The details for November 23, 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.
It was the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico that were at the center of storm activity near North America. Noise levels were elevated in the southeastern US but not many stations reported problems through high band activity. A few storms containing lighting were present in the Northwest into British Columbia. Central Japan also experienced active weather conditions but a number of stations were braving the elements to provide reports. In Oceania, southeastern Australia received the bulk of lightning strikes while the northeastern coast got a bit of a break. I am sure it was still noisy as storms continue in the central regions of the continent, throughout Indonesia and into the western Pacific.
Geomagnetic conditions continue at elevated-quiet levels. The Bz is pointing slightly to the South and solar wind velocities are averaging near 415 km/s. The A index is down to 10. DST values are quite variable and at negative levels with a few periods of moderate decreases but generally remaining fairly close to the center line. In spite of the continued negative Bz and elevated Kp, the solar wind stream impacting the band resulting from a geoeffective coronal hole is no longer a active player in our current space weather.
Propagation really depended on your location. Station further to the North reported continued high absorption with rapid QSB and slower starts for openings than stations down South, where openings were plentiful, early and with more stable QSB conditions. It helped that band activity was high, particularly for QSO modes and several new stations were on the air for the first time.
Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:
PSKReporter partial digital station distributions follow:
Jim, W5EST, submitted the following JT9 reception captures from his station in Little Rock, Arkansas (click to enlarge, use BACK button to return to report):
Nicolas, F4DTL, reported that he was QRV between 1800z and 2200z using QRSS3 at 476.2 kHz. He received reports from three stations but he only listed names on his RSGB-LF post, no call signs, so its unclear just how far these reporting stations were from Nicolas’ station about 25 miles away from Paris.
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, completed JT9 QSO’s with KA1R, AA1A and KB5NJD.
Eric, NO3M, reported a JT9 QSO with WB4JWM and a QSO attempt with KA1R that was not completed. He also completed CW QSO’s with W2RBA and KB5NJD, the latter occurring very early, just after sunset in Texas.
Al, K2BLA, reported new JT9 QSO’s with AE5X and WB4JWM. Al indicated high noise and wandering SWR due to rain in his area. Using WSPR, he also reported ten stations and received reports from 58 unique station. Al added that an interesting oscillation with his SWR and field strength recently occurred only to find that birds were weighing down part of the top hat. Al might have never noticed this variation had he not been on the air after sunrise or testing during the day. If you experience weird system behavior during the day, have at look at the antenna and make sure wildlife isn’t having an impact. I’ve observed this behavior here before and an air horn does wonders for this problem. It also keeps dumb neighbors away.
Ken, K5DNL, completed a JT9 QSO with WB0DBQ. Using WSPR, Ken, reported seventeen WSPR stations and received reports from 83 unique stations including nine Canadian stations. He shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD (/KH6), ZF1EJ, VE7BDQ and VE3CIQ.
Joe, K9MRI, completed JT9 QSO’s with AE5X and WB0DBQ.
Larry, W7IUV, and I informally exchanged JT9 reports at -19/-18 dB S/N. Larry indicated that he wasn’t hearing many stations but he was loud enough here in North Texas. Larry also reported VK4YB on both of his receivers using WSPR.
This session may have been an all-time best for KB5NJD since the band opened under part-97 rules with nine QSO’s completed. The session started with a very early CW QSO with K5DOG located about 175 miles to the South. Steve was loud once I was on the correct receive antenna and he indicated that I was his first CW QSO on 630-meters. At sunset, NO3M was uncharacteristically loud. I called him about 10 minutes after sunset and while he was weaker than earlier due to elevated noise, we exchanged reports and moved on. It was good to be heard on a skywave path while the sun was mostly up. After dinner I was calling CQ on 473 kHz and received a call from AE5X. John was plenty loud and we exchanged reports and chatted a bit as he indicated that this was his first CW QSO on 630 meters. John also chronicled his session here and posted the following “mostly unedited” video that contained one of my CQ’s either before or after our QSO (probably after):
I completed JT9 QSO’s with K5DOG, AE5X, K9MRI and a bit later a first time QSO with WA3ETD in Vermont. John and I battled to find a peak but managed to get it done through some very active QSB conditions. I also completed a JT9 QSO with VE7SL which I believe was a first time for the mode. Steve and I have worked CW a couple of times now, however. I rounded out the evening with a CW QSO with W0RW on 473 kHz. I had heard a station calling for a bit but couldn’t decide the direction so I was frantically switching directions with the receive antennas. I finally caught Paul calling on a peak and we exchanged RST 549 / 559 reports before I turned the frequency over to him for the night. I was very suddenly tired so this was a good stopping point. I forgot to mention that I had called WB4JWM earlier in the evening on JT9 to no avail. Hopefully I will catch him for a new state in the coming days. Noise may be a problem at his station and NO3M noted that it took about a -13 dB S/N minimum before he responded to a call. I also hope to catch W2RBA on CW in the coming days.
