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CQ 474.5 kHz CW and alternately tuning 472 kHz - 475 kHz for signals.

Night one results of the NDBLIST sponsored CLE191 event

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Night one was great.  The band sounded like a flock of seagulls on Friday night as a significant number of Part 5 experimental stations ran CW  for CLE191.

My first report came from Ben, KD5BYB, in Alabama.  Signals were great.

WG2XIQ_CLE191

Next was from Brandon, WA4230SWL, in TN.  Brandon reports:

“Hi John! I am hearing you beacon well here just east of Memphis in EM55gc, broadcasting on 474.5 kHz 0010 tune-in on 21 Feb 2014. Your beacon text is as follows:

‘QST QST QST DE WG2XIQ GREETINGS FROM NORTH TEXAS AND WELCOME NDBLIST CLE SWLS = WG2XIQ IS 10 WATT ERP FROM DUNCANVILLE TX EM12MP = RECEPTIONS REPORTS TO KB5NJD AT ARRL DOT NET ARE APPRECIATED = 73 QST QST QST DE WG2XIQ K'”

A few minutes later, Ken, SWLK9EN61, in EN61 sent this screen shot:

Ken SWLK9EN61 screen shot

Ken notes that the noise level is up and conditions seem unstable and probably much of this is the result of the storms in Missouri at the time.

Mark, AB0CW / WG2XNI in Colorado, reported nice loud signals before he set up shop on 468.  Mark sent this audio of my transmission:

 

Mark headed down to 468 to begin transmitting, which is outside of the range of my grabber so I took short excursions from my frequency to listen for him.  I was trying to use Mike, WD2XSH/12,  as an indicator of conditions to Colorado and when he would peak, I would move down to listen for Mark between my transmissions.  This yielded a very light trace of Mark:

WG2XNI

Around 0300z, WG2XJM showed up on 477 with a very potent, armchair copy signal.  Here is a shot of WG2XIQ (me!) at 474.5, WG2XJM at 477, WE2XGR/2 at 475.5 and WG2XXM on WSPR around 475.7:

XJM at 477 with XIQ 4745  and XXM wspr

Conditions were certainly getting better and culminated with a shot of most of the guys on the air last night.  These include WG2XKA on 473, WG2XIQ on 474.5, WD2XSH/12 on 475, WE2XGR/2 on 475.5, WH2XND and WG2XXM on WSPR near 475.7 and WG2XJM on 477:

XJM477_XGR4755_XSH12475_ XIQ4745_XKA473_XXMWSPR_XNDWSPR_XSH15WSPR

Around 0530z, shortly before I went to bed, I had easy, armchair copy, on WE2XGR/2 in Burlington, CT.

This morning, Mike, WD2XSH/12, reports that I was Q5 copy an hour before sunset on Friday.  I will take it!

Also amazing was the fact that I was still decoding WSPR during my RX periods.  WSPR’s ability to decode partial signals never ceases to amaze me.  I recall reporting WG2XXM, WH2XND, WH2XGP, and WD2XSH/15.  Many of the cycles that decoded did so with 30-45 seconds of signal.

I am running WSPR during the day today and, weather permitting, I will be back on CW starting around 2200z or 2300z.  Hopefully tonight is equally as good.  I may run a different message tonight so stay tuned!  Thanks to all the reporting stations and guys who took them time to send me screen shots and audio.  Its always very much appreciated!