TONY'S 10 METRE BAND REPORT - 10 August, 2017

10:01 Fernando Luiz de Souza 0 Comments











10 August, 2017

A proper seesaw week with Monday to Wednesday very low, Thursday very high, Friday low, Saturday and Sunday fairish.

Considering it was the Ten Ten International SSB contest there was not really a lot of DX about. Maybe everyone has caught the FT8 bug.

The ARRL (LoTW) say, “Enthusiasts will have to wait a little longer for Logbook of The World (LoTW) to accept FT8 contacts as FT8 contacts. Because FT8 is still in beta, it has not yet been added to the ADIF tables. Configuring TQSL to automatically map FT8 contacts to “DATA” will enable users to upload FT8 contacts now, and confirmations will be valid for DXCC Digital, VUCC, WAS Digital, and WPX Digital awards. 

A new TQSL configuration will be released once the new mode has been accepted to ADIF, which could happen within a week
.”

That was a week ago and no movement yet.
Was there any DX? Well yes, but not in great quantities. R870K (Russia Special), R200A (Russia Dpecial), V31MA (Belize), YB72RI/1 (Indonesia Special). N5XZ and N5NT both USA were also very popular on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to N5XZ for doing lots of spotting as well.


Thursday Rafael, YV5RED worked NW9H -05, K4SO -12, KG5AUW -13, KF8MY -14, AB1HL -14, K9AN -08, W2ZBT -13, KC2BW +01, KG4OLG -13, WB4JWM +01, KA5ETS +02, K4EGA +02, KD5J +05, WB5TKI -07, KC4X -11, W4XK -01, VE2QA +07, AF5NP -16. 

He says, “From 2142 to 2343 UTC / K index = 4, using the new FT8 digimode protocol, with 20 watts of output power. IC-440 and Solarcon MAX-2000.” 
Friday he worked NW9H +02, KQ0J +03, PY5EJ -14, WB0SMX -11, KX5SP -12, HC2TE +07, KY7M -06, and heard KQ0J 5, PY5EJ -6, N7MJ -11, WB0SMX -14, KX5SP -18, NM9P -20, KG5YR -12, KD5J -13, LW6EUR -14, PY2XZ -17, HC2TE 0, N4WDN-13.

And there’s more from Rafael, 
“Hi Tony!, testing new FT8 digimode protocol. It's very fast and I'm seeing that most of JT65 operators have been testing also. I think this mode is good for DXpedition for example, but not for /QRP operation. FT8 is less sensitive than JT65 and that sensitivity is sacrificed for speed in order to compensate for quickly changing band conditions. 

That is the entire basis on which the mode is built. 

Then and in my opinion, JT65 Protocol is the best options for /QRP op than FT8. On the other side, FT8 protocol will provide us with more contacts to come on the bands, specially on this part of the Solar Cycle 24, the worst in 200 years.
Good news for our little community of 10 metre band enthusiasts: again, YV5LIX/B is on air on 28215 MHz from FK60ol. Check it out info related on https://www.qrz.com/db/yv5lix/b - This non profit beacon project is specially designed for CW beginners, because the speed is 6 wpm. So, see you on the bands folks.”
I have a stack of FT8 contacts with rapid QSLs via eQSL. Yesterday I worked ZP9CTS but mostly I’m working Europeans, for now!

Most popular DX (three or more contacts, any mode)
Monday DX: ED4YAK/B, KF7SOJ, RO17CW, RL5G/8, OH9TEN/B, N6SS, M3DDY, ER1TEN/B.
Spotters: F8IJV, WB4CTX, R9XM, VE3FGU, K7OOS, WR7X, R8WO, M0MJA

Tuesday DX: LA5TEN/B, EA1EXE, TM12FAJ, ED5YAU/B.
Spotters: F8IJV, F4CXO, AB5KM, G4SKO, MM0TFU, F1BBI .

Wednesday DX: R870K, SV6DBG/B, HI3K, IZ8RVA/B, EC1AJL, TF15MOOT, RL5G/4, RA17CW, 9Z4Y, YB72RI/8, SV2HQL/B, SM2CFZ, RZ6AQX, RM2D, RL5G/P, RL17CW, R50ZKR, K5TLL/B, DL0IGI/B, UA9JLY, R2LAF/P, ER1TEN.
Spotters: R9XM, F4CXO, IW1BCO, TA2TR, US4IGH, R4NAY, K9YM, 9Z4Y, W8JMZ, UT2LO, RK6FO, GM4KJQ, EW2ABC .

