Sunday, June 11, 2017

WSPR (Week Signal Propagation Reporter)

First day on WSPR, another one of those projects that I've been meaning to try for some time.

I configured my Flex 5000 on 5 watts and made all these contacts in less than 4 hours on the 20m band.

Two long distance contacts stretch far below the map to Uruguay, and Brazil !!!

Great way to tell you how your antennas are working on various bands or what band conditions are like.

My setup
  • Flex 5000a transceiver on 5 watts output.
  • 80m OCF Diple antenna at about 30' off the ground with a N/S orientation.
  • WSJT-X software ("Weak Signal Communication, by K1JT") version 1.7.0
  • 3.4Ghz Intel Quad Core PC, 16GB Ram, SDD, running Windows 7 Pro
UPDATE 8:16pm

By 8pm when I powered things off for the evening here were my final results. I'm just floored I made this many confirmed contacts all in a single day. 

Using the website I was able to cross reference and see if I made a contact with the Canada C3 Expedition, CG3EXP Special Event and WSPR station. Sadly not on this first try, but next weekend I'll give it another go. Right now the ship is sailing east away from me along the Saint Lawrence Seaway heading to the Atlantic, then it will sail north to the entrance of the Northwest Passage and sail west all cross northern Canada. I'm sure when it's westward bound I'll be able to make some contacts.

Getting WSPR up and running wasn't easy and I spent a few frustrating hours this past week trying to get it working. As with any challenge I learned a lot along the way and when I was able to get it working it performed much better than expected.

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