The details for December 4, 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.
North America experienced the return of active lightning storms to the mainland, directly impacting the upper Midwest, Gulf coast and west central region. It was noisier on the continent than it has been in several days now and will likely continue for several more. The Mediterranean and southern Europe remain active into parts of north central Europe. Once again the western Pacific receives the brunt of the activity for much of the session, from Japan through southeast Asia and along eastern Australia, impacting many population center.
Geomagnetic conditions continue at very quiet levels although a G1/G2 storm watch remains in effect according to Solarham. The Bz is pointing to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 325 km/s. DST values continue at positive levels. Expect a peak with a significant drop off at the onset of storm conditions. As this report is developed this morning, protons are elevated and the Bz has decreased significantly.
Propagation was pretty good although noise was elevated in some areas. QSB remains a factor but there were enough stations on the air that it seems like just about everyone found someone to work.
Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:
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!):
Paul, NC8W, joined several new stations on JT9 during this session, completing JT9 QSO’s with K9KFR, K9MRI, and NO3M who reported that he worked Paul while using 4.5W TPO during the late afternoon at a distance of about 90 miles.
Stephen, KA9OKH, operated JT9 for the first time on the band, completing JT9 QSO’s with K5DNL and K2BLA.
Terry, W8ARE, completed first time JT9 QSO’s with K9KFR, K9SLQ, K2BLA and NO3M. Terry was reported yesterday to be using the patio-based, very short top loaded vertical at his condo with about 40-watts TPO.
Eric, NO3M, completed JT9 QSO’s with NC8W and WA1OJN.
John, WA3ETD, completed a JT9 QSO with K9KFR. Overnight using WSPR, John received reports from LA2XPA using just 22-watts TPO to his 40-foot too Marconi-T.
Rob, NC0B, completed JT9 QSO’s with K9MRI, VE7VV, W3LPL and WB4JWM bringing his state total to nineteen. This morning he submitted the following comments:
“I worked W0YSE this morning…Last evening I was trying to recover from lack of sleep from the 160m contest.
I see there are 6 new stations I haven’t worked, and three new states.
KA9OKH, N3FL & N9RU to log as new Qs. Exciting times.”
Roger, VE7VV, was experimenting with a balloon-supported 135-foot tall wire vertical made from #28 wire (!!!) and operating at 25 watts TPO. Roger reported that the “…vertical hoisted by two helium party balloons worked great. The first test WSPR transmission two hours before sunset produced a -6 s/n from KPH at 1154 km. Later JT9 QSO’s were with W0YSE, VE7BDQ, CF7MM, N1VF, K0KE, and NC0B, all with reports much stronger than previously.” Roger added that he also had a JT9 reception reports from KA9CFD in Illinois.
Ken, K5DNL, completed a JT9 QSO with KA9OKH, whose was likely QRV for the first time with JT9. Using WSPR overnight, Ken reported twenty stations and he received reports from 91 unique stations including nine reports from KL7L. Ken also received reports from twelve Canadian stations. He shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD (/KH6), VE7VV and VE3CIQ.
Tom, WB4JWM, completed JT9 QSO’s with K9SQL and NC0B.
Steve, VE7SL, completed a JT9 QSO with W9XA on a nice transcontinental hop.
Al, K2BLA, reported “…A lot of JT9 activity last nite. wkd KA9OKH and KC3OL for new ones wkd W8ARE this AM for another. WSPR HB 48 Hrd 16.“
Neil, W0YSE, reported a unique night of JT9 and CW with VE7 stations (and NC0B in Colorado) as well as a nice night of WSPR:
“…I had a JT9 Q with Roger (Rod), VE7VV with his 135′ vertical supported by 2 balloons. He was -14 and he gave me a -17 report.
Then a JT9 with Toby, VE7CNF and, much later, a CW conversation with Toby who was a strong 599 most of the time while I was a 569. We both dropped periodically due to deep (but brief) fades, but I never lost a character of his CW. I had been running a CW beacon earlier on 474.8 kHz, which Toby indicated via the chat site that it was “strong”.
On WSPR, I was heard by 43 this session. Here are those over 3000 km distance…”
Neil added that he had a late JT9 QSO this morning with NC0B at -09 dB sent / -13 dB received.
Robert, KR7O, reported “Only a few spotty daytime decodes of W0YSE, KA7OEI and KR7LA this session. VE7VV popped in more than an hour before SS at 2322Z (-19) with his balloon vertical. There was quite a bit of JT9 activity last night. It looks like the PNW had a good opening to the Great Lakes area, but NO3M (-17) was the only station copied here from that area. Copied 12 on WSPR, but only K4SV (34/-18) and K2BLA (-24) were over 2200km.
ZF1EJ – 1/-23
KL7L – 55/-17
K9FD – 88/-4
VK4YB – nil“
Activity at KB5NJD was low due to periods of rain in the area. I completed an afternoon CW QSO with KF5RY but with increasing noise, I only made a few calls during the evening. This morning I completed another sked with KF5RY and, weather permitting, will probably do this tomorrow morning as well. We are expecting a major weather change here tonight which may impact my activity for the coming session.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
W4BCX -> LA2XPA
W3LPL -> LA2XPA
WA3ETD -> LA2XPA
G4FTC -> AA1A
DL6TY -> AA1A
PA0A -> N1BUG, AA1A
G8HUH -> N1BUG, AA1A
K4SV -> LA2XPA, G0VQH, PA0RDT
EA5DOM -> KA1R, W1TAG, N1BUG, AA1A
AA1A -> DF4UE, DF6MK, DH5RAE, DK6UG, DK7FC, DL/PA0EHG, DL0HT, DL1KAI, DL6TY, EA1FAQ, EA1FBU, EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ/1, F59706, F5SN, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G0MJI, G0VQH, G3KEV, G3WCB, G4CPD, G4ETG, G4FTC, G4ZFQ, G6AVK, G8HUH, GM0UDL, HF7A, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, LA8AV, M0DSZ, M0NKA, M0TAZ, M0XDK,ON7ZO, OR7T, PA0A, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA0SLT/2, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PI4THT, SM0FGT, TF3HZ
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
K9FD -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, KL7L, VK2XGJ, VK4YB, ZF1EJ
VK4YB -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, K9FD, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, N1VF, N6GN, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7SL, W6SFH
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported a JT9 CQ from W3LPL around 0300z but no confirmation of a QSO has been made. Overnight Eden reported twelve WSPR stations. He received reports from 53 unique stations and he shared two-way reports with K9FD.
Laurence, KL7L, indicated that it was just a fair session in Alaska. He reported six WSPR stations including K5DNL and VK4YB. He received reports from 21 unique stations and he shared two-way reports with K9FD, KR6LA, N6GN, and W0YSE.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported fifteen WSPR stations. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB, ZF1EJ and KL7L. Merv received reports from 54 unique stations including JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU and VK2XGJ.
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