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Band slow to develop but good evening propagation as the veil of higher latitude absorption lifts a bit while deep QSB remains high – KL7L reports aurora this morning, however; Trans-Atlantic openings return along the East coast; Trans-Pacific openings OK but noise remains problem in Oceania; VK4YB’s JT9 heard by several in North America

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for November 13, 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

 

Lightning-rich storms are generally situated in the same locations that they have been for several days now with the exception of an active system that has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, impacting coastal area from British Columbia to northern California.  ZF1EJ reported storms in the Caribbean that forced him to QRT for a bit during the evening and the Mediterranean, which was improved in the previous session has become very active again, impacting a wider area of southern Europe.  Active storms continue to plague the western Pacific including parts of Japan and Australia.

11-hour worldwide lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions are quiet although the Bz is pointing to the South this morning. Solar wind velocities are averaging near 395 km/s and DST values are showing reasonable stability just on the negative side of the centerline.  The A-index is down to 6 so higher latitude stations probably enjoyed improved propagation with less absorption at least during the evening.  KL7L reported, “Diffuse Blue Green Aurora to 25deg…” at 1428z, however.

 

 

 

Propagation featured deep QSB during this session with openings really not solidifying until well over an hour after fully dark at both ends of the path.  It was a good session but evening openings lacked the stability of the previous session.

The  on-going discussion about CW calling frequency received no objections from using 474.2 kHz carrier frequency so why don’t we try that for a while and see how it goes.  Open filters should allow a station to hear stations nearby in frequency relatively well.

A new reverse beacon network node was active on 630-meters tonight, K2RWF.  Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:

 

PSKReporter select digital station distributions for the session follow:

courtesy PSKReporter

 

Jim, W5EST, submitted the  following JT9 screen receive captures from his station in Little Rock, Arkansas (click to enlarge, use the BACK button to return to 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!):

Paul, W0RW, operated late evening CW on 473 kHz, listening simplex and cross band on 3555 kHz.  Paul indicated that he worked W0LS, located in Minnesota via cross band.

Steve, WD8DAS, completed his first QSO on 630 meters, working NO3M on CW at 472.5 kHz.  Steve was loud once during an initial CQ here but with the deep QSB his signal never rose much out of the noise floor here later in the evening.

Al, WB0DBQ, completed a JT9 QSO with K5DNL.  I looked for Al briefly following this QSO but I believe he had QRT’ed.

Ken, K5DNL, completed JT9 QSO’s with VE3CIQ, K9MRI, W7RNB, N1VF, and K9KFR.  Using WSPR overnight he reported seventeen stations and he received reports from 93 unique stations including PJ4VHF on Bonaire.  He also shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD (/KH6), ZF1EJ and VE3CIQ.

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported JT9 QSO’s with K5DNL and NC0B.  Overnight using WSPR, Phil indicated that this was his best night ever, receiving reports from 63 unique stations.  Phil noted that he has changed antennas again and is “…back to 8 meter inverted L with 55 meter tail.

Larry, W7IUV,  completed a JT9 QSO with KB5NJD during the evening at very strong levels, stronger than heard in several days so high latitude absorption seems to be dissipating.  Storms and associated noise were present in his region during the evening.  Using WSPR, Larry reported VK4YB.

The band was slow to open at KB5NJD, taking as much as an hour after it was fully dark here in North Texas before signals were heard.  Once darkness was achieved the band was pretty good but deep QSB was revealed and corroborated by two WSPR transmission that were made just minutes apart.  Still the band was pretty good, allowing a JT9 QSO with W7IUV at near CW levels, which is the best that this path has been in several days.  I also completed a JT9 QSO with K5DNL and was seeking WB0DBQ but I missed him by the time I had transitioned from CW to JT9.  I worked NO3M on CW at 0214z who started out at RST 529 and peaking at RST 579 while listening on the K9AY loop only to disappear briefly during his final transmission.  Switching to the single short receive vertical element brought Eric up to RST 599 so  the wave angle was shifting around quite a bit.  Steve, WD8DAS, was loud on one of his early CQ’s on 472.5 kHz but it was all downhill from there.  At best, future peaks were at RST 449 and were very brief.  This morning yielded a number of reverse beacon reports but levels were down from those reports after 0300z last evening.  No additional QSO’s were observed during the morning session.

Trans-Pacific WSPR report details, excluding ZF1, 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 “High QRN, no chance of 2-ways. JT9 decoded by K0TT et al. WSPR best hrd by NO3M, ZF1EJ.”  He also received a single JT9 report from VA7MM at -27 dB S/N at 1258z.   Roger received reports from JA1PKG, JA3TVF, KJ6MKI, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, NO3M, NO3M/3, VE6JY, VE6XH and W7IUV/W. He shared two-way reports with K9FD (/KH6).

Robert, KR7O, reported:

“NC0B and K7SF were copied on CW.  K7SF was CQing for some time, with no takers that I could tell.  Best TA W8RUT, -25 and ~3400km to K4LY -23.  Several spots of both stations.

K9FD – 81 spots, -3.  CDX better this morning than overnight.

KL7L – 10 decodes, -17

My longest opening to VK4YB, 0928-1220Z so far.  Signal strengths not great, -25, but the duration makes up for it.

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

G8HUH -> AA1A

W4BCX -> PA0O

AA1A -> DL-SWL, DL4RAJ, EA2HB, EB8ARZ/1, F1AFJ, F59706, F5WK, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/1, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, LA2XPA, M0DSZ, M0NKA, ON5KQ, OR7T, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY

Doug, K4LY, reported “Continued increase in 630M total spots: 50,545 year ago compared to 92,964 this year correlates with K4LY increase- 15 and 79 inc. 2 x K9FD.

The WSPRnet activity page reported 178 MF WSPR stations at 0300z.  Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR summary

 

South American 24-hour WSPR summary

 

European 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Asiatic Russian 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Chinese 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Australian 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, reported  storms in his area during the evening, forcing him to QRT.  At some point he returned to air, reporting eleven WSPR stations including VK4YB and he received reports from 43 unique stations.  Select DX WSPR report details can be viewed here.

ZF1EJ session WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L, reported morning aurora as he called CQ with JT9.  On WSPR overnight, he reported  four stations, including VK4YB,  and he received reports from sixteen unique stations including JA1PKG.  He shared two-way reports with K9FD, KR6LA and N6GN.  Select DX WSPR report details can be viewed here.

KL7L session WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported on-going noise problems due to storms in the area but he was able to remain on the air.  He submitted the follow comments:

“This is a long span of QRN,  but its still around,  in a weather pattern that generates storms around the islands,  need a front to come through and clear out the upper air.

Was on a little again at 0430-0500Z.   Called K5DNL for some time, no replys.  NC0B reported to me he was copying fine.  Makes me feel better that its just not my puny signal.”

Merv operated WSPR overnight, reporting ten stations and sharing two-way reports with VK4YB and KL7L. He received reports from 39 unique stations including JA1PKG, JH3XCU, JR1IZM and VK2XGJ. Select DX WSPR report details can be viewed here.

K9FD session WSPR activity

 


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