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Watching 80 meters at 2AM local time here. Not a lot of spots on others, but it is mostly consistent. A short list of the same stations repeating. I am getting the usual stations seeing me, but these must be set up with very good rcv antennas. But I will take whatever I can get.

After watching wspr for some time now, it seems to be developing its own kind of intelligence between stations. I wonder that the community of wspr is a sort of "hive" mind that is fully aware of the other stations, and is even connected with the RF physics of Earth to promote the communication channels that it wants.

Because the human owners of the stations are largely out of the picture, other than the rote setting up of the equipment, it is left to the emf physics to determine who is heard by whom, and then it begins a sort of machine language between the stations.

Okay I have been writing and sort of occasionally glancing at the wspr results. Have had it on 80 meters through the night as usual. At the moment 80 looks active. 2-3-4 spots on my signal per transmission. I am showing trending up with stns that i hear. 5 decodes between my 20% packets. So that looks good to me.

Okay I think I posted the date wrong in that last blog post. Not March yet. See? I could use an editor. An editor with a shredder.

I have been keeping to the same schedule lately mostly 80 meters at night and I switch to 40 during the day. And occasionally I will make little forays into 30, 20 (mostly 20), and today I tried 15 meters for a while and got zero results. Then dropped down to 17 meters and I got one receive report on my signal! Hooray I was thrilled over that. I don't know where they were. I don't care where they were. I had a spot! Hooray! In my situation it is a victory let me tell you.

I wonder if it is possible to design a wspr qso mode that allows multiple stations to handle the communications, as in this sketch?

I have been watching 40 meters mostly on wspr mode. 40 can be really excellent at times. I jump to other bands once in a whole to compare. But always seem to come back to 40 meters.

Thought I would share my result on WSPR mode today. Not hearing anything and did get one spot though on my 30 meter signal.

It seems odd to me that I would only be hearing from one rather small geographic region on 40 meters WSPR. You can see on the screen shot of the WSPRnet map that I have only picked up stns from SF area of CA (several stns repeatedly over about 1.5 hours so far). I am running a mag loop antenna from indoors... in the kitchen which has a due south facing wall.

My station is running at 1 watt or less using a KX3 and a magnetic loop antenna. The apartment is below ground level 3-4 feet. I was amazed I could actually get a signal out at 1 watt or less. Have had a few spots of my signal even at .1 watt. I am not having a lot of success hearing much though. There is a fair amount of manmade RF interference here which is not a big surprise there are overhead AC lines running all over the yard where this apartment is. I sometimes wonder that I am in a sort of "rf cage" that blocks signals.

I am really enjoying WSPR mode it is about the only mode on HF I have had any success with at all to speak of. Success being defined as A) someone actually can hear my signal and B) I am also able to hear others (though not always both ways). I am using a 20% setting for transmitting. So far WSPR is about it for ham radio and me it seems at the moment. I have always been most active on digital modes, and also SSTV in the past. Those were with more power and outside antennas though.