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.

WSPR with TenTec RX320D

I found my TenTec RX320D to be a wonderful WSPR receiver. I have to set a slight offset of 27 Hz. No more drift seen after switching on than with the TS690s. It is a pity that it has no transmitter ...

DX on 40m

I often hear a VK7 on 40m ssb in the mornings here in the UK.
Very strong.

So I'm gonna leave 40m running over night until about 0600Z and see what happens.

Also...encouraged by my 80m reports, I might try 160m over the weekend too.

- Andy -

Small loop tests on 80m tonight de G0FTD

I shall be testing a 2.5m square wire loop tonight.
It is indoors, fixed to the bedroom wall.
Obviously it's a very poor 80m antenna.
Only 5 watts will be used.

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My internet connection will have to go to sleep, so I will
post logs tomorrow, and make a blog entry of stations received.
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Unfortunatly I have big QRM on rx :-(

73 de Andy G0FTD

Test post (ignore)

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FT2000 and TX

'allo,
I am using a FT2000 and have noticed that the TX power varies greatly over the 2 min cycle. The power appears to change with each change of tone. It can change from 5W down to 0.5W over the cycle.
Is anybody else using an FT2000 or has anybody else seen this.
I know that the FT2000 is very sensitive to the frequency of the audio of the input signal. (Even the type of voice).

I was WSPRing on 10m for many hours yesterday and received a few big signals, but no body received me.

Thanks

Robert F5VHN

Amazing, Pipe line to Kabul on 10m during the night.

'allo,
I've been having a blast recently using WSPR.

The highlight was receiving T61AA for about 2 hours AROUND MIDNIGHT on 10m. This is a path fo 5555km.
He started off around -14dB and over the 2 hours decreased to -26dB. I checked with him and he confirms that he was active that night.

Yesterday I put up a 5/8th wave vertical for 10m ready for the activity day. I was going to do 80m during the night and 10m during the day, I think I will now stay on 10m for the 24hours.

Maybe RX only , (see my 'FT2000' blog)

73

Robert F5VHN

WSPR reporting precision - suggested code change

WSPR is quite an interesting mode for doing certain
(scientific) experiments. Data integrity is important
when digging into a database. I have been enjoying
reception of mainly 10 MHz WSPR-signals for 10 days.

Probably the only rigid way to avoid incorrect spots
is to include a 4-bit band info into the transmitter
WSPR data stream. These bits should match with the
RX band setting in order to permit upload of the spots.
This would avoid recurrent apologies and corrections
in the database. Of course this would require a change
in the WSPR protocol and a slight software overhaul.

73, "Zaba" OH1ZAA (actively RX-ing with my OH2MZA call)

G0FTD Snippets (2) (Click read more for full story)

UNBALANCE IN THE LOOP
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I currently use a 28Mhz quad loop which is taped to the spare bedroom wall indoors.

I had forgotten just how unbalanced the system can be whilst using an experimental tuner I had made for another purpose. Several years ago I made a balun for it, and it made a huge difference, both on tx and rx.

Having recently resurrected it's use for tx purposes my memory is coming back.

WSPR has only highlighted what I should have remembered.

I'll dig out my old tuner/balun config during the week, which will enable
me to use it as a mag loop for the LF bands too. Despite only being wire,it used to
work VERY well, and didn't melt with high power either ;-)

28MHZ FLOPPED TODAY
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I left my WSPR beacon on for most of the day. All I got was one measley cloud of SpE, but very good signal strengths for a short time.

Having seen a fair few G stations monitoring, some just outside of ground wave
range, I was hoping to see some possible MS or aircraft scatter reception occur.

But nothing happened. However I will persevere,as these sort of tests are far

Just started

Trying WSPR for the first time today - some initial issues with Vista crashing but seems to have settled down now.

Using Microham MK II soundcard and seems to work fine - my erp is very weak as I am using a 20m mobile whip antenna on 30m, but without any radial plane - just working against the ATU in my TS570D. Reason being, my main antenna - Froce12 Sigma-5, is in bits currently awaiting replacement parts.

Hope I am doing all I should, and not doing what I shouldn't !

73, Ian GM4KLN
IO77wo
Rosemarkie, Nr. Inverness

About the WSPR database reliability

As I already mentionned, the WSPR DB is far too unreliable to attempt any serious propagation study or to trigger any propagation alert (ie for multi-hop E's on 10/6m)...

Here is an example among many others
http://picasaweb.google.fr/lh/photo/rbCRPSa3mDsbUBy3EPQGIw?authkey=Gv1sR...

As human errors will always occur anyway, I think that a better filtering is required: For example when a spotted station is obviously on another band, all the spots from this spotter should be ignored... (ie case of K1JT and others on the above example).
We really need the WSPR DB to become something serious... otherwise it is useless !

