The details for December 29, 2016 can be viewed here.
The UTC amateur registration database is here.
The current band plan used on 630 meters can be viewed HERE
Operator lists detailing stations that are two-way QSO-capable can be viewed here.
It was another very quiet night for North America although, as recently stated, areas with precipitation may have experienced elevated static noise. Northern and southern Europe through the Mediterranean and a few points in between experienced active, lightning-rich storms. Japan, once again, experienced storms in the central population centers and Australia continues to experience strong storms although many population centers in the East are experiencing fewer storms and slightly less noise at this time.
Geomagnetic conditions remain at quiet levels. The Bz is near unity this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 390 km/s. DST values continue to look very good, remaining at or above the centerline through much of this session.
Propagation was good, with a number of early transcontinental reports. QSB was worse than recently observed but with low noise, the impact was not as prolific. Trans-Atlantic openings favored lower latitudes while the path between Asia and Hawaii remain relatively strong.
Reverse beacon network reports follow:
Frank, W3LPL, reminds us that “Straight Key Night is 0000-2359Z January 1. Any mechanical key — including a bug — can be used.” While I expect most activity to be spread out through the evening and overnight in typical fashion, if you are reading this and plan on being active on 630-meters at a specific time and frequency, send me a note on the CONTACT page and I will compile and distribute a list in hopes of maximizing your operating experience. Frank added that “It would be great to hear 630 meters full of straight keys and bugs on January 1. It could sound just like 500 kHz (kc?) in the old days except for the lack of chirpy transmitters. I’ll on 630 meters and also on HF using my Viking Valiant and 75A-4.”
In addition to Straight Key Night, January 1 also means the start of the ARRL’s Grid Chase event, which includes QSO’s on 630-meters and 2200-meters. Details can be viewed here. Don’t forget to upload your logs to LoTW because it gives the ARRL statistics to show that there is interest in these bands. As one of their staffers related to me when we were working to get MF and LF added to the event, they don’t have much understanding or frame of reference for these bands so we have to show and educate them about what is possible.
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!):
David, G0MRF, reported a number of FT8 and JT9 QSO’s from his remote site and he has hopes for continued activity into the new year. David submitted the follow statistics:
“Worked 5 stations:
DF8UO on JT9 sent -12 received -24
DL6RCN on FT-8 sent -20 received -15
G0VQH + OR7T + LA3EQ all on FT-8 with very big signals ranging from -10 to +02
DG3LV and DF6FM both on JT9. ( 7 QSOs in total for the evening.)“
Mike, K2LRE, completed evening CW QSO’s with AA1A and K4EJQ. This morning, Mike indicated that he completed a CW QSO with “Bob”, which I believe is referring to K9KFR.
Ted, KC3OL, completed JT9 QSO’s with WA9CGZ and WB4JWM.
Bob, K9KFR, completed a CW QSO with AA1A and he might have also completed a CW QSO with K2LRE as previously reported. Bob also completed a JT9 QSO with KA1R.
Matt, KA1R, completed JT9 QSO’s with VE3CIQ and K9KFR.
Robert, KR7O, reported that “Conditions started off strong with W7IUV in all day followed pre-SS receptions of NO3M on JT9. K8TV popped in around 0155 and WA9CGZ from 0226-0239Z. K9KFR copied for a few periods around 0500Z. Extended propagation to NO3M from 0815-1013Z, followed by K2BLA. TC WSPR spots from 18 stations, including: KC4SIT (3/-25), K4SV (54/-14), W3LPL (3/-29), WD8DAS (-29) and ZF1EJ.
ZF1EJ – 5 spots, -25
KL7L – 15 spots, -18
K9FD – 103 spots, -2
VK4YB – 11 spots, -23“
Robert added that he decoded K9FD about 30 minutes after his local sunrise in California:
“1542 -24 -0.1 0.475617 0 K9FD”
Noise was very low at KB5NJD so many more weak, distant signals were detectable. AA1A was one of these stations and this was the first time I have ever detected his CW. I suspect JT9 would have been possible, even easy. A number of stations were very loud, including K4EJQ, K8RYU and K9KFR and I completed a mid evening “initial” CW QSO with K3MF who was on a brief peak. The band was in very good shape during this session and I look forward to SKN and the grid chase event in 2018.
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
ZF1EJ -> EA8BFK
K4SV -> EA8BFK
G0MRF -> AA1A, N1BUG
AA1A -> F59706, F6GEX, G0MRF, G8HUH, PA0O, PA0RDT
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
KL7L -> K9FD
W7IUV -> VK4YB
JA3TVF -> K9FD
K9FD -> 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, KL7L, TNUKJPM, VK2XGJ, VK4YB
VK4YB -> CF7MM, 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JA8SCD, JA8SCD5, JH6XCU, K9FD, KPH, KR6LA, KR7O, N1VF, NV0O, TNUKJPM, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE7BDQ, VE7VV, W7IUV
Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported sixteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 53 unique stations including YV7MAE and EA8BFK. He shared two-way WSPR reports with K9FD.
Martin, YV7MAE, reported three WSPR stations:
Laurence, KL7L, reported yesterday that he had to abruptly end his short vertical / QRP experiment due to an odor of electrical stress somewhere in the system. He found the source, which was a badly burned U3S:
Basically what happened was that he was operating the main 472 kHz station from the main Marconi, about 150 foot away from the short, 30-foot tall vertical resonated and tied to the U3S. It seems like that at such a close range, the U3S was fed extreme voltage and current and would probably have been a sight to see while it was failing. Note the BS170 FET’s that are completely burned from the RF board. This could have been a lot worse but fortunately it wasn’t.
Laurence was QRT this morning but briefly reported three WSPR stations and he received reports from seven unique stations. He shared two-way reports with K9FD and KR6LA. It appears that this session was using the normal, main stations and Marconi.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), reported fourteen WSPR stations. He shared two-way reports with AH6EZ, JA3TVF, K2BLA, K4SV, KC3OL, KL7L, KR6LA, VK4YB, W3LPL, W5OXC, W7IUV, and ZF1EJ. Merv received reports from 49 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1PKG, JE1JDL, JH3XCU, TNUKJPM and VK2XGJ.
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