The details for November 29, 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.
Storms were present this morning in the south central US but in spite of the activity, those storms were mostly inconsequential in North Texas, which was surprising. Evening static was reported in the Midwest, presumably from snow reported in the Great Lakes region. The Caribbean remains active and parts of Europe continue to be dotted with storms but based on extensive trans-Atlantic reports, these systems may have had minimal impact on reception. The population centers in eastern Australia are experiencing strong storms again into the south central region but VK4YB was able to operate during the evening. Japan appears to be in the clear again this morning.
Geomagnetic conditions were quiet ahead of a potential elevated solar wind stream that could contribute to storm conditions beginning during this session according to Solarham. The Bz is pointing to the North this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 390 km/s. DST values looked great through most of the session, residing at or above the center line.
So was last night a representation of a new enhancement ahead of storm conditions or a carryover from the previous event? We very rarely observe back-to-back good nights but last night was a fantastic session with lots of long haul reports and many transcontinental QSO’s. The question was asked “where is Europe?” during the evening in North America as two-way QSO’s would have been easy in many respects for a number of stations. Stations may end up losing some sleep if a two-way QSO is to be completed. Hopefully someone will step up in Europe in the future on a night like this one. Transcontinental openings were fantastic, including KA1R in Massachusetts reporting JT9 of VE7SL in British Columbia. Hopefully future situations will evolve to allow these two stations to try for a QSO. The band was clearly supporting long haul, low power signals. QSB continues to be active and deep but stations willing to hang around and keep trying were generally rewarded and this was evident last night. Additionally there were a couple of pre-sunset JT9 reports and QSO’s. This hasn’t happened on 630-meters often but maybe this is the new normal now that more stations are active to realize such openings. I would argue that this session was better than the previous few that were also labeled as very good.
Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:
PSKReporter partial digital stations distributions follow:
Ken, SWL-EN61, located in Indiana, submitted this JT9 transcript which may fill in some report holes that might otherwise not be included in the listing that follows.
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!):
Tom, WB4JWM, reported his first DX JT9 QSO with ZF1EJ. He also completed JT9 QSO’s with K9SLQ, NO3M and KB5NJD. He also attempted a QSO with K9KFR but lost him in a fade. Tom indicated that he is now listening with his inverted-L which is a significant improvement over his 160-meter OCF dipole.
Wayne, K9SLQ, reported JT9 QSO’s with K5DOG, WB4JWM, VE3CIQ, KC3OL, VE7SL and KB5NJD. The QSO with my station occurred very early, which I will explain later. He also completed a CW QSO with me to close out the evening.
Joe, NU6O, completed JT9 QSO’s with K9FD, N1VF and CF7MAY. He submitted the following very active WSJTx receive window capture:
Steve, K5DOG, returned to air after a rebuild of his transverter, using 16 watts TPO (estimated 50 mW EIRP!). Steve had an amazing night from central Texas, completing JT9 QSO’s with K9SLQ, NO3M, VE7SL, KC3OL and K0KE. An attempt was made with W7IUV but the band was on a fade at the time of the attempt.
Ted, KC3OL, was active on JT9 during the evening and this morning, completing QSO’s with K5DOG, K9SLQ, K0KE and N9RU this morning. Ted reported some antenna changes and those changes appear to have been improvements.
Steve, VE7SL, was reported by KA1R in Massachusetts using JT9 at -26 dB S/N while completing a QSO with K9KFR. Steve also worked JT9 QSO’s with K5DOG (at 16watts TPO!), K9SLQ, K9MRI and KB5NJD. Steve also reported W7IUV during one of his transmit cycles. This morning Steve indicated that he had “44 JT9 decodes of Roger with several at -15db, CW levels here.“, referring to VK4YB’s morning JT9 transmissions.
Bob, K9KFR, completed JT9 QSO’s with K9SLQ and VE7SL. He completed an initial CW QSO with KB5NJD on a wild QSB roller coaster ride mid evening.
