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OFF AIR but will be QRV on CW somewhere between 472.5 kHz and 475 kHz after dark

SCHEDULED ACTIVITY: CQ 474.5 kHz CW by 1030z through sunrise most days, WX permitting

It finally happened: DK7FC –> ZF1EJ; Noisy night coast to coast from storms in Oklahoma; JT9 in the Pacific Northwest yields good reports at WE2XPQ; Two-way reports for eastern stations and WH2XCR

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

The band was definitely open last night and there was plenty of activity.  Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, reported 0137z that my signal was decoded, which is about 10-minutes before his sunset.  The primary limiting factor seems to be the frontal system that pushed across Oklahoma.  Lightning noise was like what is seen in the middle of summer, in fact, I believe Larry actually made this comment.  A mid-evening attempt at a JT9 QSO with Larry, which has generally been pretty easy all season, was not possible due to increased noise levels on both ends of the path.

The good news is that the geomagnetic field remains quiet with a mostly stable Bz and only slightly elevated solar wind levels, below 400 km/s and considered to be in the low category.

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Stefan, DK7FC, experienced a very good session and provided the following comments on the RSGB-LF reflector:

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Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, reported great conditions to the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii from South Carolina.  Many stations in the East shared that sentiment.

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported on the 600-meter research group email reflector and the ON4KST chat/logger that he would be operating JT9 after 0400z.  It was apparently a pretty good session.  Neil provided the following comments and edited transcript from the chat:


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John, VE7BDQ, sent along the following comments and statistics for his time on the air:

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Peter, VK4QC, noted that he and Roger, VK4YB, would be operating CW and phone during the session.  There are no reports of their success but I suspect they did well.  A lot of stations noted on the VK 600-meter reflector that they saw the message too late.

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WSPR activity was also high, with 78 MF WSPR stations observed at 0330z.  There were a few new or newer stations over night, including KG5TGT, KF3BH, and VE7EHP.  Welcome aboard!

Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:

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North American 24-hour WSPR activity


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European 24-hour WSPR activity


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Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


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Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


There were no reports from the trans-Africa path.  UA0SNV was present but no reports were found for Vasily in the WSPRnet database.

Stefan, DK7FC, as previously reported, had a strong session of trans-Atlantic reports from numerous stations:

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DK7FC, as reported by VE2PEP


DK7FC WG2XKA 030116

DK7FC, as reported by WG2XKA


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DK7FC, as reported by ZF1EJ


DK7FC WE2XGR 030116

DK7FC, as reported by WE2XGR


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DK7FC, as reported by WG2XPJ


EA8/LA3JJ was providing medium wave reports from the Canary Islands for DK7FC and EA5DOM.  EA8/DL9XJ’s reports are excluded as there was an apparent band selection error:

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DK7FC, as reported by EA8/LA3JJ


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EA5DOM, as reported by EA8/LA3JJ


Eden, ZF1EJ, and Roger, ZF1RC, were present from the Caribbean, providing reports for a number of North American stations and WH2XCR in addition to a first time report by ZF1EJ of DK7FC.  Eden reports that he has been listening with the ALP-6-30-48 log periodic antenna over the previous few sessions with obvious great success.  Well done and congratulations to all involved.

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


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ZF1RC 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by ZF1EJ


In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, was briefly listening to WSPR2 but spent the bulk of his time listening for JT9, where he had good success reporting Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, Toby, VE7CNF, and John, VE7BDQ, between 0502z and 1404z.  There is a transcript of these reports but they are numerous and formatting would be difficult.  The information is available on request.

In the Pacific, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, experienced the return of the path to Japan and notes that VK4YB’s reports have been ceasing about an hour prior to sunrise.  This morning those reports continued until sunrise.  Merv also commented that there was a new VE7 station  as well as a possible first time decode from VE3CIQ, which may be the first time KH6 has been reported in VE3.  There were numerous two-way reports between Merv and the eastern US including WH2XZO, WG2XJM and WG2XKA.

