I recently installed the DX Engineering vertical, a 43 ft, rather shiny piece of Aluminum on the ground in the backyard. I have 24 buried radials from 20 to 60 feet long. I am receiving much better on WSPR, and am consistently getting excellent multiple reports with my preferred 500mW of power.

I have also ordered the 200 Hz 5-pole filter for the K3, and this will be my preferred WSPR filter set. I am hoping the very even rolloff of a standard WSPR BW filter will help me copy a lot more stations.



Hi all, monitoring here in Bristol just noticed my clock was out, have adjusted and as at 11:04 UTC 04/05 should be spot on... antenna is nothing flash just a few bits of wire hanging off of a 5m length of RG213. G call is hopefully in the post...
David - ZL1BT/G

Testing 160 path Edmonton AB - Dartmouth NS
-consistent path from 0300-0900z
-Avg SNR -24db

When I`m active on 10mb or 15mb I can note more drift on WSPR transmissions by many stations, like this:

I couldn't find an appropriate transistor to control the PTT on the FT-920 from the serial port and I stumbled on the rigcltd pages on the Internet.

rigstld is a Linux rig control daemon and so I have spent a few days working out where to add the code into
It's quite straightforward, only about 8 new lines, and now I have the PTT controlled through the CAT port without any messing around with a soldering iron(!)

However, occasionally I am getting this error:

Expression '*odev = open( odevName, flags )' failed in 'src/hostapi/oss/pa_unix_oss.c', line: 821
Expression 'OpenDevices( idevName, odevName, &idev, &odev )' failed in 'src/hostapi/oss/pa_unix_oss.c', line: 864
Expression 'PaOssStream_Initialize( stream, inputParameters, outputParameters, streamCallback, userData, streamFlags, ossHostApi )' failed in 'src/hostapi/oss/pa_unix_oss.c', line: 1239
An error occured while using the portaudio stream
Error number: -9985
Error message: Device unavailable

but I am not sure if this is related to the CAT control I have added or a problem with the sound install on my system.

One of the many problems getting wspr and wsjt to compile on a AMD64 machine has been the need to use the G95 fortran compiler.
In the last month I've found on a .deb for AMD64.
I can now get wspr6 to compile, but still difficulties with wsjt7 and wspr.
The current OS here is Ubuntu 9.04 AMD64 which is due to be released sometime around 24/04/09.
The problems I'm encountering compiling wsjt7 and wspr are building the portaudio modules.

Really I am very impressed by the wspr. I am active of cw to 100 % and the truth is that I hallucinate when I see that month they are listening in vk with only 100mw with my dipole.
And everything with my old man FT817ND and one interface USB rig expert standard.
What I cannot fit still it is my newly FT950 not if it is for the DSP that is not a good ally for the use in wspr.

I've generated a short video of using VOAAREA to predict received signal levels for my 200 mW WSPR transmissions. Comparing spots from the WSPR database to the predictions has been very interesting and show a pretty good correlation.

You can find a writeup of my results and a link to the video on my personal blog at:

WSPR & Propagation Predictions

Feedback appreciated!

In the quest for a simple WSPR homebrew transmitter, I had to step through the process of generating WSPR without a computer.

My on-the-air transmission of last night (2009-04-06) has proven that it is possible. Given that a WSPR beacon emits a cyclic time-invariant signal, its sound can be pre-recorded and re-played endlessly with a simple MP3 player.

The special activity day events are due to start again this coming Wednesday 8 April – see top left corner of the home page for future dates.

This has been a very popular event in the past, generating a high level of activity on bands that normally attract a lower amount of interest. The last 17m event on 29 October 2008 generated 7199 spots in 24 hrs which just goes to show that there is a surprising amount of propagation around even at this rather depressed stage of the SS cycle. The last 40m event on 12 November 2008 generated 37,866 spots in 24 hrs.

I am currently testing on 1.843130MHz with a 2 transistor transmitter and PIC modulator, QRSS signal with WSPR every 10 minutes. Power levels from 1mW to 750mW. ** The indicated Power Level will always show 50mW **

Looking at the Activity page on here I see I am listed as active together with G8JNJ. How does the site know that I thought as I have had no Spot reports or reported any. Of course, I am checking my own signal and WSPR is uploading, no magic involved at all.

Sorry Guys, My 7 MHz reports over the past 24hrs or so, are actually 10 MHz reports,

73 - Franz

Greetings from EL86xv Florida
Info: on station here at NY4FD;
Radio: Icom 703 usually running 1 or 5 watts.
Computer: Compaq Notebook W98
Interface: Homebrew - Opto-isolator
#1 Antenna: Homebrew Vertical Dipole,22 feet end to end, mounted at ground level,
300 ohm Tuned feeder.
Homebrew Z match, VK5BR single coil
#2 Antenna: "Swapmeet $50 Dollar Special" Mag Loop MFJ 1788
coming on line shortly, as soon as I finish repairs.

Thank the project of K1JT we have now the possibility to test homebrewed antennas without direct help of other OM's. Made especeially with the zero-cost CAPANT_DL7AHW.