Al, K2BLA, had very limited operating time so his perspective was a bit different from many of us. He reported “…Not much JT9 last nite or this AM. Nothing new. WSPR: hrd by 47 hrd 16.. sort of quiet both noise and activity.“
John, W1TAG, was reported by the reverse beacon network on CW during his early evening. No QSO’s were completed. Using WSPR, John experienced a strong night of trans-Atlantic openings ahead of the next potential geomagnetic event. He offered the following comments and statistics for the session:
“W1TAG’s WSPR was heard by:
Heard F5WK 4 times, nothing else exciting. My home QTH in MA is fairly lousy for receiving at 630m, due to PDM outwash from an AM station on 580 kHz.
Flow from a solar coronal hole plus a possible CME from a filament that collapsed last weekend are expected to arrive today. As I write this at 1340Z, the earliest signs are visible in increasing solar wind density. If they hit, we might have at best one more good night for the northerly paths.“
Neil, W0YSE, operated WSQCall during part of the evening, testing the auto reply feature with VE7CNF that automatically queries information from remote stations on a fixed frequency. Neil remained on WSPR for the bulk of session and notes that he received VK4YB a record nine times for his station. Neil added that normally he reports Roger no more than four times in a session. Neil submitted the following details and statistics:
“It was a pretty good night on WSPR here. I was heard by 43 stations, including one spot at -27 by ZF1EJ. These are the ones over 2000 km distant from me.
…and I heard these 10: K4SV, K9FD, KA7OEI, KL7L, KR6LA, N6GN, NU6O, VE7VV, VK4YB, W7WKR of which Roger, VK4YB was the highlight with these 9 decodes (best of -25). I think that was the most decodes I have ever had of Roger by far !!! I am beginning to think that my vertical is hearing VK better than the Eprobe was.“
Toby, VE7CNF, reported “Last night decoded VK4YB on JT9 7 times, -24 to -27dB, times 1146 to 1246 UTC.“
Mike, WA3TTS, reported:
“NE EWE antenna from SS until about 0730 with fast AGC and RF gain folding back S meter to S3~4, then NW EWE antenna with fast AGC and RF gain set to fold back S meter to S 7~8 range… High level +23 DBM LF/MF RX converter with W1VD preselector design ( 3 pole Butterworth coupled resonator ) scaled to 475 kHz. 21 stations heard on 630m including best dx F5WK, K9FD, N6GN, W0YSE, KA7EOI, ZF1EJF5WK 16 spots, best -19 @ 0154, min -29 @ 0300K9FD 5 spots, best -26 @ 1012, min -33 @ 0820 & 0908N6GN 1 spot -23 @ 0950W0YSE 1 spot -29 1052KA7EOI 21 spots, best -20 @ 0748, min -28 @ 1032ZF1EJ 31 spots, best -15 @ 0354, min 26 @ 0812″
What a night on the band at KB5NJD! The band started very early again, three minutes before my local sunset when I was hearing K9SLQ on JT9 at -23 dB S/N so I called him and made short work of it with Wayne. He was quite loud and looking for stations. Its too bad that early openings are so “hit or miss” as I think that really impacts early activity levels. We have historically seen few quality, early openings but they do exist. Part of the difficulty, at least at my house, is that twilight and dinner often coincide. Anyway, I was happy to work Wayne. Steve, VE7SL, noted that he was hearing me call CQ four minutes before his sunset around 0013z at -27 dB S/N. After dark I remained in JT9 receive mode for a bit to see how things developed. A lot of transcontinental reports were registered and it was exciting to see so many very low power stations do so well.
I transitioned to CW for a bit around 0145z and heard someone calling on frequency a bit that I could not identify. I think it was K9KFR, who called me on a peak and we completed a quick QSO. The band was very unstable and Bob went from RST 449 to 549 to gone in about one minute. We exchanged reports on the peak so it was a good QSO. Thanks Bob – I was literally chasing the bug around the desk. Its normally pretty stable but I guess got some dust under the footing and began sliding while I was sending. I went on to complete JT9 QSO’s with KC3OL, WB4JWM and VE7SL as I continued to do a lot of watching and receiving. I closed out the night with a quick CW QSO with K9SQL at nice levels. The band was quieter and possibly more stable than earlier in the night so it was a good way to close the station.
