WA3YAY's blog

Well the pandemic has changed the world...for worse of course. But some have a lot of time to try new, affordable things. Time to take a new interest in WSPR. Lets go!

The API fix works fine. Google says when you enable billing, you get $200 free usage every month for Maps, Routes, or Places. Based on the millions of users using our APIs today, most of them can continue to use Google Maps Platform for free with this credit. Probably won't cost anyone a cent.

I'm reading on the web (QRZ, QRZNOW, EHAM, etc.) about the amount of digital on the air these days and how it's getting loud and crowded on 20 & 40. What say we start really working WSPR on the WARC bands? They're waiting to be lit up as much as good old 20. 17 during the day and 30 at night?

Created a dedicated Ham shack in a spare closet. I have very little equipment, but at least it's got a home of it's own.

As is my habit of leaving the rig on into the eve to monitor, heard some activity on 160 tonight. Into Philly between 02:20 and 02:34 UTC I caught -
K4RCG -16
W8AC -17
VE3CIQ -12
K9PAW - 27 (nice call!)

Was heard by EA8BFK today. My 5 watts into my attic dipole at only 15' apparently found a path. And prop conditions are poor. Nice.

Working the problem with my station not showing up in the map. Using WSPR rather than WSJT-X in WSPR mode. Added the program to the permitted firewall ports. No joy. Any ideas?

Lots of activity today for the eclipse. Fascinating to watch

After an 8-month down period, I'm back up and running on 20.

10 has been mouse-quiet these many past weekends. But today 10 opened up late in the day and here's what was decoded at my QTH in Philadelphia.

Another day with the trusty old FT-840 listening to 10 WSPR. Nothing heard. Nothing at all. Decodes on other bands, just not 10.

Today's lonely decode on 10 meters with poor conditions. Still amazing though.

1948 -26 -0.5 28.126160 -4 VE7UBC CN89 37 3864

My station will be monitoring 10 meters every weekend.

KN8DMK running 2-watts into an end-fed vertical today 8/14/2016 on 10M

1600 -25 -1.1 28.126139 4 KN8DMK EM89 23 681
1606 -23 -1.1 28.126148 2 KN8DMK EM89 23 681
1612 -24 -1.0 28.126153 1 KN8DMK EM89 23 681
1618 -23 -1.2 28.126155 0 KN8DMK EM89 23 681

Ah, the old trusty FT840 is humming again. This time I'm camped on 1.8366. Lots of 9-landers. They must all have big back yards in Illinois for those big 160 antennas.