G3XBM's blog

We are now in the season of super-DX Es openings on 6m when the band can open spectacularly across the Atlantic from Europe to the USA, the Caribbean, northern South America. WSPR could be a superb tool to help track fleeting openings over these very long paths, but we need more stations on 6m WSPR for this to be possible.

Since starting out on 137.5kHz WSPR a few weeks ago I'm pleased to be able to report some successes with 6 different stations now reporting reception of my sub-20uW ERP signal. Best DX is to G3YXM at 148km.

What are the latest rules regarding WSPR exchanges and DXCC qualifying "QSOs"? I hear a rumour that ARRL will accept confirmed WSPR exchanged reports (he hears you and posts a report and you hear him and post a report to the database/by QSL card?) as a valid DXCC exchange. I.e. this is a mutual exchange of reports using, for example, WSPR2 and not necessarily the QSO mode in WSJT.

Is this correct?

Certainly an exchange of details via WSPR contains far more information than a DX contest exchange on HF which IS valid for DXCC.

The attached picture shows the antennas in use at G3XBM.

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.

As a newcomer to this mode I'm pleased to report that I now have successfully RXed and beacon TXed on 30m using WSPR and my signal is being reported from around Europe (no further yet!). At the moment I am using QRO (5W) into my 28MHz wire halo (via an ATU) which is not an effective 30m antenna, HI.

WSPR would be very useful on 10m as an indicator of marginal openings.

Not yet tried this mode but intend to do so shortly.