The details for December 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.
The North American mainland was free of lightning during this session but storms were present off of the northern and eastern Atlantic coast. Southern potions of Japan were briefly impacted by lighting-producing storms but most of those storms have diminished. Oceania continues to experience strong storms, ranging from southeastern Australia across the Sea of Tasman to the south island of New Zealand.
Geomagnetic conditions have ranged from quiet to elevated-quiet levels although unsettled conditions are expected according to Solarham. The Bz is pointing to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 475 km/s. DST values peaked during this session but indications are that those numbers are decreasing steadily at the onset of unsettled conditions.
Propagation was very good during the evening and into this morning. QSB was present but paths opened early allowing many JT9 and CW QSO’s to occur. Trans-Atlantic activity was limited to WSPR but those paths were healthy including openings between northern Europe and the Caribbean. Polar activity between the Pacific and northern Europe was also present.
Reverse beacon network reports follow:
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!):
John, WA3ETD, completed JT9 QSO’s with K8TV and NC0B, both new stations for John.
Dave, AA1A, completed a CW QSO with K4EJQ.
Eric, NO3M, completed CW QSO’s with KB5NJD and K2LRE (ex WD2XSH/42) and he completed a JT9 QSO with new station K1UTI located in Florida.
Joe, K9MRI, completed a CW QSO with K1RGO and JT9 QSO’s with W5EMC and KC3OL.
Clint, KA7EOI, completed a CW QSO with VE7CNF.
Ted, KC3OL, completed JT9 QSO’s with KA9OKH, WB4JWM, W5EMC and K9MRI.
Tom, WB4JWM, completed JT9 QSO’s with K9SLQ, KC3OL and VE3CIQ
Al, K2BLA, reported “Lots of activity on JT-9 last night/this morning. Worked NC0B, N3FL, K9SLQ, KA9OKH, and K8TV. One new one W5EMC. Only made about 2 WSPR transmissions last night but was heard by 32. Heard 19 including G8HUH and K9FD. Some QSB and noise level moderate.“
Ken, K5DNL, reported a JT9 QSO with NO3M before dark. Using WSPR overnight, Ken reported fifteen stations and he received reports from 92 unique stations including LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, EA8BFK, F59706, K9FD (/KH6), ZF1EJ and ten Canadian stations.
Robert, KR7O, reported “Lightning subsiding, but pretty much a repeat of the previous night with propagation focused mostly to W4. JT9 was quite active and produced the only Great Lakes decodes of the session, K9KFR. Saw traces of CW around 0450Z with a couple weak copies of “W”. W0RW was reported on at that time. Later copied KA7OEI and VE7CNF in QSO on 473.5 CW.
ZF1EJ – 5 spots, -25
KL7L – 10 spots, -19 (also copied on JT9)
K9FD – 85 spots, -7
VK4YB – 1 spot, -25“
Rob, NC0B, reported a very interesting, active and late night on 630 meters. He completed new JT9 QSO’s with WA3ETD (new state), W5EMC and AH6EZ. He also completed JT9 QSO’s with K2BLA, KA9OKH, K9KFR, KA7OEI, N1VF and CF7MM. The last QSO with CF7MM turned into a remarkable JT9 rag chew as Rob documented with an image below:
James, W4BCX, reported that this was his best session ever and noted that he was “…heard by about 100 stations and with 7 stations being across the Atlantic and also by Hawaii…“
At KB5NJD a CW QSO was completed with NO3M at strong levels and a call was made to K4EJQ but while Bunky was strong here in North Texas, he was not hearing me well enough to copy my call sign. Joe, K9MRI, reported calling me but I was not hearing him well enough to copy his call sign. I was QRT this morning. The band seemed open and I received a number of reverse beacon network reports during the evening.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
DL6TY -> AA1A
W3LPL -> LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2
K9FD -> LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2
K4SV -> F59706, G8HUH
ZF1EJ -> G8HUH, LA2XPA
PA0A -> AA1A, KA1R, N1BUG
K5DNL -> LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, EA8BFK, F59706
EA4GHB -> K3RWR, AA1A, KA1R, N1BUG, WA3TTS
G8HUH -> ZF1EJ, K2BLA, AA1A, KA1R, N1BUG, WA3TTS, N2BJW/GD, W3LPL
W4BCX -> EA2HB, EA8BFK, F59706, G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, LA3EQ, PA0O
AA1A -> EA1FBU, EA2HB, EA5DOM-1, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F1AFJ/1, F4DTL, F59706, F6GEX, G0LUJ, G0MJI, G0VQH, G3WCB, G4ZFQ, G6AVK, G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, LA3EQ, M0NKA, OR7T, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
KL7L -> K9FD
K9FD -> JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG, KL7L, ZF1EJ
VK4YB -> CF7MM, JA1NQI/2, JA3TVF, TNUKJPM, K9FD, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, NO3M, VE6JY, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7CNF, WA6OURKIWI
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported fourteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 63 unique stations including PJ4VHF and LA2XPA. He shared two-way WSPR reports with G8HUH and K9FD.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported WSPR from K4SV:
WebSDR PJ4VHF reported WSPR from ZF1EJ:
Laurence, KL7L, operated a bit of JT9 during his sunset but no reports of QSO’s have been received. Laurence reported a reception of WSPR from KA7OEI at 0220z. Overnight he reported six WSPR stations and he received reports from fourteen unique stations. He shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD and KR6LA. Laurence indicated that the Grinch has stolen his ionosphere!
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported twelve WSPR stations including VK4YB. He shared two-way reports with K4SV, K5DNL, KL7L, KR6LA, VE7CA and ZF1EJ. Merv received WSPR reports from 46 unique stations including LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, JA1NQI/2 and JA1PKG.
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