The details for October 30, 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.
Storms continue to ravage eastern Australia and parts of the western Pacific. Atlantic storms were also present which may have elevated noise in the eastern US. Rain static was also a factor along the East coast. The West was a much quieter direction to listen to from my station in North Texas during this session.
Geomagnetic conditions remain quiet. The Bz is pointing slightly to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 302 km/s. DST values remain variable near the centerline but have pushed into positive territory for extended periods according to the Australian measurement.
Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:
PSKReporter data for the session follows (NOTE: I believe that the activity between North and South America is the result of a band selection error):
Neil, W0YSE, reported a fun, late night in the Pacific Northwest, completing a CW QSO with Steve, K7SF, and running a four-way GMSK QSO with the boys in VE7. Neil offered these comments and statistics:
“this is a report of a three-way GMSK15 QSO between myself (W0YSE), VE7BDQ and VE7VV starting around 0600z. Signals were up and down a lot. BDQ was stronger than VV at my QTH. Copy varied between 100% and zilch due to QSB. Tuning seems to be a bit critical and I had to re-click on VV’s signal to get it to print. Then I discovered the AFC button and turned it on. That helped things… Toby, VE7CNF came in at the end and he and I exchanged signal reports before we QRT-ed. Earlier in the evening Toby and I had an FT8 QSO. He was -5 and I was +2 dB.”
Neil also completed a JT9 QSO with VE7SL, reporting that he “…sent VE7SL a -05 and he gave me a +00 report.”
Overnight on WSPR, Neil reports that he was decoded by 39 unique station, with the most distant stations listed below:
Finally, Neil indicated that he received a number of reports from ZF1EJ, which is relatively atypical:
Al, K2BLA, completed a first time JT9 QSO with N1DAY last night. Al reported low noise this morning. On WSPR he received reports from fifty unique station including stations in VE3, VE4, VE6 and VE7. Al believes these totals may be a new record for his station. He provided reports for eleven station and shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD (peak at +3 dB S/N).
David, N1DAY, reported JT9 QSO’s with K2BLA and KB5NJD. On WSPR overnight he reported thirteen stations and received reports from 49 unique stations.
My (KB5NJD) evening session started on JT9, resulting in QSO’s with K2BLA, K9SLQ, and N1DAY. K4EJQ was loud on CW but not hearing my simplex calls shortly after dark. It really was too early and I get the impression that there was rain in the East which may have contributed to his listening experience. I fired-off a few WSPR’s which suggested that QSB or variable noise was very active and I maintained that feeling this morning after firing off a few additional WSPR’s. K9FD’s signal was changing as much as 10-dB in just a few minutes. That can make a QSO precarious at best. I made a few random CQ’s on CW this morning before I needed to begin focusing on getting the day started. I received a few reports from reverse beacon nodes in VE6 and W3 but those are typical. No CW QSO’s were completed but K8TV was heard briefly this morning around 1055z on 473 kHz but below QSO levels.
Trans-Pacific WSPR report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.
Roger, VK4YB, indicates that “High QRN and propagation has retreated. Only the PNW stalwarts are able to decode my WSPR.” Roger received reports from JA1PKG/2, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH1INM, KL7L, K9FD, KR6LA, N1VF, VE6JY, VE6XH and VE7BDQ.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR report details can be viewed here. Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
K5DNL -> EA8BFK
G8HUH -> AA1A
F5WK -> VE3OWV, AA1A, N3FL
W1IR -> DH5RAE, DJ0ABR, DL4RAJ/2, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, F5WK, G0MJI, M0NKA, PA0O, PA0RDT
AA1A -> DH5RAE, DK6UG, DK7FC, DK7FC/P, DL4RAJ/2, EA1FBU, EA2HB, EA5DOM-1, EA7HPM, EA8BFK, EB8ARZ/1, F1AFJ, F59706, F5WK, G0MJI, G4CPD, G4FTC, G4ZFQ, G6AVK, G8HUH, LA2XPA, M0NKA, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, TF3HZ
Rick, W7RNB, indicated that he operated only WSPR during this session, providing reports for seven stations and receiving reports from 38 unique stations including ZF1EJ. Rick added that the band seemed to be in pretty good shape. His unique report details can be viewed here.
Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he “…heard 18 overnight on 630m. Exceptional path to KH6 with 54 decodes from K9FD, best -19 SNR @ 1104 and min -33 SNR at 0526 and 0710 UTC. Must be a record number of overnight spots from Merv and very even SNR distribution right down to the decode limit. Pretty neat to see K9FD fill up an entire screen page…. SE antenna until 0500 or so then NW antenna until SR. High level converter with 3xBN73-202 isolation xfmr, FZ-01 mech filter, IF diplexer, high-q IF preselector.” Mike also submitted these statistics, including session best DX and new stations reported:
“Best DX on 630m
K9FD 54 spots, best -19 @ 1104, min -33 0526 and 0710
KR6LA 1 spots, best -28 @ 0458
VE7BDQ 1 spots, best -13 @ 0540
W0YSE 8 spots, best -21 @ 0814
W9RNB 14 spots, best -26 @ 0526, min -33 @ 0710, fairly even SNR distribution.New stations heardK4KZK 1 spot -22 @ 0424KN8DMK 21 spots, best -22 @ 0840, min -28 @ 0856 UTC…”
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, remains in a receive-only capacity. He provided reports for nine WSPR stations including K9FD.
Laurence, KL7L, remains in a receive-only capacity and indicates that his JT9 window was free of stations this morning. Laurence noted that there was “…very little local skywave on the drive into work – no Japan carriers of any strength on MW.” Overnight on WSPR, Laurence provided reports for six WSPR stations including K9FD and VK4YB. Select DX reports can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD, experienced a great night with many QSO level reports in the eastern US mainland. Merv provided reports for thirteen WSPR stations including VK4YB. He received reports from 45 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG/2, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM, KL7L, ZF1EJ and ZL2BCG. Select DX report details can be viewed here.
Jim, W5EST, presents “630m Voice, Anyone?“:
“SSB reports in the last year or so have set the stage by telling what distances SSB can cover on 630m. In some upcoming blog posts, let’s assess how narrower band voice modes might perform on 630m too.
Steve, VE7SL, reported… “Just had a crossband QSO with VA7MM/ marine mobile . I was on 630m SSB and he was on 20m SSB. Certainly the 1st 630m SSB in VE land…as well as 1st maritime mobile work involving 630m. They are cruising further north of here in Georgia Strait…” http://njdtechnologies.net/080116/ [note: 100-200 km in 2016.]
Roger, VK4YB, reported re SSB: “Low noise and DX conditions slightly better. Mike, VK2ABT responded to my CQ for his first ever 2xSSB QSO on 630m. At 1200 km, it was 59 both ways. He was using 100 watts to a 86m circumference, vertically polarized, Mag Loop. We talked for 1 hour and were joined by Grant, VK3HP….” http://njdtechnologies.net/060317/ [VK2ABT 1000 km, VK3HP 1400 km. June, 2017.]
“Noise low, propagation short. Mike, VK2ABT and I were joined by Rob, VK7DR. Rob is running a 35m vertical with a 60m top hat. Not surprisingly he was 59. At 1685 km, he is my best DX on SSB.” http://njdtechnologies.net/060417/
“Low QRN continues with blue skies and cold nights. …nightly SSB roundtable operating on 479.00 LSB at 20:30z. VK2,3,4 and 7 were there tonight, lead by Mike, VK2ABT, who was 59+15dB in Brisbane…” http://njdtechnologies.net/070217/
“Up to 1000km…rag-chewing strength in the low noise environment of winter. That covers most of the eastern seaboard. ZL, VK7 and VK5 are a little more difficult and VK6 is yet to be achieved….limiting the audio bandwidth to 200 to 2300 Hz with an Orban parametric pre-amplifier…much easier than messing with the Tx 2.7 kHz ssb filter…” http://njdtechnologies.net/080217/
In quiet conditions with good antennas, Australian 630m ops currently reach about 1700 km (1000 miles) with 2.1 KHz bandwidth LSB, dial 479 KHz.
TU and GL as late fall and winter’s good conditions approach in North America on 630m!”
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