This morning the band was quiet to the West but I was not hearing much. I received a number of reverse beacon reports from Pennsylvania and western Canada but it wasn’t enough to hear or work W0YSE or AA1A who were also active this morning. This session was enjoyable and I hope the coming days offer similar results.
Trans-Pacific WSPR report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here. The trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
VK4YB -> CF7MM, JA1PKG, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, K9FD, K9VBS, KK6EEW, KL7L, KL7L/1, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, NU6O, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7CNF, W7IUV, W7IUV/W
K9FD -> VK4YB, VK2XGJ, 7L1RLL4, CF7MM, JA1PKG, JE1JDL, JH3XCU
Trans-Atlantic WSPR report details can be viewed here. The trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
G8HUH -> N1BUG
EA5DOM -> N1BUG, AA1A
AA1A -> EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F1AFJ/1, F4DTL, F59706, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/1, G0MJI, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, LA2XPA, M0NKA, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY
Robert, KR7O, reported that he was on the air for the first time testing and offered these comments and statistics:
“Performed a shakedown test of the U3S and TX antenna. TPO somewhere between 150-200mW. Don’t have any way to measure power right now. Guessing probably not more than 10mW EIRP. It looks like my antenna is performing reasonably from the WSPR spots. Should have about 13dB more output with the little 4W amp. Now to finish up packaging and T/R control to allow 2-way contacts.
Heard by 18, best DX 3997km to K9FD and 1382km to CF7MM.
Not much to report receive wise for the evening session. Was using the mini-whip for RX, which isn’t so great and I was overloading the whip during TX periods, so I didn’t decode much before 0640Z. 12 heard overnight on WSPR. K2BLA (-23) only TC.“
Robert’s session best DX includes:
“K9FD – 83 spots, -6
VK4YB – 15 spots, -22
KL7L just popping through now (1340Z) on JT9.“
Neil, W0YSE, reported that he was using WSQ2 in the evening. He indicated at 1025z that his “Best outbound DX over the past hour was VE6JY DO33or 1134km.” Neil received CW skimmer reports this morning around 1030z from VE6WZ.
Stefan, DK7FC, reported that he received a communication from Martin, YV7MAE, who indicated that he has been off air for a while due to a lightning strike that impacted his station and Internet. Martin recently returned to receiving 630 meters and reported to Stefan that he decoded the following WSPR North American stations:
171123 0112 2 -28 -1.2 0.475790 K5DNL EM15 37
171123 0216 5 -27 -0.6 0.475759 AA1A FN42 37
171123 0244 11 -20 -0.5 0.475781 K2BLA EL99 33
171123 0312 9 -24 -0.6 0.475777 ZF1EJ EK99 33
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported nine WSPR stations and he received reports from 58 unique stations including K9FD.
Laurence, KL7L, apparently operated two receivers during this session tied to two different antennas. He indicated overnight that he called CQ with JT9 with W0YSE possibly watching for him. No reports were indicated, however. Using WSPR, Laurence reported the same five stations on each receiver and antenna combination including VK4YB and K9FD. Select DX report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported thirteen WSPR stations including ZF1EJ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB. Merv received reports from 41 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, KL7L, KL7L/1 and VK2XGJ. Select DX report details can be viewed here.
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