The details for December 22, 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 in the south central US but most of North America was lightning free. Central Japan is also experiencing a few storms this evening while southeastern Australia is once again experiencing strong storms, impacting many population centers.
Geomagnetic conditions are very quiet. The Bz is at unity this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 325 km/s. DST values look very good and both measurements have pushed to positive levels.
Propagation was very good with many transcontinental openings and QSO’s reported later in the evening. QSB remains very active, however. With elevated DST values, the path to KL7 from areas of the Midwest and East was open during the overnight period. Trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific paths were better than recent sessions.
Reverse beacon network reports follow:
David, G0MRF, was active again on JT9 and it looked liked he was going to complete an easy JT9 QSO with AA1A but Dave indicated that a fade was received before the contact was acknowledged. THEN, Dave submitted a late JT9 decode from G0MRF indicating “73” so its very possible that the QSO did, in fact, occur but Dave did not notice the acknowledgement from G0MRF until this morning. I need input from anyone who may have seen this activity including Dave and David. AA1A reported this morning that “G0MRF and I stayed with it and I received several messages from him after two deep long fades… I do not know what he copied but it was a start at a QSO and a partial finish… Will have to see what he saw… We both choked up at the trigger during the excitement…” Screen shots are welcome as this would be a historic two-way QSO. G0MRF will continue to be active for 1- 2 hours starting around 0000z looking for North American stations.
Jim, W5EST, submitted the following screen capture of his WSJTx console showing JT9 activity observed at his station in Little Rock, Arkansas (click to enlarge):
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!):
Eric, NO3M, completed CW QSO’s with KB5NJD, W0RW and K1RGO. He also completed a QSO later in the evening with VA7MM that I believe was using JT9 but could have been CW. The QSO with W0RW was on a QSB peak with RST 559 for both. Eric’s JT9 signal was being heard by KL7L and was hearing NU6O but I do not believe that any QSO’s were completed there. Eric was testing some new hardware.
Frank, W3LPL, reported that “Noise remains low with just occasional weak to moderate brief static crashes. Still not much transcontinental propagation…” Frank reported JT9 QSO’s with KA9OKH and VE3CIQ.
John, WA3ETD, completed JT9 QSO’s with K9KFR, K9SLQ, VE3CIQ, ZF1EJ, K5DNL and KA9OKH.
Ken, K5DNL, reported JT9 QSO’s with WA3ETD, NC0B and CF7MM. Using WSPR overnight, he reported 21 stations and he received reports from 77 unique stations including K9FD (/KH6), PJ4VHF, ZF1EJ and seven Canadian stations. Ken added “QRT around 2:45 AM local time – looked like freezing rain coming my way.”
Rob, NC0B, reported FT8 QSO’s with K9KFR and K5DOG. He completed a CW QSO with KB5NJD and was seeking a JT9 QSO WA3ETD but openings to Vermont from Colorado were brief. Rob completed evening JT9 QSO’s with K5DNL, K9SLQ and NU6O. This morning he completed JT9 QSO’s with W3XY, NU6O and K2BLA. He also reported decoding KL7L on JT9 from “0908 to 0920Z calling CQ. -22 to -26 dB.” Later this morning Rob reported that “At 1152Z I decoded VK4YB one time at -24 after he was called three times by NU6O“
Roger, VK4YB, reported that he is “…not seeing any signals in the JT9 window at present. QRN is moderate tonight. Much better than recently. There is a faint hope of decoding signals“
Neil, W0YSE, was surprise to see a CQ from VK4YB this morning:
Joe, NU6O, completed JT9 QSO’s with NC0B and KL7L. He was heard by NO3M overnight and was reported to be calling VK4YB this morning but no QSO has been reported.
Clint, KA7OEI, reported a JT9 QSO with VE7VV.
Robert, KR7O, reported “Noise levels subsiding here. Some spotty daytime propagation. Slow start to the evening until KL7L showed up around 05Z, followed by NO3M, K9KFR, K2BLA and then VK4YB at 1200Z. Ten stations copied on JT9. 25 stations copied on WSPR, which is very good for here. TC stations K4SV (48/-19), K2BLA (-24), KC4SIT (62/-16), WD8DAS (2/-29), W3LPL (5/-22), VE3CIQ (5/-25), K4LY (8/-21), K9SLQ (5/-23) and WA3ETD (-27) copied overnight.
ZF1EJ – 6 spots, -25
KL7L – 55 spots, -3 (very good signals at times, mostly in the teens or single digits)
K9FD – 76 spots, -5
VK4YB – 15 spots, -20“
KB5NJD was briefly QRV during the evening and actually completed two CW QSO’s, one with NO3M and the other with NC0B. Both signals were strong but QSB was very active. I also received a report of my CW at RST 559 from Eden, ZF1EJ. No activity this morning due to local storms.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
VE3CIQ -> G8HUH
PA3ABK/2 -> AA1A
K9FD -> LA2XPA
KL7L -> LA2XPA
K9SLQ -> LA2XPA
DH5RAE -> AA1A, N1BUG
G0MRF -> AA1A, N1BUG, N2BJW/GD, K2BLA
G8HUH -> AA1A, N1BUG, N2BJW/GD, K3RWR
AA1A -> F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G0MRF, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, M0NKA, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA7EY
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
KL7L -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, VK4YB
K9FD -> JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK4YB, VK7TW, ZF1EJ
VK4YB -> CF7MM, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA8SCD5, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, K0KE, K9FD, KL7L, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, N4PT, NU6O, SWLCN74XP, TNUKJPM, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7BDQ, VE7VV, W6SFH, W7IUV, WA7SMZ
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, completed a second JT9 QSO with WA3ETD. Eden reported twenty WSPR stations and he received reports from 62 unique stations. He shared two-way reports with K9FD.
WebSDR PJ4VHF reported two WSPR stations:
Laurence, KL7L, completed a JT9 QSO with NU6O and was hearing NO3M on JT9.. Laurence reported nine WSPR stations and he received reports from 28 unique stations including LA2XPA, JA1PKG and JA3TVF. He shared two-way reports with AH6EZ, CF7MM, K9FD, KR6LA, NU6O, VK4YB, W0YSE and W7IUV.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported sixteen WSPR stations. He shared two-way reports with AH6EZ, CF7MM, K2BLA, K4SV, K5DNL, KA7OEI, KC4SIT, KL7L, KR6LA, NU6O, VK4YB, W7IUV and ZF1EJ. Merv received reports from 52 unique stations including LA2XPA, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, VK2XGJ, VK3ALZ, VK7TW, ZF1EJ.
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