Thursday DX: R200A, LZ55UPB, RL5G/3, 9Z4Y, SP9MKG, RZ17CW, SV1LHZ, UX0KR, IT9CFP, HB600NVF, HA6NL, ER1TEN, ZP9CTS, TM12FAJ, TA3AIK, SV6DBG/B, SV2HQL/B, S51DX, RL5G/7, RL17CW, RG50SP, R870K, OH9TEN, NP4JL, NP3KV, IZ8RVA/B, IZ6BXV, IZ4UEZ, IZ0CWW/B, IQ5MS/B, IQ0GV/B, HA8EK, F5ZWE, F5ZIN, F1ZIN, ER1PB, ED4YAK/B, 4V1G, YU1FE, YO8BFC, YO3BBM, SV6DBG, SV2DSJ, S500R, RW7F, RV6FT, RU1ZC, RL5G/6, R50ZKR, R17CWC, OE17BEACH, LZ1GU, LY2OU, KG5AUW, GW7HDS/B, F8NAN, ED1YCA/B, DL1KSB, DL0IGI/B, DL0IGI, CO8NDZ, 9A7JCY.
Spotters: DL7JV, KO1U, OK1ITK, DO8DH, WB4JWM, F4CXO, CT1HMN, G4PVM, F4EVC, 9Z4Y, ND6M, N1ADM, EW2ABC, LZ1AEY, IW1CHX, IV3HAX, G4CJC, VE3PV, RA7KW, R7MM, KW4RZ, HA6VH, DO4JBP, 9A6T, YO2DFA, TA2TR, SP5BBG, RU3QR, RN5AA, RK6BCX, IW3RUA, DK1CO, SV2HJW, SV1LHZ, SM6IQD, RU2K, OH5IY, N3CR, KF4WE, IU2IDU, IU0ICC, EA1PO, DM8WP, DD0UM, 9A3CX, YV5RED, YU1RA, YO9FHB, YO8TK, UA6AES, UA4NE, SP6CES, RZ3MM, RA7A, R6CW, R2ANX, PA3FIC, OE3YTA, NP3KV, IU1HGO, F4WBL, DO4MM, DO1DXX, DF3OL .

Friday DX: RL5G/1, V31MA, SV6DBG/B, KC8YFG, KA5TCF, RO17CW.
Spotters: KO1U, N4OGW, NR0Q, F4CXO, VE3FGU, RA6ADQ, W1ZQ, UZ2HZ, TA2TR, R4NAY, K7VQ, W4SFG, W4ETB, NP3RE, 9Z4Y .

Saturday DX: N5XZ, YB72RI/2, N5MT, RU1ZC, NC0B, KM4ODS, R870K, N5XZ/B, KG5LRP, KC6SEH, S56B, RV17CW, RJ17CW, OK1CF, N6OPR, LZ55UPB, IK4LZH, R110A, KD8TNF, K8DEL, CX2DK, AG5Z, YB72RI/0, S59ACP, RL5G/P, PG64HOOP, KD4BVG, HA3DX, ZP9CTS, S500R, RL5G/4, LY4A, K0NM, F8DHE, ED1YCA/B, EC1AJL, 9A7V, YB72RI/6, TEN4X, TEN4TEN, S54ZZ, S51A, S50D, RL5G/1, OH9TEN, LU9DDJ, IT9FRX, EC5NJ, YP7P, W5IDX, W5FMH, UE40CZF, TM20CC, S59AA, S57AW, S52WW, RW0CD, RT17CW, RN17CW, RM2D, OZ7IGY, OE8FOX, LY3DA, LY3BB, K5TLL/B, K5AB/B, IZ8RVA/B, IT9RGY, IQ6NE, ES5RR, 9A7DX.
Spotters: DL7JV, N0ZNA, KG5LRP, N5XZ, DO4OD, WB8VLC, NV4NV, N4ZCG, LY5W, F4CXO, W5IDX, KM4AEM, S54X, OH5IY, W4EEZ, S53K, W5FMH, NG7M, KO1U, K0PV, S51A, WB0IWG, S53M, RV3WT, OS8D, N4CF, LY2N, KE0NWG, DL9KI, WB2TQE, PE2K, KD8TNF, JF1NUV, EA5HT, W8EO, W5GCX, UZ5DX, UB3PBP, S58Y, S53F, M6ETL, LB2WD, K0IS, F1GZV, EA2ABZ, DO9VK, AI1K, YG0AJP, YB0EIN, VA2QR, UA9APA, UA3GT, SP2EWQ, RW1CW, R8WO, N9OOO, N8YXR, N8MAS, LZ5K, LY4MA, K4NAU, K2ATZ, IQ6NE, F6HTS, F4WBL, EA8DER, DO9OM, BG7MI, 9A7DX .

