The details for October 28, 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.
It was a very quiet session in North America in spite of a few Gulf coast storms in the evening. With QSB as active as it was, it was later in the evening before I was hearing any lightning crashes from these coastal storms. I am sure some had difficulty from these storms. Strong storms persist in southeastern Australia and the Tasman sea, impact hearing pretty significantly but activity was relatively high as these southern hemisphere stations move through Spring towards Summer.
Quiet geomagnetic conditions return! The Bz is pointing to the North and solar wind velocities are averaging near 375 km/s. DST values are not too bad, even touching the centerline before beginning a downward trend. I have not heard any reports to suggest that a long downturn is likely. I think this is just normal meandering of DST values.
Propagation after dark seemed very good in the evening but QSB was active again so it paid to not get too long winded. A few stations were louder here than I have ever heard them before. Morning propagation was good based on reverse beacon and WSPR reports but not many stations were awake to take advantage. Roger, VE7VV, reported that from his perspective in British Columbia, propagation was favoring longer skip with shorter distances not heard since the first opening night in the US. Roger also noticed the very active QSB so its not just a feature in the East.
Reverse beacon reports for the session follow:
PSKReporter presented the following digital mode activity over the previous 24-hours:
Jim, W5EST, submitted the following JT9 reports observed at his station in Little Rock, Arkansas:
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, reported that he received reverse beacon network reports from VE6WZ at 0251z at 10 dB over the noise. He completed JT9 QSO’s with VE7SL, CF7MM and VE7CNF last night and Neil also added CW and FT8 QSO’s with VE7CNF. This morning Neil reported a JT9 QSO with K5DNL. Neil submitted the following captures of his WSJTx receive windows for his digital QSOs:
Overnight on WSPR Neil indicated that he decoded K5DNL, K9FD, KR6LA, VE7BDQ and VE7CNF and he received reports from 29 unique stations, the most distant of which follow:
Laurence, KL7L, and Merv, K9FD,completed a JT9 QSO during the late evening / overnight. Merv’s best at KL7L was reported at -23 dB S/N while Laurence ‘s best at K9FD was -15 dB S/N. This QSO was their first and I believe the first between KH6 and KL7.
Brian, WA1ZMS, reported that he completed a CW QSO with Joe, K9MRI.
Wayne, K9SLQ, reported CW QSO’s with K8TV, K4EJQ and KB5NJD.
Steve, VE7SL, completed a JT9 QSO with Ben, N1VF and Laurence KL7L for new states. Steve reported that “Condx still weird hr with deep deep fades. Not many around on JT9 yet it seems.”
Ken, K5DNL, reported that he completed JT9 QSO’s with W0YSE, VE7CNF, CF7MM and N9EGT. On WSPR overnight, he provided reports for seventeen stations including VK4YB. He received reports from 76 unique stations and he shared two-way DX WSPR reports with VE3CIQ, K9FD, VE7CNF, VE7BDQ and ZF1EJ.
The band really settled in after dark at KB5NJD and it helped that there were a number of stations on the air. Wayne, K9SLQ, was as loud as I’ve ever heard him as we exchanged RST 559 reports. Not bad for his long wire antenna. I briefly heard pings from WA1ZMS but the peaks were not quite enough on this night in the available time slot. I also finally worked the very elusive K4EJQ. Bunky has had a strong signal most nights at one time or another but we have missed each other for a variety of reasons. Last night we finally connected on a peak and chatted briefly. I had the presence of mind to start a recorder and made a brief recording of his signal as he reports that I am his best DX so far:
I received an email report from Dave, W4CLJ, in Florida who reported my periodic evening calls on 474.5 kHz at RST 589. Dave reports that he is using “…a 280ft inverted L and a Winradio G-31DDC SDR receiver.” He added that he looks forward to the challenge of 630-meters and plans to be on the air shortly.
Propagation and noise were both good this morning based on a number of reports, including a DXSummit report from AE0G located in Nebraska. Dave, N4DB, also reported on the ON4KST chat that he was hearing me on the approach to his sunrise at RST 439. Ralph, W0RPK, reported that he heard many of my CQ’s at his QTH in eastern North Carolina this morning around 1100z at workable levels. Hopefully all of these guys will be on the air soon so we can make a contact.
Its a cold morning here in Texas so base current is up and PA voltage has to come down to remain legal. Hopefully I can settle in to an average pattern for the season shortly. As the season changes, the required values bounce around quite a bit.
Al, K2BLA, reported that his morning his JT9 CQ’s went unanswered. On WSPR he provided reports for twelve stations including K9FD. He received reports from 45 unique stations.
Roger, VK4YB, indicated that “More storms in central NSW made receiving nigh on impossible (again). On WSPR heard 2 locals, heard by 26 (13 DX). Best KU4XR.” Roger received reports from JA1PKG/2, JA3TVF, K5DNL, K9FD, KPH, KR6LA, KU4XR, N1VF, N6LF, VE6JY, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF and W6SFH.
Trans-Pacific WSPR report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR report details can be viewed here. The trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
F5WK -> AA1A
W1IR -> F1AFJ, F1AFJ/SDR, F59706, F5WK
AA1A -> EA1FBU, EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F1AFJ/SDR, F4DTL/2, F59706, F5WK, G0MJI, PA0O, PA7EY
Mike, WA3TTS, indicated that the path to the Pacific Northwest was open and hopes were high that the opening would extend to Oceania but this did nit happen. Mike decoded sixteen WSPR stations overnight, with his best DX reported as K9FD, KR6LA, VE7CNF, W0YSE and ZF1EJ while using the “…NE EWE until 0530, then NW EWE until past SR.” Mike provided further analysis of his 630-meter reports:
“23 K9FD decodes overnight best -25 @ 0700 and evenly distributed down to -32 @ 1114 UTC. First really quiet night as it has been awhile since I have decoded Merv’s signal at -30 or beyond.KR6LA was a single decode -30 SNR @ 0810VE7CNF 5 spots, best -17 @ 0548W0YSE 4 sports, best -20 @ 0712ZF1EJ 18 spots best -12 @ 0808.”
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported that he completed no JT9 QSO’s during the evening but he was active, looking for new stations. He indicated that signals from K5DNL, K2BLA and NO3M were loud. Overnight with WSPR he provided reports for eight stations and he received reports from 38 unique stations. He shared two-way reports with K9FD.
Laurence, KL7L, completed the first two-way JT9 QSO ever between KL7 and KH6 with K9FD. As previously reported, Merv’s best at KL7L was reported at -23 dB S/N while Laurence ‘s best at K9FD was -15 dB S/N. Laurence also completed a JT9 QSO with Steve, VE7SL. Laurence indicates that his receiver was off most of the night but while on briefly, he provided WSPR reports for K9FD.
Merv, K9FD, shared the previously reported JT9 QSO with KL7L and overnight took advantage of good propagation, providing WSPR reports for twelve stations including VK3HP. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZF1EJ and ZL1EE. Merv received reports from 44 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG/2, JE1JDL, KL7L, ZL2AFP and ZL2BCG. Noise was very problematic in Australia and parts of Oceania, completely covering Merv’s signal in most cases. Select DX report details can be viewed here.
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