The details for October 29, 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.
North America was largely noise free except for a few coastal storms in the mid-Atlantic region. The Caribbean is active due to a tropical storm in the area near Cuba and high winds on Cayman kept ZF1EJ from transmitting this session as one of his towers was lowered. Australia was the big story as VK4YB reports big noise and storm damage in his region. He QRT’ed early due to noise as a protective measure but was able to return briefly later in the evening.
Geomagnetic conditions remain quiet. The Bz is pointing slightly to the South, however, and solar wind velocities are averaging near 345 km/s. DST values remain variable but near the centerline.
Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:
PSKReporter details of select digital activity follow:
Jim, W5EST, submitted these screen captures of his JT9 receive console showing a number of QSO’s that occurred during the evening.
Ken, SWL/K9 (SWL-EN61), located in Indiana, submitted this condensed JT9 transcript, removing extraneous CQ’s except for those from K9FD, which were heard by Ken for the first time during this session.
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!):
The big news for this session was a series of QSO’s completed by Merv, K9FD (/KH6), that included not one, but two, very long and historic CW QSO’s with Eric, NO3M. One occurred at 0516z and another at 0741z, the latter being an easy “insurance contact” based on the ON4KST chat transcript. Eric apparently heard Merv working VE7SL on CW just prior to their first exchange. Eric indicated that he sent RST 539 for Merv and received RST 569. Merv also reported JT9 QSO’s with W7RNB, KL7L and VE7BDQ. Merv attempted a JT9 QSO with VE7VV but QSB resulting in that QSO being lost. Merv added that band conditions were better today and signals are louder. Look for Merv late and lets see if we can get a few more very long CW QSO’s in the log!
Rick, W7RNB, reports that his antenna repairs are complete and band conditions were pretty good. He completed CW QSO’s with VE7CNF at 599/589 (599) and CF7MM at 569/579. Rick completed JT9 QSO’s with K9FD -26 /-27 (peak -11) and VE7BDQ 0/-7, and indicated that activity was fairly low when he was on the air, probably the result of the time of night. Overnight with WSPR Rick provided reports for eight stations and he received reports from 36 unique stations including ZF1EJ which, Rick adds, is a “good indicator”. Rick’s unique WSPR details can be viewed here.
Wayne, K9SLQ, reported JT9 QSO’s with AA1A and N3FL and a CW QSO with K4EJQ.
Ken, K5DNL, reported JT9 QSO’s with AA1A and N1DAY. Overnight on WSPR Ken reported fifteen stations and he received reports from 73 unique stations including EA8BFK, ZF1EJ and six Canadian stations. He shared two-way DX WSPR reports with K9FD, VE7BDQ, VE3CIQ and VE7CNF.
Fred, N3FL, reported that he completed two-way QSO’s with NO3M receiving RST 569 and sending RST 579. He also completed a QSO with K4EJQ, receiving RST 339 and sending RST 589. He heard me and K9SLQ but was unable to get either of our attention. Fred reports that he is making progress with his system, adding a motorized variometer and working to increase his efficiency without upsetting the neighbors.
Steve, VE7SL, reported QSO’s with “…WA9CGZ [with JT9] as well as K9FD and NO3M both on CW. Nice loud but short-lived peaks with deep QSB on all sigs last nite.”
Neil, W0YSE, reported activity on WSPR, JT9, and CW during this evening and submitted these comments and statistics:
“My 1w ERP WSPR [1.64w EIRP] was heard clear out to the east coast, Florida, and So. Texas this session. Also a lot in between. Saw some new calls on the map as well.
In other activity, my CW was picked up by the VE6WZ skimmer at +6 dB last evening, and I had a 20 minute CW QSO with Steve/K7SF who is continuing to improve his ground system (now has 32 radials to my 11 or 12).
Last evening also brought JT9 Q’s with Roger/VE7VV whose signal varied from -25 to -15 dB. Then a bit later with John/VE7BDQ whose signal varied between -21 and -15.
This morning Roger/VE7VV and I had another JT9 Q. His signals varied between -17 and too weak to decode at times. That seems to be par for this band lately, except for ground wave signals.”