Patrick

G0FTD snippets.

Locator square finally corrected.

Also I am currently using a wire loop antenna, and it's weird how
I'm being received in places that should be directly in the null of
the antenna.

73 de Andy

IC746PRO - How to get low power (<5W)

If anybody knows a simple way to get a IC746PRO to put out less than 5W - please let me know. The next step for me would be to build a precision power divider. I would really like to get it down to 1W or less.

RTTY Contest

Bad day for WSPR here in UK on 20m. RTTY contest hooligans all over 14.0956. It's all quiet again now so I'm back on 20m

I can see nostalgic reasons why some people might want to operate RTTY, but contests for this obsolete mode - WHY???

Dave M0BGR

Trials and tribulations of starting up a WSPR station (Part 3)

Hi,

I now have my WSPR transmitter working. I have had several requests for the schematics so I have included them. My output power is 1/4W but I suspect if you ran a higher gain output transistor with a better output matching network, you should get at least 1/2W and possibly more. Since the two stages of the PA are the same, you could also add a third with a lower value emitter resistor and get more power. Be careful though to use a higher rated output transistor. The 2N2222A that I use won't deliver much more without blowing up. I use mine with natural air convection and I do not use a heat sink but I think I should. I just don't have one.

If you have any questions on this, please don't hesitate to ask. Good luck,

Remove the _.txt from the filename and you can get all the remaining information to complete this magnificant product.

Harley
N5BFB
73's

Triple spots

That happеned during last WSPR activity period (12 August) on 40m band. Once I've noticed the following sequence:

2009-08-12 22:14 UT2UZ 7.040190 -20 0 KO50cr 2 VK8CH PH57 11836 90
2009-08-12 22:14 UT2UZ 7.040147 -8 0 KO50cr 2 VK8CH PH57 11836 90
2009-08-12 22:14 UT2UZ 7.040104 -20 0 KO50cr 2 VK8CH PH57 11836 90

The first idea, came into brains, was that something wrong is with my equipment.

However, more triple sequences were seen that day:

2009-08-12 22:26 DH5RAE 7.040051 -24 0 JN68pv 5 VK8CH PH57 13063 77
2009-08-12 22:26 DH5RAE 7.040094 -13 0 JN68pv 5 VK8CH PH57 13063 77
2009-08-12 22:26 DH5RAE 7.040137 -23 0 JN68pv 5 VK8CH PH57 13063 77

2009-08-12 22:24 VK6BN 7.040099 -25 0 OF88ac 10 VK8CH PH57 2639 39
2009-08-12 22:24 VK6BN 7.040142 -14 0 OF88ac 10 VK8CH PH57 2639 39
2009-08-12 22:24 VK6BN 7.040185 -25 0 OF88ac 10 VK8CH PH57 2639 39

Looks like small parasite modulation.

The frequency difference is equal to 43 Hz in all the cases. I have no idea, what does that number correspond to?

New to WSPR

New here so if I am doing anything wrong, please please let me know.

Currently suffering terrible local QRM from PLT, so recieve is very poor.

Back on WSPR

I'm back on WSPR now from Sydney.

I'm unable to engage in any other radio related activity due to other commitments. I wanted to still be involved so WSPR is it for now.

I've varied the output from my IC-703+ from 0.5 watt to 10 watts. As I am utilising the internal ATU I can only go by the power output reading on the radio. Output from the radio may in fact be less than 1 watt.

Does anyone know how accurate the "Po" (RF power output) reading on the IC703+ is?

Given the nature of my less than ideal non resonant wire I would imagine that radiated power would be minimal. Also, I've only had limited success with receiving signals from overseas (other than NZ/ZL). I've picked up 4 or 5 from the US, and the same number from Europe including the UK.

When I increased my radio output to 10 watts I was received by a couple of stations in the US. Other than that it's only been the east coast of Australia and a couple of spots by NZ/ZL stations. I'm being spotted by some NZ/ZL stations tonight with the radio set to .5 watt max output. This is fun!

Operation from Pencarrow lighthouse this weekend RE78kp as ZL4FUN

I will be primarily operating PSK31 and other digital modes on 30m through the weekend but will WSPR when taking a break from the keyboard or operating voice on other bands. See http://zl2adr.webs.com/

Perseids meteor shower - 10m/6m WSPR activity

Expecting to be beaconing in WSPR mode on 28/50MHz during the next 24 hours when the Perseids meteor shower peaks. Would be interested to receive any reports.

Earthquake

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 shook Shizuoka Prefecture, tuesday morning. There are no damage at Ant site of JQ2WDO and shack room. The quake was centered Suruga Bay, 80km to south-east of Fujinomiya-city, Shizuoka Pref.

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