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Decent propagation in spite of very high noise in North America; VK4YB JT9 QSO with K9FD (/KH6); K0KE QRV CW while testing Friday evening

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for November 4, 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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It was another very noisy night for many parts of the world and that noise impacted a lot of activity on what might have otherwise been a busy Friday night on the air.  In North America, a ragged storm system moved from the south central US across to the Southeast during the evening.  Fortunately those storms diminished in intensity by morning.  A couple of small lightning-rich storms were active in th Midwest and the Desert Southwest this morning as well.  The Caribbean into the Atlantic and southern Europe were also quite active.  Oceania continues to experience strong storms which impacted activity, particularly in eastern Australia, to a high degree.  Even with these storms, there were some success stories for the session.

11-hour worldwide lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions are currently quiet after elevated-quiet to unsettled conditions were observed in the previous session.  The Bz is pointing to the North this morning although solar wind velocities are averaging just slightly in the moderate category at 407 km/s.  DST values remain variable but have departed from recent lows.

 

 

 

Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:

 

PSKReporter summaries for the session follow:

Courtesy PSKReporter

 

Laurence, KL7L, submitted this JT9 capture log for the session:

Courtesy KL7L

 

Hideo, JH3XCU, posted the following WSJTx console capture showing a JT9 CQ from KL7L from this morning at 1517z.  Perhaps a QSO is not far off!

Courtesy JH3XCU

 

Brian, WA1ZMS, operated a CW beacon near 472 kHz during the evening and while masked by noise here in North Texas, the band was stable enough that the signals could be intermittently heard between the almost constant lightning crashes to the East.  What’s so amazing is that Brian indicates that he was using a U3S and only 20W from a solid state PA.  He normally would be using a 100W PA so perhaps a lot more would have been possible in spite of noise.  That’s very encouraging for the season.   Thanks to NO3M for reporting this activity as I would not have found the signals or even looked for it otherwise.

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!):

Roger, VK4YB, completed an unlikely JT9 QSO with Merv, K9FD, this morning through heavy QRN at both ends of the path.  Merv noted that after they completed the QSO, Roger peaked at -16 dB S/N.  Roger also completed a JT9 QSO with Steph, VK5FQ.  Roger also noted that “QRN season is well under way with local and now very active storms over Indonesia contributing…On WSPR heard 3, heard by 23 (17 DX) best Eric, NO3M.”  Eric added that “Despite WSPR hit, nothing on JT9. Got whole side of your QSO with Merv though.”  Roger received WSPR reports from KR6LA, KJ6MKI, KL7L, NO3M, JA1NPKG/2, JA3TVF, TNUKJPM, N6SKM, KR7O, VA7JX, VE6XH, VE6JY, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, W7IUV and W6SFH.  He shared two-way reports with K9FD and W7IUV and he provided late session reports for N6LF.

Keith, K0KE, was working on his stations during the evening, calling CQ briefly with 25 watts from his QTH in Colorado.  He completed a CW QSO with me (KB5NJD) at 0238z and may have been heard around the band afterward working on the tuning of his system.  Keith sent me a few pictures, shown below, of his ATU and home brew transverter.  His antenna is a 70-foot vertical with 100-foot and 60-foot toploading wires.  His ground system is tied into his 80/160 elevated ground system.  A few other details will be presented in the coming days as I have time to go through his emails in more detail.

K0KE ATU lash-up (courtesy K0KE)

 

K0KE home brew transverter. A backup NDB transmitter is seen at the top left. (courtesy K0KE)

 

John, WA3ETD, reported a JT9 QSO with Phil, VE3CIQ.

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported JT9 QSO’s with John, WA3ETD, and Fred, N3FL.

Ernie, KC4SIT, was observed completing a JT9 QSO with Al, K2BLA, and there was some speculation that he might have also worked Wayne, K9SLQ, but there are questions about whether the latter actually occurred.

Al, K2BLA, completed a JT9 QSO with Ernie, KC4SIT, and received WSPR reports from sixty unique stations, eleven of which were over 3000km away.  Al reported fifteen WSPR stations and shared two-way reports with K9FD and hopes to work Merv (and Roger!) on JT9 shortly.

