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Current Operating Frequency and Mode

OFF AIR but QRV after dark tonigth

SCHEDULED ACTIVITY: CQ 474.5 kHz CW by 1015z through sunrise most days, WX permitting

Strong band conditions support transcontinental and trans-Pacific activity, JT9 QSO’s, and wild evening QSB

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

I like bizarre sessions like this one.  There is something about a band that is varying wildly, with no logical explanation for the behavior.  One never knows what path will open or peak or fade next and its difficult to walk away from the unfolding drama.  At least it was for me last night.

Geomagnetic conditions were very quiet through the session.  There are some curiosities about this fact, like why trans-Atlantic reports were once again absent while the high-latitude path across the northern US was present.  In fact Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM, indicated that Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, was being heard at -2 db S/N at 0452z.  Unlike the previous sessions, however, the path to Alaska seemed more deteriorated as was the path to JA from the Pacific and northwestern US.  Perhaps this is just the latent effects of the geomagnetic activity earlier in the week.  Reports to and from John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, were very early and very strong so it seems the north / south path to and from high latitudes was not as compromised, at least in the east.

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The Kyoto DST returned to zero and remained fairly stable through the session.

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Kyoto DST for November 2015


The 6-hour daytime session from WG2XIQ was stronger than previous sessions with significantly stronger reports from the east and Midwest in addition to the appearance of WG2XJM for the first time in a few days.

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WG2XIQ daytime WSPR reports from 1500z – 2100z


As of 0400z, 71 stations were active on 630-meter WSPR according to the WSPRnet activity page.  The continental and regional 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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Australian 24-hour WSPR activity


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Japanese 24-hour WSPR activity


As mentioned earlier there were no trans-Atlantic reports.  Additionally the session yielded no Atlantic, South American, or trans-African reports, although Michel, FR5ZX, appears to have been present through his overnight period from Reunion Island.

Caribbean activity was once again strong. Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reports that he was heard by Eden, ZF1EJ, at 1-watt ERP.  That’s a tremendous haul for such low power.  Roger, ZF1RC, added Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM, to his list of reported stations for the week.

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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


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ZF1RC 24-hour WSPR activity


The reports at KL7L / WE2XPQ seemed somewhat down from the previous session.  Laurence indicates that on his arrival back home after a few weeks in KH6, the system tuning was still OK in spite of heavy snow and freezing temperatures.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


In the Pacific Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had another strong night even while missing ZF1EJ.  There was only a single report from JA1NQI-2 and David, VK2DDI, but multiples from John, VK2XGJ.  Merv did not report Phil, VK3ELV, through this session.  UPDATE:  There has apparently been a late manual data upload, with reports for Merv from JH3XCU/1.  Data is appended below.

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WH2XCR 24-hour WSPR activity


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2XGJ


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WH2XCR, as reported by VK2DDI


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WH2XCR, as reported by JA1NQI-2


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WH2XCR, as reported by JH3XCU/1


In addition to Merv’s success on the path to Australia, Larry, W7IUV / WH2XGP, was also reported by David and John.

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WH2XGP, as reported by VK2XGJ


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WH2XGP, as reported by VK2DDI


John, VK2XGJ, sent along the following screen shot for the period associated with the reports of WH2XCR and WH2XGP:


VK2XGJ WSPR console showing WH2XCR and WH2XGP reports


In Japan,  TNUKJPM reported Phil, VK3ELV, in Victoria:


TNUKJPM 24-hour WSPR activity


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VK3ELV, as reported by TNUKJPM


Additional reports, statistics and activity from the session are reported below:

Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, reported a very strong night with rare reports to and from WG2XJM in western Pennsylvania.  Neil runs 1-watt ERP to an Inverted-L.

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WG2XSV, as reported by WG2XJM


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WG2XJM, as reported by WG2XSV


Neil also reported his remarkable best DX for the session.  The band clearly was in good shape:

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In addition to WSPR through the session, JT9 QSO’s were completed between WH2XGP in Washington state and both WG2XIQ in Texas and WG2XSV, also in Washington state.

My QSO with Larry went smoothly and the band was building through the QSO, where his signal peaked at -17 db S/N.

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WG2XIQ JT9 console showing QSO with WH2XGP


Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, indicated that he called Larry after hearing his JT9 CQ and the exchanges were 0 db S/N / +4 db S/N for Neil and Larry, respectively.  Toby, VE7CNF, was listening to the QSO and reported Larry at +9 db S/N and Neil at -21 db S/N. Earlier Larry had reported Toby’s CW CQ’s on 475 kHz at 0107z at RST 599.

JB, VE3EAR, reported on the LOWFER reflector that he had decoded Toby, VE7CNF, for the first time at -23 db S/N at 1008z.

I could only find a single “new” station through the session, W4XWA in Birmingham, Alabama.  Welcome Aboard!

Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, indicates reports from 43 stations through the session.

I ran 30-minutes of CQ’s at 30-second intervals on 474.5 kHz CW starting at 0115z.  Neil, W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV, did not hear my calls but it was very early in the evening for that path.  Neither Eric, NO3M / WG2XJM, or Doug, K4LY / WG2XZO, were present during those transmissions.  I returned to WSPR but QRT’ed at 1002z as a strong cold front with high winds began moving into the area.

Throughout the session I ran the transmit vertical for receive.  Band conditions here in North Texas were very quiet which made this a workable situation.  Ken, K5DNL / WG2XXM, reported QRN through the night, which was interesting since we are separated by only 200-miles.  I did not observe any real noise problems from the storms that were present in the gulf of Mexico. UPDATE:  Ken indicates that his QRN was arriving from the north east so it appears to be a completely different source entirely and possibly one local to him.

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