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OFF AIR for storms - just one more night - should be QRV Saturday night!

Improved band conditions on North and South paths and at least one transcontinental QSO reported at mid-latitudes; Fewer trans-Atlantic openings observed but they continue in spite of elevated absorption; Trans-Pacific openings extend to the Midwest; NU6O’s JT9 reported by JR1IZM

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for November 9, 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


Coastal areas were the primary target of lighting-rich storms in North America during this session as the continental core was largely storm-free.  The Caribbean and portions of northern Mediterranean region experienced strong storms.  While lighting remains a problem in the western Pacific, Japan appears storm free after an active previous session and storms impacting eastern Australian population centers in previous session have moved into the interior and points West.  That may be little consolation as noise is likely still very high.

11-hour worldwide lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions continue at unsettled to G1 storm levels.  For the moment it seems the worst is behind us and a number of interesting paths have developed in the wake. The Bz is pointing to the South this morning after pointing strongly to the North during much of the evening and solar wind velocities peaked near 700 km/s during the earlier portions of the session but are averaging near 540 km/s this morning.   DST values remain at negative levels but have been relative consistent over the previous 24-hours.  The deep, short duration decreases associated with major changes in geomagnetic conditions were not observed during this session.




Propagation was much improved during this evening session, albeit very path selective.  Many third party stations reported hearing only one end of a path.  QSB was also a factor and seemed to be deep and long at times.  It was also relatively clear that the North and South paths dominated which is not surprising given the ongoing geomagnetic activity.  Mid-Latitude openings also supported some transcontinental communications.

Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:


PSKReporter station distributions for the session follow:

Courtesy PSKReporter


Jim, W5EST, submitted the following JT9 captures from his station in Little Rock, Arkansas:

Courtesy W5EST


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!):

Larry, W7IUV, completed an evening JT9 QSO with K2BLA on a long transcontinental opening.  Not too bad given the storm conditions and this QSO was an outlier compared to other QSO paths observed during the evening.  Larry also completed a JT9 QSO with me at -17 dB  / -20 dB S/N at 0125z.  Other stations in the north central US indicated that they were not hearing Larry during these QSO’s.  Larry reported VK4YB using WSPR and he was reported by ZL2AFP.

Toby, VE7CNF, reported one JT9 QSO last night with VE7VV.  Toby added that “On JT9 rx this morning I found ‘1208 -25 -0.1 1118 @ TEST VK4YB QG,’ received 3 transmissions at 1208 to 1214, -25 to -27dB.”  Toby also reported that Argentina has gained access to 630-meters based on this article from the RAC.

Al, K2BLA, reported that his CQ’s on JT9 resulted in a QSO with VE3CIQ. On WSPR Al reported that he “…hrd 21 hrd by 66 a new record for me must be increased listeners rather than condx but all but 1 were over 1000km 2 ways with K9FD.”  Al’s JT9 was also heard by ZF1EJ at -13 dB S/N.

Eric, NO3M, completed an evening QSO with KB5NJD at 0118z at -12 dB / -10 dB S/N.  He was also reported by a new JT9 station, WB0DBQ in Minnesota but a QSO has yet to be completed.

Ken, K5DNL, completed a JT9 QSO with NU6O and KC4SIT.  On WSPR overnight, Ken was surprised to have heard 22 stations due to high noise in his area.  He received reports from 93 unique stations including ten Canadian stations.  Ken shared two-way WSPR reports with VE3CIQ, CF7MM, K9FD (/KH6) and ZF1EJ.

Joe, NU6O, completed a JT9 QSO with K5DNL this morning.  Referring to JT9, Joe added that “JR1IZM heard the CQ, along with 4 others per PSK reporter.  JA BC signals are moderately strong this morning. 4QR 612 khz, Brisbane is weak with rapid QSB.”   Joe also received WSPR reports from JA1PKG and ZL2AFP.

