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Probably QRT tonight and in the morning due to storms in the area

Slow start to session turns into another big night of two-way contacts on JT9 and CW as the band awakens and geomagnetic activity ramps-up

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for November 16, 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

Operator lists detailing stations that are two-way QSO-capable can be viewed here.

Spot stations calling CQ on any mode here on DXSummit and help them find a Q.

 

The big storm systems from the session are located in the Mediterranean and Oceania, particularly eastern Australia near the population centers.  Japan continues to experience a few lightning-rich storms but they appear much less prolific this morning.  A few storms continue along the West coast of North America and most notably in the Pacific Northwest.  Additional storms are also observed off of the mid-Atlantic coast.

11-hour worldwide lightning summary

 

 

Geomagnetic conditions  reached unsettled levels due to a solar wind stream.  Solarham indicates that NOAA has issued a G1 storm warning with a Kp of 5 possible.  The Bz is variable but pointing slightly to the North this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 500 km/s although the numbers have really been bouncing around.  DST values have taken a downturn but given the level of variability, its too early to know whether a significant decrease will be observed.

 

 

 

Propagation was slow to develop during the evening, taking as much as an hour after full darkness to really wake up.  The result was a complete turnaround from the previous session with great openings on a number of paths allowing many two-way QSO’s to be completed on JT9, FT8 and CW.   A number of transcontinental  openings were observed in North America at uncharacteristically strong levels.  QSB was present on a number of signals.

Reverse beacon reports for the session follow:

 

PSKReporter select digital station summary follows:

courtesy PSKReporter

 

Jim, W5EST, submitted the following JT9 captures from his WSJTx console (click the enlarge, use the BACK button to return to report):

 

 

 

 

 

Paul, W0RW, was QRV on 473 kHz CW during the late evening (0315z) and received this recording from KU4XR in Tennessee (large file download from dropbox).  Paul indicates that this was the best reception that Andy has had of his signal.

Sal, K1GRO, indicates that he is often operating QRSS4 on 475.85 kHz or 478.5 kHz as K1RGO/B.  I have informed Sal that there has been limited QRSS activity over the last few years with most beacon activity transitioning to WSPR.  Please have a look for his signal.

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!):

John, WA3ETD, reported JT9 QSO’s with VE3CIQ, K9SLQ, K9MRI, WA9CGZ, W9XA and K5DNL.  John added that “WSPR also very good, with best DX hearing N6GN at 4149 km.  I plan to run JT9 on a much more regular basis as the season progresses.”

Ken, K5DNL, reported JT9 QSO’s with WA3ETD, VE7BDQ and VE7CNF.  Overnight using WSPR Ken reported sixteen stations and he received reports from 82 unique stations including eight Canadian stations.  He shared two-way DX WSPR reports with K9FD (/KH6), VE3CIQ and ZF1EJ.

Phil, VE3CIQ, reported an FT8 QSO with K9SLQ and JT9 QSO’s with N1DAY and KB5NJD.

Toby, VE7CNF, reported JT9 QSO’s with K0KE and K5DNL.  Toby also decoded W0YSE’s Opera transmissions.

Eric, NO3M, completed a JT9 QSO with VE7SL and a CW QSO with KB5NJD.

Neil, W0YSE, began the session operating OPERA, finishing the night completing a JT9 QSO with CF7MM.  Neil submitted the following comments about his evening activity:

“Got some OP8 decodes from Andy, KU7XR and Ken,SWL/EN61 and Toby, VE7CNF. Toby had his pgm set to the 2200m band so he did not show up on my screen, however he decoded me at -18 and -14 dB in high QRN from rain on power lines….

…Mark/CF7MM and I had a JT9 QSO. His signal varied from zilch to -17. Mark gave me a -05 report so it seemed as tho’ propagation was kind of one sided. I did have a lot of precip static here that might account for my poor reception. Very quiet this morning, tho’.

I was heard by Eden twice at -24 this session on WSPR. Was decoded by 39 with a lot of stations beyond 2000 km.

