GW1MNU's blog

Unfortunately due to family matters, I was not at my station as the eclipse traveled across the US but I have now returned to find a very interesting summary log during the period from 2044 hours UTC and 2358 hours UTC 21/08/2017.

Using my WSPRLite, Homebrew 1/4 Wave 20m vertical with 4 x 1/4 wave radials spaced at 90 degrees with a 45 degree slant as a ground plane with feedpoint at around 4.5metres , 200mw.

There is a block of spots/reports from the North US with distances ranging from 4900km to 8400km. Little or no Euro.

After hearing a discussion on our local repeater regarding the WSPRLite device, and with how much I like WSPR, I immediately ordered my WSPRLite box from SOTABeams. Ordered with the USB Cable, a SMA to BNC adapter. The order arrived next business day. Yippee.. Set up with a spare Razzy Pi 5 volt USB power supply and my G4TPH mag loop tuned for 20m I was up an running in no more than 15 minutes.

What a revelation... No need to run my 817, Surface Pro, ISOTerm isolation unit and a load of 12v Gel Batteries.

I cannot recommend the unit highly enough!!!

Yesterday (12th October 2016) I ran WSPR-2 for around 10 hours using my external homebrew inverted V dipole cut for 40m with the apex up at around 25ft (I know - not perfect!). Locator is IO71, IC-7100 and 5 watts. Mostly during daylight hours and around 3 hours during dark. Received some nice reports including a couple of VK's, a HS and a number of mid US stations which popped up as the sun went down.