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

Solid trans-Atlantic openings during the evening but high QSB for domestic openings around North America with increasing QRN; Geoeffective coronal hole means more solar wind soon – will we see an enhancement?; Trans-Pacific openings hindered by strong storms in Oceania; Weekend begins with high activity

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for November 18, 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.


Storms were active in the Midwest of the US across the Plains into parts of the Southwest overnight and this morning as a strond cold front moved South.  It was noticeably noisier here in North Texas last night and this morning.  Northern Europe was more active than in previous sessions with storms in Scandinavia spreading southward into Germany.  The Mediterranean remains active and I can only guess that this is a seasonal monsoon feature for the region.  Oceania is inundated with lightning-rich storms and activity in Australia must be nearly impossible as two systems are blanketing the entire continent.

11-hour worldwide lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions are quiet although a geoeffective coronal hole may bring elevated solar wind and possibly G1 storm conditions in the coming sessions according to Solarham. The Bz is pointing slightly to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 390 km/s.  DST values are generally remaining near the centerline.




Propagation was better early in the session but seemed to deteriorate some as the evening progressed.  Domestic openings seemed to favor shorter hops.  QSB was very deep and fast but a number of strong signals were present but had to be caught on peaks.  Noise was elevated for many and seemed to intensify as the evening progressed which may give the impression that propagation was deteriorating.

Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:


PSKReporter digital station distributions follow:

courtesy PSKReporter


Jim, W5EST, submitted this WSJTx receive window capture showing JT9 received at his station:

courtesy W5EST


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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!):

David, G0MRF, reported yesterday that he would be active on digital modes in the evening, looking for QSO’s.  He was successful but as they say, nothing is ever easy.  David explained on the RSGB-LF reflector:

“Managed to get all of the kit down to the Whitton ARG only to find the numerous settings for WSJT and the IC7300 USB comms had all gone AWOL.

However, after a frustrating hour or so re-entering everything, two sequences on WSPR, using 40W TPO produced reports from 58 unique stations.

This was followed by FT-8 QSOs  with DG3LV,  (-4 received)  LA3EQ (-13 received) and G7JUR  (another -4).

In a few weeks time I’ll be installing a system at a remote site – Based on N4PY software. So hopefully a nice signal and a more even split between WSPR and QSO modes.

Dave, AA1A, completed a CW QSO early in the evening with NO3M.

Eric, NO3M, completed a CQ QSO with N3FL during the mid-evening.  Eric noted high QSB and QRN.

Phil, VE3CIQ, completed a JT9 QSO with N3FL.  He was also attempting a JT9 QSO with WB0DBQ but indicated that a fade prevented that from completing.

Ken, K5DNL, reported a JT9 QSO with KB5NJD.  Ken also reported that W3LPL was active with JT9 but no QSO was completed.  Using WSPR overnight he reported seventeen stations and he received reports from 84 unique stations including KL7L and  fourteen Canadian stations which was a record for Ken’s station.  Ken shared two-way DX WSPR reports with K9FD (/KH6), ZF1EJ and VE3CIQ.

Toby, VE7CNF, completed an evening JT9 QSO with W0YSE.

Neil, W0YSE, completed a JT9 QSO with VE7CNF last night and he reported KL7L on JT9 this morning at 1344z at -27 dB S/N.  Neil tried to call Laurence but indicates that it was too late at too little power.  Using WSPR, Neil reported K5DNL, K9FD, KR6LA, N1VF, N6GN and VE7CA.  Neil was heard at about 1.64-watt  EIRP by 36 unique stations including CF7MM, K0KE, K0MVJ, K0OD, K5DNL, K6LG, K6SRO, K8RZ, K9FD, KA7OEI, KJ6MKI, KK6EEW, KL7L, KO6KL, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, KT5H, N1VF, N6GN, N7BYD, NO3M, NT7S, VA7JX, VE4XC, VE6EGN, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7CNF, VE7KPB, VE7VV, W0JW, W0MB and W7IUV/W.

