VK2KRR's blog

I rarely operate on 10m SSB, tonight (16th Nov) I thought I would give it a go and share a few voice signals into Europe, Russia via the big Optibeam OB17-4 yagi.
I also gave mention to WSPR weak signal digital mode a few times to some of the hundreds of operators calling in the pile up, maybe some may come and have a look into WSPR now.

Hi all.

I was just thinking that it would be really handy to know, if someone is running a directional antenna with WSPR, what direction they are pointing.

It would be very handy, especially for people using 10m, 6m, 2m to know which way people have their antenna facing.

I was thinking that, for example, when u see a stations call on the WSPR map, that u click on their call and now it brings up data such as this "VK6DZ Tx 20% 50.294520 37dbm", that it would be handy if something basic could be included like -

VK6DZ Tx 20% 50.294520 37dbm NW


Last night I was able to use a Kite supported 160m 1/4 wave vertical antenna.

After a few teething troubles were rectified, the kite 1/4 wave worked really well, better than expected actually!

I went from almost hearing nothing from USA direction, to hearing quite big signals. Very impressed. Though it can be quite high maintenance due to gravity and wind variation.

I'll try and use it when I can on 160m.

Just want to inform anyone interested in 6m WSPR that Gary VK8AW is on air now and planning to be on air most days now.
Gary is now up north in Darwin, close up to the equatorial areas.
He is currently running 20W @ 20% but im not sure of his antenna at this stage.
I hope that some people can have a look for his signals, it could be quite interesting to see what happens.

Leigh VK2KRR

Just for all the 160m peoples info, you may have noticed Ive not been on 160m past few nights, ive not abandoned the band, but have removed parts of the Beverage antenna system as Im completely re-building it.
It was originally only set up in a temporary state just for testing purposes to see if it would work, and it seems to go OK, even though it has been set up quite poorly which would give it low efficiency.

Thanks to Jim JG1KGS, a few of the stations down here in VK have been lucky to hear and be heard by him on 28 MHz WSPR this week on the TEP paths. A few very strong signals on the 28 MHz band into the +10dB area with only low power.

I have set up a page on my website to try and monitor the TEP openings from 28 - 50 - 144 MHz. http://www.vk2krr.com/evening_japan_tep_log.htm

Will try and keep track of the best times.