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Current Operating Frequency and Mode

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

Strong night for trans-Atlantic propagation, FR5ZX reports SV8CS, WH2XCR –> JA, VK, QRSS30 from WA2XRM, And a few MFSK16 pictures from the W7/VE7 gang

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Another night of curiously strong band conditions on 630-meters.  During the evening I noted that most signal had a smudged appearance in the waterfall, where the signals lacked clearly defined boundaries.  WSPR signals were decoding with no problem and signals were all generally very strong with a low noise floor which improved as the evening progressed.  Perhaps this is an artifact of the geomagnetic activity that has been in progress.  Solar wind continued to peak of 600 km/s through much of the session but at the time of this report’s development during the noon hour on Tuesday, the solar was in down to the mid-500 km/s range.  The Bz component generally ranged from + / – 5 nT through the session.

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The Kyoto DST was generally stable, remaining slightly negative.  Perhaps this stability is a testament to the success experienced by WH2XCR through the session with solid, persistent reports to both JA and VK.

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Kyoto DST for December 2015

John, VE7BDQ, Toby, VE7CNF, and Neil, W7IUV /  WH2XGP, had some fun with MFSK16 during the evening.  Toby was sending pictures which I did not know was possible with MFSK16.  Neil reports that the group was using FLDigi to send and decode and John, noted that MFSK16 often does better than traditional SSTV.  Even more important is that the mode does not require a linear amplifier.  Details on MFSK in FLDigi can be found here.  Here are a few screen shots of Toby’s transmissions from Neil and John:

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VE7CNF MFSK16 color picture mode, as received by VE7BDQ


VE7CNF BW MFSK16 picture

VE7CNF MFSK16 black and white picture mode, as received by VE7BDQ



VE7CNF MFSK16 picture mode, as received by W0YSE/7 / WG2XSV


What’s remarkable about the last shot is that even with the noise, Neil was able to receive enough of a signal for a QSO had reports been exchanged.  I inquired about the S/N reported during this transmission but Neil did not know.  The signal is still quite serviceable.  This is a mode that I will have to try sometime.  I had no idea that it could function as more than a keyboard-to-keyboard mode.

Also active through this session was Paul, W0RW / WA2XRM, who was operating QRSS30 again.  There has been more discussion about the frequency instability but the “RW” signal is easily decoded visually in the screen shot below from Jim, W5EST.

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WA2XRM QRSS30 , as received by W5EST


WSPR activity dominated the session, with 86 MF WSPR stations reported at 0300z on the WSPRnet activity page.  The continental and regional breakdown follows:

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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


Trans-Atlantic activity was high once again, with John, WA3ETD / WG2XKA, being reported again by G3XKR, and Mike, WA3TTS, reporting Stefan, DK7FC with his reversible EWE receive antenna system located on a suburban lot.

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WG2XKA, as reported by G3XKR


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DK7FC, as reported by WA3TTS/2


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DK7FC, as reported by WE2XGR


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DK7FC, as reported by WD2XSH/17


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G8HUH, as reported by WD2XSH/17


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PA3ABK/2, as reported by WD2XSH/17


Mike, WA3TTS, posted this description of his receive antenna system and screen shot of his console on RSGB “Blacksheep” reflector:

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WA3TTS/2 630-meter WSPR2 console


The trans-African path from Europe to Reunion Island was open to only one European station last night, SV8CS:

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FR5ZX 24-hour WSPR activity


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SV8CS, as reported by FR5ZX


In the Caribbean, Eden and Roger report most of the active usual suspects:

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ZF1RC 24-hour WSPR activity


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ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


In Alaska, Laurence, KL7L / WE2XPQ, had a slightly better night as auroral activity tries to settle down.  It will likely take several calm sessions before the possibility exists for activity to begin looking normal again, at least by 2015 standards.

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WE2XPQ 24-hour WSPR activity


In the Pacific, Merv, K9FD/KH6 / WH2XCR, had a strong session with persistent reports from two JA’s and one VK station.

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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 JH3XCU/1


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WH2XCR, as reported by JA1NQI-1


John, VK2XGJ, sent a screen shot of his console from the session showing Merv’s reports:

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VK2XGJ WSPR console


Phil, VK3ELV, continues to receive reports from JA, which I believe is important in the continued success of reports for Merv in VK as we progress towards summer in the southern hemisphere.

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VK3ELV 24-hour WSPR activity


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VK3ELV, as reported by JH3XCU/1


Other anecdotes and statistics:

Doug, K4LY / WH2XZO, indicates that he had 225 reports with positive S/N values that were over 600 km away, with the best being +11 db S/N from W9HLY and WH2XRR.  Doug interferes from this that he has a lot of high angle component.

I’ve been absent for a few days from my morning CW session for a variety of reasons but hope to get back to a routine shortly.

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