Many thanks to Rafael Haag, PY3FF, for translating the WSPR 2.0 User's Guide into Brazilian Portuguese!

The following link has been placed on the WSJT/WSPR web site:

-- 73, Joe, K1JT

My name is Andrew. I was born in 1959. I built my first shortwave radio about 1974. I've been a ham for just about 20 years (It is time to renew, actually.) I had great fun with packet radio in the early 90s. In August of 2009, while vacationing in Good Hart MI, I was scanning the bands for anything interesting, and found a type of FSK I had not heard before. It was extremely narrow bandwidth. So narrow, that I had trouble discerning with my ear that it was any kind of data at all. It was heard on LF, about 290 kHz, too. Very strange, I thought. I recorded the signal, took it home and downloaded it to PC where I could view the waveform. Indeed, it was data.

Flash forward to November 30th, when I learned of something called WSPR. Aha! I downloaded the program, poked at the User Interface for a while, and finally read the user manual. In no time, I had decodes! How exciting.

This technology combines many areas of interest for me: Low power, beacons, and data over radio to name a few.

My current set up is RX only: Eton E1 radio and an Acer Aspire One netbook/laptop.

Thanks to Michel, F1ERG, a French translation of the WSPR 2.0 User's Guide is now available. The following link has been placed on the WSJT/WSPR web site:

Now is a good time to mention that translations into other languages will be very welcome, and I will be happy to post them on the web site as well. If you are interested and would like a copy of the original MS Word file in English, please let me know.

-- 73, Joe, K1JT

Hi all,

I think evry one have had one.
I did decode: 28 nov 2009 at 0904 -21dB 0.9DT 144.489470 -1Drift JT1/HL4LFX 53.
A unknown Ham from South Korea in Mongolia on 2 meter !!!
This is indeed a very strange one...Hi Hi Hi

Keep on wishpering with a smile
' 73
Peter , PE1DCD

Most QRPp'ers will know of my method of timing in my PC-less WSPR Keyers. (look at that I am being PC and saying PC-less).
I had query the other day regarding the XORgan 'have I considered adding GPS timing as a facility on my system'.
Well it has the facility, however my concept back in March 2008 was to abolish such things. Here were my thoughts:-
I smile at the huge power used by PC generated WSPR and a Transceiver to produce the few mW needed to span the globe. Why in a PC-less system then, add GPS timing to put the current consumption back up? Not to mention the complexity, QRPp'ers like to KISS.
Just because a Windows computer is a lousy time keeper why should we consider it impossible to keep time as accurate as the needs of WSPR. Heavens I had a fully mechanical wrist watch 40 odd years ago which kept perfectly adequate time for the purpose. Does the Quartz watch on your wrist deviate more than a second in a Month? We QRPp'ers have got to be able to do better than resorting to GPS, MSF etc.

My KISS approach:-

Hi everybody,

I just made a companion program of WSPR.

It is called wspr-map and it is available on

It reads from ALL_WSPR.TXT the infos about the received stations and plot them
on xplanet map centred on the QTH.

It also computes the distance and the bearing.

It supposes that wspr is installed in ~/WSPR as done by the .deb distributed

WSPR 2.0 was downloaded 1157 times over the past 3.5 days. The most recent full day summarized in the WSPRnet database shows 567 distinct callsigns reported.

This level of interest is great, but...

Recently, especially on the 30m band, I've noticed many cases of failures to decode caused by two or more WSPR signals QRMing one another. Lest WSPR's increasing popularity contribute to its own downfall, let me suggest that users should consider moving some of their WSPRing time to less-occupied bands. Sunspots are (finally!) starting to pick up, so we should be probing potential propagation paths on some of the higher bands. Similarly, it's always fun to see what can be done at night, or perhaps along the "gray line", on the low bands.

Let's spread out more, over our available bands!

A second, unrelated item:

Interesting data from the WSPRnet "Stats" page:

The number of WSPR spots per day has roughly doubled since a week ago. The number of reporting stations and the number of unique calls reported have both increased by 60%.

I believe that yesterday (21-Nov-2009) was the first time we've seen more than 100,000 spots in a 24-hour period.

-- Joe, K1JT

Yesterday I started to use the MEPT-beacon, the one Gernot, OE1IFM has build.
Purpose is to provide Gernot input to his wonderful beacon project.
We have long conversations to make it even better.
So far it is TX-ing on 80,40,30,20,17,15,12 and 10 meters with 1 Watt in a horizontal wire of 7 meters.
The antenna is far from ideal and has a bad VSWR.
The results of the first 24 hours: more than 550 spots, no spots on 12m, mostly Europeën stations, some stations from America and later even from Australia.

' 73 from Rotterdam
Peter, PE1DCD

Too bad that a scheduled power outage in the Princeton University Physics Department came the day after WSPR 2.0 was released. But c'mon, guys, the inconvenience lasted only a little over 12 hours.

Everything back to normal now.

-- Joe, K1JT

Hi all, some days ago, and now, here in Spain all Om's are receiving brutal interference between 10.136 to 10.160 Mhz. 30 m Band.
We need your help to determinate who is making this interference.
Please, check it, and report us if you receive this.
Many thanks for your colaboration. All reports are welcome!
Antonio from Madrid, Spain.
Muy buenas a todos, estoy recibiendo desde Madrid una interferencia que barre desde 10.136 a 10.160 Mhz... Es una brutalidad, ya que barre la banda de 30 m.

I am not an ARRL official, but in my opinion there is no question about it: WSPR spots, even if they occur both ways between two stations, do not constitute a QSO that is valid for DXCC or other awards.

A minimal QSO involves the exchange of information between operators, with appropriate acknowledgments. These things do not happen with automated WSPR transmissions and receptions.

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.

Don't forget like I did, make sure you give WSPR2 Admin. Rights.

Or it will load up with 30M and not the band you thought it was last on.

I love Vista, it protects my computer, but you always have to set Rights for all programs

you want to run.

Sorry for all the wrong spots today. ( a handful)

A brief addendum to my email of yesterday, announcing that WSPR 2.0 is available at the WSJT web site.

WSPR 2.0 provides easy access to a new online User's Guide, . The User's Guide will be a "living" document -- in other words, it may be updated whenever I have something useful to add.