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Current Operating Frequency and Mode

QRT but I'll be back tonight, WX permitting

SCHEDULED ACTIVITY: CQ 474.5 kHz CW by 1000z through sunrise most days, WX permitting

A midday surprise – JT9 WG2XJM <-> WG2XIQ

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

After an early morning lock up on the main 630-meter machine I resumed WSPR2 transmissions around 1500z.  Surprisingly, signals to the NE were still being reported very nicely, including reports from WB8ILI and WG2XJM.  Reports continued to build to XJM in Western PA so we went on alert watching the signals improve.  A few transmissions from XJM looked very promising and following a text message at 1715z, we proceeded to make a JT9 QSO.  I was running 6-10w ERP and Eric reports similar levels.   Note that this would not be a big deal aside from the fact that it was happening at midday:

midday JT9 013015

So once again we show that the capabilities of this band should not be underestimated.  This past week has shown very good coverage on paths of  1000 miles at times that such paths should not exist. These conditions won’t continue into the summer as the earth tilts again and we have long, hot days so enjoy it while you can.