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Amazing evening openings and activity on CW and JT9 as geomagnetic field and terrestrial weather were extremely quiet in North America; A few difficult high latitude openings observed near the auroral oval; Trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific both look pretty good ahead of active geomagnetic field; Big night for K9FD (/KH6) on path to JA using WSPR – might a JT9 QSO be likely in the future?

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for November 7, 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 Q

 

It was a very quiet night in many areas of North America.  A few storms were present in the east-central US during the evening that, from my station in North Texas, increased in audible intensity as the evening progressed but were not heard this morning.  The West was perfectly quiet all night long and into this morning, however.  Strong storms were present along the Atlantic coast and portions of New England.  Strong storms continue in the Mediterranean region and Australia, particularly eastern Australia, which continues to experience very strong storms.

11-hour worldwide lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions were very quiet during the evening but have reached unsettled levels this morning ahead of possible G1 storm conditions. The Bz is pointing strongly to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 410 km/s.  Proton levels are elevated to the moderately high category.  DST values peaked nicely during the evening, coinciding with very good propagation in North America but that propagation has since decreased significantly this morning in the characteristic manner observed at the onset of a geomagnetic event.

 

 

 

It was an amazing evening for 630-meters with big openings, big signals and wild QSB, the latter of which appeared to slow down as night progressed.  Band activity was very good and many QSO’s were completed on JT9 and CW.  Many QSO’s were also missed due to QSB.

Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:

 

PSKReporter summary follows:

Courtesy PSKReporter

 

Jim, W5EST, submitted the follow screen captures of his WSJTx console showing evening JT9 activity:

Courtesy W5EST

 

Robert, KR7O, submitted this JT9 transcript showing many QSO details from this session.

Brian, WA1ZMS, operated a CW beacon on 472.16 kHz during the evening and was heard here at my station around 0228z.  The audible call sign sequence begins around one minute into the recording:

 

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!):

Eric, NO3M, completed CW QSO’s with N9EGT and KK7UV.  Eric’s CQ’s resulted in reports from VE6WZ’s reverse beacon node, which is somewhat atypical particularly for so early in the evening.  Eric also laid the ground work for a CW QSO with PE5T, hearing Kees briefly and possibly being heard with intervening calls but there was not enough signal  to get it done this time.  They will have to keep trying and I bet they make it.  There will eventually be enough signal to get the contact done.  Eric was also watching JT9, completing QSO’s with NC0B, NU6O and W7RNB.  I suspect there are many more QSO’s that are unreported.

Wayne, N9EGT,completed CW QSO’s with NO3M and W8CDX relatively early in the evening.

Ben, N1VF, completed his first 630-meter CW QSO with VE7CNF.  Ben went on to complete a JT9 QSO with KL7L.  Note that Ben operates from the city and does very well with a wire vertical in a tree.  If you don’t think you can get on the air, you are wrong!

Ken, K5DNL, reported JT9 QSO’s with KC4SIT, W5EMC, VE7CNF and NC0B.  Over night with WSPR Ken reported sixteen stations and he received reports from 83 unique stations including KL7L, K9FD (/KH6),  ZF1EJ and nine Canadian stations.

Dave, AA1A, completed a CW QSO with N3FL on 474.3 kHz during the early evening.  He went on to complete a JT9 QSO with K5DNL.  He also had good trans-Atlantic openings, detailed later in this report.

Joe, NU6O, reported that this was “A very good night which started with JT9 QSO’s with VE7SL, VE7CNF, W7RNB, N1VF, KL7L, K9FD, VE7VV, and NO3M.  I was heard by 48, and heard 10 on WSPR. There was a very good opening to the east with spots from ZF1EF, K2BLA, K4LY, NO3M, and others.  To the W wspr spots from JA1PKG/2, ZL2AFP, and I heard VK4YB.  I had an incomplete QSO with K5DNL who gave up too soon. Please remind the guys that fades are long and deep on this band, and to just hang in there, signals will come back.  It took 20 min. to complete a QSO with VK4YB a few weeks ago.”