It was another tough start to the evening session at KB5NJD due to strong, noisy storms near the junction of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  I did not have high expectations for eastern signals being heard here but briefly heard NO3M late in the evening.  In the early evening (0022z) while I was struggling to hear eastern signals, Eric reported my CW at RST 559.  It was too early at this point for western signals and the band really needed some time to develop.  I intended to call it a night early so I could be back in front of the radio early in the morning but something kept me listening.  Around 0230z, Robert, KR7O, reported that K0KE was calling CQ on 474.5 kHz.  I checked the frequency and completed a quick CW QSO with  Keith who is located in Colorado.  His signal was strong in spite of noise, which was low while listening to the West although Keith reported a bit of noise.  I reported him at RST 579 and he reported me at RST 479.  I briefly heard WA1ZMS’s CW beacon that was previously reported and QRT’ed  near 0400z.   I overslept this morning, getting to the operating position by 1000z and was immediately hearing K9SLQ calling CQ on 474.5 kHz.  I called him on a quick peak and exchange RST 559 / 569 reports with him as he faded back into the noise.  I made a few calls on 474.25 kHz and received a few reverse beacon reports but no additional QSO’s were completed for the session besides those two but it made missing sleep worth it.

Trans-Pacific WSPR 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.

Rudy, N6LF, received a WSPR report from JA1PKG/2 and VK4YB.

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

AA1A -> PA0O

K5DNL -> EA8BFK

W1IR -> EA8BFK, EI8JK, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G0MJI, G6AVK, M0NKA, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY

Rick, W7RNB, reported that he was calling CQ on JT9 at 1400z but it doesn’t sound like he had any takers.  On WSPR overnight he reported six stations and received reports from 44 unique stations.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Ken, K5DNL, reported surprise that he decoded so many WSPR stations through such high noise.  He provided reports for fourteen stations.  He received reports from 85 unique stations including EA8BFK, KL7L, K9FD, ZF1EJ and twelve Canadian stations.  Ken QRT’ed early to attend a ham fest.

Larry, W7IUV, reported an overnight power outage which impacted  his early morning activity.  He was able to get back on the air in time to share two-way WSPR reports with VK4YB.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he “heard 19 stations overnight on 630m, NE EWE antenna until 0400-ish then SE, then SW 0530 until past SR. Average or slightly above average condx at best…”  Mike submitted the following ‘session best DX’ for his station:

K9FD 15 spots, best -20 @ 1144, min -26 @ 1014
N6LF 39 spots, best -9 @ 0948, min -23 @ 1156
W7RNB 3 spots, best -25 @ 0956, min -28 @ 1032
W5EMC 4 spots, best -20 @ 0706, min -26 @ 1026
AE5X  12 spots, best -15 @ 0632, min -22 @ 1022

Doug, K4LY, reported “Improving conditions with 20 unique spots inc 9 K9FD.”

Dave, N4DB, reported that he decoded sixteen WSPR stations including N6LF on the long transcontinental opening between the East and West coast.

Courtesy N4DB

 

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR summary

 

European 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Oceania 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, is in a receive-only capacity through the weekend but he does continue to show some hold-over WSPR transmission reports from early in the session yesterday.  He reported nine WSPR stations including K9FD and received reports from fourteen unique stations during the hold-over period.

ZF1EJ session WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L, indicated that he was mostly receive-only through this session.  He provided JT9 decodes for the VK4YB / K9FD QSO this morning which was detailed earlier in this report.  Laurence made a few JT9 calls this morning but felt like it was too late for anything meaningful to come of it.  He operated a bit of WSPR this morning, receiving reports from four stations including JA1PKG/2 and he reported eight stations.  He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and K9FD.   Laurence indicated that paths favored salt water paths toward the Pacific during this session.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

KL7L session WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD, submitted these comments of his exciting early morning QSO:

“Finally got up,  too late for east coast,  11:45Z.  Roger [VK4YB] was on calling CQ on JT9  was able to snag him on a peak,   QSB and I have 20/9 QRN again tonite.  Surprised was able to decode through the noise.  See no other traces…”

It’s great that these two were able to get together.  It’s really challenging to get up in the middle of the night after only a few hours of sleep.

With WSPR, Merv reported fifteen stations. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and KL7L. Merv received reports from 51 unique stations including  7L1RLL4, JA1PKG/2, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM, VK2XGJ, ZF1EJ, and ZL2BCG.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

K9FD session WSPR activity

 


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