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OFF AIR but hope to be back by 1115z Saturday morning if I don't oversleep

Decent session with many interesting QSO’s completed in the Berlin Treaty special event including activity by memorial ship WW2LST and cross band activity at NO3M and VE7CNF; Elevated absorption for some at higher latitude; More record high band activity reported during the evening and overnight; PE5T seeks northeastern NA station for CW QSO; No clear consensus yet for CW calling frequency

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for November 12, 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

 

North America was generally lightning  free although a few showers in the south central US elevated noise levels to a low roar this morning.  Lightning-rich storms continue to impact the Yucatan and central Atlantic while Mediterranean storms have decreased in intensity slightly as they move to northern Africa.  The western Pacific remains active although Japan is now in the clear.  Storms in western Australia continue to be a significant source of noise for the region.

11-hour worldwide lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions have calmed considerably although the Bz is pointing slightly to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 460 km/s.   DST values have improved significantly while variability continues at less extreme levels.

 

 

 

Evening propagation at mid and lower latitudes was very good.  Noise was low and the band exhibited long-term stability which supported a variety of band activities.  Higher latitudes reported on-going absorption issues associated with the most recent geomagnetic storming activity.

Yesterday I asked whether 472.5 kHz was good for everyone as a CW calling frequency after a request from Frank, W3LPL, to establish such a watering hole.  This frequency is considered the CW calling frequency in Europe as well.  The responses suggest that 472.5 is not an appropriate frequency due to 1) the existence of excess noise and birdies on the frequency and 2) the need to retune transmit antennas when going from JT9 to CW and visa versa.  So how about 474.2 kHz?  You could even use 474.5 kHz but as I related to Frank, this frequency is more and more being impacted by digital mode bleed-over from strong signals near the bottom of that digital passband.  So what works for you?

Kees, PE5T, was seeking a station located somewhere in the northeastern portions of North America with which to attempt a CW QSO.   Contact Kees as his QRZ email address to discuss the logistics.

Reverse beacon report details follow:

 

PSKReporter digital station distributions follow:

courtesy PSKReporter

 

Jim, W5EST, submitted the following JT9 console captures from his station in Little Rock, Arkansas (click thumbnails to enlarge and use the BACK button to return to the report):

 

 

 

 

 

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!):

Al, K2BLA, reported that he completed CW QSO’s with three stations,  two of which were new, including WW2LST and N3FL.  Using WSPR, Al heard fifteen stations and was reported by 58 unique stations.

Eric, NO3M, completed CW QSO’s with K1RGO, N3FL, KB5NJD, K9MRI, K2BLA and W3LPL.   Eric also completed cross band CW QSO’s during the evening with K9RT and KK9V, both logged as occurring on 160-meters.  Using JT9, he completed  QSO’s with WA9CGZ, ZF1EJ and WB0DBQ early this morning. Eric reported that “VK4YB decoded in 5 slots, all -28. first at 0920z, 2:45h before SR.

Frank, W3LPL, reported “I worked several CW stations east of the Mississippi last night with very good signals, all below 473.5.  A big surprise was my QSO with WW2LST in Evansville Indiana.  Perry W8AU was the operator using a WW II TDE transmitter, RBA TRF receiver and a 300 foot inverted-L fed against the steel hull of LST-325!  My dad served on LSTs during WW II in the European, North African and Pacific theaters.  LST-325 is the only remaining sea worthy LST and a National Historic Landmark”
Frank also sent the following links related to W8AU and WW2LST:

http://www.cmh.net/~jpvsr/W8AU&TDE.JPG

http://www.cmh.net/~jpvsr/LSTAUOP.JPG

http://www.lstmemorial.org/prog03a/bf0608c.jpg

http://www.lstmemorial.org

Ken, K5DNL, reported JT9 QSO’s with N3FL, ZF1EJ, WB0DBQ and NC0B.  Using WSPR overnight Ken had another record session, receiving reports from 102 unique stations, beating the old record by one.  He reported seventeen stations including VK4YB.

Keith, K0KE, reported that he completed JT9 QSO’s with WA9CGZ and ZF1EJ.

Toby, VE7CNF, reported that he “…transmitted beacons and crossband CQs on 478.2 kHz, 20-30 minutes per hour from 0000 to 0430.  I made crossband QSOs with VA7TA and W7YOZ (WA) 630m-to-80m, and K7CW (WA) 630m-to-160m.  Also received reports by email and on low-band chat from VA7TA, WA7SMZ (OR), W7RH (AZ).  VA3ELE tried listening for me but had no copy in Ontario, although he was hearing EU longwave broadcasts.

