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

Quiet to unsettled geomagnetic conditions overnight with missing trans-Atlantic openings and great trans-Pacific openings; Domestic paths were open in very quiet North America but everyone is on a different operating schedule

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for October 27, 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!


The band was extremely quiet during the evening and overnight in North America.  I questioned whether antennas were working still after an overnight wind storm but they checked out.  A few evening storms containing lightning were present in New England but I’ve heard no reports of anyone having any problems with QRN in the US.  High noise was forecast to continue in Oceania but VK4YB heard a few more stations than the previous session’s zero.

11-hour North American lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions were quiet to unsettled.  The Bz is variable again but generally remaining near the centerline this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 460 km/s.   DST values experienced a few significant decreases but have since returned to the centerline.




Propagation seemed fine but it looks like everyone was on the air at different times giving the impression that propagation was poor.  There were plenty of RBN and PSKReporter spots.

The Reverse Beacon Network site is not loading from any machine on my network so Neil, W0YSE, submitted today’s reverse beacon report for the last 100 reports:

Courtesy Reverse Beacon Network and W0YSE


PSKReporter presented these digital signals over the previous 24-hours:

Courtesy PSKReporter


Ken, SWL/K9, located in Indiana, submitted this JT9 reception transcript from overnight.  It’s quite extensive!  Ken also reported VK4YB on WSPR.

Laurence, KL7L, submitted this JT9 reception transcript from the overnight period 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!):

Neil, W0YSE, received two RBN reports this morning and added a late JT9 QSO with CF7MM.

Courtesy W0YSE


Overnight on WSPR, Neil submitted these comments and statistics:

“And I was decoded by 29 wspr stations this session with a surprise decode from Eden, ZF1EJ. That is the first time in a very long time that I got to Eden’s receiver. The extra 3 dB I was pumping out probably made the difference. I have been experimenting with different power supply options here and was at 1/2w ERP until last night when I upped it to 1w. “

Courtesy W0YSE


Wayne, K9SLQ, reported JT9 QSO’s with VE7SL, VE3CIQ and N1DAY.

Joe, K9MRI, completed a first time JT9 QSO with Steve,VE7SL.

Steve, VE7SL, reported “Much btr condx hr last night. JT9 CQs were answered by K9SLQ and K9MRI, both early in the evening hr…K2BLA looks wrkble on JT9 as well but wl be middle of night hr.”

Al, K2BLA, reported weak propagation and no QSO’s this morning in spite of JT9 CQ’s.  On WSPR he provided reports for eleven WSPR stations and he received reports from 52 unique stations including two-way WSPR reports shared with K9FD.  Al noted that the reports from this session were nothing like the great reports from the previous session.  He heard my CQ’s on CW at RST 589 but he is still waiting for parts to complete his CW transmitter project.

This was a very quiet session at KB5NJD.  In the evening K4EJQ was heard calling CQ with a consistently good signal after dark on 472.3 kHz.  I tried to raise him operating split (my VFO stops at 472.5 kHz until I get a wider-range capacitor!) but either he wasn’t hearing me or he wasn’t tuning up for stations.  NO3M indicated that there may be some receiving problems in play.  I checked through the evening but CW activity was relative low besides EJQ.  This morning was a matter of “best laid plans”.  A wind storm visited from around 0600z and continued until after 1030z as a “blue northern” came through North Texas bringing forecast temperatures tonight in the 30’s.  I called CQ briefly on CW and received several respectable reverse beacon reports from both coasts so the band seemed open but devoid of CW operators this morning.  Hopefully the weekend will show more activity.  I know of at least one CW operator that is only active on the weekends due to operating only from a second home.  The band seems plenty open.  I received e-mail reports from K2BLA in Florida that my brief calls this morning were heard at RST 589.  Al is working to build a click-free CW transmitter now and should be QRV shortly.

Trans-Pacific report details, excluding ZF1, 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, reported that “High QRN precluded any QSOs as expected. Propagation improved markedly, combined with low QRN across North America, produced some good spots.  Stations reporting JT9 from YB on the PSK reporter were KL7L, VE7SL, VE6XH, VE6JY, [VE7VV] and VE7CNF.  29 DX stations reported YB on WSPR. The most distant were K9MRI, ZF1EJ, SWL/K9, K3SIW/5, W0JW, K5DNL, followed by the ubiquitous Alberta twins.”  Roger received WSPR reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA1PKG/2, JA3TVF, JH1INM, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, K3SIW/5, K5DNL, K7DNE, K9MRI, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, N1VF, N6LF, SWL/K9, TNUKJPM, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, W0JW, W6SFH, W7RNB and ZF1EJ. He shared two-way reports with K9FD.

Jim, ZL2AFP, received WSPR reports from KPH and he shared two-way reports with K9FD.

Ken, K5DNL, reported that he decoded seventeen WSPR stations including VK4YB.  He received reports from 75 unique stations  including nine Canadian stations.  He shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD, ZF1EJ and CF7MM.  He called CQ on JT9 this morning but I do not see any completed two-way QSO’s listed.

Frank, W3LPL, reported that he would be lowering down his 630-meter antenna today ahead of the CQWW-SSB contest but would be back on Sunday.  He hopes to work CW and JT modes beginning next week so look for him there.  Frank also noted the fact that he has been heard by K9FD in each of the previous sessions this week that Merv was active.

Rick, W7RNB, continues with transmit antenna repairs after wind damage but he provided WSPR reports for seven WSPR stations including VK4YB.  Rick’s unique report detail can be viewed here.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he decoded sixteen WSPR stations overnight.  Mike added that he was using the “…NE EWE antenna early and SW EWE antenna late.  Best DX 3 spots from K9FD, best -24 @ 1028, 43 spots ZF1EJ best -10 @ 0548, and W5EMC 8 spots best -17 @ 0538”

Courtesy WA3TTS


Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR summary


South American 24-hour WSPR summary


European 24-hour WSPR summary


Japanese 24-hour WSPR summary


Oceania 24-hour WSPR summary


Eden, ZF1EJ, provided reports for twelve WSPR stations including VK4YB. He received reports from 43 unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with K9FD.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

ZF1EJ session WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L, reported a number of JT9 stations overnight, including VK4YB (transcript posted earlier in this report).  He called CQ for a bit prior to sunrise starting at 1522z.   Laurence provided reports for four WSPR stations including K9FD, KR6LA, VK4YB and W0YSE.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

KL7L session WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD,indicated that he was QRV at his sunset, calling CQ on JT9 with no answer.  At 0700z Merv returned to work VE7CNF again on JT9 at -7 dB S/N.  There were no others QRV so he transitioned back to WSPR for the night.  He plans on being QRV again tonight but QRN has been at S9 plus ten with heavy QSB so if you want to work Hawaii, look for Merv.  He generally hears better than those seeking to work him, however, as he is remote with few man-made noise sources.

On WSPR overnight, he provided reports for fifteen WSPR stations including 7L1RLL and ZL2AFP. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and ZF1EJ.  Merv received reports from 46 unique stations including 7L1RLL2, 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG/2, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, VK2XGJ and ZL2AFP.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

K9FD session WSPR activity


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