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Author Topic: 630-Meter Operating Event on November 11  (Read 1171 times)
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« on: November 02, 2017, 05:25:10 PM »

630-Meter Special Operating Event on November 11 Commemorates Berlin Treaty

"11/01/2017

Amateur Radio operators will descend upon 630 meters on November 11 during a special operating event to commemorate the 1906 Berlin Treaty, which made 500 kHz the International Distress Frequency on November 3 of that year. US radio amateurs recently gained access to 630 meters but must have notified the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their intent to operate and either received explicit approval or not heard anything for 30 days in order to participate.

Four different groups will take part: US radio amateurs, US Part 5 Experimental operators, Canadian radio amateurs, and the Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS). Canadian and authorized US radio amateurs will operate from 472 to 479 kHz, using CW.

Some stations are expected to offer cross-band contacts, transmitting on 630 meters and listening on 160, 80, and 40 meters. Part 5 Experimental operators, including WD2XSH stations and others who don’t yet have UTC approval, will operate in the 472-479 kHz band or just outside of it, and there may be some operation on 500 kHz proper.

The Maritime Radio Historical Society will activate its KSM/KPH transmitter at Bolinas, California, for a mini “Night of Nights” with special messages and bulletins."

http://www.arrl.org/news/630-meter-special-operating-event-on-november-11-commemorates-berlin-treaty

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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2017, 03:21:38 PM »

Not sure exactly when this weekend's longwave event starts, Nov 11 GMT or tomorrow local time. Best to place your radio around 475 kHz and open up the passband to cover the full 630-meter band, 472-479 kHz. Also monitor 500 KHz.

This recording should get you in the mood.

1967: Queen Mary signs off  in CW to NY Harbor for the last time:

"TO MANAGER AND STAFF WSC TUCKERTON RADIO = AS WE TAKE OUR LEAVE
OF NEW YORK AND REGRETFULLY STEAM DOWN THE HUDSON FOR THE LAST
TIME WE SEND YOU ALL OUR THANKS AND APPRECIATION FOR THE COOPERATION
 EXTENDED TO US OVER THE YEARS BEST WISHES AND OUR KINDEST REGARDS
= RADIO STAFF GBTT (AR)"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4iapw7TJ-Y

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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2017, 06:09:17 PM »

Now hearing many 2-way CW contacts in the 630-meter ham band. No DX. Condx fairly noisy. Station WW2LST on a WW2 LST ship had a good signal earlier from Evansville Indiana. Haven't heard anything on 500 kHz. 

http://www.lstmemorial.org/

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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2017, 11:37:49 AM »

630 propagation wasn't good yesterday and declined as the night wore on. QRN levels were elevated even with clear weather here in Missouri. NO3M on CW fruitlessly called CQ QSX 3553 for quite some time. WSPRnet showed few transatlantic WSPR receptions. I unplugged after local midnight when even the most powerful CW stations had become difficult copy. Disappointed that I never heard anything on 500 kHz... not even a ghost.  

Here's KB5NJD's take on last night. He's working toward establishing 472.5 kHz as the band's CW calling frequency.

"Decent session with many interesting QSO’s completed in the Berlin Treaty special event including activity by memorial ship WW2LST and cross band activity at NO3M and VE7CNF; Elevated absorption for some at higher latitude; More record high band activity reported during the evening and overnight; PE5T seeks northeastern NA station for CW QSO; No clear consensus yet for CW calling frequency"
By John Langridge November 12, 2017 – Posted in: 630 Meter Daily Reports, 630 Meters
http://njdtechnologies.net/category/630-meter-daily-reports/
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2017, 07:26:21 PM »

Appreciate the 630 meter reports and am looking forward to getting on this band someday.
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