I started the session a bit later than normal and on digital modes rather than CW as I wanted to install and test the full release of WSJTx 1.8 which was reported by Hideo, JH3XCU, on the ON4KST chat yesterday afternoon. It worked fine and I completed a quick JT9 QSO with Joe, K9MRI. Band conditions and propagation were very good so I made two WSPR transmissions, my first since the band opened in US under Part-97 rules. There are a LOT of new stations out there and reports were pretty good. It was a worthwhile diversion. I made a few calls on CW before calling it a night, receiving an email report from Fred, N3FL, who reported hearing me but I was not hearing him. Its possible and likely that I was listening West at the time he was calling. I QRT’ed shortly thereafter. There was a strategy to ending my night early but my strategy failed due to a pair of mis-set alarm clocks. I had hoped to be in the ham shack by 0700z (2am) to take advantage of some of the western openings, like those of KL7 and KH6. Well, at 1010z I finally made it into the ham shack and had missed all of the excitement. Fortunately there were good details available via email and the ON4KST chat. I made a few calls on CW this morning as I tried to get back on track and listened around, hearing nothing but a few digital signals. It seems that I had missed W0RW just ten minutes earlier according to reverse beacon network reports. Such is life sometimes. It was a very quiet night and morning. I am very happy to see that several operators were able to take advantage!
Trans-Pacific report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, QRT’ed early due to strong, damaging storms in his area. Roger reported that “Whereas I knew I wasn’t going to hear anything tonight because of local QRN, it looked like propagation was good and I had high hopes of being heard by East coast stations on WSPR and maybe even JT9. I reckon a good time is 10:30z to 11:00z. Unfortunately I had to QRT for about an hour as a storm came through just before the prime time. I got back on air as soon as it was safe but only the West coast was receiving by then. I had another interruption later when the internet went down. WSPR: Heard none, heard by 18 (11 DX), best the Alberta twins, who also heard me on JT9. They never miss anything!” While on the air, Roger received reports from JA1PKG/2, K9FD, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, N1VF, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF and W6SFH.
Jim, ZL2AFP, shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD, who indicated that Jim was heard in Hawaii right around sunset in ZL2.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR report details can be viewed here. The trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
W1IR -> EA8BFK
K5DNL -> EA8BFK
F5WK -> AA1A
AA1A -> EA1BFU, EA2HB, EA8BFK, EB8ARZ/1, F1AFJ, F59706, F5WK, PA0O, PA7EY
Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded twelve WSPR stations.
Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he “…Heard 19 stns on 630m overnight, decent PWN and T/P conditions. NE early then NW later with EWE antennas, occassionally going back to NE around EU SR but no joy on T/A rx attempts (more likely due to US qrm vs propagation, but stuff happens in an active band, no whining here ~:). High level converter with 3xBN73-202 isolation xfmr, FZ-01 mech filter, IF diplexer, high-q IF preselector” He provided the following statistics and analysis:
“K9FD 26 spots, best -19 @ 0822, min -32 0936, fairly even SNR distribution.
KR6LA 3 spots, best -26 @ 0928
VE7BDQ 1 spots, best -20 @ 0900
VE7CNF 4 spots, best -20 @ 0634
W0YSE 13 spots, best -17 @ 0518 min -25 0630, fairly even SNR distribution.
W9RNB 9 spots, best -20 @ 0452, min -33 @ 0840, fairly even SNR distribution.
W5EMC 2 spots, best -16 @ 0528”
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, was in a receive-only capacity during this session due to high winds from a tropical storm in the Caribbean. He provided WSPR reports for seven stations.
Laurence, KL7L, completed a JT9 QSO with K9FD overnight and observed a QSO between VE7VV and W0YSE at 1232z. Laurence indicated that the band is “…only fair to poor up here overnight (so far) – only a little penetration East – But PNW 475 levels actually quite strong at times – looks spotlightish.” Laurence provided WSPR reports for six stations and he received reports from sixteen unique stations. He shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD, KR6LA, VE7BDQ, W0YSE and W7RNB. Select DX report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD, completed QSO’s that were detailed earlier in this report. Overnight he provided WSPR reports for fourteen stations including VK4YB. He shared two-way reports with ZL2AFP and KL7L. Merv received reports from 42 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG/2, ZF1EJ and ZL4EI. Select DX report details can be viewed here.
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