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Dear friends - men and robots,

The development of our hobby is amazing, some new things will catch on very fast.
I was thrown into this WSPR thing late November last year and must admit that I have not had many “real QSO’s” since then. And my wife also appreciates this as I can in a greater extent be a part of the real world while I am enjoying my hobby. She noticed the change, so I explained some of the changes. “Oh, so you are just talking to robots now, well that’s a strange development!”
It made me think, would be better to know if there is actually a person somewhere in the other end.
May be WSPR QSO mode is something for me
Tried it for some days now and it is not easy. Only correct answer to my CQ EA8/LA3JJ call was from VE9DX and it was hash coded as it should be. But conds changed and I took to long…
It seems that everybody else are in the same learning curve as myself.
To you all: read the manuals carefully and understand about hash coding and limitations of messages before you go on. I have learned a lot through trial and error the last days and hope I will soon be able to make WSPR QSO’s efficiently.

When I first discovered WSPR I had an initial burst of great enthusiasm for it. I still think it is a great mode. It is fun to see how far signals usng low power or a very small antenna can be received.

But I have really lost most of my enthusiasm for actually using WSPR these days. Why? Because virtually all of the activity is concentrated on 30m, to the extent that there often isn't a sufficiently large number of stations monitoring any other band to guarantee the chance of a report.

I supported, indeed was involved in the inception of the idea of special activity days on other bands. These have been pretty successful in encouraging more stations to use other bands. But the rest of the time everyone goes back to 30m. Why? Personally I'm bored with getting the same old reports from the same old places on the same old band. There is nothing new to do on 30m as far as I am concerned.

On Saturday, Jan 10th, I had my transmit-only beacon that I wrote sending both a visual MEPT indicator (the MV that you can see in the attached image) and the WSPR beacon, and tried out a simple program that simultaneously records, and later makes an FFT display of that portion of the band.

It seems to work!

Recently installed the ICOM FL53 (250HZ) CW filter in the IC703. This works very well
and it's passband sits nicely centered at 1500 hz with zero IF Shift. This is very
convenient for WSPR QSO mode in USB with WSJT 7 as this is the default center for this mode.

I will be operating from my QTH on the island of Fuerteventura from January 13 - January 25.

This is a long overdue project.

Using the downloadable CSV data, it's pretty trivial to load the data into R for some decent analysis. I was able to load all 3+ million spots into a data frame, and I'm going to start to try to learn some things. My first pictures are trivial histograms of Received SNR, Transmitted Power, and SNR-Power (un-normalized path loss). These are across all 30m spots to date.

Hi all,

I looked in the database today and found sometimes a strong difference in receiving and transmitting level of some stations over the last months.

Can it be that the spotted TX power level in the database is not correct....

I am using ERP Scale ...5W ERP means around ...37dBm

73 de michael DG0OPK

Hello I would be interested to know what the operators on 160 are using?
I am currently loading up my hbrew Doublet,,, but plan to experiment with some other variations...

73 Rodger
G4MQL

I switched radios today to try my Tentec Corsair 2 on WSpr
and noticed it would not receive WSPR unless I received
on SB-R... Strange, I thought. Anybody else noticed
anthing like this? N9BPE

Having seen and read several posts regarding the puzzle of WSPR QSO mode operation, I found it puzzling that I hadn't had a lick of trouble figuring it out--now, I'm no rocket scientist so I figured there must be more to it--perhaps I was missing something.

Now I'm convinced that having used the JT65 mode in WSJT for a while prior to trying WSPR set the stage for the largely undocumented operation of WSPR in ver7.

What's the frequency for the 60 meterband?

73 de CX2ABP

is somebody activ on 136 khz ????
dial freq. ????

73 de IK4GBU - Valerio

Hi Folks!

Recapping on Frequency Accuracy
As you can see from previous entries in my blog I have been delving into why WSPR and ARGO report different audio frequencies with an error of 17Hz at 1500Hz.

If you look at my blogs below you will see I have been puzzled by a discrepancy between what ARGO and Spectran reports as the frequency of an audio tone supplied and what WSPR reports.

I have FINALLY figured out what is happening (I am sure others wiser than me already know this - but I didn't).

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