Out of the 39 spotters, there were several over 3000 km as well:”

courtesy W0YSE

 

The session began flat at KB5NJD in spite of not getting started until it was fully dark.  CW Signals from K4EJQ were ESP at best and even NO3M was very light compared to a typical session.  It took approximately an hour after full darkness for the band to really show signs of life although a couple of very strong reverse beacon reports were reported early by AA4VV, suggesting that longer paths to the East at low latitudes were somewhat healthy.  QSB was present but not terribly deep after the band began to awaken.  A CW QSO with NO3M at 0156z resulted in the exchange of RST 569 / 579 reports but as Eric was signing, his signal was headed down.  The signal was still fully copyable but lacked the dominance that it had during our brief chat.  Larry, W7IUV, reported that he was hearing me at RST 449 with Eric barely copied at RST 339, suggesting that the band still needed some time to develop in the West.  I completed a CW QSO with K9SLQ at 0217z.  Wayne was not hearing my initial calls but returned on a peak.  We exchanged RST 569 / 579 with Wayne reaching RST 599 as we were signing.  I transitioned to JT9 briefly in hopes of catching WA3ETD but instead worked VE3CIQ and ZF1EJ.  The band was active during this time, both in terms of number of stations but also changing propagation.  While John was apparently calling me (I wasn’t seeing him but VE3CIQ was relaying details), W7IUV was calling him, who was at -7 dB S/N at my station so the band had shifted pretty significantly from just a few minutes earlier.  I made a WSPR transmission before transitioning back to CW and received about 35 reports on that single transmission, many from new call signs that I had never seen before.  The evening session resulted in a number of Reverse Beacon reports of my signal which carried over to this morning and a number of reports were observed from stations that have been missing recently.  The band was in very good shape.  K9SLQ and I ended up on the same frequency calling CQ this morning so I slid down to 474.2 kHz to continue calling on the lead-up to first light.  No additional QSO’s were completed but I heard what sounded like at least one weak signal at one point which may have been co-located K9SLQ.  QSB was active so signals were peaking and disappearing within the span of a couple of minutes.  MF propagation must have been very good this morning or at least very active as stations around North America were “skipping in” to the local AM stations that I was listening to with lots of flutter and almost crystal clear audio.  It was a good session and hope for more in spite of elevated solar wind.

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 “Propagation was subdued tonight. Two forays on JT9 produced no decodes. Best DX on WSPR was with the Alberta twins. The path to KL7L was good.”  Roger received reports from 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, KJ6MKI, KL7L, KPH,KR6LA, KR7O, VE6JY, VE6XH and VE7BDQ.   He shared two-way reports with K9FD.

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

ZF1EJ -> G0MRF

W3LPL -> G0LUJ

W1IR -> F59706

AA1A -> DL-SWL, DL4RAJ, EA1FBU, EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, G0LUJ, G0MJI, G4CPD, G4ETG, G4ZFQ, M0NKA, ON5KQ, ON7ZO, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY

Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he “Hrd 16 on 630m overnight incl K9FD, W0YSE, N6GN, ZF1EJ”

Robert, KR7O, reported “Some decent JT9 activity last night, but signals were down overall.  Not many signals were a positive signal strength.  One lone decode of AA1A for the only TC of the session.  First New England spot in several days however.”

Robert’s session best DX include:

ZF1EJ 2 spots, -28

K9FD 86 spots, +0

VK4YB 5 spots, -23

There were 156 MF WSPR stations reported on the WSPRnet activity page at 0100z.  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, completed a JT9 QSO’s with KB5NJD.  On WSPR, Eden reported ten stations including K9FD.  He received reports from 54 unique stations including G0MRF.  Those report details are included in the trans-Atlantic detail linked higher in this report.

ZF1EJ session WSPR activity

 

Laurence, KL7L, reported at 0253z that he was CQing with JT9.  At 0751z he transitioned to a JT9 beacon, receiving “…6 JT9 decodes, best -26 all 1120-1142”  from VE7VV.  JH3XCU reported that JR1IZM received JT9 signals from Laurence four times, which can be viewed here. Using WSPR, Laurence reported five stations including VK4YB and he received reports from three unique stations.  Select DX WSPR reports can be viewed here.

KL7L session WSPR activity

 

Merv, K9FD (/KH6), indicates that part of his recent receive problems were related to an audio connector and the problem is now resolved.  Using WSPR overnight, Merv reported five stations. He shared two-way DX WSPR reports with VK4YB. Merv received reports from 41 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, KL7L and ZF1EJ.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

K9FD session WSPR activity

 


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