The Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network is a group of amateur radio operators using K1JT's MEPT_JT digital mode to probe radio frequency propagation conditions using very low power (QRP/QRPp) transmissions. The software is open source, and the data collected are available to the public through this site.

Hi,
we are in Spain allow to TX in 4m. band from 70,150 Mhz to 70,200 Mhz. So I set my 4m. WSPR in 70,153 (RX). I am Beaming from Madrid to Central Europe and UK. 73, EA4ETR Juan Carlos.

Ok. I swapped out the RK20 kit receiver for my beloved IC703 receiver.

With just a few hours of use its clear its maybe up to 13db more sensitive on the same stations I'd been receiving on the kit receiver for a few days now.

No big surprise in that. Interesting to see the differences in signal strength.

What is unclear is why I'm just hearing the one station. I would have thought that even with the in-office-dipole it would hear a few more distant stations with the better receiver in the IC703. It would seem not to be the case.

For the last few days nearly all I've heard are local stations with a few ZL spots.
Clearly my antenna and Rx combination is sub sub sub-optimal.
Next test is to swap out the Rx for a full commercial Rx and compare.

I spent the last few days experimenting with modifications to WSPR to enable it to transmit at variable power levels. I had the idea when I was playing around with the Tx output level from my SignaLink box. I realized that I could reduce the power output of my WSPR signal from my transceiver by varying the audio drive levels. I guess that's obvious. However, I also realized that I could achieve the same thing if I could vary the amplitude of the generated wave file in the WSPR application.

After a few experiments I discovered that I could modify the fortran code to reduce the wave file amplitudes and achieve a corresponding reduction in output power. One thing I found out in the process was that once the audio levels dropped below a certain point, the VOX capability on the SignaLink failed to trigger the PTT. There is a jumper (JMP4) inside the SignaLink that increases the sensitivity. With that in place I was able to vary the power level down -13dB from the maximum. I could probably achieve a lower drive level if I used CAT control to enable the PTT.

So far I have a version of WSPR compiled on Ubuntu 14.04 that sequences my WSPR transmissions through 20, 17, 13, 10 and 7 dBm. I haven't modified the GUI yet - so any changes have to be compiled into the code.

The key to getting it to work is to measure the power output very accurately (I use an oscilloscope to read voltage) and adjust the SignaLink drive Tx level to give the correct output at the highest power level in the sequence. The modified WSPR software then varies the power over the ranges I have programmed in. It's important to make sure the drive level is below the ALC of the transceiver to ensure that it is accurate. In my case I am using an FT-817 at 500mW nominal output, with the SignaLink driving it to produce 100mw (20dBm) at the maximum power level.

Rx built in an hour. Aligned. Antenna is hookup wire 2 m high run around the office. No gound wire, just DC power cable to the PC. Not tuned. Complete rubbish as an antenna! If I can receive you, you've got a great signal!
Things will only get better.
Goal is to leave it running (with a much better antenna of course).
Not being a transceiver, means it can happily stay working 24/7.

I will be pointing to North America on 6m WSPR.
Schedule is from 20:00z to 24:00z on 27th and 28th of June.
Please give it a try.

JH1GYE

Les invito a visitar el sitio www.radioaficioncr.net

5 to 7 april 2014 - 14 & 21 MHz - Test period with 5 mW (good results),
1 mW (significantly less reports) and 200 µW (no report during a 2 hour test only).
Mostly embedded into RTTY activity. To be continued during quiet periods.

Using vector voltmeter HP8405A for power calibration and a vertical antenna.

Thanks to all WSPRnet contributors and operators from Marc F6EMT

New two and fifteen min modes, transmitting! Tone out of computer erratically interrupted randomly. Any clues?
Thanks. G0OKX Kim.

Occasionally, I like to head out in the truck and run JT65, or even let WSPR run a while from some remote or hilltop location.

The laptop I use for mobile op happens to have a pretty crummy clock – it can easily loose several seconds per day. (Of course this is not a problem when at home and connected to the net – I use Dimension4 to keep clock synch.) I imagine that the internal clock in many laptops suffers from this same problem – and as you know this makes any type of timed operation difficult or impossible when mobile.

To address this issue, I made a little windoze app that synchronizes the laptop clock to “0” seconds when a button is clicked. - See attached image...

One button syncs to the current second - I use it for JT65 operation – listen for when everyone else starts TXing, click the “Zero to CURRENT Minute” button, and next time around JT65 will be close enough to decode and be decoded.

The other button syncs to an even second – I use it for WSPR operation - listen for when everyone else starts TXing, click the “Zero to EVEN Minute” button, and next time around WSPR will be close enough to decode and be decoded.

Both functions work quite well, but as you can imagine, it’s not hard to be “off” by an integer minute or a few integer minutes. This doesn’t really matter for JT65. But for WSPR, this will put good decodes, but possibly with the wrong minute value, into the WSPR database. In fact, the decodes shown in the attached screenshot are in the WSPR database, but are 2 minutes off – bad me!