In spite of few two-way QSO’s, this was a great session at KB5NJD.  The band was quiet although a few lightning crashes were heard to the East from the storm system that came through the area yesterday as it moved into Louisiana.  The West was very quiet all evening and this morning.  I completed evening JT9 QSO’s with NO3M and W7IUV with good signals although there was a bit of late QSB during the W7IUV QSO.  I never heard N3FL, who was reported by NO3M to be CQing at one point on 474.5 kHz but K4EJQ was plenty loud.  I tried to raise Bunky but he did not respond.  I received email reports from three stations:  Argus, W8QMD, reported “I hear your CW sig in Montana on a HRO-7. Sig is weak but readable. I have no xmitter yet.”   I also heard from Harry, W0LS, who reported, “…just been listening to you call CQ. Your 58 to 59 here. Receiving on 160M loop. I do not have transmit capability yet but working on it. I have built an amp that should put out about 300 watts. Do not know what to do about transmit ant yet.”  Finally, I heard from an apartment dweller, Jerry, K5PSH:  “i am at present (11-8-17/0244z) listening to you call CQ on 474.66kc.–you are 439 with some QSB at which time you seem to drop out–//0251z–at this time i hear you asking QRZ IMI//evidently no reply, you are CQing again– receiver here is an Yaesu FT857 and a Pixel loop– i am located in Bryan, tx–100 mi. NW of Houston– i’m in an apartment on third floor–tremendous RFI/EMI– now at 0254z you are peaking about S-5 to 6…” Thanks guys!  I look forward to CW QSO’s soon!  I received only one reverse beacon network report during the evening but reports were plentiful this morning.  Band conditions were good and signals were strong, including a strong, stable QSO with Eric, NO3M at RST 559 / 549.  No additional QSO’s or reports were completed but it was a good morning and I look forward to getting some of these guys on the air quickly.

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, indicated that “The QRN was mainly from Western Australia tonight. WSPR 3[VK4YB heard]/31[heard VK4YB], best DX John, W0JW” Roger received reports from JA1PKG, JA3TVF, TNUKJPM, KJ6MKI, KL7L, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, N6GN, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CNF, W0JW, W6SFH, W7IUV and W7IUV/W.   He shared two-way reports with K9FD.  He also received reports of his JT9 transmissions reported earlier by VE7CNF.

Joe, K9MRI, indicated  that he reported WSPR from K9FD twenty times and VK4YB twice overnight.

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



AA1A -> F59706


Robert, KR7O, indicated of his WSPR listening, “decent “regional” cdx, but except for K9FD, very little beyond 2000km.  K9FD – 70 spots, best -2, VK4YB – only one spot, best -25.”  Robert also indicated that he may have been hearing my CW last night and was also decoding my JT9 signal.

Doug, K4LY, indicated of his WSPR listening, “Continued high latitude absorption limited decodes to 23, but far western path to K9FD seems to almost always remain open under adverse conditions.”

Mike, WA3TTS, reported “Heard 21 [WSPR] stations overnight on 630m. NE EWE early and NW EWE late. High A & K only 1 spot from W7IUV in PNW and K9FD 10 spots. 46 spots from ZF1EJ as the south path seems to enhance a day after geomag event.”  Mike’s session best’s include:

“K9FD 10 spots best -23 @ 0802, min -27 @ 0950.

W7IUV 1 spot -21 @ 0840.

ZF1EJ  46 spots, best -8 @ 0838, min -23 @ 0350.”


Courtesy WA3TTS


The WSPRnet activity page indicated at 0000z that there were 143 active MF WSPR stations.  Ken, K5DNL, indicated at 0122z that 151 MF WSPR stations were listed on the activity page.  Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR activity


European 24-hour WSPR activity


Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR activity


Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


Oceania 24-hour WSPR activity


Eden, ZF1EJ, reported K2BLA’s JT9 this morning at -13 dB S/N.  Overnight with WSPR Eden reported ten stations and he received reports from 48 unique stations including K9FD.

ZF1EJ session WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L, indicated that received two JT9 transmissions from VK4YB:

1208 -26 0.1 1118 @ TEST VK4YB QG

1210 -26 -0.0 1118 @ DE VK4YB QG62

Overnight with WSPR Laurence operated in a receive-only capacity and reported four stations including VK4YB.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

KL7L session WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported fourteen WSPR stations and he shared two-way WSPR reports with VK4YB.  Merv received WSPR reports from 52 unique stations including JA1NQI-2, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM, VK3ALZ, ZL2AFP and ZL4OL [first time report].  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

K9FD session WSPR activity



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