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I started this WSPR journey back in June of this year when i acquired the Zachtek desktop TX from Harry. I have an interest in Low band propagation so a good easy starting point for me is 160m. I knew back then that i had to build an effective antenna system and i also knew that a good earth system was paramount to my future success.

I've been recently transmitting WSPR on an FL2000-based VGA adapter, using the osmo-fl2k library to use one as a fast DAC. I initially didn't get any spots, but after adding a small amplifier of about 100 mW, started getting spots on all bands from 160m to 20m.

Now I tried it without an amplifier into a bit longer random wire antenna, and finally got some spots "barefoot" on 40m! That's just 2 mW from the VGA port into an antenna through some low pass filtering and matching.

VU2UUU is QRV from ML88nk on 20m WSPR during the 26-Dec-2019 Solar Eclipse to observe the propagation conditions.

Pi esp32 guru. Shocked at my 1/5 watt tapr hat on my pi and 46’ centerfed dipole thumb tacked to the garage attic roof beam.

SDR on pi in kitchen receiving away, but only me coming in until I put it on the real dipole.

Thinking of one pi, dual service transmitting 2 min, then receiving 18min.

It is 2019 December as I post this message. Operating on 630m Band with about 1 watt EIRP. Still looking for amp to improve coverage.

Thank you all who provide your reports to wsprnet.org.

I am new to W.S.P.R. I am at the setting up stage and intend to operate on HF. 6m. and 4m. (70MHz.)

Happy to celebrate passing the US general license exam last Saturday, 9 November, in Windsor, Colorado. It took some time to press the information into this aged grey matter but at last success. 73!

KE0RXF

I found a nice QRP WSPR transmitter online from Zachtek.com and ordered the mid-range model that covers 17, 20, 30 and 40 meters. Output is a reasonable 200mW on all bands and I am running it into a converted vertical antenna over a few buried ground radials (I plan to add more radials soon) and am pretty pleased with the results. I have worked all four bands on and off the last couple of days and seem to get consistent results from Hawaii to the East Coast and up into Canada pretty reliably.

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Franz

AS YOU MIGHT KNOW I'm NEW TO WSPR.
CAN I USE THE RASCAL SOUNDCARD INTERFACE FOR WSPR ? I HAVE THE PK232MBX AND A PK88 AND THE AEA COMPUTER PATCH INTERFACE. I ALSO HAVE THE RASCAL AND A WESTMOUNTAIN RIGBLASTER' SO WHICH ONE SHOULD I USE FOR EASE OF OPERATION ? OH I HAVE USED THE RASCAL AND THE RIGBLASTER FOR SSTV ON MY IC-735.

I've been perusing the maps of my spots and over the last year or so, since I have been paying any attention to it, anyway, there is a definite lack of spots from here in the northerly direction. There could be a couple of different explanations for that, however. It is entirely possible that there are no other WSPR transmitters or receivers in the area over North and South Dakota and the empty spaces in that part of Canada.

N4HQS here... Putting this out there for a start of my blog.
Not sure what else to say right now. Feel free to reply with a hello.

While visiting friends out in the country, I noticed an old vertical antenna stacked with some plastic pipe and managed to talk them out of it. They were happy to get rid of another piece of scrap and I have a plan for t, already. Originally made for use on 11 meters, I realized it should be simple enough to convert it to work on 10 meters and maybe even tune it for 20 meters, so I began working on it. The mast itself had at some time been replaced with galvanized electrical conduit, which was corroded, so that will be removed and replaced with 3/4 inch copper pipe of the correct length.

Just re-checked the map and I have entries for the QRPGuys EZ WSPR-PI from Illinois, Alabama and Georgia!

Not bad for an estimated 80mw transmitter and an OCF dipole with no tuner.

Bill KC1JTS

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