This morning started later than I had planned but I was on the air by 1100z, calling CQ on CW and receiving one or two reverse beacon reports. Nothing to write home about necessarily but Roger, VK4YB, was calling CQ on CW around 474.3 kHz so I took some time to listen. I could absolutely hear very weak CW below copy limit but at intermittent detection limit. The signal was definitely from the West and very brief but definitely there. Roger continued until 1145z when he transitioned to JT9. I followed shortly afterwards but it was too late at this point and the band was already slowing down for the morning. KC3OL was quite strong on JT9 and I decoded his CQ a number of times. Had I had more time, I would have called him to give a report but Ted, you were good in North Texas after first light.
We are awaiting a possible solar wind stream. Let’s see if we get another good night or if our luck has finally run out. Its been a crazy few days on the air but its what we have waited for through the summer noise.
Given the extraordinary number of trans-Atlantic WSPR reports during this session, only the summary is presented below and I admit that stations may be missing:
K5DN -> F5WK
F1AFJ -> AA1A
PA3ABK/2 -> N1BUG
W1XP -> G8HUH
W4BCX -> EA8BFK, G0LUJ
G8HUH -> AA1A, K3RWR, KA1R, N1BUG, NO3M
W1TAG -> G8HUH, PA0O EA8BFK, F5WK, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/2
K4SV -> G8HUH, F5WK, W1TAG, PA3ABK/2, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/2, PA0O, PA0RDT
F5WK -> AA1A, AB1KW, K3RWR, K4SV, K5DN, KA1R, KA9CFD, KK1W, N1BUG, N2BJW, N3FL, NO3M, NO3M/3 VE2PEP, VE3CIQ, W1TAG, W8RUT, WA3TTS
AA1A-> DC5AL-R, DF1QQ, DF1VB/15, DF2JP, DF4UE, DF5FH, DF6MK, DH5RAE, DJ0ABR, DK6UG, DK6XY, DK7FC, DL/PA0EHG, DL0HT, DL1GCD/1, DL1TT, DL2ZZ, DL4EAI, DL4MAU, DL4MAU/1, DL4RAJ, DL6OW-R, DL8SEL, EA2BCJ, EA2HB, EA3IW-3, EA5DOM-1, EA7HPM, EA8BFK, EB8ARZ/1, F/PE3ES, F1AFJ, F1AFJ/1, F4GUK/SDR, F59706, F5OZF, F5SN, F6GEX, G0FCU, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/1, G0LUJ/2, G0MJI, G0MRF/P, G3WCB, G3XBM, G4CPD, G4ETG, G4FRE, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, GM4DIJ, HB3YIQ, LA2XPA, M0NKA, M0TAZ, M0XDK, ON5TA, ON7ZO, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY
The trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
KL7L -> ZL2AFP
N6GN -> ZL2AFP
NU6O -> ZL2AFP
K9FD -> ZL2AFP, VK2XGJ, VK4YB, 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU
VK4YB -> 7L1RLL4, CF7MM, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH1INM, JH3XCU, K9FD, KL7L, KR6LA, N6GN, NO3M/3, NU6O, SWL/K9, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7AB, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7CNF, VE7SL, VE7VV, W0YSE, W5OXC, W6SFH, W7WKR, WA6OURKIWI
There were 152 MF WSPR stations reported in the WSPRnet activity page at 0115z. Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, completed JT9 QSO’s with WB4JWM and AA1A. Overnight he reported eleven stations. He received reports from 62 unique stations including K9FD.
Laurence, KL7L, is on autopilot at the moment, but he reported eight WSPR stations overnight including VK4YB and he received reports from 29 unique stations including ZL2AFP. He shared two-way reports with K9FD, KA7OEI, KR6LA, N6GN, NU6O, W0YSE and W7WKR. Laurence indicated that his JT9 screen reported multiple signals from W0YSE, VE7CNF, VK4YB, VE7BDQ, N1VF, W7IUV, K9FD, NU6O, VE7SL and CF7MAY.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), was coming “on shift” as I was calling it a night. He worked CF7MM and NU6O using JT9 and noted that the band seemed fine although he was not hearing K0KE during this session, which is irregular. At 0430z, Merv transitioned to WSPR for the night, reporting eighteen stations including ZF1EJ. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and KL7L. Merv received reports from fifty unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, VK2XGJ and ZL2AFP.
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