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK4YB


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VK4YB, as reported by WH2XCR


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


WH2XCR JH3XCU 030116

WH2XCR, as reported by JH3XCU


Phil, VK3ELV, received the following reports from Japan and Hawaii:

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VK3ELV, as reported by WH2XCR

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VK3ELV, as reported by JH1INM


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VK3ELV, as reported by JH3XCU



VK3ELV, as reported by TNUKJPM


Additional statistics, comments, anecdotes and information:

Jim, W5EST, who has been researching blog content for his discussions and contributions to these reports over the last several months, provides a nice list of useful keywords that he has found while using the search feature of this site.  Perhaps these are useful to others:

“The keyword search feature of this blog makes it easy to find remarks on different topics.  Today’s index of alphabetized keywords for the last two months helps you identify topics you can search for.  Just block copy the keyword you want and paste into the keyword search. Paste this index to a document in your PC and add your own keywords.


<Ham Call Sign>  <Part 5 Call Sign>    <Operator First Name>

Absorption Activate Africa  Alaska Allocation Amplifier Anchorage Antenna

Altitude Antenna Current ARGO ARRL Atlantic ATU Aurora Average

Azimuth  Australia

Back Bandplan Bandwidth Baseline Beacon Beijing  Better  Beverage

Blacksheep  BOG  British Columbia  BC Bz

Cage Canada Cayman Changing Frequency  China  Coax Coil  Cross-band CQ CW

Data Delay Dial  D-region  D-layer Daytime  Decrease Difference Dip  Direction

Disbelief Display Distance Diversity Doppler Downconvert Ducting

dB dBm Dst DX

Earth Eclipse E-region E-layer E-hop Elevation Emcomm  Emergency  Equation

Europe Event Exceed Experiment  Explain Explanation  EA8 EIRP  ERP

Fall Fantastic Faraday FCC Forcing France  Frequency Front F-hop  F-region

F-layer  FR5

Geographic Geomagnetic Germany GMF GPS Grabber Graph Greater Grid

Ground Rod  Ground Wave

HamWSPR Hat Hawaii Heading Height Hellschreiber Hertz High

High Voltage  Hump

Iceland Image Improve Inactive Increase Inequality Interpretation Ion Ionosphere

Interquartile Italy

Japan JARL JT9    KHz  Kp KSM KV

Lateral Latitude Less Lightning Load Loading Location  Longitude Loop LF/MF

Magnetosphere Match Median  Mode MF/LF Midpath Mobile  Mountain

Multihop Multipath Mystery Mysterious  ms  mA

Network N.Am.-VK NDB  New England Newfoundland Nighttime Noise

Northern path Northeast Northwest  Nova Scotia NPRM

Ontario Open Opening OPERA Operator Oscillator  Oval

Pacific Path Peak Perimeter Phasing Pole  Position Power Prediction Profile

Propagation Potential  Pre-Sunrise Pre-Sunset Propose Protect Protection

Proton Puzzle PLL PNW


Radial Radio Rain Random Ratio Receive Reference Reflect Resonant Resonate

Ring Current Rotate RotatableRussia RF RLC RSGB

Safety SDR Season Sequence Shack Signal SIQ Scatter Scatterplot Ship Side Siemens

Skew Sky Wave SNR Smith Chart Snow Solar  Solar Noon Solstice Sort Southeast

Southwest  Space Weather Spain Spreadsheet Spring Stability Stable  Station Statistics

Steady  Storm Summer Sunrise Sunset Surprise Surprising SWR SR/SS  SSTV

Table Thunderstorm Time Zone Tophat Tstorm TA TI TP Transcontinental

Transmission Transmit Trans-Africa  Trans-Atlantic Trans-Pacific

Two-Way TX

UK/EU Ultraviolet  United States USA UV

Variable Variometer  Vertical Visualize Voice Volt VE VHF VK

Wavelength Wind Winter Worse  WSJT-X  WSJTX  WSPR WSPRnet WWLLN

X-ray XXP:XGP ratio  ZL”

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