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Congrats to the guys who made it across the Tasman sea today on 2m WSPR.

2018-12-14 01:34 VK7HH/P 144.490500 -18 -1 QE37ld 50 ZL2IT RF80km 2519 km
2018-12-14 00:36 ZL3PX 144.490520 -15 RE66hm 5 VK2KCM QF56po 2161 km
2018-12-14 00:50 ZL3PX 144.490539 -16 1 RE66hm 5 VK2DVM QF56og 2144 km

This is just the beginning. We need a lot more stations active, if anyone has a good reference locked radio please join in and help us cover ore area and get more paths through.

A big round of applause to the following stations who conquered the Pacific Crossing tooday on 6m WSPR -

2018-12-14 00:50 N3IZN 50.294508 -24 0 DM13ji 50 VK5BC/P PF85mc 13347 km
2018-12-14 00:50 N3IZN 50.294501 -24 0 DM13ji 50 VK5ZK PF94jl 13226 km
2018-12-13 23:30 N3IZN 50.294505 -24 0 DM13ji 50 VK5AKK PF94ix 13212 km
2018-12-13 23:30 N3IZN 50.294523 -23 0 DM13ji 50 VK5PJ PF95mk 13164 km
2018-12-13 23:46 N3IZN 50.294521 -23 0 DM13ji 50 VK5LA QF05gq 13026 km
2018-12-14 00:14 N3IZN 50.294518 -18 0 DM13ji 50 VK3WE QF32se 12612 km

In conjunction with the 6m WSPR Group on Facebook, we have conducted a trial run of some awards for 6m WSPR operators in Australia during November. This was quite successful.

For December a similar awards scheme will be on offer. Awards are -

December 6m WSPR Two-Way Reports Top 5 -
The top 5 Australian stations as listed on the KB9AMG database will be eligible to claim the following gift voucher values as an award for their efforts. Vouchers can be from electronics, hardware, grocery stores etc.
1st $50, 2nd $40, 3rd $40, 4th $30, 5th $30.

After about 3 years of requesting an improvement to the database search facility we still have no action in regards to this.

It was hoped that when extra admin people were implemented last year (I think it was) that it might have been easier for this to happen, but as yet I've not seen any change in the ability of database searches.

Big congratulations to the stations involved with the trans-Pacific 6m Opening yesterday. Well done guys. This kind of opening is looked for by numerous operators every day so its good for some of the guys to finally get a great reward for their efforts.
As we are aware, WSPR was the only mode where paths were made, which goes to show the effectiveness of WSPR to identify these types of path openings, particularly on bands like 6m where openings can be very sporadic.

I noticed this on the Brendan Quest 2M Trans-Atlantic Attempt page on Facebook today. Maybe some others may like to try getting some signals in to VO1FN receive site.

2M WSPR

I notice on the WSPR.ORG site there is quite a bit of activity on 2M....also the listening freq for WSPR is 144.489 which is the freq the VO1FN receiver is always on! Usually have the receiver set for 1500Hz audio offset. 144.489+1500=144.490500 --- I changed the mode today to WSPR-2 in WSJT-X and will leave it there for a while .

The antennas are pointing 60deg to Europe.

Hi all, and welcome to the festive season, its that time of the year.

Just a reminder, if your very keen on using WSPR and like to liaise with others who have a similar interest to you, there are a number of band specific group pages available on Facebook for you to do just that.
Feel free to join in and let us know whats happening in your corner of the world, or ask some questions, get to know some new people, learn a thing or two and most of all have fun WSPRing and improving your station.

This entry has been edited, removed unrequired, negative and incorrect information of the emails.

See attached PDF file regarding VHF bandplan changes.

I have taken the time to email RSGB to seek clarification and express my views on the issue. If people need to see the emails, I can send them to you. There is no point really posting them here or arguing about WSPR details. We know what works and what doesn't, so let them think what they like.

Basically there is an issue with the 144.489 dial freq allocation in region 1 which is claimed to cause interference.

Just a reminder that the Equinox is coming up. Will be one of the better times to try get from EU to VK on 6m WSPR.
Im monitoring 6m WSPR every day (along with 10m and 2m), and always looking for EU paths in my afternoon/evening hours using a 6 element Optibeam yagi at about 80 ft up. So if stations in EU and surrounding areas can focus in this direction we can give it our best shot.

Its really encouraging to see the likes of Phil FR5DN on Reunion Island trying to give 2m WSPR a run along the path to South Africa (and Australia ;) ). I see we have ZS5LEE and ZS5HV monitoring at the far end. I cant wait to one day see some lines on the map!

Phil FR5DN has made this path to South African stations numerous times before on 144 MHz SSB, JT65 etc. Here is a link to Phil's website with some data about the Tropo paths from Reunion http://www.astrorun.com/~fr5dn/radio/tropo/tropo.html

FYI my station (70cm & 10m bands) is OFF AIR until I can fix my PC. It wont switch on again after being shut down yesterday while there was a power outage.
Possibly a power supply or switch issue, I hope to get it going again ASAP.

Coming into the summer months now for the southern hemisphere, anyone in Australia or New Zealand with the equipment should give 6m or 2m WSPR a go.
6m WSPR can be particularly rewarding with the sporadic E MUF coming up. Would be also good to get a little bit more activity from our northern neighbours and up to Japan in this regard also with TEP paths.

Remember that the E MUF can also rise to above the 2m band, so running a simple station even with a 1/4 wave vertical on 2m WSPR can produce results, probably from now till about the end of January.

Just want to advise our 160m operators that I currently have up a 160m Beverage antenna and a 1/2 wave Inverted V dipole.

As the Beverage is an RX only antenna, what I am doing is running the Inv V for the USA guys (TX/RX) until I head to bed, then switching over to the Beverage to run RX mode till sunrise.

Here is the current list and what freq they are set to TX on -

Jayson VK1JA - 144.490570
Jim VK3ZYC - 144.490550
Iain VK5ZD - 144.490540
David VK5KK - 144.490525
Andy VK5LA - 144.490515
Keith VK5AKM - 144.490470
Dean VK3NFI - 144.490450

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