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported that he completed JT9 QSO’s with W9XA, AA1A, KC4SIT and W7IUV.

Steve, VE7SL, was active on JT9 , reporting unstable band conditions and completing QSO’s with KC4SIT and NU6O, both of which were two new stations for Steve.

Roger, VE7VV, reported that he completed JT9 QSO’s with K9FD, N1VF, NU6O and NC0B.  Roger notes that Rob, NC0B, was very strong.  Roger also indicated that “NO3M decoded me once on a peak but despite his patience no QSO. Heard KL7L for long periods”  Roger enjoyed watching all of the activity and indicated that all of the locals seemed to be on the air.

Toby, VE7CNF, reported “Last night was good, I had JT9 QSOs with W7RNB, K5DNL, NU6O, N1VF, K9FD, KL7L, and new station for me NC0B.  Ben N1VF and I also completed a CW QSO at 0645. He was right at the noise level with QSB, but I copied him on peaks.”

Larry, W7IUV, submitted the following details for his activity:

“Last night was very good at times and not so good other times. Spotlight conditions and lots of intermittent local noise  made for some challenges.

On CW, KB5NJD and K0KE were worked (repeats).

On JT9, repeat QSO’s were made with KL7L, and K9FD. New stations worked were KC4SIT, K9MRI, and VE3CIQ. Initials count is now at 34.

I ran low power WSPR overnight with 62 stations decoding me. I think that’s a new record number. Included were JA [JA1PKG/2], ZL[ZL2AFP], [VK4YB – two-way reports] and ZF, plus lots of east coast.”

Rick, W7RNB, completed JT9 QSO’s with VE7CNF  (01 / -04), NU6O     (-18 / -09), N1VF      (-26 / -13), KL7L       (-27 / -22), NO3M    (-26 / -25) and VE7BDQ  (-04 /-10).  On WSPR overnight he reported VK4YB and received reports from ZF1EJ.  Rick’s unique report details can be viewed here.

Ernie, KC4SIT, completed JT9 QSO’s with eight stations, including ZF1EJ, VE7SL and K5DNL (others not reported).  He also reported VK4YB at -30 dB S/N and K9FD at -31 dB S/N on WSPR overnight.  This was Ernie’s first report of VK4YB.

courtesy KC4SIT

 

What a night!  QRN was non-existent through much of the evening and the band began to open slowly about 30 minutes after dark here in North Texas.  My first QSO was with Basil, W8CDX.  He called in with that crazy “Lake Erie swing” but ranged between RST 449 to 549 with lots of QSB.  This was the beginning of a very QSB session with signals ranging from inaudible to RST 599 through the course of the evening at a variety of rates.  At 0104Z, I received a call from W5EMC in Austin, about 200 miles to my South.  Bob notified me that I was his first 630-meter QSO and his first CW QSO in quite a while.  Shortly after Larry, W7IUV,  reported my signal, ranging from RST 339 to easy speaker copy, with enough signal finally to call  me at 0158z to exchange reports.  What was so cool was that the noise floor was very low and smooth and Larry’s signal was just a whisper along the noise.  It was surreal and very pleasing to the ear.  Shortly after that I worked K0KE again.  His signal was strong but even on the short hop QSB was active and Keith went from RST 599 to nothing in just a few moments.  W0RW rounded out the night for me with a strong, stable CW signal well above the very low noise floor.  Paul indicated a bit of static with impending snow today which may contribute to more noise tonight.  In all of this mix, there was a very weak station calling CQ near where I had been CQing on 474.5 kHz.  The signal was to my West and also reported by NO3M but neither one of us could identify the individual.  I never heard the signal again and stations in the West never heard the signal at all so maybe the signal was closer to the central US, just West of me.  I also heard WA1ZMS’s beacon, with a recording posted earlier in this report.  That may have been the best I have ever heard Brian.  This morning yielded almost nothing, aside from a reverse beacon network report from WZ7I basically at the noise floor.  Geomagnetic storm conditions may be ramping up and DST values have tanked so time will tell whether we get (another?) enhancement from this event as it ramps up (potentially).  It was a fun night and great to see the high level of activity.

