The details for November 24, 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 a noisy Thanksgiving night in the US as storms in the Northwest and Caribbean / Atlantic region increased the noise floor for many that braved the band during the evening, overnight and this morning. A few storms were present in Europe but the western Pacific was once again a focal point as lightning inundated central Japan, South through Indonesia and into Australia.
Geomagnetic conditions are quiet. The Bz is pointing strongly to the North this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 380 km/s. DST values remain at negative levels but are relatively stable.
Evening domestic propagation seemed relatively poor but was likely linked to reduced operator activity due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. Reports from the Northwest, however, suggest that the band was struggling following the recent G1 storm conditions which may have exhausted the magnetosphere and ionosphere. As in the past, we rarely observe two consecutive good nights. Trans-Atlantic openings for the Northeast were relatively typical, however. Overnight and this morning yielded decent trans-Pacific openings.
Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:
PSKReporter partial digital station distributions follow:
Jim, W5EST, submitted the following JT9 reception window capture from his WSJTx console located in Little Rock, Arkansas:
Joe, DF2JP, reported the following QRSS activity in Europe during this session:
Clemens, DL4RAJ, noted that F4DTL’s QRSS was RST 559 and easy copy at his station.
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!):
Joe, WA9CGZ, may have completed a JT9 QSO with WB4JWM, located in Georgia, based on information found above on W5EST’s JT9 session capture.
Ken, K5DNL, completed a JT9 QSO with K9KFR. Ken also attempted a QSO with N9RU but that one does not appear to have been completed. Using WSPR overnight, Ken reported fourteen stations and he received reports from 83 unique stations including ZF1EJ and ten Canadian stations. Ken shared two-way DX WSPR reports with K9FD (/KH6).
This session was uneventful at KB5NJD. Family commitments meant an abridged operating session with no QSO’s but calls were made on CW and JT9 during a few brief periods. No reverse beacon reports were received and W7IUV indicated that he was not seeing any hints of my JT9 transmissions at his QTH in Washington state during the early evening. A single WSPR transmission resulted in a reduced number of reports for that single cycle. Noise was elevated to the East with persistent lightning crashes while the West was relatively quiet. I overslept this morning so I had no CW activity unfortunately.
Trans-Pacific WSPR report details, excluding KL7 and KH6, can be viewed here. The trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
VK4YB -> CF7MM, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, K5DN, K6SRO, K9FD, K9VBS, KK6EEW, KL7L, KL7L/1, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, TNUKJPM, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7CNF, W7IUV, W7IUV/W, WA6OURKIWI
K9FD -> VK4YB, 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, KL7L, KL7L/1, TNUKJPM, VK2XGJ, ZF1EJ
W7IUV -> VK4YB
Trans-Atlantic WSPR report details can be viewed here. The trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
EA5DOM -> AA1A
G8HUH -> N1BUG, AA1A
W1TAG -> PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2
AA1A -> DF4UE, DH5RAE, DK6UG, DK7FC/P, DL-SWL, EA2HB, F1AFJ, F1AFJ/1, F59706, F5WK, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/1, G0MJI, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, ON5TA, OR7T, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY
Roger, VK4YB, reported a “Very average night down here, no QSOs, just a few WSPR spots.”
Bob, K5DN, reported that he decoded VK4YB four times which has been a rare occurrence at Bob’s station in central Texas thus far.
Al, K2BLA, reported from Florida that he had “rain all yesterday even now few close lightning strikes insulators soaked SWR high made only few reduced pwr WSPR xmsns hrd by 36 hrd 8; 2 way K9FD low noise except lightning”
Neil, W0YSE, reported that he operated the new digital mode developed by Murray, ZL1BPU, in addition to WSPR overnight. Neil explains:
“I have been playing with the new WSQcal program for LF/MF. I ran it around 04z for awhile last evening as a quasi-beacon just to see what I could figure out. The AF offset is locked at ~1500-1550 hertz, so I had to move the USB dial frequency to get it out of the WSPR segment. I settled on 474.5 dial which put the RF at 476.0+. Since it is only 50 hz wide, it might be better placed below the FT8 area.
As for WSPR, I was heard by 34 stations. KB0PPQ is a new one, and W5EMC recently new. Here are the most distant listeners:
…and I heard 10, including K9FD (/kh6)”
Robert, KR7O, reported that using WSPR he “Heard by 14, best K9FD, and VE7CA. Copied 12 stations overnight. No TC over 2400KM.” Robert’s session best DX reports follow:
“K9FD – 77 spots, -5
VK4FD – 16 spots, -22″
There were 162 MF WSPR stations reported on the WSPRNet activity page at 0200z. Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, indicated that he would be operating in a receive-only capacity through the weekend due to the CQWW DX CW contest this weekend that will be operated from his station. Eden reported eight stations including K9FD.
Laurence, KL7L, operated two separate receivers and antennas during this session. He added that “1W TPO 475 wspr 33% thru night – VK4YB JT9 decodes weakly 1120/1256z -else none. Still vy poor up here but Christmas light noise has raised the noise base a bit.” Laurence reported VK4YB and W7IUV as KL7L and he shared two-way reports with K9FD. Complete report details can be viewed here.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported fourteen WSPR stations. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and KL7L. Merv received reports from 47 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM, VK2XGJ and ZF1EJ. Select DX report details can be viewed here.
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