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.
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.
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:
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
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
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:
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.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported six WSPR stations:
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.
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.
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