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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

Very strong conditions in the lower-48

– Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters

Last night’s session proved to show some of the strongest propagation around the continental US that we have seen this season.  In addition to strong participation and a continued increase in first time receive stations, CW levels were reported across the US, in many cases for many hours at a time.  In fact during my nightly CW sked with KF5RYI who operates as WG2XIQ/1, Eric, WG2XJM / NO3M, broke-in with a very nice S7+ signal that was armchair copy.  He indicated the same for my signal.  Single-digit S/N reports were the rule, not the exception during this session.

24 hour 101715

24-hour WSPR activity

In spite of the very good conditions, a number of station were operating on 2200-meters through the session and there was only a single trans-Atlantic report.

DK7FC WD2XSH17 101715

DK7FC, as reported by WD2XSH/17


As usual, ZF1EJ was hearing very well.

ZF1EJ 101715

ZF1EJ 24-hour WSPR activity


I suspect we will continue to see a number of station splitting their operating time between 630-meters and 2200-meters.  There are pro’s and con’s to this but it is what it is.  Expect conditions to continue to improve as the Earth continues to tilt and the solar exposure decreases while dark periods continue to increase.