The session began at KB5NJD with a early completed CW QSO with W8CDX around 0020z.  I’ve not heard ‘Basil’ in a few days but signals were stable in spite of a lack of darkness in North Texas.  I listened around until 0100z when I transitioned to JT9 for a bit.  It was fully dark now and I completed JT9 QSO’s with K5DNL and K0KE.  I called N9RU but he stopped transmitting following my call.  Its also possible that he faded away as QSB was now much more active than earlier in the evening.  I also saw WB0DBQ calling VE3CIQ in a single transmission frame but never saw him again.  A bit later VE3CIQ was calling CQ and K9SLQ responded but I don’t think that they completed the QSO.  QSB was extreme at times and stations were fading in and out between transmissions.  I returned to CW and heard NO3M very loudly finishing up an apparently very QSB QSO with N3FL.  I never heard Fred but thats been an on-going struggle that we will probably resolve later this Winter.  I caught a brief peak to WZ7I’s RBN node and received a report above the noise from him just prior to 0300z and a report from K0SBV around 0215z indicated that I was heard in Tuscon, Arizona with a “pretty good signal“.  Carl indicated that he was listening with “an Icom R75 with am LF Engineering H-900 active whip antenna.”  This morning I returned to air a bit later than normal, 1100z, which really was too late on many days unless band conditions are really good.  I received a report from KT5H at 1111z, reporting that my CQ’s on 474.5 kHz CW were ranging from RST 569 to 589 through lightning QRN.  Its about to get cold here in North Texas so ground conditions should stabilize and antenna current should increase a bit.

Trans-Pacific WSPR report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here.

Roger, VK4YB, indicated that “QRN continues. Not a single decode of any station including VK/ZL. WSPR: heard by K0KE, best DX. JT9: only heard by KL7L.”  Roger received reports from K0KE, K9FD, KJ6MKI, KL7L, KPH, KR7O, VA7JX,  VE6JY, CE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7CNF and W7IUV/W.

Robert, KR7O, reported “Some TC last night.  K9SLQ on JT9, AA1A, W3LPL and N1DAY on WSPR.  KL7L and K9FD were both in on JT9 around 0400z.”  Robert also added that he decoded JT9 from KL7L between 1412z – 1420z, at  -27 dB S/N.   Robert submitted the follow session best DX for his station:

“ZF1EJ 2 spots, -27

K9FD 19 spots, -13.  Not sure if poor cdx or not on WSPR much.

VK4YB 21 spots, -23″

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






Ken, SWL/K9 (SWL-EN61), located in Indiana, was near strong lightning-rich storms and reported “…not so good condx but decoded one spot of K9FD and 21 from N6GN on the overnight test of the indoor e-probe. “

There were 165 MF WSPR stations observed on the WSPRnet activity page at 0300z.  Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR summary


European 24-hour WSPR summary


Japanese 24-hour WSPR summary


Oceania 24-hour WSPR summary


Eden, ZF1EJ, was received on JT9 during the evening but no QSO’s have been confirmed.  Using WSPR overnight, Eden reported eleven stations. He received reports from 56 unique stations and he shared two-way DX WSPR reports with K9FD.

ZF1EJ session WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L, was reported on JT9 this morning by W0YSE, KR7O and W7IUV.  He completed a JT9 QSO with K9FD (/KH6).  VE7SL reported Laurence’s JT9 at 1416z, -17 dB S/N with the message  “GD MNG ALL”.  KR7O reported similar details.

On WSPR overnight, Laurence reported six stations and he received reports from nine unique stations. He shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD and KR6LA.  This morning a number of later WSPR reports were registered in the “lower-48”.  Laurence added that QRN was high during this session.  Select DX WSPR report details can be viewed here.

KL7L session WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD (/KH6), was heard CQing on JT9 by KR7O at 0405z.  Merv completed a JT9 QSO with KL7L at 0427z.  Overnight using WSPR, Merv reported thirteen stations. He shared two-way reports with ZF1EJ and KL7L. Merv received reports from 28 unique stations.  Select DX WSPR report details can be viewed here.

K9FD session WSPR activity


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