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.

Roger, VK4YB, reported that “QRN started bad but improved enough to decode K9FD and W7IUV. Changed to JA beam for last hour or so. Alberta twins still managed to decode off the side of that beam.  WSPR heard 2, heard by 32, best K4LY, KC4SIT, and KU4XR in a small spotlight area that didn’t move for about 40 minutes.” Roger received WSPR reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG/2, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, K4LY [first time report], KC4SIT [first time report], KJ6MKI, KL7L, KR6LA, KR7O, KU4XR, N1VF, N6SKM, NU6O, TNUKJPM, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, W6SFH, W7IUV/W, W7RNB and WA6OURKIWI. He shared two-way WSPR reports with KL7L and W7IUV.

Doug, K4LY, reported of his WSPR activity, “3 VK4YB decodes- Finally the propagation gods, the spotlight, whatever you call it favored our area. KC4SIT and I both decoded Roger and no one else east of the west coast.  No one else west of the west coast did. How strange! What might be the propagation mode’s?  Moderately noisy here and 23 unique spots by K4LY inc first time of VK4YB.”

Robert, KR7O, reported “KL7L – Good signals on JT9 overnight, but only two WSPR. K9FD in all night. VK4YB – 12 decodes 1008-1236z, best -25. ZF1EJ – 4 decodes, best -25”

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

PA0A -> AA1A

W3LPL -> G8HUH, PA0O

G8HUH -> W1IR, AA1A

AA1A -> G0LUJ, G8HUH, PA0O, LA2XPA

W1IR -> F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/1, G0MJI, G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, M0NKA, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PD0SBS

Al, K2BLA, reported “JT9 CQ’s this AM; no ans WSPR’d a while. Hrd by 53: 11 over 3000 km, Hrd 18 incl 2 ways with K9FD…”

There were 149 MF WSPR stations observed at 0000z on the WSPRnet activity page. 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, was active during the evening with JT9.  He completed a QSO with KC4SIT and indicated that Ernie peaked at -15 dB S/N.  On WSPR overnight Eden reported twelve stations and he received reports from forty unique stations.  He shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD.

ZF1EJ session WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L, reported that he “completed JT9 [QSO’s] with W7RNB, NU6O, W7IUV, N1VF and VE7CNF. Tried hard with VE7BDQ and very close with NC0B but path went one way on the latter. Lots of fun between other duties.”  On WSPR Laurence reported nine stations including VK4YB and he received reports from eleven unique stations. He shared two-way reports with KR6LA, NU6O, W7IUV and W7RNB.  Laurence also indicated that he experienced “K8 here overnight but now back at 5 – no wonder I can see Au!”  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

KL7L session WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD (/KH6), was QRV during the evening with JT7 and offered these comments and statistics:

“Pretty decent conditions,  was on 0400Z to 0600Z

VE7VV -14
W7IUV +0
NU6O -0
VE7CNF -7

and ZF1EJ was in and out for 45 mins or so,  but only for about 3 decodes and gone again,   QSB was deep and super slow,  could hear him about every 15 mins for 3 passes and -24 was best,  usually -26.   No go today, will try again for sure. Heard him first about 0449,  then 0500, 0515, 0541 and was getting weaker each time.  bummer.

Of course heard a number of others on the band also,  NO3M, W7RNB, KL7L, NC0B, K5DNL,”

Merv also reminds operators to not judge a call sign by its number as he thinks some pass over his CQ’s thinking he is a mainland station.  Check the grid or look call signs up on QRZ as it may help you work a new DXCC entity or state!

On WSPR overnight he reported fourteen legitimate stations including 7L1RLL and he shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZF1EJ and KL7L. Merv received reports from 53 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI, JA1PKG/2, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, TNUKJPM and ZL2AFP.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.  With all of these JA reports, might a JT9 QSO be likely in the future?

K9FD session WSPR activity

 


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