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

Summer-like noise in the South and East and high A-index puts a damper on the session but a few QSO’s were completed; Trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific paths open from a favorable parts of North America; Noon JT9 activity reported between K9MRI, K9SLQ and K9KFR; New digital mode released by ZL1BPU

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for November 22, 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 Gulf of Mexico and East coast of the US into the Caribbean are a mess.  Strong storms in those areas have largely negated the low noise levels often observed from storm-free conditions across much of North American.  Japan is once again covered by a large, lightning-rich system and poor conditions continue in Oceania through coastal and central Australia.

11-hour worldwide lightning summary


Geomagnetic conditions were at unsettled to elevated-quiet levels through this session.  The Bz is pointing to the South and solar wind velocities are averaging near 520 km/s.  The A-index is currently at 28 (sorry Laurence).  DST values have improved from recent lows but remain at negative levels.




Propagation and noise conditions were very poor during the evening.  The band seemed to favor shorter hops but high noise levels may have masked more exotic openings.  The East and Southeast appears to be largely crippled by noise this morning while noise to the North and West seemed better.  Propagation remains relatively poor this morning.  Several stations have commented that the previous session was significantly better thank this one.

Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:


PSKReporter partial digital station distributions for the session follow:

courtesy PSKReporter


Jim, W5EST, presented the following brief capture of JT9 activity from his WSJTx console:

courtesy W5EST


A new digital mode called “WSQCall” has been released by Murray, ZL1BPU.  Details can be viewed here.

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!):

Daytime JT9 activity was rampant in the Midwest as K9MRI, K9SLQ, and K9KFR were reported at 1822z to be active according to NO3M.

John, WA3ETD, completed an evening JT9 QSO with NO3M.

Ken, K5DNL, completed a JT9 QSO with K5DOG through high QRN.  Using WSPR, Ken reported that he decoded ten stations and he received reports from 91 unique stations including twelve Canadian stations.  Ken also shared two-way DX WSPR reports with K9FD (/KH6) and ZF1EJ.

Neil, W0YSE, reported a couple of “local” JT9 QSO’s completed with W7IUV, sending -5 dB and receiving -11 dB S/N and VE7SL, sending -14 dB and receiving -11 dB S/N.  A few CQ’s using CW resulted in no skimmer reports, which may say quite a bit about propagation given his proximity to the very well-hearing VE6 skimmers.  Overnight using WSPR, Neil reported that his receive VFO was still set to CW, so no stations were received but he offered the following comments and statistics for his transmissions:

“…Out of 29 spotters, these were my outbound DX this session. KE0HQZ, Nick is a new listener from Yankton South Dakota. He got his license early last year and is operating by remote control, according to his QRZ page. Nice to see him QSX on 630m.

courtesy W0YSE


Larry, W7IUV, reported “One VK4YB decode on JT9 with omni RX, nothing else except a couple locals. Band deadest I’ve ever seen.”  Larry also decoded VK4YB using WSPR.

The band was very poor during the evening at KB5NJD.  NO3M reported my CQ’s on CW after it was fully dark at RST 439, which may be optimistic.  This morning was moderately better as noise levels were lower and the West was very quiet but propagation  continues to be poor based on a lack of reverse beacon reports from the VE6 nodes.  This is probably the result of the elevated A index.  As I’ve said before, “this too shall pass…

Roger, VK4YB, reported that “QRN returned, with storms in the coral sea adding to the mayhem. There were still plenty of WSPR receiving stations, mostly along the West coast.”

Trans-Pacific WPSR 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.



Robert, KR7O, reported Low domestic activity and below average signals.  No TC at all or past 2100km.”  His best DX for the session included:

K9FD 1 spot, -16

VK4FD 1 spot, -28

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




Al, K2BLA, reported high noise from the storms in the Gulf or along the East coast at S9 levels.  He added that he,

“…Transmitted a few WSPR transmissions and was amazed to be heard by 32 unique. Add an additional 15 from last night, which was also noisy here but not as bad as this AM, heard by 47.

Had ”jumping SWR” that somehow managed to settle down so did not run full power this AM. Rain last night and heavy fog this AM so something has water in or on it.

Reported only WSPR 10 stations this AM including, much to my amazement, K9FD.

There were 160 MF WSPR stations reported on the WSPRnet activity page at 0130z.  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, reported six WSPR stations and he received reports from 44 unique stations including K9FD.  With high noise and storm activity, I don’t find any references suggesting that Eden operated JT9 or FT8 during this session.

ZF1EJ session WSPR activity


Laurence, KL7L,  reported a poor session but he managed to decode three WSPR stations including VK4YB.  Laurence operated with the barefoot U3S at 1W TPO, estimating about 75 mW radiated power.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

KL7L session WSPR activity


Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported eleven WSPR stations including ZF1EJ. He shared two-way WSPR reports with VK4YB. Merv received WSPR reports from thirty unique stations including JA1PKG, VK2XGJ and KL7L.  Select DX report details can be viewed here.

K9FD session WSPR activity


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