On October 14, 2019, at 1032z, VK4YB and NO3M completed a distance record setting QSO on the 630M band using JT9. This QSO was the culmination of two years of effort around every equinox since September 2017. Hopes were wearing thin as we were moving away from the recent equinox (Sept 23). Even when the path may have been open over the past 3 weeks, either end would be plagued with QRN. While the particular opening that facilitated this QSO was not as comparably strong as others in the past, something special was obviously at play.

The distance is 9307.5 mi (14979.0 km), increasing the previous record distance of 8351.9 mi (13441.0 km) set by VK4YB and K5DNL by almost 1000 mi.

Below is the screenshot provided by VK4YB:


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