Band Occupancy; WSPRing with Linux

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:

A surprising 14% of the downloads of WSPR 2.0 since its release have been the .deb file for Ubuntu (and similar) Linux distrbutions. Good news: thanks to the efforts of Stelios, M0GLD, an even easier-to-install WSPR for Linux should soon be available for Debian-based distributions. Unlike the .deb file now available from the WSJT web site, this one will fully resolve all dependencies on other software packages, without the need for user intervention.

-- Joe, K1JT