It was a really great night at KB5NJD.  I was fortunate to have very low noise for the majority of the evening although there were a few periods where “waves” of noise seem to propagate in from some unknown source.  The source was definitely not local and originated from the East.  The band was extremely stable allowing for quality chats to occur, not just a signal reports and “73”.  I started the session with a nice CW chat with Rob, NC0B.  We compared notes about the morning session as he had sought a JT9 QSO with VK4YB.  Signals were strong and stable for such an early QSO.  That QSO was followed up by a very interesting and enjoyable QSO with WW2LST.  I had heard the station work NO3M earlier in the week but the operator, Perry, W8AU, indicated during our nearly 30-minute chat that he had limited time during that session to respond but he had heard me.  I could have chatted with Perry all night as the memorial station was just fascinating to learn about.  Fortunately signals were strong and stable.  Perry indicated that he would be QRV from his home QTH in Ohio very soon.  That QSO was followed up by a short chat with Joe, K9MRI.  Joe and I got on the same page in the previous session so we were listening on the same frequencies and were able to exchange reports and chat a bit more under good conditions.  Finally, I chatted with Eric, NO3M, who responded to my CQ’s on 474.5 kHz.  I knew Eric was about to call as I heard his “swoosh” as he aligned the receiver and transmitter with a spotting tone.  Eric also noted that N3FL was calling me but I just don’t hear Fred for some reason.  My initial thought was that maybe he and I are having the same problem that Joe and I were experiencing in the previous session, listening on opposite sidebands but I briefly tuned around on the opposite sideband but never heard him.  Hopefully we can get this together this Winter as the band gets quieter and more darkness promotes better openings.  I listened for VE7CNF’s calls at the top of the band but it was far too early when I was listening and I was exhausted and would likely not be up late enough to work him.  It was raining this morning so I opted to remain off air due to high precipitation static.

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 “QRN started low again, but an early JT9 session attracted no callers. Back on WSPR, there was an early opening towards the East coast with multiple NO3M decodes.  That augured well for a later JT9 QSO at NO3M sunrise, but it was not to be. The propagation path weakened and rotated back towards the PNW and later Japan.”  Roger received reports from JA1PKG, JH3XCU, JR1IZM, K5DNL, KJ6MKI,  KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, N6GN, NO3M, NO3M/3, TNUKJPM,  VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7AB, W7IUV, W7IUV/W and W7WKR. He shared two-way reports with W7IUV.

Robert, KR7O, reported Good signals out to 2100km, activity seemed low but some JT9 around 0400-0530z including K9FD (-20) and NO3M (-18).  The only other NE station copied was W3LPL on WSPR.”  Robert submitted the following details of his session best DX:

ZF1EJ 1 spot, -28

KL7L 2 spots, -20

K9FD 16 spots, -7

VK2YB –22 spots, -21

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

AA1A -> G0LUJ, G0LUJ/1, G8HUH

Doug, K4LY, reported that “…the 17 decoded and 78 decoding K4LY speaks to the record activity that Roger noted below.

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that using WSPR, he “Heard 17 stations on 630m overnight, NE EWE antenna early, then NW EWE antenna 0400 until past SR. Looks like I should have used the SW EWE antenna as I missed VK4YB….”  Mike reported the following session best WSPR DX for his station:

K9FD  9 spots, best -22 @ 0525, min -29 @ 0622
 N6GN  7 spots, best -20 @ 0542, min -27 @ 0450
 W7IUV  9 spots, best -11 @ 0540, min -28 @ 0612
 ZF1EJ  26 spots, best -16 @ 0904, min -30 @ 1016

courtesy WA3TTS

 

There were 180 MF WSPR stations observed at 0345z on the WSPRnet activity page according to VE3CIQ.  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, completed new JT9 QSO’s with K0KE, N3FL and WA9CGZ.  He also completed QSO’s with NO3M and K5DNL.  Overnight using WSPR, Eden reported thirteen stations and he received reports from 57 unique stations.  He shared two-way reports with K9FD, whose report details can be viewed here.

ZF1EJ session WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L, reported five WSPR stations and he received reports from fourteen unique stations including JH3XCU. He shared two-way reports with K9FD, KR6LA, N6GN, N6LF and W7IUV.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

KL7L session WPSR activity

 

Merv, K9FD, reported high noise and active weather near the island so he was not on the air for long.  Briefly using WSPR he reported nine stations and he received reports from thirty unique stations.

K9FD session WSPR activity

 


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