Sunday DX: N5XZ, N5MT, K0NM, R870K, GJ4PVM, 4L0GF, YB72RI/1, LZ55UPB, KG5LRP, LU9DDJ, W5IDX, YB72RI/9, RG50SP, RG17CW, RA17CW, RL17CW, N6OPR, K8DEL, SQ2HL, SP6AEG, RZ17CW, RU1ZC, RJ17CW, PP5JR, LU5AQU, KM4ODS, K3NT, GM3YOR, W5CL, UX0KR, UC2K, UA6J, TEN5TEN, SP9KR, SK7GH/B, R6WA, R110A, PU2WDX, NA9A, N1YKH, N0ZNA, LY2SL, LW5DPG, KZ5J, KQ4PK, KD4BVG, IZ6BXV, DL0IGI/B, CA3JBD.
Spotters: K0PV, N5XZ, KB4FOS, KW4RZ, N4ZCG, N0ZNA, F4CXO, WB7PMP, K4NAU, KG5LRP, PU2KNM, ND6M, KM4ODS, KM4AEM, EW2ABC, AJ4F, W4IOD, TA2TR, SP2WDF, SM1TDE, EU7DDE, AI8F, WB5VYR, W2ZDP, RK3FT, RA4HJW, NR5Q, LB2WD, KM4WRG, KI6PMD, KD9VV, G0DRM, EW6X, W5IDX, UA6J, RV3WT, R6WA, PU5IKE, PA3GEO, N9OOO, N8YXR, KB8YBG, HA6VH, EW4DW, DL1AN .

Contests: Information from WA7BMN

The Worked All Europe CW contest is the big one this coming weekend. It’s the one with QTCs!!


+ CWops Mini-CWT Test1300Z-1400Z, Aug 9 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Aug 9 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Aug 10
+ WAE DX Contest, CW0000Z, Aug 12 to 2359Z, Aug 13
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon1200Z, Aug 12 to 2400Z, Aug 13
+ Maryland-DC QSO Party1600Z, Aug 12 to 0400Z, Aug 13 and
  1600Z-2400Z, Aug 13
+ 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint0000Z-0200Z, Aug 14


Upcoming activity (though not guaranteed to be on 10m). Information from NG3K, DXwatch.com and 425DXnews


June 
2017 Jun282017 Aug14BoliviaCP1XRM
[spots]
LotWTDDX
20170619
By EA5RM; SSB + digital; spare time operation; QSL also OK via EA5RM direct
July 
2017 Jul262017 Aug15Samoa5W0RR
[spots]
ZL1BQDTDDX
20170720
By ZL1BQD fm Apia; mainly JT65
August 
2017 Aug012017 Aug10Faroe IsOY
[spots]
EA4UREDXW.Net
20170710
By CT1BWW as OY/CT1BWW; 40-10m; CW SSB + digital; QSL OK via Buro or direct
2017 Aug032017 Aug12OgasawaraJD1BOI
[spots]
JI1LET DirectDXNews
20170723
By JI1LET fm Chichijima I (IOTA AS-031); 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL: Koji Iijima, 7-12 Tenma, Gyoda-city Saitama 361-0076, Japan
2017 Aug032017 Aug13Georgia4L0GF
[spots]
LotWTDDX
20170517
By UR5EAW F5RAB F5RAV 4L6QC 4L6DL fm Zeda Tkhilnari, Batumi; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; 1kw; AV680 and Delta Loop; QSL also OK via F5RAV direct or Club Log
2017 Aug052017 Aug11JerseyGJ4PVM
[spots]
LotWTDDX
20170711
By G4PVM; HF; CW SSB; QSL also OK via Club Log and eQSL (no paper QSLs)
2017 Aug072017 Aug25South Cook IsE51GHS
[spots]
F4GHSDXW.Net
20170513
By F4GHS fm Aitutaki I (IOTA OC-083) 8/7-16 and Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013) 8/16-25; HF; holiday style operation
2017 Aug092017 Aug28AlaskaKL7LotWDXNews
20170602
By VE7ACN as AL3/VE7ACN fm Hinchinbrook I (IOTA NA-042, 8/9-15) and as NL6/VE7ACN fm Kayak I (IOTA NA-157, 8/18-28); 160-10m; CW SSB; QSL also OK via VE7ACN
2017 Aug102017 Aug12Mariana IsKH0LotWTDDX
20170808
By JH0CJH as JH0CJH/KH0 fm Saipan
2017 Aug122017 Aug19Market ReefOJ0 TDDX
20170630
By youth team as TBD; 80-6m
2017 Aug152017 Sep05French PolynesiaTX5EGLotWTDDX
20170428
By F6BCW F6DTZ F1TCV fm Moorea I (IOTA OC-046); 80-12m; CW SSB; QSL also OK via F6BCW (Buro or direct), Club Log, eQSL
2017 Aug172017 Aug22TongaA35JP/pLotWDXW.Net
20170626
By JA0RQV fm Niuatoputapu I (IOTA OC-191); 80-6m; CW SSB; QSL also OK via Club Log; contingent on flight availability

Sun: Just one lonely sunspot.
In recent nights, a growing number of these fireballs have been seen streaking over the USA. NASA cameras counted more than 30 so far this week. This is a sign that our planet is moving deeper into a stream of debris from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak during the nights of Aug. 11-13 with perhaps dozens of meteors per hour streaking through the moonlight. (Spaceweather.com)

England comprehensively beat South Africa in the last test of a 4 match series. I guess Moeen Ali was a star with bat and ball but there were others.
The Premier League kicks off the coming weekend (actually Friday evening). Stoke are at Everton with a much depleted team.

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