Why I'm not WSPRing much these days

When I first discovered WSPR I had an initial burst of great enthusiasm for it. I still think it is a great mode. It is fun to see how far signals usng low power or a very small antenna can be received.

But I have really lost most of my enthusiasm for actually using WSPR these days. Why? Because virtually all of the activity is concentrated on 30m, to the extent that there often isn't a sufficiently large number of stations monitoring any other band to guarantee the chance of a report.

I supported, indeed was involved in the inception of the idea of special activity days on other bands. These have been pretty successful in encouraging more stations to use other bands. But the rest of the time everyone goes back to 30m. Why? Personally I'm bored with getting the same old reports from the same old places on the same old band. There is nothing new to do on 30m as far as I am concerned.

As of this moment there are 65 stations active on 30m, none on 20m, one on 17m, and half a dozen or fewer on 40m and 80m. Why don't more people use 20m? Propagation is more interesting, with a greater chance of unexpected DX, and we are ideally placed at the start of a new solar cycle to observe how propagation improves as sunspots begin to appear. 17m and the higher bands would also become more interesting when the MUFs rise a little.

I think the potential of WSPR for learning about propagation, testing antennas and receiving some interesting 'spots' is not being fully exploited because everyone congregates on 30m. Activity encourages activity. But it's also true that inactivity encourages inactivity. These days I feel that any other ham radio activity will be more rewarding than WSPRing to myself on an almost unmonitored band.