I am thinking of releasing the app for download. Mobile JT65 and WSPR is fun. I have no problem releasing the JT65 version – being off a minute or 2 is not an issue. But, if I do release this little app with the WSPR “Zero to EVEN Minute” button, then eventually bad times are going to end up in the data base. Probably not many, but it will happen.

I've been playing with WSPR for about 4 years now.

I've kinda taken it for granted really, and I admit I don't even know who runs it or the work involved.

I suppose because it works so well I have taken it for granted.

But it's time to say thanks to all involved - thanks for being here, and provide one of amateur radio's most
unique slant on the hobby (in my opinion).

(I say one, because my hat goes off to the QRSS grabber chaps who provide another unique slant in the world of QRPp).

72/3 de Andy G0FTD

Been talking about this WSPR for a long time and finally managed to configure it,,,
So easy to use and fantastic distances with such low power...

Oke Boys

Here is a new TS-480SAT and I did remark the problems whith cat remote TRX and WSPR X.
first in the remote cat on a comport set the port and the transmitter on 57600 baud,
and on hardware control! , oke, then i connect the data port for the audio input and audio output
from the pc interface , so you have also set a secundairy com-port for the switch ( PTT ) to data mode on the data connector see the manual TS-480sat
This switch from the PC interface is muting the Mike and connect the data input to the audio from the TS-480sat

After quite a time of absence I just started WSPR ops last night. And ... big surprise ... even though the SFI is only around 100, my very first transmission (running only 2 W into a simple end fed longwire on 20m) was received in ZL, on the other side of the world, only some 1.400 km from the antipodes! And that was in the middle of our local night, far away from anything that could be described as a grey line...

It's always amazing how far you can get with low power! :-)

Hello ! I would like to use WSPR with my IC-7100 via USB (com-port) and IC-7100-Soundcard (USB-com-port). I would like to hear from other IC-7100 owners ...

Like Opportunity on Mars, after winter season was charged battery in the WSPR beacon, which I "forgot" on the lava field somewhere in Lanzarote island during my last summer holiday. You can see spots from it on 30m band again since april. Beacon contains DDS, GPS, 500mW solar cell and transmit with power 200mW to dipole antenna every 10 minutes depending on the state of charge 2Ah LiON battery.

13:51 PE3ES 2014-05-25 13:44 DC4LC 7.040074 -8 0 JN48np 5 PE3ES JO22da 508 319
13:51 PE3ES 2014-05-25 13:28 PE3ES 10.140230 -20 0 JO22da 2 DC4LC JN48np 508 136
13:39 PE3ES 2014-05-25 13:28 PE3ES 10.140212 -8 0 JO22da 2 DJ2RD JO40cc 347 126
13:38 PE3ES 2014-05-25 13:20 DJ2RD 10.140177 -12 0 JO40cc 5 PE3ES JO22da 347 309
13:38 PE3ES QSO with DJ2RD fun!

Grayline result 2014-05-25
18:58 PE3ES 28.126122 -17 0 JO22da 2 PY2RN GG66lw 9721 22
17:56 PY2RN 24.926022 -19 1 GG66lw 5 PE3ES JO22da 9721 29

I'm new to 6m WSPR. Any recommendations or info on propagation? I'm using a ground mounted 6m resonant vertical dipole; not optimal for sure. Thank you in advance for a reply.

73 Bob

I live in 3rd-floor urban flat. If you hear me, it's probably thanks to my Hustler mobile antenna. It's clamped to the aluminum rail of my balcony, which appears to be bonded to the metal siding of the building. When I discovered that, I made the rail my station RF ground. My noise level dropped dramatically!! and this has made ham radio interesting again. No longer was I confined to mobile operation.

The Hustler has gained me WSPR reports on 10, 15, 20 and 40m, and I have worked 5 continents on CW and SSB. I have used it to pick up over 150 LF/MF aircraft beacons from Hawaii to Hudson Bay. For LF/MF I work it as a voltage probe, with a homebrew FET preamp. (Attempts to base-load the Hustler have not succeeded.) My best LF/MF DX is hearing WG2XXM at 2500 km on 600m. I was able to complete two seasons of LF/MF activity before it was curtailed by a dramatic rise in impulse QRN from a cycling source (possible aquarium heater or electric blanket?).

I still get TVI complaints, so to keep peace with my neighbors, I have adopted QRP/QRPp modes like JT65 and WSPR, as well as SWL work. My IC-735 is capable of 100W but I am using the transverter output at -13 dBm, buffered to +13 dBm with three Motorola MWA hybrid amplifiers. The antenna relay from an old Motorola Mitrek mobile radio serves as a T/R relay. At that level I can WSPR all I want (though I don't actually transmit 24/7).

The Hustler is being used with the low-Q version of the 15, 20 and 40m resonator coils. On 10m it will resonate without a coil when extended with a surplus Larson VHF mobile whip. On 30m I am using the 20m coil, but with the Larson whip inserted in place of the 20m whip provided with the coil. ERP on 30m is probably under +5 dBm owing to coil loss, mismatch etc. On 80m, my ERP would be so small I haven't bothered trying, and anyway the IC-735 output is not very clean there. I have not been able to work any CW QSOs with the WSPR transmitter -- just too weak I guess.

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