkansas:

Courtesy W5EST


JB, VE3EAR, reported that he “…tried JT9 on 474.200 last night and was rewarded with a number of decodes, with the best DX being VE7SL!”  JB posted the this transcript of received stations on LOWFER.

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!):

Steve, VE7SL, returned to air after some adventures, making his first QSO’s with American stations.  He submitted these comments and statistics:

“Started with a few CQ’s [on CW] but nothing heard…switched to JT9 and quickly called by CF7MM and then called by W0YSE (1st USA !!), K5DNL and NO3M. All-in-all pretty exciting for reasonably poor condx.”

Courtesy VE7SL


John, WA3ETD, completed a JT9 QSO with Phil, VE3CIQ.  It was apparently a pretty easy QSO with good signals.  Phil also attempted a JT9 QSO with K9SLQ but they could not seal the deal during this session.  John added that he,

“…heard 11 here and was spotted by 51, including K9FD and KPH.  Finally worked Phil VE3CIQ for a legal JT9 contact.  I called CQ for a bit but only saw a smear trace with no decode.  Heavy rainfall may have impacted conditions here…”

Eric, NO3M completed JT9 QSO’s with N1DAY, VE7SL and AA1A.  Eric called me this morning on CW, exchanging quick reports for otherwise strong signals on a very QSB band.

David, N1DAY, reported two JT9 QSO’s with NO3M and WA9CGZ.  On WSPR overnight, David provided reports for eleven WSPR stations and he received reports from 56 unique stations include VE6 and first time reports by K9FD (/KH6).

Neil, W0YSE, reported that he “…got to be VE7SL/Steve’s first 630M QSO last night. Then I watched as he continued with JT9 QSO’s with Ken/K5DNL and Eric/NO3M. It was fun to see it happen.”  That’s always fun!  Overnight on WSPR, Neil reported that “…the most distant stations who heard my 1/2w ERP, out of 22 uniques” follow:

Courtesy W0YSE


Al, K2BLA, reported very low noise, allowing him to completed JT9 QSO’s with three new stations including AA1A, W8RUT, and W5EMC.  Al indicated that they  all had good signals.  On WSPR, Al received reports from 56 unique stations, including KPH and stations located inVE3, VE6, and VE7.  He provided reports for eleven WSPR stations.  He shared two-way reports with K9FD who was best heard at -12 dB S/N.  Al notes that this was “…the strongest I have ever heard him and he heard me at -10! Too bad he wasn’t hanging around the JT9 segment.”

Roger, VK4YB, indicated that the “Elecraft K3 S meter spent most of the evening above S9+40dB. WSPR: heard none, heard by 24 (best Alberta Twins).  John, VK2XGJ was also in the thick of it and had no decodes.  More of the same forecast for tomorrow.”  Roger received reports from JA1NIQ/2, JA1PKG/2, K9FD, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, N1VF, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE6XH and W6SFH.  Roger’s high noise made listening difficult but his JT9 signal was also reported by KL7L at -26 dB S/N once at 1236z.

My evening session at KB5NJD was very short and a bit chaotic after a very long day.  Propagation was very good and K4EJQ was a true RST 589 for extended periods during the evening.  ‘Bunky’ is using a crystal-controlled transmitter so he is limited to 472.3 kHz and 475.1 kHz.  My homebrew VFO bottoms out around 472.5 and typically closer to 472.6.  I gave Bunky a few calls off frequency but could never raise him.  After an e-mail, he indicates that he will tune around a bit with his receiver for a split QSO in the future.

This morning was very quiet again and signals were strong.  Reverse Beacon Network reports suggest that there was a strong opening to the southeastern US but I only exchanged quick reports with Eric, NO3M, who was playing with a wild swing on his bug.  He was a true RST 599, giving me an RST 589 but as typically happens when signals are this strong, the middle frame of the QSO resulted in his signal dropping to nothing before returning to RST 599 again just 30-seconds later.  QSB is almost always a  given for strong signals – they almost never last.  Propagation was good but QSO activity was down a bit, probably owing to the fact that its mid-week.  K2BLA’s WSPR CW ID was loud this morning which bodes well for the future.  My guess is that we will always see more activity on the weekends.

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 and KPH.

Trans-Atlantic WSPR report details can be viewed here.  Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:



Ken, SWL-K9 (SWL-EN61), located in Indiana, reported that he was listening to WSPR with his indoor loop and received K9FD twice, best at -26 dB S/N.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded thirteen WSPR station in spite five hours missed due to a PC problem.  Probably most notable from Mike’s listening session was ten WSPR decodes for K9FD (/KH6) in spite or no stations decoded in the Pacific Northwest.

Courtesy WA3TTS


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


South 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, was operating JT9 this morning, receiving a -23 dB S/N report from K5DNL and reporting Ken at -13 dB S/N.  He also completed a JT9 QSO with W5EMC.  Overnight on WSPR, Eden provided reports for seven WSPR stations and he received reports from 43 unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with K9FD.

ZF1EJ session WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L, reported VK4YB on JT9 once during this session at -26 dB S/N.  On WSPR overnight he provided reports for four WSPR stations including VK4YB, KR6LA, VK4YB and W0YSE.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

KL7L session WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD, attempted to work VE7SL on JT9 but QRN in British Columbia prevented that.  Merv was also looking for ZF1EJ, who was not present at the very late hour of 0700z.  Overnight on WSPR Merv provided reports for fifteen WSPR stations including JA1PKG, VK4YB and ZL1EE.   Merv shared two-way reports with ZL2AFP and ZF1EJ.  Merv received reports from 42  unique stations including JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG/2, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, JR1IZM and ZL2BCG.  Strong QRN in VK resulted in no reports from there.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

K9FD session WSPR activity


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