The details for December 20, 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.
The central US and gulf coast were the most active regions for lightning in North America during this session. Storms were also present in New England into southern Canada and the West coast. Europe and Japan were mostly clear while storms are creeping North along the East coast of Australia. K2BLA located in Florida reported that noise at the Winter Solstice was as loud as mid Summer. This is not typical.
Geomagnetic conditions are at quiet to elevated-quiet levels. The Bz is at unity this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 425 km/s. DST values are variable but have generally remained near the centerline at negative levels.
Domestic propagation was reported to be very short range by many stations during this session. Polar and trans-Atlantic openings were present, however. Noise conditions depended on location but weather conditions appeared to have impacted a number of stations.
Reverse beacon network reports follow:
David, G0MRF, is active from his remote site about 200 miles away from his home QTH using an Icom 7300 and 114-foot tall antenna. He operated WSPR last night to shake the system down, receiving and giving reports for a number of stations (detailed later in report). David will be operating JT9 in hopes of completing trans-Atlantic QSO’s into 2018.
Alberto, EA4GHB, reported that he would be transmitting his Christmas message from 1900z – 2000z using QRSS3 on 474.6 kHz starting during this session and continuing for at least the next seven days. The duration of the message is just over fifteen minutes long.
Jim, W5EST, submitted the following screen capture of his WSJTx console showing JT9 activity observed at his station in Little Rock, Arkansas:
The following stations provided reports of their two-way QSO’s and/or any additional activity that might have occurred during this session (this is not necessarily a complete list – only what was reported!):
Ted, KC3OL, reported JT9 QSO’s with NC8W, KC4SIT and K2BLA.
Wayne, K9SLQ, completed a JT9 QSO with ZF1EJ.
Frank, W3LPL, provided analysis confirming that prime time to KH6 from his his stations over several previous sessions has been between 0700z and 0800z. For this session, he added that “QRN was low tonight but propagation limited JT9 QSOs to single hop E-skip distance. I was heard briefly by W7IUV.“
Neil, W0YSE, reported that “Condx not so good this session from the PNW. I made 2 JT9 Q’s last evening: Joe,NU6O (CA) and Clint, KA7OEI (UT). On WSPR, I was heard by 34, including Laurence, KL7L.
…and I heard only these 5: K9FD, KA7OEI, KL7L, KR6LA, NU6O.”
Roger, VK4YB, reported that “High static from storms in NSW and propagation is well down. Most of the signal is being lost between VK and Hawaii. Only one weak spot from JA3TVF and two from SWLCN74XP and a few from KL7L.“
Robert, KR7O, reported “…lots of lightning static, only about four legal stations copied before 0600Z. CDX that bad, or nobody transmitting? Better after ~0530Z. KL7L popped in after 1100Z.”
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
ZF1EJ -> EA8BFK
K4LY -> PA0RDT
KL7L -> LA2XPA
G8HUH -> AA1A, N1BUG
W8RUT -> F59706, LA2XPA
PA3ABK/2 -> AA1A, N1BUG, NO3M
K4SV -> EA8BFK, F59706, G0VQH, PA0RDT
G0MRF -> NO3M/3, WA3TTS, AB1KW, N1BUG, AA1A, NO3M
AA1A -> DF2FF, DH5RAE, DL/PA0EHG, DL0HT, DL1KAI, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, EA2HB, EA8BFK, EB8ARZ/1, F1AFJ, F1AFJ/1, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G0MJI, G0MRF, G0VQH, G3WCB, G4ETG, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, M0NKA, M0TAZ, ON7ZO, OR7T, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY, PD0SBS, PI4THT
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
VK4YB -> JA3TVF, K9FD, KL7L, SWLCN74XP
KL7L -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU,TNUKJPM
K9FD -> 7L1RLL4, AL4Y, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, KL7L, TNUKJPM, ZF1EJ, VK4YB
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, completed a JT9 QSO with K9SLQ. Eden also reported thirteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 51 unique stations including EA8BFK and PJ4VHF. He shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported WSPR from K4LY.
WebSDR PJ4VHF reported WSPR from K4SV and ZF1EJ.
Aaron, AL4Y, reported WSPR from K9FD and NU6O.
Laurence, KL7L, received a surprise polar WSPR report from LA2XPA! He indicated “…now that has been a strange night – overall it only looked fair to start with, but LA opening close his sunrise; JA path improving – nil on JT9 screen…VK path not too hot but KH6 path at CW read levels for a while….” Laurence also received reports from 22 unique stations including JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU and TNUKJPM. He reported six WSPR stations and he shared two-way reports with K9FD, KR6LA, NU6O and W0YSE.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported twelve WSPR stations. He shared two-way reports with ZF1EJ, KA7OEI, KL7L, KR6LA, NU6O W7IUV, VK4YB and W0YSE. Merv received reports from 35 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, AL4Y, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, and TNUKJPM.
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