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Usually QRV CW most evenings, tuning between 472.5 kHz and 475 kHz with CQ's on or near 474.5 kHz. Occasionally QRV JT9, 474.2 kHz dial + 1000 - 1350 Hz. QRV some mornings starting around 1100z on CW. Sked requests are welcome. All activity is noise and WX permitting

Slow start to session gives way to a number of JT9, FT8 and CW QSO’s completed later in the evening as geomagnetic conditions remain at elevated-quiet levels; Trans-Atlantic and polar paths remain very active including KL7L -> LA2XPA; Trans-Pacific paths are improving again; Best night of reporting thus far for YV7MAE

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The details for December 26, 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.

Spot stations calling CQ on any mode here on DXSummit and help them find

 

North America was mostly quiet except for a few spotty storms in the Southeast and New England.   Parts of Europe ere subject to lightning-rich storms, particularly in the Mediterranean region.   Japan is also experiencing storms in the central region again.  Oceania remains a focal point as storms sweep across parts of eastern Australia and New Zealand, keeping a number of stations safely off air.

11-hour worldwide lightning summary

 

Geomagnetic conditions continue at elevated-quiet levels.   The Bz is pointing to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 434 km/s. DST values remain at negative levels with a few significant decreases reported but no formal unsettled Kp levels reached at this time.

 

 

 

Propagation improved as the session proceeded.  QSB was very active.  Trans-Atlantic paths remain very good and trans-Pacific openings seem slightly improved.  Transcontinental openings were reported by many stations in North America as well.

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:

courtesy W5EST

 

courtesy W5EST

 

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 a CW QSO with K3MF.

Wayde, K3MF, completed CW QSO’s with W1TAG and NO3M.  He also completed FT8 QSO’s with ZF1EJ and VE3CIQ.

Bob, K9KFR, completed an FT8 QSO with ZF1EJ.

Phil, VE3CIQ, completed FT8 QSO’s with K3MF and KC3OL.

Bob, K1UTI, completed a JT9 QSO with ZF1EJ.

Al, K2BLA, reported “Not much activity on 630 during the hours I was able to operate during the holiday. No JT-9 QSOs to report but operated a short while on WSPR. Heard by 38 and heard 18 including K9FD. A lot of spots; heard and heard by; over 3000 kM. Too bad more JT-9 ops were not on.”

Ken, K5DNL, reported JT9 QSO’s with WA9CGZ, K8TV, WB4JWM and VE6CIQ. Using WSPR overnight Ken reported twenty stations and he received reports from 79 unique stations including EA8BFK, LA2XPA, YV7MAE, K9FD (/KH6) and ZF1EJ.  He also received reports from nine Canadian stations.

Ted, KC3OL, completed a JT9 QSO with WB4JWM and FT8 QSO’s with ZF1EJ, VE3CIQ and WB4JWM.

Tom, WB4JWM, completed a JT9 QSO with KC3OL and FT8 QSO’s with KC3OL and ZF1EJ.

Robert, KR7O, reported “Pretty much a repeat of the previous session, low activity and lightning crashes in the evening, but still some decent TC openings.  Multiple late night JT9 receptions of K9KFR, NO3M and K9SLQ  Copied 18 on WSPR, including WD8DAS (-29), K4SV (54/-17), K2BLA (2/-19), W4BCX (5/-24) and a nice opening again to W1IR (15/-22).

ZF1EJ 2 spots, -27

KL7L 42 spots, -17

K9FD 97 spots, -4

VK4YB 4 spots, -26

Activity at KB5NJD was again very brief due to holiday activities that were in progress.  I called CQ on 474.5 kHz CW during evening twilight and was reported by NO3M at RST 549.  This report coincided with a carrier  heard as a station was tuning up just below my signal.  In hind sight I suspect it was K3MF.  The band was rapidly changing during this time and as I was leaving for dinner propagation collapsed and no signals were heard.  About an hour later K4EJQ was CQing but was quite weak at the time and intermittent calls from NO3M were variable in signal strength.  I received a few reverse beacon reports from WZ7I during the evening.  I slept in this morning ahead of the next Winter weather system so there was no activity from my station.

Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:

VE3CIQ -> LA2XPA

DK6XY ->AA1A

DH5RAE -> AA1A

W4BCX -> EA8BFK, F59706

K5DNL -> EA8BFK, LA2XPA

KL7L ->LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2

K4SV -> DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, EA8BFK, LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2

AA1A -> EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F59706, F6GEX, G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, M0NKA, OR7T, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY

W1IR -> DH5RAE, DL4RAJ, DL4RAJ/2, EA8BFK, F59706, F6GEX, G0MRF, G0VQH, G4ZFQ, G8HUH, LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, M0NKA, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA3ABK/2, PA7EY

 

Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:

KL7L -> JA1PKG, JH3XCU, JA8SCD5, JA3TVF, K9FD, VK4YB

K9FD -> 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, KL7L, VK2XGJ, VK4YB, ZF1EJ

VK4YB -> CF7MM, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA8SCD5, JH3XCU, K9FD, KL7L, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, TNUKJPM, VE6XH, VE7CNF

 

Hideo, JH3XCU, submitted this link detailing DX -> JA WSPR decode totals and DX -> JA WSPR S/N peaks for the session, as reported on the Japanese language 472 kHz website.

 

Intermittent access problems meant that the WSPRnet activity maps may be more fragmented today.  Several stations have reported missing data from the WSPRnet database from this session so a maintenance cycle may be in progress.

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

North American 24-hour WSPR summary

 

South American 24-hour WSPR summary

 

European 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Japanese 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Oceania 24-hour WSPR summary

 

Eden, ZF1EJ, completed FT8 QSO’s with WB4JWM, K3MF, KC3OL and K9KFR.  He also completed a JT9 QSO with K1UTI.  He reported thirteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 46 unique stations including YV7MAE.  He shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD.

ZF1EJ session WSPR summary

 

Martin, YV7MAE, reported six WSPR stations:

YV7MAE session WSPR summary

 

Laurence, KL7L, reported four WSPR stations and he received reports from 21 unique stations including LA2XPA, LA2XPA/2, JA1PKG, JH3XCU, JA3TVF, JA8SCD5, K9FD and VK4YB. He shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD, KA7OEI, VK4YB and W7IUV.

KL7L session WSPR summary (not shown: JH3XCU, JA8SCD5)

 

Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported thirteen WSPR stations. He shared two-way reports with AH6EZ, K4SV, K5DNL, KA7OEI, KR6LA, N1VF, VE3CIQ, W7IUV, VK4YB, KL7L and ZF1EJ. Merv received reports from 51 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JH3XCU, KL7L, and VK2XGJ.  Merv also noted that he was receiving the Fessenden Christmas transmissions for a second session, originating from Virginia.

K9FD session WSPR summary

 


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